Top 10 things to do in L.A. Pre/Post Conference
Who says you can't combine work and play? With its endless entertainment options, L.A. is the perfect city to mix business with leisure. Add a few extra days before or after your visit and explore the city’s many attractions. Whether it’s visiting a world-class museum or attending a boisterous ball game, there's always something exciting to do in L.A.
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1. Hit the Beach
El Matador Beach | Photo courtesy of Shawn Park, Flickr
Los Angeles is the best city to experience the quintessential endless summer in Southern California. Whether you’re looking for a bustling beach community that’s perfect for people watching or a relaxing seaside retreat, L.A. has you covered. Meeting in Downtown? With the opening of the Metro Expo Line extension, you can now travel from Downtown L.A. to Santa Monica Beach in just 45 minutes.
Discover eight great beaches here.
2. Visit a Museum
LACMA | Photo courtesy of afagen, Flickr
Los Angeles museums house some of the world’s most renowned art collections. Throughout the city, you can discover masterpieces like Vincent van Gogh’s Irises, one of the most expensive paintings in history. From longstanding L.A. classics like LACMA and the Getty Center to the Broad Museum dedicated to contemporary art, Los Angeles has a museum for all tastes.
Learn more about L.A.'s museums here.
3. Experience L.A.’s Culinary Scene
Fishing with Dynamite | Photo by Joshua Lurie
Los Angeles has one of the most dynamic dining scenes in the country and is widely regarded as one of the top foodie destinations in the country, offering everything from street food to 5-star restaurants. Foodies can experience restaurants helmed by celebrity chefs like Wolfgang Puck and Suzanne Goin, as well as a new generation of culinary stars like Kogi BBQ Truck founder Roy Choi and Top Chef champion Michael Voltaggio. Make the most out of your time in L.A. and embark on a self-guided foodie tour.
Get started on your culinary adventure here.
4. Take in the Views
Griffith Observatory | photo courtesy of Shawn Park, Flickr
From stunning cityscapes to breathtaking seaside vistas, there’s no shortage of Instagram-worthy views in the City of Angels. Take some time to unwind pre/post conference and head to one of the L.A.’s many rooftop bars where you can take in the glittering city lights while enjoying a cocktail.
Check out the top views and vistas in L.A. here.
5. Check out a Live Show
Photo courtesy of Hollywood Bowl
Los Angeles is home to a thriving and diverse music scene. Just about every national act on tour books at least one show in L.A., and the quality of local talent is unmatched. In a city chock full of concert venues and musical talent, music lovers can find a show on any night of the week. So whether you’re looking for a big, arena-rock experience or just a taste of local music at a smaller venue, you’ll find what you’re looking for on L.A.’s stages.
Discover L.A.'s top concert venues here.
6. Explore the Outdoors
Runyon Canyon at sunset | Photo courtesy of artem.aleksenko, Flickr
Many would say hiking is one of L.A.’s favorite pastimes. With its easy access to a number of hiking trails and near-perfect weather, it’s no surprise L.A. is the ideal place to go outside and explore the great outdoors. Whether it’s the Santa Monica Mountains, Baldwin Hills, Hollywood Hills, down south in Ranchos Palos Verdes or up in the mighty San Gabriel Mountains, work up a sweat and explore one of L.A.’s many trails.
Find your trail here.
7. Discover a Hidden Gem
Photo courtesy of Far Bar
From Downtown to the beach cities, Los Angeles is filled with world-famous landmarks and attractions. But if you look closer, there are hidden gems throughout the city just waiting to be discovered. Beat the crowds and go on a trek less-traveled and you may just stumble upon a hidden bar or unique museum.
Discover L.A.'s hidden gems here.
8. Take a Tour
The Legendary Studio Tour | Photo courtesy of Universal Studios Hollywood
Explore the City of Angels before or after your meeting and get an inside look at major tourist attractions and offbeat enclaves. From museum and food excursions to eco-friendly bikes and spectacular helicopter and boat rides, L.A. offers tours that appeal to a wide range of interests and budgets.
Discover the best L.A. tours here.
9. Go On-Location
Santa Monica Looff Hippodrome | Photo by Lindsay Blake
Generations of movie and TV directors have featured L.A.'s landmark buildings and extraordinary landscapes in every genre of film and TV. Spend a day exploring the Entertainment Capital of the world and scope out the spots where your favorite movies and TV shows were filmed.
Explore Hollywood history here.
10. Catch a Game
Dodger Stadium | Photo courtesy of southerncal88, Flickr
Los Angeles is truly a city of champions, from the “Showtime”-era Lakers to the Kings, Galaxy, and the numerous NCAA championships claimed by USC and UCLA. More recently, Los Angeles has added not one but two football teams, the Chargers and the Rams, as well as finalized the Banc of California Sports Arena and begun the progress of the NFL Stadium. For baseball fans, it doesn’t get any better than catching a game at Dodger Stadium while a visit to the STAPLES Center, home of the Lakers, Clippers and Sparks, is hoops heaven for basketball fans.
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