Hidden Gems in Silver Lake

05/30/2014

Esther Tseng

Silver Lake is one of L.A.'s most featured neighborhoods, named after one of two reservoirs around which it was drawn. Sunset Junction, Silver Lake's urban center, is located at the intersection of Santa Monica and Sunset Boulevards, two main L.A. streets that otherwise run parallel all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Until the mid-1950s, the Junction served as the site of the branching of two inter-urban railway lines. The neighborhood was also home to Walt Disney's first large studio from 1925 to 1939, located at Hyperion Avenue and Griffith Park Boulevard. Since then, the area has become renowned as a community that’s continuously in flux, home to a population that is diverse even by Los Angeles County's multicultural standards. Despite all the recent Silver Lake media coverage, it can still be hard to find the lesser known places worth visiting. Read on to discover Silver Lake’s must-see hidden gems.

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05/29/2014

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The Best Shaved Snow and Ice in Los Angeles

05/29/2014

Joshua Lurie

Considering the climate in L.A., the idea of seeing snow and ice in our lifetime is laughable. Thankfully, some culinary entrepreneurs have drawn on international traditions (and trends) to deliver a spate of shaved ice and show desserts to our metropolis. Learn about 10 of the best shaveries in time for summer.

Discover Marilyn Monroe's Los Angeles

05/27/2014

Daniel Djang

Norma Jeane Mortenson was born in Los Angeles on June 1, 1926. The world knows her today as Marilyn Monroe, who became one of the biggest movie stars of the 1950s and early 1960s, only to have her life cut short at age 36. Monroe was known for her comedic performances in classics like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, The Seven Year Itch, and Some Like It Hot. Eager to escape typecasting, Monroe studied at the Actors Studio - her dramatic turn in Bus Stop earned critical praise and garnered a Golden Globe nomination. In the decades since her controversial death - officially ruled a “probable suicide” - Monroe has become a legendary movie star, international sex symbol, and pop culture icon. Read on for Los Angeles locations where you can discover Marilyn Monroe’s enduring legacy, from her favorite hotels and restaurants, to one of the world’s foremost collections of Marilyn memorabilia.

Battleship IOWA: The Story of an L.A. Icon

05/22/2014

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Designated the "World's Greatest Naval Ship," Battleship IOWA is a floating museum that welcomes visitors from around the world to its location at the Los Angeles Waterfront in San Pedro.  

Los Angeles Restaurants with Great Markets

05/20/2014

Leslee Komaiko

Some of L.A.’s most popular restaurants and cafes are also marketplaces where you can pick up a wedge of perfect blue cheese, some dried beans or an artisan chocolate bar. Some places carry items primarily from their own kitchen. Others spotlight their favorite purveyors. Either way, shopping these spots is a fun way to stock your fridge and pantry, not to mention score some great gifts.

L.A. Tourism Partners

05/20/2014

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The mission of the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board is to advance the prosperity of L.A.'s visitor economy and the livelihoods that depend on it. This is achieved by sales and marketing to the principle segments of both the domestic and international travel trade and consumer. In particular, L.A. Tourism represents the L.A. destination to the meetings and convention industry nationwide; the international travel trade and traveler; the cruise passenger and cruise lines; the domestic leisure traveler; as well as the worldwide travel media.

Car Free L.A. Guides on the Go

05/20/2014

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The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board is making it easier than ever to discover LA without a car. Car Free LA features a series of self-guided "car free" vacation itineraries that offer a new way to experience the hidden gems of LA’s diverse neighborhoods via foot, bike and Metro. Whether it’s culture, coastal attractions, global cuisine, music or architecture, see it all car free.

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