8 Must-Visit Landmarks for Your Los Angeles Vacation

Los Angeles is rich with a history that’s constantly changing. With more than 200 years of culture built into its walls, the city has developed numerous landmarks that each hold significance for LA residents. If you’re visiting Los Angeles, you may want to take time to visit these must-see landmarks to make the most of your LA vacation.

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Hollywood Sign

Arguably one of the most recognizable places in the world, the Hollywood sign is a definite must-see for anybody visiting the city. Thanks to the placement of the sign in the hills, there are numerous hiking and walking trails all along the area and leading right up to it, allowing you to take some amazing photos.

 

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Venice Canals

A true staple of life in Los Angeles is the Venice Canals. The Italy-inspired layout is filled with houses right on the water and bridges to get a view of the scenery. Whether it’s a romantic moonlit walk or simply a great photo-op, the Canals are a cool place to visit for a unique experience on the Westside.

 

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Walt Disney Concert Hall

Not only is the Walt Disney Concert Hall the main venue for the world-renowned LA Philharmonic, but it is also an architectural icon due to its chrome exterior and intricate design. While you can’t always get inside without a ticket or paying for a tour, you can certainly walk around the exterior of the building to see a great view of Downtown Los Angeles.

 

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Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory is the nation’s leader in public astronomy, a great meeting place for people of all ages and walks of life, and boasts one of the best views in LA to grab a photo. While the grounds are always open to the public for walking, hiking, and photo-taking, the actual observatory is open to the public every day but Monday to help you get educated on the stars.

 

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Santa Monica Pier

Seen in countless movies, TV shows, music videos and the like, the Santa Monica Pier could be one of the most recognizable spots in Los Angeles. Whether you want to dine at their beachside restaurants, shop for souvenirs, listen to live music, or ride the roller coaster, you’ll be able to accomplish it all at this lively destination.

 

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art

If you’ve ever seen pictures of people standing in the middle of a maze of white street lamps, you’ll be glad to know they were taken outside of the LACMA. Along with having this uber-famous photo spot, they offer a world-class selection of contemporary art, historical pieces, and installations. You can easily spend a whole day here enjoying the museum along with dining at their restaurants and a coffee shop.

 

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Hollywood Walk of Fame

Everyone should see Hollywood at least once, and walking along the Walk of Fame is a great way to see your favorite celebrities immortalized while at the same time taking in all the sights and smells that Hollywood has to offer. Stray from the main path a little bit and visit a TV show taping, a movie at TCL Chinese Theater or get freaked out at Madame Tussauds wax museum.

 

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Olvera Street

As the oldest street in all of Los Angeles, Olvera Street is a must-see for locals and tourists alike. The street is rich with Hispanic-American history and culture, and that can be seen through the many educational tours, local cart vendors, and longtime restaurants and shops. If you’re in Downtown LA on days like Dia de Los Muertos, be sure to visit and take in all the celebrations have to offer.

 

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The 7 Most Stylish Coffee Shops in Los Angeles

Grabbing coffee is an essential part of the morning routine for many LA residents aiming to make the most of their busy day. Why not take the time to indulge in a quality coffee experience? Los Angeles is filled with coffee novices and experts alike, with the city offering up great selections to start your morning right. It’s impossible to visit them all, but consider taking a trip to these trendy coffee destinations where you can drink your brew in style.

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Verve Coffee

Verve Coffee’s three locations each offer great brews along with a welcoming work area for the community to enjoy. With in-house roasted beans and lots of interior foliage and industrial vibes, it’s easy to spend hours in this fantastical coffee bar. If you’re on a cleanse, don’t worry–they have an awesome selection of organic juices as well.

 

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Alfred Coffee

With a classic neon sign saying “But First, Coffee,” as well as wonderfully tasty concoctions, this popular local chain is an Instagram-addict’s dream. Whether you get a cold brew or a double shot of espresso in a waffle cone cup, you’re guaranteed to be satisfied at Alfred Coffee.

