Everyone wants the perfect vacation, which is sometimes hard to achieve if the kids are complaining, tired or frustrated (as traveling children often are). Luckily for parents, the odds in LAare stacked in your favor. This is the capital city of family-friendly things to do, and our attractions can entertain even the grumpiest, most demanding visitors. Use these itinerary options to ride the next big coaster, experience the city’s landmarks and finally understand what it means to say, “That’s So LA.”
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Unique group dining spots in Los Angeles aren’t hard to come by. After all, this is one of the country’s major epicurean hotbeds, touting celebrity chefs that never stop surprising. For those who think quality goes down with quantity, they’ve surely never been to LA. These 10 restaurants are the cream of the crop when it comes to group dining in LA — unique, professional and of course, delicious.MeetingsTravel TradeRestaurants
The Los Angeles Visitor Information Centers’ multilingual staff answer travel questions, provide directions and public transportation information, assist with itineraries and make recommendations on dining, sightseeing and cultural options. Centers also sell tickets to attractions and provide maps and travel guides.
Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board has two Visitor Information Centers located adjacent to METRO stations at:
From sleek and modern to spiritual, the Los Angeles skyline features some of the world's great buildings, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects. Whether you're an architecture geek or simply want to admire these stunning buildings, read on for LA Tourism's guide to LA's cutting edge architecture.CultureArchitectureMuseumsMusic
Los Angeles enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate — moderate temperatures with low humidity year-round. Midday readings average 80 degrees from June to October and 70 degrees between November and May. In December and January, when others around the country are shivering, locals may be heading to the beach in shorts and short sleeves. The rainy season is between November and March, when a few rainy days are typically followed by many days of brilliant sunshine and clear bright skies. Summer’s warmth is often tempered by pleasant sea breezes, especially near the ocean.
Read on for information about historic locations that were featured in the 2009 Fox Searchlight film (500) Days of Summer, courtesy of the Los Angeles Conservancy. The film is a romantic comedy, but many have pointed out that the City of Los Angeles and its stunning architecture play almost as important a role as the young couple, Tom and Summer.ArchitectureItineraryCultureFilm
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Every second Thursday of the month from noon to 10 p.m., art lovers gather in Downtown LA for the Downtown Art Walk. Join in on the fun by taking a free self-guided tour of the area's hottest galleries, ranging from commercial art to nonprofit venues. If you're having trouble choosing where to visit, these galleries have garnered reputations for style, scene and cutting-edge art.ArtGalleriesFree
For golfers, vacationing often means hitting the links, and LA's pleasant year-round weather and fantastic array of public courses will thrill any golf fanatic.ActivitiesGolfFamily FriendlyOutdoorsSports
Getting acquainted with the numerous hiking trails in Los Angeles is the perfect way to discover why LA is the ideal place to get outside. Most of the hikes listed here are easy to moderate, so it’s not necessary to be an experienced hiker to enjoy them. However, it’s always wise to keep a few things in mind when you’re planning an excursion. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, carry plenty of drinking water, use sunscreen and wear sunglasses. Take along a camera, make sure you stay on the trails and have fun.ActivitiesHikingParksRecreationEco FriendlyFamily FriendlyFreeOutdoorsScenicValue