The Marvin Braude Bike Trail at Venice Beach

Three Days of Outdoor Adventure on the Westside of Los Angeles


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Your three-day outdoor itinerary begins at the Hotel Angeleno, rising 17 stories above Sunset Boulevard and the I-405. Poised at the crossroads of Westwood, Century City, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, the Hotel Angeleno is conveniently located near the Getty Center, Westwood Village, and the upscale shopping and destinations of Brentwood and Montana Avenue. The boutique hotel boasts panoramic views from the beach to Downtown L.A. and offers the penthouse level WEST Restaurant & Lounge.

Sunset ride at Sunset Ranch Hollywood

Family Friendly Outdoor Activities in Los Angeles


Leslee Komaiko

Los Angeles is a great city for outdoor enthusiasts. Why not get the whole family outside this season? It’s hard for kids (not to mention mom and dad) to be attached to their screens if they are fishing for trout, climbing a mountain, or riding a horse. We’ve compiled a list of ten activities sure to deliver fresh air and quality family time.

Breaching whale at LA Whale Watching

Three Days of Adventure in the Beach Cities of Los Angeles


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As an adventurous traveler in the know, you’re onto the fact that some of the best beach spots are a little more hidden — think Manhattan, Hermosa, and Redondo. Here’s the best way to enjoy a fun-packed three day weekend at L.A.'s beautiful Beach Cities.

“Planet of Life” from “LIFE: A Journey Through Time” at Annenberg Space for Photography

"LIFE: A Journey Through Time" at Annenberg Space for Photography


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"We are delighted to bring the majestic work of Frans Lanting to the Annenberg Space for Photography," said Wallis Annenberg, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation. "Lanting's photographic journey combines provocative storytelling with new scientific insights. His seemingly omnipotent ability to look at situations in the natural world provides us with, to quote Lanting, 'a window into its past.'"

Rocky Peak Park at sunset

The Best Difficult Hikes in Los Angeles


Joshua Lurie

One of the best aspects of living in Los Angeles is its proximity to the great outdoors. The beach, mountains and desert are all within striking distance. Hiking is always an option, whether it’s the Santa Monica Mountains, Hollywood Hills or the mighty San Gabriel Mountains. Now that you’ve conquered easy hikes and stepped up to intermediate hikes, you’re ready to learn about nine of the best difficult hikes in L.A. County, which either span more than six miles or climb more than 1,000 feet of altitude. These hikes are sure to get your heart racing and may even require some recovery time (unless you frequent fire roads).

A few quick reminders:
1. Carry your cell phone with you in case of emergency. The signal can be limited in the mountains, but the phone is your best friend if you run into trouble.
2. Carry plenty of water because trails often offer little shade and it can get hot.
3. Wear sunscreen. Even if the sky starts overcast, sun often breaks through clouds.
4. Stay to the center of the trail to limit contact with plants like poison ivy and wildlife like rattlesnakes and tarantulas.

The Guide to Camping Sites Near Los Angeles


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For many visitors, a trip to Los Angeles isn’t complete without experiencing the natural beauty that surrounds the city. Whether your hotel is in Downtown L.A. or at the beach, there are numerous L.A. County and California State Parks located a short drive away. From spectacular coastal settings to rugged mountains and otherworldly desert landscapes, these parks offer a wide range of daytime activities and options for camping overnight. Read on and find out more about camping sites near Los Angeles.

To make online reservations at L.A. County Parks, use the Activities Reservation & Registration System (LACARRS). This system allows you to reserve and/or register for County services and programs, including RV Park, camping, picnic, facilities, and rooms. Online reservations for California State Parks can be made via individual links at Reserve America, included in the following guide.