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Los Angeles see + do

Los Angeles doesn't wholly deserve its reputation as a cultural wasteland. There are some great museums—the Getty Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art, for starters—and even some decent theater at the Ahmanson. But most seeing and doing in L.A. revolves around what the city is best known for: (1) Hollywood; and (2) the weather. If you want to make like the locals, you'll shop on Robertson, head to Point Dume for a beach picnic, catch a screening at the Directors Guild, hike Runyan Canyon, and check out the Griffith Observatory. It's not a particularly user-friendly city to tour: The Metro system is abysmal, and one hot spot is likely to be ten miles from the next. But get yourself a convertible Beemer and some insiders' favorites, and you'll be living la vida La La in no time.

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Ahmanson Theatre & Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles

The 2,000-seat Ahmanson Theatre and 750-seat Mark Taper Forum are two of L.A.'s most important performing venues. Both are affiliated with the Center Theatre...more

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Architecture, Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Conservancy, a preservation society founded in 1978, operates weekly walking tours of downtown L.A.'s architectural landmarks, from the...more

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Beaches, Los Angeles

The Beach Boys weren't lying: this part of California is all about the sun, sand, and surf. Venice Beach, with its street performers, outdoor cafés, and...more

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Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills is famous for the designer-driven shops of Rodeo Drive and the Golden Triangle, and the recent upsurge of teardowns in favor of mega-mansions....more

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Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles has been reputedly making a comeback for 25 years now, but the loft explosion over the past few years has made that notion seem...more

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Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles

Housed in a beautiful old stone building with a shrub-lined courtyard, the 522-seat Geffen Playhouse celebrated its tenth anniversary last year with a $19...more

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Getty Center, Los Angeles

This is architect Richard Meier's masterwork, a stunning 110-acre modernist complex in the Santa Monica Mountains housing the Getty Museum and other foundation...more

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Getty Villa, Malibu

After nine years of renovations and additions, the Getty Villa, the hilltop Malibu site of the original Getty Museum, reopened in January of 2006. The museum's...more

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Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles

This 72-year-old Greek Revival landmark on a hilltop in Griffith Park is one of L.A.'s most recognizable icons, forever enshrined in the zeitgeist by the movie...more

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Hiking, Los Angeles

Nobody walks in L.A., but they do hike. There are great trails along the Santa Monica Mountain bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the forested Angeles...more

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