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April 28, 2017 / By Katrina Ramalho

1. Art Walk Downtown

79 Free Things to DoDowntown LA Art Walk is a self-guided tour in downtown Los Angeles in between 6 in the evening and 10 in the night. Over the years, it has grown tremendously and these days, mostly over 25,000 visitors on a monthly basis. It now comprises of over 50 different galleries and a lot of local businesses.

 

The Art Walk is located between 4th and 9th on Spring and Main street. It happens the 2nd Thursday of each month.

There is plenty of artwork on display. Some of the galleries which you should definitely visit are:

 

 

-Inner-City Art Galler

-Think Tank Gallery
-Night Gallery
-The Last Book Store on 5th

In addition to exploring the art in some of these galleries, there are a lot of other activities which are going on simultaneously. There is the live stream of music and fashion shows.

There are plenty of food trucks and food options whenever you’re starting your walk.

While there are plenty of parking spaces in order to ensure that you do not have to wait for a longer period of time, it is best to book the parking in advance.


If you want to explore the diverse art of Los Angeles, this is one of the perfect options for you. Since the entrance is completely free unless and until, you’re buying something, it is well worth a visit. Also, you can go along with your group of friends and you would be able to enjoy the evening as well.

So, if you’re in Los Angeles on the 2nd Thursday of the month, downtown Los Angeles Art Walk is definitely one of the best ways to spend your evening.

 

 

 

2. Griffith Park

Griffith Park is one of the largest municipally owned the parks in the United States. The total area of the park is over 4300 acres. It is also home to the world famous Hollywood sign. In addition to that, it also consists of Griffith Park Observatory. It consists of innumerable trail options as well.

If you’re looking for the tourist attractions in Griffith Park, some of them are:

-Autry National Center

-Griffith Park Observatory
-Greek Theatre
-Griffith Park Southern Railroad
-Shane’s Inspiration

Getting there:
If you’re looking for public transport, you would be able to get daily bus service.

You can also opt for hiking or taking a bike to the Griffith Park.

 

If you’re taking your own car, you would be able to easily find it with the help of the GPS and it has parking which costs $ 4 per hour.

When visiting the Griffith Park, there are plenty of tourist attractions as well as activities which you can take part in like:

-Camping
-Picnicking
-Horse Riding
-Hiking
-Playing golf
-Swimming

The park is open to the public from 5 AM in the morning to 10:30 PM on the night. However, after sunset, the mountain roads, as well as the hiking paths and trails, are closed.

 

Location of the park:
The park is in the western direction of the Golden State Freeway I-5.

Today due to the efforts taken in the preservation of the Griffith National Park, it has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Los Angeles. In addition to that, there are plenty of family picnic spots as well.

So, if you’re looking for a day out with your family, Griffith National Park is one of the best options for you.

 

 

 

3. Santa Monica Pier

If you want to have fun by the beach, just head over to the Santa Monica Pier. It is located at the end of Route 66. In terms of the ambiance as well as the vibes, nothing much has changed in the last 25 years. Sure enough, you would find a few changes these days, many of the businesses have been replaced by the more modern ones but if you look at the vibes as well as the entertainment options, you would find that it is almost the same. That is why you would be able to have an entertaining day when you’re heading over there.

The pier was rebuilt in 1990’s in order to provide it with a completely new look. There is also an amusement park which you can visit. If you are going to the amusement park make sure that you get a ticket for the entire day. This would ensure that you do not have to pay anything extra for rides. Some of the rides which you should try at the amusement park are:

-Yellow Roller Coaster

-Sea Dragon

Apart from the amusement park, there are quite a few eateries which you can visit. Whether you’re looking for budget restaurants or exclusive restaurants, you would be able to find all of these options here.

If you’re looking for local artists, there are plenty of artists who have performed live in front of an audience. In addition to that, there are plenty of shops where you can get souvenirs related to the city. Some of the restaurants which you can definitely visit at the pier are:

-Pier Burger
-Ristorante Al Mare
-Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

The pier is always open and therefore you do not have to worry about any hours of operation. In addition to that there are plenty of paid parking spaces to choose from as well.

So, if you want to explore the coastal part of the city, the Santa Monica Pier is one of the best places to visit.

 

4. Malibu Winery

Malibu Winery experience is much more than wine tasting. You have to just carry your picnic basket and buy a glass of wine at the winery. You can even bring your own food.

It is located off the Mulholland and therefore is easily accessible. On the weekends, it can get pretty crowded and it is a better idea to go on a weekday. If you want to go on the weekends, you have to book a table and pay in advance.

On the weekends, they also have live music which actually completes the entire experience. Make sure you get the sitting spot under the shade.

