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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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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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 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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Dine, Sip and Sleep in Style for Fashion Week 2019

From New York City to Milan, each fashion week event is known to draw the most stylish guests on the planet to attend designer runway shows featuring up-and-coming trends. Each city sees an influx of celebrities, tastemakers and key players in the industry seeking a fun week of fashion along with experiencing the best of the city. From elegant restaurants to lavish hotels, each fashion week event will bring you a chic experience to remember.

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New York City: February 8th-16th

Head to the epicenter of fashion in the US for an exciting experience in the city where Fashion Week began over 75 years ago. Once you’ve got your fill of taking in artistic pieces from around the world, head to industry favorite Dante for casual cocktails and small plates in Greenwich Village. The Osprey at 1 Hotel is also a great option with a healthy take on comfort food. The hotel’s rooftop bar, Brooklyn Heights Social Club, acts as the perfect post-dining destination with a breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline. For a more energetic night, 1OAK is the place for popping bottles all night, or get ready to dance at Mailroom where you can blow off some steam in the sleek, ‘50s-inspired space.

 

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Photo: Brooklyn Heights Social Club

London: February 15th-19th

London has been a fashionable destination for decades and Fashion Week guests are always in for a treat. While in the area, start your day with breakfast at The Wolseley to join the clientele of high profile guests or go to dinner at the classic Chiltern Firehouse for an A-list dining experience. A bevy of esteemed Fashion Week attendees will be sure to stop by the newly re-imagined Annabel’s nightclub for an exclusive members only experience. For a more laid back night out, stop into Quaglino’s for jazz and champagne at the nostalgic hotspot. You can also make your trip worthwhile by staying at Nobu Hotel Shoreditch, centrally located in a buzzworthy locale.

 

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Milan: February 19th-25th

Fashion Week in Milan is known to be an elegant experience with Europe’s finest style icons visiting the city to enjoy the extravagant affair. If you decide to stay at Bulgari Milano, your stay will surpass expectations as it is known to be the social hub of Fashion Week attendees. The hotel’s newest restaurant Il Ristorante Niko Romito, is a highly-rated option for fine dining, or head to the casual Bar Luce—an eclectic cafe designed by filmmaker Wes Anderson. For nightlife, you’ll have to stop by Bar Principe at the Principe di Savoia hotel, known to be a bustling industry hangout during Fashion Week each year.

 

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Paris: February 25th- March 5th

Paris has established itself as the fashion capital of the world with the industry exploding in the 19th and 20th Century, bringing forth brands like Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, and plenty more. When designers, editors, and models are in town for Paris Fashion Week, the go-to place to stay is Hôtel National, complete with a rooftop bar for mingling with industry insiders. For a chic spot for sushi and cocktails, le Bar des Prés draws in a glamorous clientele during Fashion Week, along with hotspot Chez LouLou, a locale perfect for lunch with a view in the gardens of the Louvre. You’ll want to end your night partying at Le Comptoir Général, an inconspicuous bar that attracts A-listers with its under-the-radar style.

 

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Photo: Hôtel National Des Arts et Métiers

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10 Fun Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day in LA

When it comes time to have a romantic experience with a special someone for Valentine’s Day, choosing the right date activity can make all the difference in the world. Making a reservation for dinner is always a good choice, but consider thinking outside the box to explore everything that LA has to offer. This Valentine’s Day take an adventure with your significant other to enjoy the holiday in a new and exciting way.

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Tour a Winery, Distillery, or Brewery

Grabbing a drink at a bar is a common plan for a night out with a love interest, but for Valentine’s Day, consider the enhanced experience of taking a private tour. Downtown Los Angeles has a number of breweries like Angel City or Boomtown or try out Lost Spirits Distillery for a fresh approach to sharing your buzz.

 

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OUE Skyspace

Take your relationship to new heights by checking out the view at OUE Skyspace in Downtown Los Angeles. The featured interactive technology will teach you a bit about Los Angeles while the glass Skyslide will give you a thrill as it sits 1,000 feet above the city. You can also grab a drink at the Skyspace bar while taking in the one-of-a-kind view.

 

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Hiking

If you and your date are both outdoor-lovers, why not go for a hike to enjoy Los Angeles’ unbeatable weather and scenery? Make your way up to the Hollywood Sign or try out one of the numerous trails in the hills of West LA to bond over a refreshing workout.

