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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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Hollywood, Los Angeles

Hollywood is the same sun-blasted mecca for celebrity worshippers it's always been, but trees now line the main drag, Hollywood Boulevard. At night, the...more

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Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles

Open from late May through early October, this famed outdoor venue hosts jazz, rock, and country performers, along with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The shell...more

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Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Los Angeles

The "resting place of Hollywood's immortals" is L.A.'s answer to Père Lachaise in Paris; here, loyal fans can visit the tombstones of everyone from Rudolph...more

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Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens, San Marino

Aside from its renowned art collection and rare antique books—which include one of the two earliest-known editions of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales...more

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Kids' Stuff, Los Angeles

Aside from—obviously—Disneyland, there are lots of other sights and activities in L.A. that are geared toward kids. They'll be wowed by the La Brea...more

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles

LACMA's permanent collection of over 100,000 works includes everything from extraordinary Asian antiquities to period costumes to contemporary artworks. It also...more

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Mountain Biking, Los Angeles

Mountain-biking trails run through the Santa Monica Mountains from Griffith Park to the Pacific. On any given day, you'll see purple-faced actors with washboard...more

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Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach

This plucky new museum has big ambitions. Dedicated in 2003 with an initial gift of 60 pieces, its permanent collection has already expanded to some 850 pieces,...more

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Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena

Amid beautiful gardens inspired by Monet's Giverny, this somewhat drab, boxy museum (built in 1969) had its interior spruced up by Frank Gehry in the late '90s....more

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Pasadena, Pasadena

Pasadena is famous for the Rose Bowl and Parade, and for the remarkably beautiful architecture, including landmark Greene and Greene houses. Old Pasadena once...more

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