 

The place is quite as it is far away from the roads and on a secluded mountainside. They also offer you a shuttle from a nearby spot.

Tip:
Instead of buying a wine glass, just buy the entire wine bottle which is much more affordable.

Please note that kids are not allowed there, it is just for adults.

The tables and the entire wine tasting experience is amazing.

 

 

Malibu Winery offers the ultimate picnic experience.

 

5. Hollywood Walk of Fame

 

Hollywood Walk of Fame is one of the most iconic tourist attractions in Hollywood. The Hollywood Walk of Fame totally consists of 2600 different stars representing some of the most iconic artist in Hollywood. It is spread across 15 blocks on Hollywood Boulevard and even stretches across Vine Street for 3 blocks.

The stars are dedicated to the Hollywood celebrities and to the people who have contributed significantly to the entertainment industry. It includes the names of the celebrities, actors as well as musicians as well as directors and producers. The number of tourists who visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame is more than 10 million each and every year.

Some Popular Stars on the Walk of Fame:

John Stamos Pic credit Just Jared
Keanu Reeves
Donald Trump
George M. Cohan
Johnny Cash
James Cagney
Sylvester Stallone
Michael Jackson
Tom Cruise
Stan Lee

The initial idea for the Hollywood Walk of Fame was formulated by E.M. Stuart, who was the then president of Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. The idea was formulated in 1953. In 2008, a restoration project was also undertaken which restored all the 2365 stars on the walk at that point of time.

Some are of interest on the Hollywood Walk of Fame:

Hollywood Blvd, north side, between Highland and Orange
Hollywood Blvd, south side, between Sycamore and Orange
Hollywood Blvd, south side, between Orange and Highland
Hollywood Blvd, north side, between Orange and Sycamore
Vine St, east side, between Hollywood and Yucca
Chineses Man Theater

 

 

If you’re in Hollywood and if you want to explore the legacy of Hollywood as well as of the Los Angeles city, the Hollywood Walk of Fame is definitely a must visit if not for anything else, you should definitely visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

5.Olvera Street

If you want to experience the real LA, Olvera Street is one of the best options for you. Whether you want to explore the culture or whether you want to explore the food or whether you want to explore the music, this is one of the best places to visit. It is located in downtown LA and is one of the oldest parts of city.

It is near N Alameda St. Parking is available on the street in plenty of places. However, the parking is a bit costly. If you’re looking for a free spot, just drive around and you would be able to find one.

You can easily find the best food joints in this particular street and in addition to that, you would also find plenty of artists playing on the street. If you want to visit the museums, there are a couple of them nearby.

In addition to that, whether you want to buy souvenirs or eat some authentic mexican food you can find it here.

When you’re visiting the Olvera Street make sure you do visit the Avila Adobe it is actually the oldest house in the city and was built in 1818. Currently, as well, the rooms are entirely intact and the house itself is also intact.

 

Whether you’re a tourist or whether you’re a native of the city, visiting this particular street gives you an understanding of the culture and its people.

 

6.Santa Monica Pier Twilight Concerts

If you want to enjoy some great music and a great concert in Santa Monica, this is the place to be. From June 22 to August 17, there will be live concerts on the pier every Thursday. Experience good music and have a good time with your family and friends. The concerts are also completely free.

There is no better way to experience a concert than waves crashing near the sand and the artists performing in front of you.

The list of the artists who will be performing on a particular date are listed below.

 

The concerts are at the pier from 7 PM to 10 PM. There are also special Snapchat filters for you to share your memories.

Just make sure that you arrive early so that you are able to get the best spot on the beach. If you’re looking for a specific type of music here are the dates.

 

 

 

 

7. Bonfire at Dock Wilder Beach

If you’re looking to enjoy a day at the beach, Dock Wilder is one of the perfect options. Not only is it a great spot during the day but it is great to take in the Sunset. You could have your own bonfire on the beach. It can easily accommodate 12 to 15 people.

The beach can get pretty busy on the weekends and if you want a bonfire experience, you have to arrive early.

The parking is only $8 and the beach is in Vista Del Mar .They also have RV campgrounds which would cost around $65.

Travel Tip:
The beach is located near LAX. If you have a bit of time before your flight or a layover, you can easily visit the beach.

 

 

 

 

8. Highland Center in Hollywood

Highland Center’s shopping mall is located on the Hollywood Boulevard. The shopping mall offers you plenty of different stores for shopping as well as dining. The crowd in the shopping mall is a mix of tourists as well as locals. This mall is located on the hollywood walk of fame.

The crowd here is always festive and as it is frequented by a lot of tourists.

Parking is not an issue. You can park in the mall and it would cost you $2 with a validation from any of the stores. Similarly, if you’re here for the movie theater, you can park for 4 hours for just $2.