 

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Coffee Commissary

Coffee Commissary brings an industrial chic style to their Burbank locale. Bright and dark walls, low lighting, and lots of funky lines create an atmosphere of originality perfect for getting work done while you sip. The indoor plants also bring in a fresh element that goes great with their quirky wall art and quality coffee.

 

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Carrera Cafe

This picturesque European-style cafe serves great coffee as well as sandwiches and salads. With a cute, black and white interior and plenty of natural light, it’s the perfect place to bring a book and escape for a couple hours. You can also stop in and grab your drink to-go and bring their delicious tastes along with you.

 

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Eightfold Coffee

This light and airy coffee house is a sophisticated destination to try for a cup of coffee or tea. Their delicate but delicious pastries are also sure to make even the worst days better. The European bistro-style seating and and friendly service make for an inviting space to spend your morning.

 

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Dinosaur Coffee

If you need a spot to work on your laptop, or just to hang out with friends, Dinosaur Coffee in Silver Lake is a definite must-try coffee shop. A welcoming staff, warm interior, and delicious coffee make it the perfect place to spend a few hours. Their dinosaur skeleton wooden sculpture that hangs from the ceiling also helps to make for a unique environment for your coffee needs.

 

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Copa Vida

Copa Vida in Pasadena is a wonderful community coffee shop that aims to help bring value to the surrounding community. Getting their beans from a farm in Costa Rica, the shop seeks to be completely transparent in the coffee-making process. Weekdays are great for bringing in work to get done, but on weekends Copa Vida turns their Wifi off for part of the day vowing to bring customers closer together.

 

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7 of the Best Food and Drink Festivals in Los Angeles

Everybody knows that delicious food and a quality drinks are good for the soul, but both are even better when enjoyed with others. Food and drink festivals are a great way to get out into the community and enjoy some great eats at the same time. There are a variety of events highlighting different areas of the food universe around the city, so here are some of the very best food and drink events for you to taste something new.

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Santa Monica Wine Fest

Wine novices and sommeliers alike are welcomed to come to the Santa Monica Wine Festival happening in the beachside city of Santa Monica. The festival prides itself on bringing wines from all over the world under one roof along with live music and wine education.

 

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Smokefest 2 Barbecue Festival

This barbeque festival hosted at LA Ale Works in Hawthorne celebrates everything grilled, smoked, and slathered in sauce. The event is free to the public, with each individual booth setting their own prices per dish. The festival is also family and dog-friendly, with giant games of Jenga and Connect Four happening all day long.

 

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Vegan Street Fair

The Vegan Street Fair is an annual celebration that brings plant-based food and good times together in its North Hollywood neighborhood. This free-to-enter event hosts multiple vegan food vendors from all over the city to bring you a smorgasbord of delicious and nutritious eats.  

 

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Montrose Craft Beer Festival

This event is a celebration of local brewers and craftsman who have perfected their beer creating process. The Montrose Craft Beer Festival is an annual occurrence that along with great beer holds lawn games, a photo booth, and a live DJ.

 

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Masters of Taste

This premier food and drink festival is held at the Rose Bowl and unites dozens of Los Angeles’ top chefs, wine and beer experts to all come together for a greater cause. 100% of the proceeds goes to Union Station Homeless Services, which serves to place the homeless in available housing. What could be better than enjoying some delicious food and quality drinks for a great cause?

 

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ColdXela Homebrewed Craft Beer Festival

The SoCal Cerveceros are host their annual homebrewed beer festival that focuses on celebrating local award-winning homebrew beer makers. The festival also prides themselves on bringing in up and coming Latino bands and music acts that make for an exciting day of fun.

