One of the most oft-given pieces of advice when first touching down in a new city is to get thy bearings. In a city the size and scope of Los Angeles, this can be a bit tricky. Luckily, one of the best activities in Los Angeles does just that for you – gives you your bearings. A scenic tour along Mulholland Drive is far and away one of the best ways to first experience Los Angeles.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens (or simply “The Huntington” for short) is one of the best existing examples of philanthropy and, lucky you, it’s nestled snugly in Los Angeles. Originally the private residence of Henry E. Huntington, the Huntington estate was built on railroad tycoon money and, upon Mr. Huntington’s passing in 1927, became the library, art collection and botanical gardens it’s known as today. The 120-acre estate is a special escape in the heart of Los Angeles, and its specialized gardens, its fabulous art collection, and its superlative collection of rare books are a treat separately or as a whole day excursion.
Finally! The holiday season is upon us and while the temperature drops and bit and the rains beckon off the coast, we’re all looking with anticipatory eyes and baited breath the advent of a new year. So with so many things happening in Los Angeles at every other point in the year, what is there to do in LA on New Years? Plenty, my friend. Plenty.
While Los Angeles is known for being the city of angels and for its near-incessant sunshine, come Christmastime, this large metropolitan city definitely gets into the spirit of things. While you might be visiting and expecting nothing by palm trees and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, forget the pool parties and get out and see the town that now rivals New York for merry Christmas events. Great for families and singles alike, there’s something for everyone when it’s Christmas in Los Angeles.
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Head to the Palms District of Los Angeles (9341 Venice Blvd., Culver City, to be exact) and find this fun and bizarre collection of relics, sculptures and other-worldly displays. With no clearly discernible museum ethos, nor any particular epoch or art form to focus on, the Museum of Jurassic Technology proves to be a wonderfully refreshing look into the odd, the interesting, the oft-passed-over aspects of history and artistic world.
Kids grow up fast, but that just makes our time with them all the more special. When vacationing with children it can sometimes be a challenge to find things to do which excite both the children and the parents, and getting an education or cultural experience for the kids is even more challenging yet. Luckily, LA is a vibrant, engaging city with plenty to do for both children and adults alike.
The tour starts with a few minutes of basic bicycle education—you do need to know how to ride a bike in order to ride an electric bike. The electric bike looks like a normal bike with the addition of a battery pack in the back and a throttle on the handlebar. On this thirteen mile tour, you can choose to pedal, use the electric power or a combination of both—my favorite.
Ok, so come on. What better city in the world to be in for this holiday? Some nameless shire in Transylvania maybe, but considering this is the home of the silver-screen, big budget movies, and all the high-dollar slasher films you could ever want to shake a bloody fist at, Los Angeles is home to the good times come All Hallows’ Eve.
If you’re in Los Angeles for the first time, it’s undoubted that there’s plenty to do—from the beaches to Hollywood to the Getty, it’s almost too much. But if one of those things on your To Do List is getting in line to be part of a live television audience, of being part of the crowd that makes the magic happen, then this is how you should go about doing it.