California African American Museum sign

Discover the California African American Museum


Wiebke Schuster

CAAM’s new facilities opened its doors to visitors during the 1984 Summer Olympics, a time when the world came together to celebrate cultural diversity and common goals. The glass ceiling lobby of the CAAM, where the abundant California sunshine fills the space, creates a warm welcome for everyone who walks through its doors. Large white walls make for the perfect floor-to-ceiling exhibition space, which is filled with a rotating collection entitled the Courtyard Series. “We get to play,” says Visual Arts Curator Vida Brown with a bright smile. Visitors are immediately encouraged by the friendly museum staff to explore the courtyard’s art offerings. From Women’s Hands portrays the art of five artists, all women of color, whose work is inspired by different aspects of the female experience in society. The fragile looking metal knit dresses by Kristine Mays look almost liquid from a distance, but as one steps closer the rigid-metal links begin to speak of strength and a solid identity.

Margherita pizzas at Olio GCM Wood Fired Pizzeria

The Best of Grand Central Market


Joshua Lurie

Grand Central Market (GCM) has been a Downtown L.A. staple since 1917, but only recently have the owners gathered a new generation of food and drink vendors. Yes, GCM institutions like China Cafe, Roast To Go and Tacos Tumbras A Tomas are still going strong, but here’s a chance to learn about 11 of the best new food and drink options at Grand Central Market.

"Daniel in the Lions' Den" by Henry Ossawa Tanner at LACMA

African American Masterpieces at Los Angeles Museums


Wiebke Schuster

The cultural landscape of Los Angeles has been deeply influenced by African American artists and philanthropists and it continues to blossom because of them. In the visual arts scene, contributions by African American artists are plentiful and are constantly on view at many of L.A.’s world-famous museums. Read on for a guide to selected masterpieces in Los Angeles museums.

Larchmont Village clock

A Walking Tour of Larchmont Village


Esther Tseng

Discover an intimate shopping district and community in historic Larchmont Village, the hub of many activities for the residents of one of L.A.’s most well-regarded neighborhoods. There’s been a recent surge of newcomers to the pedestrian-friendly area, but you'd be remiss if you overlooked the long-time favorites. Read on for a walking tour of Larchmont Village, from one of L.A.’s best coffee shops to unique stores and excellent restaurants.

"Thai style" pad thai at Pailin Thai Cuisine

The Best Pad Thai in Los Angeles


Zach Brooks

Pad thai blends together the best parts of Thai cooking: sweet, spicy, sour and funky. Almost all pad thai has egg, ground peanuts, scallions and a lime wedge. The very best will also have dried shrimp, pressed tofu, chili powder and even crispy pork. More and more versions are being served around L.A. as off-menu specials or alternates to the overly sweet, bright orange noodle dish that’s offered on the average menu. Here are the 10 best pad thai dishes in Los Angeles.

Jeremy Lin's Los Angeles


Jeremy Lin

After leading his Northern California high school team to a California state championship, and being named First-Team All-State and the Northern California Division II Player of the Year, NBA superstar Jeremy Lin – now playing professional basketball for the LA Lakers - shares his favorite places in L.A. to indulge and unwind.



Discover Los Angeles

Around the world, in town, and on the web, LATCB is working to help grow and support the Los Angeles tourism community and keep the world coming to L.A.

News & Notes - December 2014


Discover Los Angeles

More than 2,100 exhibition and events industry professionals gathered in Los Angeles to take part in networking, education sessions and a bustling floor show at the International Association of Exhibitions and Events’ (IAEE) Expo! Expo!. Held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from Dec. 9-11, the three-day event kicked off with welcome remarks by L.A. Tourism’s Ernest Wooden Jr. and Mayor Eric Garcetti, who issued a proclamation underscoring the value of conventions to Los Angeles. L.A. Tourism’s opening and closing receptions at the L.A. LIVE campus and host-hotel JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE showcased the destination, while all four Marriott properties at L.A. LIVE — the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Los Angeles, JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE, Residence Inn Los Angeles Downtown and Courtyard Los Angeles Downtown — housed show organizers and attendees for the event.

L.A. Tourism also hosted a pre-IAEE Expo! Expo! 2014 customer familiarization event from Dec. 7-8. The FAM showcased Downtown Los Angeles, Universal Studios Hollywood, Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the Omni Hotel Los Angeles California Plaza, The JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, The O Hotel, Red Line Tours, STAPLES Center, the Los Angeles Lakers, Grand Central Market, Six Taste Food Tours and Perch LA.

Finally, L.A. Tourism partnered with IAEE to offer city tours to more than 100 IAEE Expo! Expo! attendees highlighting Downtown Los Angeles on the Starline Hop On Hop Off Tour, which stopped at Olvera Street and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

“Hosting decision-makers for the $11 billion exhibitions and events industry for IAEE ‘s Expo! Expo! in L.A. is a huge coup for our destination,” said Wooden. “Expo! Expo! along with our new media campaign targeting meetings and conventions delivers the message that our year-round warm weather and blue skies, wide variety of top-notch venues and hotels, exciting culinary scene, glamorous shopping, nightlife, museums, and the allure of Hollywood, make Los Angeles a perfect meetings destination.”

Conventions mean big business for Los Angeles. Through 2028, Los Angeles has 164 conventions on the books with an expected economic impact of more than $2.3 billion. A study is being conducted to measure IAEE’s financial impact on the local economy.