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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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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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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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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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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The 8 Best Hiking Spots In and Around Los Angeles

When you think of Los Angeles, you might think of beaches, the near-perfect weather, or the movie industry, but for LA locals, great places to hike would be a part of that list too. With hiking’s rise in popularity as a fun exercise, more and more trails seem to be popping up out of nowhere. Whether you’re an avid hiker who hopes to summit Everest, or looking for a Sunday afternoon stroll, there’s an LA trail for you. Here are some of the best hiking trails around the city for you to spend your next sunny day out.

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Paradise Falls, Wildwood Park

Skill Level: Amateur – Intermediate

Tucked into Thousands Oaks, you can find the pristine Wildwood Park. Within Wildwood park you can take a 2-mile hike with no pit stops, or a 4.5-mile hike with a few breaks overlooking the beautiful vistas of Stagecoach Bluff. Once you get to Paradise Falls you’ll find a 40 ft. waterfall that offers a great place to rest and take pictures.

 

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Echo Mountain

Skill Level: Intermediate – Expert

This 5-mile round trip trail in Altadena is sure to give you a challenge. Steep switchbacks and little to no shade trees make for a long and demanding hike, but the end result will be worth the struggle. Near the turn around point, there is a landscape of beautiful old ruins that would be perfect for a family lunch or photo moment.

 

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Eaton Canyon

Skill Level: Intermediate

Eaton Canyon is known locally as the hiking spot to be in North Pasadena. A 3-mile round trip and not much elevation change makes for a brisk and easy hike. At the turn around point, you can access the Eaton Canyon lower waterfalls to enjoy the scenery after your workout.

 

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Santa Susana Pass

Skill Level: Amateur

This amazing hiking trail located in a historical park in Chatsworth offers a great route along a trail that has been used for hundreds of years by Native Americans and early settlers. Throughout the park, you can find Native artifacts, old broken down stagecoaches, and great views of the valley.

 

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Malibu Creek State Park

Skill Level: Amateur – Expert 

Used as a set for multiple TV shows and movies throughout Hollywood history, Malibu Creek State Park offers a wide variety of hiking and walking trails for hikers of any level. The beautiful and lush landscape makes for a serene setting to reconnect with nature. The park was the site of the revent Woolsey fires but has since been reopened.

 

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Runyon Canyon

Skill Level: Amateur – Intermediate

Known for its see-and-be-seen culture, Runyon’s multiple hiking trails lead all the way through the Hollywood Hills within the 130-acre public park. Animal lovers will appreciate that you can bring your dog here to roam free without a leash. The three trails vary in length so there’s a route for everybody to enjoy. The variety of overlooks and rest areas give you plenty of opportunities to take a break and enjoy the landscape.

 

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Wildwood Canyon

Skill Level: Amateur

This moderately easy 2-mile round trip hike offers great views overlooking the city, multiple dedicated picnic spots, restrooms, and drinking water available throughout the hike. This Burbank trail makes for a photo-worthy spot with amenities to keep you comfortable along your workout.

 

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Mount Baldy

Skill Level: Expert

Mount Baldy is the Everest of LA area, being the highest point in San Bernardino County. No true hiker can stay away from Mount Baldy, as it is a difficult hike but offers incredible, breathtaking views of the valley below. If you’re up for the challenge, Mount Baldy is waiting for you, just make sure you’re prepared for the daring ascent.

 

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The 7 Best Vegan Restaurants in New York City

For many, being vegan requires a bit of planning when it comes time to explore a new city. Luckily, the recent rise in people adopting a vegan lifestyle means there are more and more restaurants opening across the country that cater to a meatless menu. If you’re looking for a bite to eat in the Big Apple, stop by one of these spots to enjoy some of the best vegan food in the city.

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Ladybird

This eatery in the East Village offers up comfort food options that make for a great meal after a buzzed night out. With things like deep-fried mac and cheese balls, fried avocado croquettes, and an artichoke-chardonnay fondue platter, Ladybird takes “drunk food” to a new level making it a must try on your night out.

