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Baby Black Howler Monkey at the L.A. Zoo

Monkeying Around in Los Angeles

01/04/2016

Esther Tseng

The new year is upon us, and because the Lunar calendar starts a month after the Western one, the Chinese Zodiac has us aligned with the Year of the Monkey starting Feb. 8, 2016. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways in Los Angeles to celebrate this sign, known for mischievousness, curiosity and intellect. Read on to find out all the ways to "monkey around" the city, whether it’s at a museum, tattoo parlor, bakery or karaoke bar.

98th Rose Queen Erika Winter and the Rose Princesses

The Guide to the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena

11/19/2015

Discover Los Angeles

From the pre-bowl game feasting at Lawry’s Beef Bowl, to the spectacular Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl Game on New Year's Day, the Tournament of Roses is a Southern California tradition that is unequaled anywhere in the world. 

Rocky Peak Park at sunset

The Best Difficult Hikes in Los Angeles

10/02/2015

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 Broad museum, exterior view on Grand Avenue

Discover the Best of Los Angeles Fall 2015

08/25/2015

Discover Los Angeles

Contrary to popular belief, Los Angeles has four seasons and summer in L.A. isn’t actually endless. As the city transitions to the cooler temps and shorter days of fall, we preview the hottest openings, exhibits and special events taking place in L.A. from Labor Day Weekend through September and beyond.

Saroyan Stairs at Beachwood Canyon

Discover the Hidden Stairs of Los Angeles

08/24/2015

Joshua Lurie

Most people associate stairs with function. For example, many staircases in Echo Park were built to assist Angelenos from Red Car stops to uphill homes. Now staircases bring people to city views and give people a no-cost exercise alternative to gyms and fitness studios. Read on and learn about 14 great staircases across L.A. County.

Eagle Rock at Topanga State Park

Step Up to the Best Intermediate Hikes in Los Angeles

07/29/2015

Joshua Lurie

One of the best aspects of living in L.A. is outdoor access. The beach, mountains and desert are all within striking distance. Hiking is always an option, whether it’s the Santa Monica Mountains, Griffith Park or the mighty San Gabriel Mountains. We previously covered the Top 10 Easy Hikes in L.A. Now we'll learn about eight of the best intermediate hikes in L.A. County that will yield prized views and get your heart pumping, but won’t require a day off from work to recover.

1. Carry your cell phone with you in case of emergency. The signal can be limited in the mountains, but in case you run into trouble, the phone is your best friend.
2. Carry plenty of water because trails often have little shade and it can get hot.
3. Wear sunscreen and a hat. Even if the sky starts out 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.

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