Some of the restaurants which are located in the shopping mall are:

-Jinya Ramen Express
-Pokinometry
-Wafflejack
-Fist of Fusion
-California Pizza Kitchen
-Hard Rock Cafe
-Cabo Wabo Cantina
-Cho Oishi

 

 

If you’re primarily visiting for shopping, some of the stores in the shopping mall are:

-Aldo
-American Eagle Outfitters
-Argenti Cigars & Tobacco
-Harper
-Kyle Chan Design
-Mac cosmetics

The ambiance here is great. On occasion,they have concerts with major performers for free.

9.Universal City Walk

Universal City Walk is spread across an area in Universal City and consists of plenty of dining options as well as entertainment. It is right outside of Universal Studios. If you want to shop for souvenirs, there are plenty of stores to choose from like Universal Studio store. Also, if you’re looking for normal shopping, you would have quite a few options like:

-Abercrombie & Fitch
-Billabong
-Element
-IT’SUGAR

After shopping, there are plenty of restaurants offering you a variety of options. Some of the great restaurants you can try include:

-Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
-Universal City Buffet
-Camacho’s Cantina
-Samba Brazilian Steakhouse
-Hard Rock Cafe
-Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville
-Johnny Rockets
-Karl Strauss Brewing Company
-Saddle Ranch Chop House

Some of the entertainment options which you can definitely opt for:

-Universal Cinema
-5 Towers Stage
-iFly
-Howl at the Moon
-Saddle Ranch

 

 

If you are looking to explore along with your family members, this is one of the best options for you. There are also plenty of hotels around and therefore it is much easier to reach.

So, if you want to explore the entertainment options, Universal CityWalk is the best place to explore after 8 PM. It can get pretty crowded and it is a good idea to head in there early.

10. Chinese Theater

Chinese theater now rebranded as the TCL Grauman’s Chinese theater is more famous due to its hand and foot prints of various Hollywood stars. There are more than 200 such imprints in the theater. Legend has it, that Norma Talmadge by mistake stepped into the wet cement which was present outside the construction of the building. Since then, the owner of the building asked other celebrities like Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks to repeat the mistake with both hands and feet. It has become a tradition.

Due to the large collection of hand and foot imprints, tourists in large numbers visit the theater as well.

The theater is located at the famous Hollywood Boulevard. Due to the hand and foot prints, it has become a part of the history of Hollywood.

You can also watch your favorite movies at this theater. You would be seated in the IMAX auditorium. The theatre also boasts of one of the largest IMAX auditoriums in the world with a capacity of 932 people.

The architecture of the theater is also on a grand scale and incorporates Chinese architecture.

So if you want to catch a part of Hollywood history, make sure that you visit the Chinese Theater.

 

 

 

 

 

 

11. Chinatown

Chinatown in Los Angeles is one of the best places to experience Asian culture. In order to explore this area you should head over to Cesar Chavez & N Broadway in Los Angeles. One of the 1st places you should definitely visit is the temple There are plenty of restaurants that you should definitely try. Some great options are:

-Chinese Friends
-Chego
-Howling Rays
-Oolego
-Park’s Korean BBQ

In addition to this, you can find Chinese herbs as well as spices with medicinal properties.

You can also find plants like the bonsai. Some of the other attractions which you should definitely check out in Chinatown are:

-Bronze Statue of Bruce Lee
-Wishing Fountain
-The Gateway with 2 Dragons

Chinatown is frequented by tourists as well as natives.

 

12. Getty Center Observatory

Getty Center provides you with some spectacular views of Los Angeles. The center is spread over 110 acres and has the clear-cut views Los angeles and the Santa Monica mountains. You are able to see the lush greenery around the mountains as well as the landscape.

You can easily reach it on foot with the help of tram. The entry to the observatory is free but if you’re taking your own car, it would cost you around $ 15 for the parking.

 

The artworks housed in the museum range from sculptures to paintings and even articrafts. The museum itself would take at least a day to explore. If you want to just relax, the grounds around the museum and the observatory are one of the best. They are beautifully manicured and are a sight to behold.

 

13. La Brea Tar Pits

LaBrea Tar Pits & Museum is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Los Angeles. In order to visit this location, you have to head over to Wilshire Boulevard. The museum only charges a ticket of $12 for the adults and $ 9 for students and if you’re accompanied by children between 3 and 12 years of age it only cost $5.