 

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Long Beach Seafood Festival

Seafood lovers from all over California head to Long Beach to enjoy some of the best fish that Southern California has to offer. The festival features amazing dishes from top chefs all over Los Angeles, as well as demonstrations from top celebrity chefs, eating competitions, dances, and much more. Those with a birthday during the month of the festival get to enjoy free entry to take a bite of the fresh seafood selections.

 

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Experience Austin at the Best Bars and Lounges in the City

Austin is a city drenched with history and culture and is home to great events such as SXSW, an internationally-acclaimed music and film festival. The city also boasts an incredibly diverse nightlife scene that is always changing and adapting to new trends. Whether you’re looking for a quiet lounge for relaxing after a day of sightseeing, or a lively neighborhood hotspot, there is sure to be something out there for everyone. Check out some of these hotspots to experience the best bars and lounges during your next trip to Austin.

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The Driskill Bar

On the corner of 6th and Brazos Street is where you’ll find the historic and distinguished Driskill Bar. Housed beside two other top-tier eateries and lounges inside the Driskill Hotel, the Driskill Bar swells inspiration and whimsy with their elegant aesthetic that has plenty of nooks and crannies to explore along with history-inspired drinks.

 

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The Roosevelt Room

The Roosevelt Room’s wide-ranging menu of cocktails will have you feeling excited by the opportunity to try their variety of options. With drinks inspired by different periods of history and a comfortable industrial chic interior, The Roosevelt Room is the perfect place to unwind after a day of enjoying all that Austin has to offer.

 

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The Townsend

Built in 1875, the Thompson-Townsend building where this darkly elegant bar is housed has been a cornerstone of Austin’s historic foundation. The Townsend takes advantage of this rich history and applies aspects of it all over their interior, creating a unique aesthetic that is sure to enthrall anyone interested in the city’s culture.

 

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Nickel City

Formerly the Longbranch Inn, this iconic and vivacious cocktail lounge offers everything you could ever want during a night out in Austin. Refreshing drinks, friendly service, and even a Detroit-inspired food truck out back are all things you’ll find yourself loving at Nickel City.

 

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Garage

This hidden gem of Austin is tucked away in an out-of-commission parking garage on Colorado Street. A raw concrete interior lit only by candles and the light coming from a central, circular bar creates an alluring mix of fantasy and realism. The signature drinks at the Garage are modern takes on classic cocktails that are sure to have you refreshed and satisfied.

 

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Half Step

Found in a renovated house on Rainey Street, Half Step is truly set apart from its competition with a creative and unique interior and an upper-echelon bar staff. Founder Chris Bostick used his years of experience in the beverage industry to create a tremendous nightlife experience for all who enter.

 

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Small Victory

The name of this cozy drinking den is actually quite the opposite of what it actually is, which is a massive win. Small Victory is a home run with a sprawling social area, quirky and eccentric cocktails, and a speakeasy-inspired interior. Despite the bar’s acclaim, you will still feel as if you’re drinking in an underground, secret pub.

 

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The Benefits of SevenRooms Technology in Hospitality

With an ever-evolving market of technology being integrated into hospitality, some companies rise to the forefront by offering innovative services to improve the operational flow of businesses. Customer relations management systems like SevenRooms help brands to connect with their guests through providing insight into their needs. SevenRooms has made an impact in a number of hotels, restaurants and hospitality venues across the world, and continues to provide services that help businesses take their brands to the next level.

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Company

For venues looking to make an impression on their guests, advancements in technology have ushered in a new era where businesses rely on tech to support their success. Owners now have to consider how these new innovations are integrated into customer expectations, and how these tools can be used to enhance the guest experience. SevenRooms aims to provide these solutions through empowering businesses to be able to connect with their guests and build personalized relationships. Making guests feel right at home is their primary goal, building their company around taking hospitality to a new level fit for the 21st Century.

