Living in Los Angeles

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Los Angeles, renowned for its sun, sand, and celebrities, is also home to a vast array of museums, hiking trails, performance venues, and sports teams. A number of museums offer days of free admission, and the summer in particular is full of free concerts and other activities. Whether exploring the city and its environs on your own or looking for ways to entertain visitors, the lists below offer suggestions of places to go.  Click here for a map of more places of interest in the area. For further information about the city, including recommendations on restaurants and nightlife, click here.

Museums 

UCLA Fowler Museum 
UCLA Hammer Museum 
The Getty Center 
The Getty Villa 
LACMA 
California Science Center 
Griffith Observatory 
Annenberg Space for Photography 
Skirball Cultural Center 
The Museum of Contemporary Art 
Museum of Tolerance 
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County 
Sports Museum of L.A. 
Japanese American National Museum 
The Huntington Library, Art Galleries, and Botanical Gardens 
Aquarium of the Pacific 

 

Outdoors 

Hiking trails 
Beaches 
     Will Rogers State Beach  
     El Matador State Beach  
     Santa Monica Beach 
     Manhattan Beach  
     Hermosa Beach  
     Griffith Park 
Santa Monica Pier ­ 
Point Mugu State Park 
 

 

Exploring L.A. County 

Santa Monica 
West Hollywood 
Koreatown 
Olvera Street 
Culver City 
Grauman’s Chinese Theater 
La Brea Tar Pits 
LA Farmers Market 
Brentwood Country Mart 
Annenberg Community Beach House 
The Grove

 

E­ntertainment Industry 

Universal Studios 
Disneyland 
Grammy Museum 
The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

 

Performances 

UCLA Live 
Hollywood Bowl 
LA Philharmonic Orchestra 
Greek Theater 
Grand Performances at L.A. Plaza 
Kodak Theater 
L.A. Opera

 

Sports 

UCLA Sports 
LA Dodgers 
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 
LA Lakers 
LA Clippers 
Los Angeles Kings 
Anaheim Ducks 
LA Galaxy       
Hollywood Park Race Track 
Santa Anita Race Track

 

Within a 3 hour drive

San Diego Wild Animal Park 
San Diego Zoo 
Catalina Island 
Channel Islands National Park 
Santa Barbara 
Joshua Tree National Park