If you’re looking for guided tours, there are a couple of them throughout the day. The guides which are included in the tour are pretty knowledgeable and therefore, they would be able to explain each and every aspect of the museum to you. They also have a documentary on the ice age which you can watch. The ticket for the documentary is sold seperately and explains

-Tar Pits
-Fossils
-Current Excavations

Every summer, the scientists would return to the tar pits in order to excavate further. One thing you will notice if you’re staying there is the scent. The tar pits are continuously releasing gases. If you’re just looking to explore the tar pits, they are completely free. If you’re looking to explore the museum, you would have to pay the ticket cost which we mentioned above.

The museum consists of much more fossils as well as skeletons of animals from all over the world. In addition to that, the local ones which are excavated from the tar pits are also exhibited in the museum.

So, if you’re with friends and if you want to explore some history, this museum is one of the best options.

14. Santa Monica Mountains

The Santa Monica Mountains are running parallel to the coast and overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The Santa Monica Mountains are peaks which have a height of up to 3000 feet. It offers one of the best hiking experiences in California. If you look into the number of trails, you would realize that there are over 500 miles of it. You can go hiking, camping or even mountain biking.

 

Planning your visit:
If you’re planning to visit Santa Monica and you can get the option of multiple trails their are multiple entrances to the park.

The park is typically open from sunrise to sunset. The timing would change according to the season.

From time to time, there are a wide variety of events which are conducted at the park. So, when you’re in Los Angeles, these mountains are a must visit.

History of the site:
While the Santa Monica Mountains are almost prehistoric, when you look into the movement to start conserving the area, it started in the 1950s. However, the recreational area was only created in 1978. In 1980, the area it was expanded and came to be known as Santa Monica Mountains National Park.

Activities:
Some of the activities which you can indulge in these mountains are

-Picnicking
-Hiking
-Camping
-Trekking
-Mountain Biking
-Bird Watching

Ecosystem:
If you’re looking at the ecosystem of Santa Monica Mountains, it consists of hundreds of different types of plant species. In addition to that, you can find hundreds of types of animal species as well.

The mountain range itself is spread across 46 miles.

The Santa Monica Mountains is surrounded by urban landscape and that is why it was necessary to conserve this part of the land in order to ensure that the animals and the fragile ecosystem in which they live in, is sustained.

 

 

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SaveSavePetit Ermitage in West Hollywood

Petit Ermitage in West Hollywood is a boutique hotel located on Cynthia Street in West Hollywood. The hotel boasts of modern architecture along with a rooftop pool which is the perfect option for you if you want to have a relaxing vacation. The staff of the hotel is pretty pleasant and helpful. The rooftop pool is heated. This ensures that you would be able to use it in almost any weather. The hotel provides you with the different amenities like:

-Rooftop pool
-Yoga service
-Spa
-Gym
-Restaurant
-Room Service
-Free WiFi connection

The total number of rooms which are on offer are 80. if you speak about the other facilities especially the food, the buffet breakfast also consists of a lot of variety. If you want to have a light breakfast, you can opt for the fruit juice as well as the cereals whereas if you want to have a heavy breakfast, there are other options like fresh pastries as well as small finger food. It is pretty conveniently located as within 5 to 15 minutes of the car drive, you would be able to reach Beverly Hills or DTLA. Very few hotels actually provide you with the 360∞ views which this hotel provides you with. That is why you can just spend your time on the rooftop of this hotel admiring the beautiful city around you.

Some of the tourist attractions which you would find nearby this hotel are:

 

 

-TCL Chinese Theatre
-The Magic Castle
-Kodak Theatre
-Hollywood walk of fame

If you’re feeling like eating out, some of the good restaurant options nearby are:

-Pizzeria Prova
-Tender Greens
-Five Guys
-Jinpachi

All in all, whether you’re just looking to relax in the hotel or whether you’re looking to plan a vacation along with your family or whether you’re visiting the Hollywood area for some business, this hotel provides the perfect option for you.

Room Tip:
The 3rd floor is the perfect option for you if you want to get quite a room but you need to stay away from the rooms near the fireplace.

Owing to its beautiful interior as well as the rooftop swimming pool along with the garden on the rooftop and the 360∞ views of Hollywood, this is one of the best hotels which you can opt for when you’re heading over to this part of the city.

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OMG! I had so much fun over the weekend at Malibu Winery. It is a great place to take a picnic basket and enjoy the wine they have to offer. Really was pleasantly surprised. There was a mixed crowd of people of different ages which I enjoyed and they had a live band. Bottles are affordable and they have something to fit any price range. Being surrounded by nature and enjoying the surroundings was a major key. I also enjoyed the shuttle. What an experience. When you park there is a shuttle that takes you to the winery. You get to see great views of the mountains and great music. I enjoyed the drive back listening to Biggie Smalls and people on the shuttle. Everyone was friendly and festive. I recommend this winery and you can also book one of our host for the Malibu experience.