 

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Paddle Boats at Echo Park

Make Valentine’s Day special by taking your loved one to Echo Park and renting one of their iconic swan paddle boats. Build some teamwork by paddling across the lake in this fun and romantic environment.

 

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Malibu Wine Safari

Take a unique adventure to Saddlerock Ranch to get an up close and personal view of a variety of animals you’d never expect to see in Los Angeles. Sip the locally sourced wines while you buckle up in their safari vehicles for a one-of-a-kind experience.

 

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Bowling

Enjoy your time out with your significant other by knocking over some pins at LA’s coolest places to bowl. Spare Room is a classic destination within The Roosevelt Hotel for an intimate experience, or head to Highland Park Bowl as a group date to toast drinks during a lively game.

 

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Grand Central Market

Any couples who consider themselves foodies are sure to enjoy tasting the variety of bites at Grand Central Market. With a diversity of cuisines available in the open marketplace, you can wander the aisles trying out all the best flavors in this expansive space.

 

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Griffith Observatory

The view from the Griffith Observatory can’t be beat, and is sure to create a romantic atmosphere for you and your date. Head to the top of the hill to learn a little science about the stars while looking out onto Los Angeles’ expansive skyline.

 

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Bike Ride in Santa Monica & Venice

This Valentine’s Day, head to the beach to rent a few bikes and take a ride along the shoreline. The ocean waves are sure to create an air of romance, and if you’re feeling extra adventurous, try a tandem bike to truly connect with your date.

 

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Visit a Museum

Los Angeles is full of cultural experiences and visiting a museum may be just what you need to bring a dose of creativity to your relationship. Take photos at the iconic street lamp installation outside of the LACMA or browse the Broad hand-in-hand to enlighten your senses with visual pieces that are sure to spark conversation.

 

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The 7 Best Wineries to Visit in California

California is globally known for its exceptional wine, and for good reason–some of the best wines in the world come out of the Golden State. When deciding where you should spend your Sunday afternoon wine tasting session, it can be overwhelming to choose with such a massive number of wineries throughout California. To help in your decision-making process, take a look at some of the best California wineries that will be the perfect spot for you to toast glasses.

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Sterling Vineyards – Napa Valley

Sterling Vineyards is known to be a Napa Valley legend. They started producing wine in 1969 and has been internationally known and award winning since 1981. Offering breathtaking views of the Valley, art galleries, wine production viewing areas, and classic Greek architecture along with incredible wine, Sterling Vineyards is sure to end up with another visit.

 

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Malibu Wines – Malibu

When thinking of winemaking areas in California, people are quick to think of Napa Valley and Sonoma rather than Los Angeles. However, Malibu Wines may change that perspective for you. If you ever need a break from the hustle and bustle of LA life, just take a quick trip north for stunning views of the countryside and some excellent wines.

 

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Melville Vineyards & Winery – Santa Ynez Valley

This Mediterranean-style villa is the perfect weekend escape for anyone who loves great wine and a picnic with a view. With an expertly styled tasting room and an expansive patio along with a large lawn right next to the vineyard, you can truly enjoy your tasting any way you would like.

 

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Heitz Cellar – St. Helena

Heitz Cellar is truly a cornerstone of American winemaking. This 375-acre estate is a large part of the reason Martha’s Vineyard became internationally known for great wine. If you appreciate learning about the history of the wine you’re drinking, you will love this iconic destination.

 

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Tablas Creek Vineyard – Paso Robles

If you’re interested in the conservation and preservation of the planet, Tablas Creek Vineyard is a place you simply must check out. Along with their award-winning wines of all varieties, they are the global leader in earth-conscious practices while growing and harvesting their grapes.

 

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Au Bon Climat Winery – Santa Barbara

Ranked as one of the top wineries in all of America, Au Bon Climat Winery has been producing some of the country’s best wines for more than 30 years. If you’re ever fortunate enough to taste some of Jim Clendenen’s fabled wine, it’s a taste you won’t soon forget. This incredible reputation along with stunning views of the estate’s countryside vineyards has earned Au Bon Climat Winery global recognition.