 

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Services

The variety of solutions SevenRooms is able to provide makes for a one-stop-shop for owners aiming to improve their guests’ experience before, during and after arriving at their venue. Making a reservation has never been easier as both web and mobile applications assist guests in planning their visit to a venue. Guest profiles help both the customer and the venue through managing covers in an organized way, beginning before they even walk through the door. During their visit, guests’ profiles are updated with relevant information to build a database for owners to draw from in customizing future visits. SevenRooms is also able to offer reservation upgrades and additional experiences, along with event management systems that help organize processes to generate more revenue for businesses. Marketing campaigns can also be tracked to make targeting relevant guests a simple task.

 

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Hospitality Spaces

There are a number of environments where SevenRooms can be integrated to streamline operational processes and improve guest relations. Restaurants see improvements through utilizing reservation features that build customer profiles and create ease within in-house seating. In the world of hotels, staying organized with the thousands of guests staying at the venue each year becomes an essential priority. With SevenRooms, guest information can be synced across properties to create a seamless experience no matter where they stay. Successful marketing campaigns created through the system make for loyal guests as they see the perks of repeating visits across properties. Nightlife venues also benefit from using SevenRooms through keeping track of the bevy of patrons that often slip through the cracks. Guestlist management, promoter tracking tools and check-in systems all contribute to a successful night of service. Live spend tracking lets owners see which of their guests are big supporters of the brand, and information kept in guest profiles contributes to helpug them feel like a welcomed regular. Other entertainment spaces like sporting and entertainment venues, membership clubs and the like have also seen benefits from SevenRooms’ organizational support.

 

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The Best Fine Dining in Santa Monica

With its unparalleled weather and sophisticated, beachy culture, Santa Monica is a world-renowned destination that serves up a variety of attractions for visitors and locals alike. If you’re looking for a special place to enjoy a fine dining meal, there are plenty of options for you to get a taste of a quality menu. You’ll have an unforgettable experience when you visit any of these Santa Monica fine dining destinations.

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Melisse

A favorite in the industry, the cuisine at Melisse is worth the visit with a refined menu of French-American dishes. The world-class service and lively atmosphere have kept guests coming back for more than twenty years, and is sure to see even more success with an upcoming remodel of the classic brand.

 

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Photo: Melisse

Elephante

This destination has become a hot spot on the Westside with its menu of coastal Italian dishes. The rooftop view overlooking the ocean adds to the atmosphere with craft cocktails being served up at this indoor-outdoor space. Head there for a trendy crowd who loves to mix and mingle while watching the beachside sunset.

 

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Photo: Elephante

Rustic Canyon

If you’re a fan of farm-to-table, Rustic Canyon is the place to visit with a menu of fresh ingredients that make up the variety of comfort food inspired dishes. The shareable small plates pair perfectly with a glass of wine as you refresh your mind and body with a healthy meal.

 

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Photo: Rustic Canyon

Cassia

This critically acclaimed go-to is known for its delicious and unique menu of French-Vietnamese cuisine. You’ll be sure to enjoy the mouth-watering seafood dishes of things like prawns, snow crab and scallops that are served fresh thanks to the Santa Monica location.

 

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Photo: Cassia

Michaels

This long-standing Santa Monica destination is known for its seasonal menu with innovative flavors. The outdoor patio with lush greenery provides a nature-filled ambiance as you enjoy the California cuisine nade with ingredients from local farmers’ markets.

 

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Photo: Michael’s

Milo & Olive

This delicious Santa Monica favorite serves up Italian dishes like wood-fired pizzas and appetizing pastas. They even have espresso concoctions and a selection of pastries to satisfy your sweet tooth. Enjoy their creative plates in the simplistic setting that’s sure to keep your mouth watering.

 

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Photo: Milo & Olive

Dialogue

You’d never expect to find this upscale location hidden in the bustling Santa Monica Promenade. The 21-course tasting menu created by James Beard award-winning chef Dave Beran is filled with imaginative dishes creating a meal to remember. The minimalist setting ensures that all the attention goes to the food creating a photo-worthy visual presentation.