 

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The Cinnamon Snail

This food truck owned and operated by Adam Sobel is locally known for continually dishing out delicious vegan food options. Menu items like Korean barbeque seitan and crème brulee doughnuts are a huge hit at this Midtown West destination.

 

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Avant Garden

Avant Garden’s locations in the East Village and Brooklyn boast menus of dishes that are both sophisticated and delicate. The atmosphere says chic tiki bar while the East Village location gives the feel of a rustic wine bar. Stop in to enjoy an elegant menu of plant-based dishes for a dinner to remember.

 

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Blossom

Blossom in Chelsea is known for its impressive faux-meat dishes, along with egg-free pasta and desserts. The health-conscious brand has also expanded to include two Manhattan locations to satisfy even more plant-based cravings in NYC.

 

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Candle Cafe

The menu at Candle Cafe in Lenox Hill is like a training manual for newly-converted vegans. Sandwiches with faux meat and grilled seitan skewers will make you think you’re eating the real thing. Stop into Candle Cafe for the perfect place to ease the transition into a vegan diet.

 

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Peacefood Cafe

This Upper West Side gem is one of the few vegan restaurants in the area that truly rises above the competition. Great tasting and healthy dishes like fresh salads and cashew-based ‘goat-cheese’ are exceptional bites to try when you’re in the neighborhood.

 

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Le Botaniste

Parent restaurant Le Pain Quotidien decided to open a vegan, gluten-free restaurant in New York after finding success in Belgium. At Le Botaniste in Lenox Hill, you can try their signature dishes or customize your own to satisfy your tastes. The dark, rustic atmosphere pairs perfectly with the menu that includes many raw recipes and low-temperature cooking techniques.

 

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The 8 Best Museum and Art Exhibits Currently in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is filled to the brim with world-class museums, art exhibits, public education areas, and other attractions. With such a large selection of things to do for lovers of art or history, it can be hard to narrow down your options and decide on just one activity to do for the day. Here are some of the best current museums and exhibits in Los Angeles to help make your choice a little easier.

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David Hockney: Something New in Painting and Photography and even Printing… Continued – L.A. Louver

David Hockney is returning to a Los Angeles art gallery, the L.A. Louver, for his 22nd exhibit in the space. The exhibit largely focuses on Hockney’s more recent works, including large scale photographs and multi-canvas paintings.

 

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MONUMENTality – Getty Center

This in-depth historical exhibition by the Getty Center looks at the history of humans in relation to monuments that they have erected. This exhibit takes a look at not only how history’s greatest monuments were constructed, but also the myth, lore, and religious beliefs that surround them.

 

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Ai Weiwei: Life Cycle – Marciano Art Foundation

Ai Weiwei is an internationally famed artist who is bringing four of his sculptures to the Marciano Art Foundation in 2019, Life Cycle being the only one that has never been shown before. The large-scale sculpture focus on the current global refugee and immigration crisis.

 

Photo: Ai Weiwei / Curate LA

The Propeller Group – Luckman Fine Arts Complex

The Propeller Group is an art collective based out of Vietnam and are bringing some of their works to America for the first time. The works being brought to the Luckman Fine Arts Complex encompass a variety of media including film, photography, installation art, sculpture, and paintings.

 

Photo: The Propeller Group / ArtAsiaPacific

The Casspir Project – The Rendon Gallery

Ralph Ziman is a South-African born Los Angeles-based artist that is bringing his genius art exhibit The Casspir Project to the Rendon Gallery, opening February 7th. The installation includes oral history, documentary, film, sculpture, and photography. It even includes a bead and neon paint covered 11-tonne military vehicle.

 

Photo: The Casspir Project

West of Modernism: California Graphic Design, 1975 to 1995 – LACMA

This collaboration between LACMA’s Decorative Arts and Design department and Prints and Drawings Department takes a deeper look at how graphic design in California was being transformed from 1975 to 1995 based on the political climate of the country, along with artistic movements that were hitting the state at the time.

