The Guide to Staying Cool in Los Angeles

Beer flight at Smog City Brewing | Photo by Joshua Lurie

Los Angeles is famous for its beautiful year-round weather. During the summer months, temps can climb to levels that compel visitors and Angelenos alike to seek relief. Read on for the best places in Los Angeles to stay cool and escape the heat.

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Upper Pool Deck | Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

The Hottest Hotel Pools in L.A.

Here in Los Angeles, pools are an art form, and the hotels on this list are going way beyond swimming laps. You need to be a hotel guest if you want to take a dip in many of these pools, but some welcome non-guests who just want to enjoy the atmosphere.

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Splash Pad | Photo courtesy of Annenberg Community Beach House, Facebook

Beat the Heat with the Family

When it's too hot, where in the Los Angeles area can you go with the kids to cool off and have some fun to boot? Here are a dozen L.A. spots that deliver relief.

Leo Carrillo State Beach (hi-def)
Leo Carrillo State Beach | Photo courtesy of kayno919, Flickr

Great Beaches in L.A.

Los Angeles is the best city to experience the quintessential endless summer in Southern California. From Malibu to the South Bay, discover the best beaches in L.A.

Manhattan Beach | Photo courtesy of Imagineth, Discover Los Angeles Flickr Pool

Manhattan Beach | Photo courtesy of Imagineth, Discover Los Angeles Flickr Pool

Los Angeles Beaches by Bike

The Marvin Braude Bike Trail (aka The Strand) is a 22-mile bike path that connects many of L.A.’s best beaches and offers the best day of coastal bike riding that anyone could ask for. Escape the inland heat with this two-part guide to the Marvin Braude Bike Trail that starts at its northern end at Will Rogers State Beach near Pacific Palisades and travels south to Torrance Beach.

Santa Monica Pier | Photo: Shabdro Photo, Flickr

Santa Monica Pier | Photo: Shabdro Photo, Flickr

The Guide to the Metro Expo Line: Downtown L.A. to Santa Monica

With the opening of the Metro Expo Line extension, you can Go Metro and travel from Downtown L.A. to Santa Monica in 45 minutes. The Expo Line extension from Culver City to Santa Monica opened in May 2016. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says, "Angelenos will be able to take the train all the way to the beach for the first time in a generation." Read on for our guide to the Metro Expo Line from Downtown L.A. to Santa Monica.

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The Best Movie Theaters in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is blessed with some of the most outstanding movie theaters in the country. Some are historic, some feature state-of-the-art technology - or even a mix of both. Others offer such cutting edge fare, you’d be hard pressed to find these films anywhere else. And when the temps are too hot handle, there's no better place than a dark, cool theater to escape the heat for a couple of hours.

Mango Strawberry Shaved Snow at Class 302
Mango Strawberry Shaved Snow at Class 302 | Photo by Joshua Lurie

The Best Shaved Snow and Ice in Los Angeles

From Hawaiian style shave ice in Sawtelle Japantown to a boozy Sno Kone in Hollywood, here are ten of L.A.'s best shaveries to help you cool off.

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Beer flight at Smog City Brewing | Photo by Joshua Lurie

The Top Craft Beer Bars, Breweries & Restaurants

If you're seeking a refreshing pint to quench your thirst, don't miss our two-part guide to 28 of the best places to drink craft beer in L.A. County.

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Main Exhibition Hall at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens | Photo by Tim Street-Porter, courtesy of The Huntington Library

Browse L.A.'s World Class Libraries

Los Angeles libraries are among the most renowned in the country, featuring incredibly rare editions, important historical archives, and unique collections found nowhere else. Cool off with a literary journey through some of L.A.’s best libraries.


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