 

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Photo: Dialogue

Tar & Roses

Come to Tar & Roses with friends or for a date night to share a meal of charcuterie plates, cheese and wine that will put you in the Santa Monica spirit. The bustling restaurant is known for its fusion of American, Asian and Mediterranean vibes with delectable flavors.

 

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Photo: Tar Roses

Via Veneto

What better way to get a taste of Italy than by heading to this enjoyable Santa Monica locale. You’ll feel like you’re in the heart of Rome at this destination perfect for a gourmet dining experience. The romantic environment puts a charming touch on your night out along with an Italian staff that creates an authentic experience.

 

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Photo: Via Veneto

Little Prince

If you’re in need of a brunch destination, head to Little Prince to embrace their airy, Santa Monica setting. The sandwiches and pancakes are sure to hit the spot thanks to their fresh, natural ingredients. You’re sure to find a trendy crowd ready to dish out a taste at this delightful go-to.

 

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Coachella Parties 2019: A Guide to the Best Events of the Weekend

One of the best music festivals in the world is enhanced every year by a flurry of pop-ups, sponsored parties and branded events put on for the influx of festivalgoers in the area. Nearby cities like Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Thermal and Rancho Mirage act as the sites of these numerous unofficial Coachella parties. Their own music lineups and attractions draw in partygoers looking to make the most of their time in the desert. Get an idea of what to expect for this year’s festivities along with an updated list of Coachella parties for 2019 as they’re announced.

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Neon Carnival

Known as the best Coachella party of the weekend, the annual Neon Carnival has been one of the most highly-coveted wristbands as the guest list filled with actors, musicians, socialites and industry insiders is one where you can’t buy your way in. The exclusive, invite-only event put on by nightlife guru Brent Bolthouse has blossomed into a mini-festival itself, with carnival rides, a ferris wheel and world-renowned music acts taking the stage. After moving to a larger location in 2018 to include an even bigger invite list, the party is rumored to take on multiple weekends for 2019 at the expansive HITS Desert Horse Park.

 

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Poppy

2018 was the inaugural year for this pop-up of h. wood group’s exclusive Los Angeles nightclub known for its celebrity clientele. Partnering with Kylie Cosmetics, Beats 1 and BMW made for a Coachella party to remember with plenty of A-list sightings including Rihanna, Cardi B and Paris Hilton. Kendall Jenner took the stage to DJ opening up for Diplo and a full surprise set from Lil’ Wayne got the crowd dancing.

 

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Bootsy Bellows

Known for its exclusivity, an invite to the annual Bootsy Bellows party is hard to come by. The Los Angeles nightclub owned by h. wood group partners with McDonald’s each year for a pop-up event that attracts plenty of celebrities along with Los Angeles’ finest. The pool party fully stocked with musicians, models and actors digging into the selection of McDonald’s burgers makes for a day party dream in the sunny Rancho Mirage location.

 

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Revolve Festival

What started as an annual party has turned into its own La Quinta mini-festival that’s fit for fashion lovers, bloggers and influencers. A brand known for hosting events where their models hang out on luxury vacations, Revolve Festival is no different with people like Chanel Iman, Sophia Richie and Emily Ratajkowski showing up to join in the weekend of pool parties and private events. Artists like Snoop Dogg, Migos, Rick Ross and ASAP Rocky have shown up in past years to entertain guests during the stylish weekend.

 

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Desert Gold at The Ace Hotel & Swim Club

One of the more approachable parties of the weekend, The Ace Hotel’s Desert Gold event spans two weekends and is open for RSVPs in the weeks leading up to Coachella. DJs spin music all day long with the hotel pool open for drinks, food and taking a dip in the sparkling water. The go-to hangout spot in Palm Springs makes for a relaxing way to enjoy the desert sun.

