What to do in Los Angeles

Angelenos love to opine about the rapid gentrification of Downtown Los Angeles, but we also can’t help but appreciate the thriving restaurant and bar scenes that have emerged as a result. That, plus a few of the most respected art museums in the city, make it easy to spend a day getting lost in between the skyscrapers. In any case, it’s an ideal place to start if you’ve got a fast-running clock on your LA vacation.

Editor’s note: These spots are all taken directly from travelstoke®, a new app from Matador that connects you with fellow travelers and locals, and helps you build trip itineraries with spots that integrate seamlessly into Google Maps and Uber. Download the app to add any of the spots below directly to your future trips.

9am — Fuel up on breakfast

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First order of business, find a local coffee shop and take a cold brew and a spot of breakie.

 FarmshopLos Angeles, United StatesTheir breakfast, weekend brunch and dinner are amazing. Hands down the best eggs anywhere, and ask for a side of the house made hot sauce.
You’ll find market fresh produce, amazing french toast, and my favorite Iced Americano.
For dinner grab a bottle of wine and a full list of the cheeses – the cheeses are paired with accompaniments are so perfect!
This place is a mecca of locally sourced goods!

10am — The Broad museum

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Head downtown. Entry to MOCA is just across the street, but if you are in town longer, save it for a Thursday evening between 5-8pm when Wells Fargo sponsors entry and you can browse for free.

11am — The Last Bookstore

 The Last BookstoreLos Angeles, United StatesThe Last Bookstore in DTLA is a bookstore, and much more. You can walk through a tunnel of books, browse entire sections organized by book color, or get lost in the maze of new and used books.

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The Last Bookstore is a downtown gem, and their second floor boasts a maze of books and local boutiques that one can easily explore for hours. It’s the largest new and used book and record store in California, and you’re bound to unearth a few classics to stow in your carry-on home.

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12pm — 2pm Grand Central Market

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Visiting Grand Central Market hungry is kind of like going to the grocery store hungry. I want to save you from that experience, so allow me to recommend a few — Berlin Currywurst, Bento Ya Japanese Cuisine, and Roast To Go, but honestly you really can’t go wrong with any of the vendors. Grab some fruit, cheese, or a Wexler’s deli sandwich to go, and make sure you stop by Courage and Craft for some alcoholic fuel for the road.

2pm — 5pm Choose your adventure

It’s time to choose your adventure, and it’s a heavy choice Angelenos battle every day — Uber or public transportation?

If you opt for the Metro, not only will you save a couple bucks, but you’ll get to indulge in some of the best people watching the city has to offer. Downtown to Santa Monica is the route of the moment, which is ironic because few of us would dare dip our toes into that over-polluted mile-long stretch of the Pacific. This is when those snacks and libations come in handy…

 CoolhausPasadena, United StatesEat the delicious ice cream sandwich as well as the wrapper!
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You’ve got about an hour until the train drops you at 3rd Street Promenade, but if you’ve ever had to navigate beach parking, you already know this is the better option.

From there, stumble down to the Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Park for arcade games, bumper cars, and a sick view.

If you need a break, check out Misfits‘ Happy Hour that extends until 6pm and splurge on the promenade.

Prefer to stay local? Echo Park is about a 7-minute Uber ride away from downtown. Head to Echo Park Lake for a lazy paddle boat ride that will only cost you $10 and give you a chance to finish off your leftover treats from Grand Central Market. Echo Park is pretty walkable, and home to some of the best thrift and vintage shops in the city, though be aware that hipster fashion comes off a cost. Whatever, you’re on vacation.

 Echo parkLos Angeles, United StatesIf you find yourself out in Silver Lake, definitely check out Echo Park. The relaxed, laid back vibe of this area is exactly what you need for a peaceful afternoon. Chase the ducks around or do some photography; A walk trough Echo park is a great way to spend time alone or with the kiddies. #outdoors #relax #activekids

If thrifting isn’t your thing, head on over to Button Mash for old school arcade games and a great beer menu.

Night

If you chose the Santa Monica adventure, catch a quick Uber to Venice for dinner at one of their many acclaimed vegan restaurants and spend some time exploring the canals by moonlight.

