Los Angeles Travel Guide

This page is a breakdown of all the things I've loved about Los Angeles in the 24 years I lived there to explore it. Some are links to blog posts I've written about that place too for more about my personal experience.

Los Angeles Mapped by Area

Los Angeles doesn't really have a "city center" unless you consider downtown Los Angeles the Los Angeles of Los Angeles. But then again, when people think of LA, I imagine they think of movie star LA — the way it's portrayed in the movies with it's city lights, high-traffic freeways, fancy mansions, and — my personal favorite — open ocean and beaches. But in-between it's theatrical representation and actual reality, there is so much to see and do. And each area has it's own unique activities, culture, and events. Because of that, I feel that Los Angeles is best explored by area.

The map below shows the different areas (denoted by different color markers) and things to do in Los Angeles and links to the blog post describing them. See below for full list. (Areas separated and named based on this Los Angeles Times Mapping LA project.)


Denoted by green marker on map

El Matador Beach, Malibu

Solstice Canyon, Malibu

Malibu Creek State ParkMalibu



Denoted by yellow markers on map

The Getty Center, Los Angeles

Fowler Museum, Los Angeles

Saffron & Rose Ice Cream, Los Angeles

Apple Pan, Los Angeles

Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles

Bergamot Station, Santa Monica

Camera Obscura, Santa Monica

Twilight Concerts at Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica

Abbott Kinney First Fridays, Venice



Denoted by blue markers on map

Old Town Music Hall, El Segundo

Roundhouse Aquarium, Manhattan Beach

Bike Riding the Strand, Hermosa Beach to Venice

Hermosa Beach Historical Society Museum, Hermosa Beach

The SEA Lab, Redondo Beach

Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes

Wayfarers Chapel, Rancho Palos Verdes

Burma Road Trail, Rancho Palos Verdes

Frascati Trail, Rancho Palos Verdes



Denoted by periwinkle markers on map

Marine Mammal Care Center, San Pedro

Korean Friendship Bell, San Pedro

The Sunken City, San Pedro

The Art Theatre, Long Beach

Afters Ice Cream, Long Beach / Multiple Locations

LA Galaxy Game/Stubhub Center, Carson



Denoted by purple markers on map

Watts Towers, Watts

California Science Center, Exposition Park



Denoted by red marker on map

The Original Farmers Market, Los Angeles

The GroveLos Angeles

Museum of DeathHollywood

Good Times at Davey Wayne's, Hollywood

Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles

Yuca's on Hollywood (restaurant), Los Feliz

Soap Plant/ La Luz de Jesus, Los Feliz

The Wiltern, Los Angeles

The Grammy Museum, Los Angeles

The Original Los Angeles Flower Market, Los Angeles

The Springs/Polka Dot Wall, Los Angeles

Perch (restaurant and overlook), Los Angeles

Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

Olvera Street, Los Angeles

Union Station, Los Angeles

Chinatown, Los Angeles



Denoted by orange marker on map

Warner Brothers Studio VIP Tour, Burbank



Los Angeles by Season: Special Events



First Fridays Abbott Kinney

Daybreaker — morning dance parties in various parts of Los Angeles

Outdoor Movies

Los Angeles Day by Day

Adjustable day itineraries — do as little or as much as you want! And check the map above to see if there's other things within that area that you can add on to! 

Getting out of Los Angeles — Road Trips

The great thing about Los Angeles is that there are a lot of accessible places just a car ride away. And sometimes, it's really what I need to get a break from the city.

Related Posts

Scroll through the below featured posts to discover more about Los Angeles and things to explore.

Rad Resources

I don't usually come up with things to do out of nowhere. I've got resources. Whether that's by word of mouth, or websites, here's at least a few you can use to supplement your adventures...