 

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Hyde Sunset

One of sbe’s favored West Hollywood venues, Hyde has made its way into the Coachella party scene by partnering with brands like Republic Records and TRESemme to create exciting collaborative events. Last year’s Foray Oasis party at the Foray Estate in Rancho Mirage had guests enjoying a DJ set by Brody Jenner while 2017’s Hyde Away party saw a performance from Hailee Steinfeld and a DJ set by Joe Jonas.

 

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The Do-Over by Adidas

This roving international event shows up each year as a Sunday Coachella party that has been going on for years, continuing to be a great way to close out a weekend of fun. The Commune space at the Ace Hotel is taken over by photo booths, a food truck and Adidas merch while you hang out and dance to the sounds of the DJ. Take a dip to cool off as you round out your weekend with a relaxing day at the pool.

 

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Vestal Village

This annual event held at an undisclosed location each year features live music and plenty of sponsored swag to keep up the good time. Past events have seen performances from Crystal Castles, Ariel Pink and Shiny Toy Guns along with hair and makeup makeover stations and sponsored drinks to fuel your buzz. DJs also take the stage in between sets to spin music while you cool off in the pool under the sun.

 

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T-Mobile & Pandora Indio Invasion

You’ll have a great time at this party that decks out the Cree Estate in Palm Springs with food, drinks and music. You’ll be partying poolside with up-close-and personal performances from artists like Charli XCX and Dillon Francis. The complimentary drinks and swag make this party a lively daytime event that leaves plenty of time for you to catch the artists at the festival.

 

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VAMPPED Vacancy

This social media talent and branding agency throws an influencer-filled bash each year alongside brands like BooHoo, L’Oreal Paris and Bumble. Guests travel to a private estate for a desert pool party with sponsored gifts and an open bar. Past parties have included attendees like Vanessa Hudgens and Emily Ratajkowski, and performances from celebrity DJs like Brody Jenner.

 

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DayClub Palm Springs

Head to the Palm Springs Hilton for a pool party extravaganza at DayClub Palm Springs. Each day features a new artist performing to a crowd of lively partygoers, with international acts like Diplo, Rufus du Sol and Dillon Francis taking the stage. Upgrade to a Cabana to have the best spot in the house for this dance party in the desert.

 

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The Top 10 Best Girls Trip Destinations

When you’re in need of a weekend getaway with the girls, deciding on an ideal destination can be quite the task. Whether you’re looking for a sunny beachside stay or a memorable cultural experience, there are cities all across the US that are perfect for bonding with girlfriends in a new environment. Pack your bags for adventure when you visit any of these go-to destinations for the perfect girls’ trip.

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New Orleans

Whether it’s a bachelorette party or just ladies’ day out, New Orleans is known for its exciting culture fit for enjoying with girlfriends. You’ll be channeling the movie Girls Trip by exploring the French Quarter and sipping drinks as you walk along Bourbon Street. Bar hopping and tasting the delicious Cajun restaurants will have your group never wanting to leave.

 

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Los Angeles

The City of Angels may just be perfect for your getaway with perfect weather, nearby beaches, and a bevy of options for entertainment and nightlife. Book a table for bottle service at nightclubs like Warwick, 1OAK or Poppy, or grab drinks at one of the energetic speakeasies scattered throughout the city. Keep your eyes peeled for A-listers in this exciting girls’ trip destination.

 

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Nashville

Country music lovers know that Nashville is the place to be. Gather the girls to enjoy this city filled with live music venues and talented local performers. Dine at restaurants serving up classic Southern fare and spend the day shopping for vintage finds at East Nashville boutiques.

 

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Photo: Nashville

Las Vegas

What happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas, but a trip with your closest friends will give you memories that last forever at this classic girls’ trip destination. Stay at one of the impressive hotels along the strip for easy access to the lively landmark. Spend your nights sipping drinks at clubs like XS, Tao and Hyde and your afternoons partying at day clubs like Drais, Encore and Wet Republic.

