One of LA's largest regions, the San Fernando Valley is filled with free cultural attractions and dog-friendly parks. Then head to the nearby San Gabriel Valley for more hidden gems, spectacular mountain hikes, and a night with the stars.
NOTE: Due to COVID-19, attractions may be closed or have limited hours. Check individual websites for the latest updates.
Named for Mack Sennett Studios (opened in 1928, now called the CBS Studio Center), Studio City is famous for Sushi Row on Ventura Boulevard, numerous canyon parks, and historic residences - including one of the most famous houses in TV history.
The most populous neighborhood in the Valley, Van Nuys is home to Van Nuys Airport, the incredible Valley Relics Museum, the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve, and the landmark Van Nuys City Hall (built in 1932 as the Valley Municipal Building).
With more than 20 independent theatres, the NoHo Arts District in North Hollywood is a mecca for fans. Free activities include strolling the cultural hub, viewing the world's longest mural, and taking your pup for an off-leash run.
Home of the world-famous Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game on New Year's Day, Pasadena offers free hidden gems like the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden, Arlington Garden, and a summertime favorite, live music at Levitt Pavilion.
Surrounded by the Angeles and San Bernardino National Forests, the San Gabriel Mountains were designated a U.S. National Monument by President Obama in 2014. You won't believe you're still in LA County when you make the trek to Echo Mountain, the Bridge to Nowhere, and the Mount Wilson Observatory.