 

Photo: West of Modernism: California Graphic Design, 1975 to 1995 / LACMA Unframed

Noa Yekutieli: Pedestal – Track 16 Gallery

Nao Yekutieli’s latest site-specific installation art piece titled Pedestal is completely made up of rocks, lumps of concrete, strings, and paper cutouts. The exhibit is a look into how we as a human race take narrative from the wreckage and rubble of historical events. The exhibit will be open to the public until March 2nd.

 

Photo:Noa Yekutieli: Pedestal / Mexinsta

California Artists in the Marciano Collection – Marciano Art Foundation

This large-scale art show is an inclusive exhibition of 40 artworks by 30 California-based artists. The show is an aim to bring more attention and support to largely contemporary artists in all of California, but especially Los Angeles. At the end of the show, the Art Foundation will be awarding the first ever Marciano Artadia Prize to a Los Angeles based contemporary artist, with the prize including a payout of $25,000.

 

Photo: California Artists in the Marciano Collection / LA Times

 

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LA’s ‘The Bungalow’ Expands to Two New Southern California Locations

Any visitor to Santa Monica is bound to hear buzz about The Bungalow as it holds its place as one of the busiest bars on the Westside. After expanding to Huntington Beach, the Bungalow brand continues to travel down the coast with the announcement of two new Long Beach and La Jolla locations. The beachy brand will soon be making its mark in these California cities bringing crowds of guests to enjoy their signature eclectic, outdoor space.

Photo: Zocha Group

 

The Bungalow’s flagship Santa Monica location opened in 2012 at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel and soon became a staple in the West LA bar scene. The unmatched Baja-inspired atmosphere of mixing and mingling with a view of the ocean waves has led the Bungalow brand to continue its successes, solidifying itself as a go-to for bar hoppers. Whether guests are stopping by to enjoy the outdoor patio, play a game of pool or ping pong, or warm up by the fire pit, the lounge space offers up a good time for everyone with a relaxed, welcoming environment.

Much of The Bungalow’s success is due to the creativity of nightlife guru Brent Bolthouse, who created the concept and heads The Bungalow Hospitality Group. Bolthouse’s legacy in the industry, along with bringing on Venice-based design partners Studio Collective, made the perfect combination of talent to push forth the uniquely Californian brand.

 

Photo: The Bungalow Santa Monica

 

Bolthouse’s Bungalow Hospitality Group soon expanded the concept to the similarly beach-driven city Huntington Beach in 2016, creating an Orange County outpost of the popular hot spot. The Bungalow Huntington Beach took on an aesthetic familiar to the original with textured accents and vintage designs that complement the city’s own history of surf culture. The success of the brand has lead to the upcoming launch of two new Southern California properties under the Bungalow name—one in Long Beach and another in San Diego’s La Jolla.

The Huntington Beach location boasts a food menu from local partner Bear Flag Fish Co., but the two new locales will get an upgraded dining menu from world-renowned chef and restaurateur Michael Mina. The Michelin-starred chef founded MINA Group, which owns more than 40 restaurants across the country. The new Bungalow menus will include small bites and large shareable plates along with specialty cocktails.

 

Photo: The Bungalow Huntington Beach

 

Guests will have a view of the harbor at the Long Beach location situated in the upcoming 2nd & PCH complex in the Belmont Shores neighborhood. The Bungalow Long Beach will have one of the biggest spaces in the complex with a layout amounting to 8,000 square feet. After it breaks ground in the spring, the new seaside lounge has an anticipated opening date of fall 2019.

Expecting to break ground in summer of 2019, The Bungalow La Jolla will be connected to the Westfield UTC with its own dedicated building featuring views of Downtown. The plans include an expansive 10,000 square foot layout with half of that belonging to the outdoor space alone. Guests can look forward to visiting this San Diego County destination by spring of 2020.

 

Photo: The Bungalow Huntington Beach

 

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