 

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Austin

It doesn’t have to be South by Southwest Festival season for you and the girls to enjoy a trip to Austin, Texas. The mouth-watering barbecue restaurants will have you feasting on ribs while the Tex Mex spots bring a touch of the south to Mexican fare. From boating and paddle boarding to sipping mimosas and exploring art galleries, the diversity of activities in Austin are sure to keep you entertained.

 

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Photo: Austin

New York City

The City that Never Sleeps will have you up all night taking in the sights and sounds in this lively location. Join the girls to get tickets to a Broadway show and witness talented actors tell iconic stories on stage. Visit the Statue of Liberty or Empire State Building for a view of the city’s classic landmarks, or head to Avenue, Lavo or Marquee for a nightlife experience to remember.

 

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Sedona

Get in touch with your spiritual self when you take a trip to Sedona, Arizona. Known for its breathtaking rock formations, your environment will be transformed as you take in the beautiful landscape. Whether your group likes hiking, shopping or horseback riding, you’re sure to have a serene experience in this one-of-a-kind destination.

 

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Miami

You’ll get plenty of sand and sun when you visit the bustling beaches of Miami. Stay at the Penthouse at Faena House for a view to remember and get relaxed with massages at one of the city’s many spa destinations. For nightlife, you can’t go wrong with booking a bottle service table at LIV or Hyde Beach for the full Miami experience.

 

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Napa Valley

Wine lovers will never want to leave this destination that promises quality wines and a scenic landscape. You’ll spend your days sipping the variety of whites and reds, and can take advantage of activities like bike riding or even lifting off in a hot air balloon. Napa’s restaurants are also top of the line with fresh ingredients sourced from the rich soils of the region.

 

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Charleston

If your girls trip needs to involve fine dining, Charleston may be the place for you. The culinary scene is full of world-renowned chefs who create Southern-inspired cuisine at the city’s many dining destinations. The scenic neighborhoods with charming architecture will be the cherry on top of your adventure along with fun activities like swimming with dolphins along the shores.

 

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10 of the Best Bars to Stay Warm in Los Angeles

While LA may be known for its sunny days, winter time can get chilly enough to make you want to curl up by an open fire. Leaving the house may take some convincing, but once you’re out you’ll find that there are plenty of others looking to have a good time in spite of the cold. Don’t let the brisk weather stop you from going out and getting warm with a cocktail in the city’s coziest bars and lounges.

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The Wellesbourne

This 19th Century England-style hideaway will be just what you need for a winter night out. Warm up by the fire in the charming atmosphere that will transport you to the study of a Shakespearean village.

 

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Cliftons

This monolithic, four-level destination is an LA landmark with its forest-themed space standing the test of time since opening in 1931. You’ll have plenty of space to warm up through grabbing a drink at the bar or dancing with friends on the upper level to their jazzy, vintage live music.

 

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The Lincoln

Sit back and relax at this West Side hot spot perfect for cozying up on a breezy day. The welcoming vibe lets guests mix and mingle with patrons while they sip from a variety of beers and cocktails. The atrium seating will also give you the best of both worlds by keeping in the heat alongside an outdoor feel.

 

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Sassafras

You’ll be transported right to 1930s New Orleans when you enter this Hollywood go-to neighborhood bar. Have a fireside chat with friends while sipping from their menu of signature drinks. Come by to witness the burlesque dancing on weekends for a surefire way to steam things up.

 

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Melrose Umbrella Company

The prohibition-era style of this Melrose Avenue staple gives a cozy, vintage feel whether you stop by during the day for coffee or at night for cocktails. The space fills up with patrons ready for a good time bringing warmth to the environment in more ways than one.

 

Photo: Melrose Umbrella Co.

Library Bar

Head to Downtown Los Angeles to experience Library Bar’s inviting lounge atmosphere. There are plenty of books lining the walls for you to take in a story or two along with a menu filled with delicious drinks.

