The 3 Day Weekend Getaway Guide to Los Angeles begins in Downtown LA, which has experienced an incredible renaissance that includes world-class cultural attractions and venues, acclaimed restaurants and vibrant nightlife.
Stay & Play
GQ Magazine has called Downtown Los Angeles "America's Next Great City" and "the coolest new downtown in America." Stay and play at red-hot hotels like the Moxy/AC, the Proper and the Hoxton; the towering InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, and landmarks like The Biltmore, Westin Bonaventure and Hotel Figueroa.
At the heart of Downtown L.A.’s renaissance is L.A. LIVE, the massive entertainment district that includes Crypto.com Arena, The Novo, Regal L.A. LIVE and a number of restaurants and bars. Music fans can't miss a visit to the GRAMMY Museum.
A memorable Saturday night at L.A. LIVE could start with dinner at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse or Katsuya; then a game or concert at Crypto.com Arena; and finally wind down with a pitcher of craft beer at the Yard House or bowling a few frames at Lucky Strike.
History & Culture
Los Angeles is known as a trend-setting metropolis, but its architectural heritage includes historic landmarks as well as modern structures. Many of LA’s classic buildings can be viewed on a walking tour of Downtown LA, from Union Station and City Hall to the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel and the famed Bradbury Building.
For those with a taste for the modern aesthetic, Downtown LA's cutting edge architecture includes the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall and The Broad contemporary art museum.
Several of LA’s top cultural attractions and venues are located at Exposition Park, including the landmark Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, BMO Stadium, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and the California African American Museum. The California Science Center is the permanent home of Space Shuttle Endeavour, which is currently being prepped for its vertical “ready for launch” position as part of the world’s only complete Space Shuttle System.
Downtown LA Dining
Downtown LA dining options include popular cultural destinations like Olvera Street, Chinatown and Little Tokyo. Whether it’s a landmark like Philippe the Original or The Original Pantry; bustling favorites like the historic Grand Central Market and weekly Smorgasburg; or new hotspots like Baar Baar and Level 8, there are DTLA restaurants that will appeal to every palate and budget.
Drinks with a View
Some of Downtown LA's top bars also boast unforgettable city views, from 71Above in the U.S. Bank Tower to Spire 73 at the InterContinental - the highest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere. LA's "Endless Summer" weather is perfect for rooftop drinks at La Lo La at Moxy/AC; Broken Shaker at the Freehand; Cara Cara at the Proper and LA Cha Cha Cha in the Arts District.