Shohei Ohtani

The Best of Los Angeles in 2024

From landmark centennials and cultural milestones to the hottest new restaurants and thrilling sports events, how many of these must-sees will you scratch off your LA bucket list this year?

Nighttime view from the Jerome C. Daniel Overlook on Mulholland Drive
View from the Jerome C. Daniel Overlook on Mulholland Drive | Instagram: @tovrleaf


A world-famous highway and a landmark restaurant are celebrating their centennials in 2024.

Opened as Mulholland Highway in 1924, Mulholland Drive is one of America's most beautiful scenic drives. Mulholland Drive spans 24 miles along the Santa Monica Mountains and the Hollywood Hills, from the Cahuenga Pass on its eastern end, through the Sepulveda Pass over the 405 Freeway, to the 101 Freeway in Woodland Hills.

Mulholland Drive
Mulholland Drive  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa
Pancakes, bacon and eggs at The Original Pantry
No. 3 Breakfast Special at The Original Pantry  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

Located at 9th and Figueroa in Downtown LA, The Original Pantry Cafe opened at 9th and San Francisco Streets in 1924, then moved to its current location in 1950. Since their initial one-room, 15-stool space, The Pantry has grown to become an official Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument and a staple of diner style fare in LA.

LA Coliseum 1984 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony
Opening Ceremony for the 1984 Summer Olympics at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum | Photo: IOC


More LA anniversaries to celebrate in 2024: a beloved farmers market, landmark eateries, an extraordinary museum and an iconic sports and entertainment venue.

LAX APM Guideway over Century Boulevard | Rendering courtesy of LAWA
LAX APM Guideway over Century Boulevard | Rendering courtesy of LAWA


Change is in the air(port) and the leading travel trade show are two key reasons that Los Angeles is one of the world's top travel destinations.

The multi-billion Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP) will give airport guests choices that provide a first-class, swift, convenient, and reliable way to access LAX. The program includes the Automated People Mover (APM), six new APM stations, a Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) facility, improvements to the Central Terminal Area, and a connection to LA's Metro system. Together, these projects will continue LAX's legacy as a world-class airport while relieving traffic congestion and improving the travel experience for millions of guests.

LA Tourism presentation at IPW
Photo: U.S. Travel's IPW

IPW (MAY 3-7)
U.S. Travel’s IPW is the leading international inbound travel trade show, with past IPWs driving $5.5 billion in future travel to the United States, and securing America’s position as a foremost global travel destination. Held in a different U.S. city each year, IPW will Bring the World to America® in Los Angeles, taking place at the LA Convention Center May 3-7 (Friday-Tuesday).

Keith Haring carousel at Luna Luna: Forgotten Fantasy
Keith Haring carousel at Luna Luna: Forgotten Fantasy | Photo: Jeff McLane, Luna Luna

Arts & Culture

An extraordinary citywide arts festival, the return of a lost art amusement park, and the largest Black public art project in the country are just a few of this year's arts & culture highlights.

Dishes at n/naka
n/naka | Photo: Zen Sekizawa


LA's world-class dining scene includes the largest Restaurant Week in the country and numerous highly anticipated openings in 2024.

Following its record-breaking 15th anniversary season, Dine LA Restaurant Week returns for its 2024 Summer Edition, taking place July 12-26. Hundreds of restaurants across Los Angeles will feature prix fixe lunch and dinner menus, from local neighborhood favorites to Michelin-starred dining destinations.

In December 2023, Michelin announced its 16 most-anticipated restaurant openings of 2024, and four of them are in Los Angeles!

Prince Charlie Cut of Prime Rib at the Tam O'Shanter
Prince Charlie Cut | Photo: Tam O'Shanter
Paradise Dynasty dumplings
Photo: Paradise Dynasty

Argento (Winter) - Restaurateur Nic Adler (Monty's Good Burger, Nic's On Beverly) is partnering with Billie Eilish and Finneas to open Argento, a vegan restaurant in the former Little Pine space.

Bridgetown Roti - From a Caribbean pop-up to a brick-and-mortar in East Hollywood, Chef Rashida’s Bridgetown Roti specializes in island-inspired delights like flaky rotis with chicken curry topped with lemony slaw, plus handmade patties including callaloo greens with crab and pork belly.

Paradise Dynasty (Summer) - Singapore-based Paradise Dynasty will bring its colorful dumplings to the former Din Tai Fung space in Americana at Brand.

Kobe Bryant “Legends Are Forever” mural by Royyal Dog at The Container Yard
“Legends Are Forever” by Royyal Dog at The Container Yard | Instagram: @thecontaineryard


Los Angeles will add to its unparalleled sports legacy with the dawn of the Dodgers' "Shotime" Era. Basketball fans will be in hoops heaven with the return of March Madness, the debut of the Clippers' new arena, and honors for two LA sports legends.

Traditional lion dancers performing on the streets of Chinatown in Downtown LA
Traditional lion dancers in Chinatown | Photo: Ruben Chairez - Los Angeles Chinatown Firecracker Run, Facebook


Celebrate LA's diverse communities at festivals taking place across the city all year long.