 

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Gold Line

Music lovers will enjoy a taste of this Highland Park locale that caters its surroundings to a quality playlist. The cozy space is filled with vintage records along with a disco ball as a finishing touch to the intimate space.

 

Photo: Gold Line

The Roger Room

Duck into this classic spot in Beverly Grove to sip cocktails in a fun, warm environment. Whether it’s for date night or gathering with friends, you’ll be able to connect with those you love at this sophisticated space decorated with vintage circus visuals.

 

Photo: Roger Room / A Cocktail of Two Cities

Bigfoot West

You may feel like you’re in a log cabin up in the mountains at this woodsy location in West LA. Named after the mythical monster, you’ll be able to escape to find shelter and a quality drink while mixing and mingling with the locals at this charming destination.

 

Photo: Bigfoot West

The Old Chalet

Duck into this bar on the East Side for a boozy escape into a wintery ski lodge ambiance. You’ll stay entertained at this neighborhood spot with foosball, darts and a fireplace that’s sure to keep you toasty. Grab a group of friends and try their shot-skis to start the night off right.

 

Photo: Old Chalet

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Top Tips for a Luxury Coachella Adventure

One of the hottest festivals in the country, The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, is known for its internationally-acclaimed lineup, fashionable attendees, and summery location in the Coachella Valley desert of Southern California. If you’re planning to attend this world-renowned event, there are plenty of things to keep in mind to make the most of your musical getaway. Prepare for a weekend to remember through following these tips to making your luxury Coachella experience magical.

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Rent a Private Home

With such a limited number of hotels in the area, people often book their Coachella stay at least a year in advance. Rather than having a typical hotel experience, renting a home or villa is a great way to maximize your fun with a group of friends. Palm Springs is known for its mid-century design elements that will give your lavish stay a unique atmosphere.

 

Photo: Old Polo Estate

Hire a Chauffeur

Those who live within driving distance to the area often prefer to hit the road instead of worrying about the hassle of flying. If driving is more your speed, consider hiring a private chauffeur for the weekend to lead you to wherever your adventure takes you. You won’t have to skip out on toasting glasses with friends and you can enjoy some much needed R&R during the ride.

 

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Attend the Exclusive Parties

While Coachella may be a big party on its own, the number of branded and sponsored events that occur throughout the weekend grows each year. Some are more exclusive than others, and if you know the right person, you can get your name on the list for the hottest events of the season. From the annual Neon Carnival to the Bootsy Bellows Pop-Up event, A-listers are known to show up to these VIP extravaganzas.

 

Photo: Neon Carnival / Donovan Justin Gonzalez

Arrive in a Helicopter or Private Jet

For those who prefer to arrive to the area quickly, consider taking a helicopter trip to Palm Springs. You’ll get a beautiful scenic view of Southern California on your way, and won’t have to worry about traffic clogging up your good time. A private jet will also get you to the desert in no time and the comfortable seating will be well worth it.

 

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Shop Til You Drop

With a reputation for being one of the most fashionable events of the year, you’ll want to make sure you curate your look to be exactly your style. Palm Springs is known for its variety of shopping outlets, and you’ll have a great time adding finishing touches to your outfits at their many designer boutiques. Take a pit stop in the area and indulge in a few new pieces to make your weekend wardrobe festival-ready.

 

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Hire a Private Chef

As much as you may believe you’ll have time to cook during the weekend, a private chef will make your experience far more enjoyable. Having a chef make a few meals at your private home leaves you and your group free to truly relax when you’re not at the festival. A home cooked meal is just what you’ll need to stay energized for all those wild days in the summery heat.

 

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Road Trip in a Luxury Car

Some people may enjoy the scenic tour through Southern California and would prefer to drive on their own. If that’s the case, consider renting a luxury car to take your road trip to the next level. You’ll get to experience the open road along with arriving in style to kick off your lively Coachella Weekend.

 

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