 

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Round Pond Estate – Rutherford

If you’re looking for more of an experience than just a simple wine tasting, you’ll need to check out Round Pond Estate, known for their great wine as well as exceptional wine-related activities. During your outing, you can expect to create their own custom blend of wine alongside winemaker and owner Jaime Dowell. If you visit during the fall season, you can participate in the grape picking process and watch as the winemaking takes place. This immersive experience is a must for anybody with a taste for quality wine.

 

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10 Best Activities for a Rainy Day in Los Angeles

When LA’s iconic sunny weather turns to a downpour, it may seem like staying inside all day is the only option. However there are plenty of exciting ways to spend your time in Los Angeles that don’t involve being drenched by the cloudy skies. To help you through LA’s drizzly season, here are 10 of the best activities to do to keep your spirits up.

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Visit a Museum

Los Angeles has an incredible number of world-class museums scattered throughout the city and beyond. Just about any neighborhood you visit, there’s a museum only a short drive away. Many of these museums take advantage of Los Angeles’ normally warm weather with indoor/outdoor designs, but if it’s cold and raining, there are plenty of indoor spots to check out like the Broad or MOCA.

 

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Visit the Griffith Observatory

As one of LA’s most popular attractions for locals and tourists alike, Griffith Observatory not only has great views of the city, but is also one of the country’s leaders in public astronomy education. Join a loved one or a few friends and head up Mt. Hollywood to view Griffith’s telescopes, astrological exhibits and beautiful grounds that are open to the public every day.

 

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Grab Some Vietnamese Pho

Pho is the ultimate rainy day food with soup, noodle and plenty of mix-ins to warm you up on a cold day. Places like Viet Noodle Bar will serve up a bowl of warmth in the city, or head to Alhambra for locations like Golden Deli that’s a staple for LA’s pho lovers. You’ll be able to grab some delicious Vietnamese stew to warm you up and make you forget about the stormy weather outside your window.

 

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Catch a Basketball Game

After loading up on a pho dinner, head over to the Staples Center in Downtown LA to catch a Lakers or a Clippers game. You’ll enjoy an exciting and warm indoor activity without being bothered by the rain–you won’t even hear it as you’re cheering along with 20,000 other screaming fans.

 

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Indoor Rock Climbing

If getting your heartrate up is more your speed, there are numerous indoor fitness options to give you a workout along with a fun, new experience. Rock climbing gyms like Rockreation in West LA offer huge indoor climbing walls that accommodate experts and novices alike.

 

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Hit the Spa

Need to relax after hitting the rock wall all afternoon? There are tons of spas and full treatment centers around the city, but one of the best is offered by the Ritz-Carlton in Downtown LA. With 8,000 square feet filled with steam rooms, massage tables, relaxation pools and more, it’s a definite must for anyone who likes to be pampered.

 

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Visit the Wilshire Grand Center

Marked as the tallest building this side of the Mississippi River, the Wilshire Grand Center in Downtown Los Angeles is a extraordinary landmark for locals and tourists alike. If you’re not squeamish with heights, you can go up to the 70th floor for free and take in the scene through the glass walls that offer a completely uninterrupted view of the city. There’s also a bar to have a drink and relax, and calm any nerves about the towering heights. Their bathrooms are also a notable sight as well, with panes of glass in the mens’ room offering a view straight down to the ground.

 

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Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

As one of the best and longest-operating aquariums in the Los Angeles region, the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium offers a fun and educational indoor day to escape the frightful weather outside. The Cabrillo Aquarium has offered marine-related education for over 70 years, so you can be sure you’ll be enlightened by plenty of under the sea knowledge.

 

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Studio Tours and Show Tapings

If you know you’ll be in Los Angeles during the rainy season, consider planning ahead and snagging yourself some tickets for a studio tour or a show taping. Universal Studios well-known studio lot tour will give you an inside peek onto the sets of your favorite shows, and you might even be able to see one being created if you take a tour at Warner Brothers or Paramount Pictures.

 

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Go Shopping

We can’t forget about everybody’s favorite way to unwind–some good old fashioned retail therapy. LA has world-class shopping destinations such as Rodeo Drive, The Beverly Center and Melrose Ave. What’s more fun than taking some time for a little retail therapy?

 

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