 Venice WhalerLos Angeles, United StatesThe Venice Whaler is an excellent spot to watch a ball game, good drinks, and great food! Located right next to the Venice pier, the Whaler has an awesome roof top with unbeatable sunset views!

If you’re single and I’ve just described your worst nightmare, head to Del Monte Speakeasy for live music and artisan cocktails instead.

Do yourself a favor and explore LA on a Thursday, which we essentially treat like a weekend, and makes for some great nightlife options.

If you’re in Echo Park, you’ve got a couple of options. You can continue to bar hop from Button Mash down Sunset Blvd and catch a cheap show at The Echo or, if you’ve had your fill of Echo Park, head back to downtown and stop by my favorite no-frills dive bar La Cita. Pro-tip: Head to the back bar for better cocktails.

 The EchoLos Angeles, United StatesThis rad little Echo Park venue is a good place to catch up and coming bands, drink overpriced PBR and generally have a good time. Plenty of taco trucks in the area to take care of any post show munchies… #livemusic #echopark

The Regent, Villains Tavern, or Blue Whale are your best downtown options for live music; pick Villains if you want to skip the cover charge.

Both Echo Park and DTLA have a plethora of food trucks to choose from if you find yourself hungry later on.

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You may notice that Hollywood is not mentioned in this guide. That’s not an oversight. With only 24 hours to spare, trust me your time can be better spent.

12 lessons learned in L.A.

A CITY AS DIVERSE, artistic, and world-renowned as Los Angeles has naturally seen it all. And based on that experience, over time it’s constructed its own vibe, its own slow chill, its own wisdom. We could all learn a few things from the City of Angels — these 12 lessons are just a start.

1. Follow your dreams.

Venice Beach Portrait Los Angeles

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L.A. asks — no, demands — that you chase your dreams. Follow them from as far as Bridgeport or Bangladesh or Bogotá. Follow them to Los Angeles, where dreams come to fight for a moment in the sun. Where dreams come to be realized…or not. Success isn’t guaranteed (is it ever?), but you’ll never know whether you and your dream have what it takes until you give it a shot. L.A. is a nexus for dreamers — they’re drawn here by the millions. They can’t help themselves.

2. Cultures can live side by side with grace.

Los Angeles portrait sunglasses

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Los Angeles is one of the most diverse — and thus interesting — places in the country. There are few spots on Earth where people from so many places have gathered individually and en masse to shape a city. People from 140+ countries, speaking more than 200 languages, call L.A. home. You have neighborhoods where whole cultures have transplanted themselves and live nested inside one another, such as Thai Town (California has the largest Thai population outside of Asia) and Little Armenia.

3. You can live well on street tacos alone.

Los Angeles food truck tacos

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Many cities tout a killer taco scene, but L.A., in its vastness and splendor, is home to a seemingly endless army of mobile taco maestros. You can’t cross more than a few blocks without chancing upon a truck slinging carnitas on the cheap, and these two-bite treats are the perfect post-anything or pre-everything snack. At 2am after drinks, they’re seriously a lifesaver.

4. A walk on the beach can make anything better.

Los Angeles beach walk

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Literally anything. A walk on one of LA’s many beaches can turn a good day great and make a bad day much, much more tolerable. A stroll on Santa Monica beach at sunset with bae is a recipe for romance, while a walk down that same stretch of shoreline can be the perfect solace for the brokenhearted. Kick off your shoes and let your toes sink into the sand as you relax, ruminate, or rollick.

5. You have great ideas.

Girl Los Angeles

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In the spirit of “follow your dreams” comes a similar lesson we could all learn from L.A.: You have great ideas. Your ideas are awesome, original, incendiary, hilarious, groundbreaking, and worth the time and energy it takes to explore them. Sure, not all ideas are created equal; some are better than others. But in that big ol’ pile of schemes you’ve come up with, there are bound to be some winners in there. Whether it’s a script you’re working on, a clothing line you want to launch, the next big podcast, or a killer idea for an organic vegan cafe, L.A. is fertile ground for your great idea. Bring it.

6. Never be afraid to reinvent yourself.

Los Angeles Venice Beach bodybuilders

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As a child of the ’80s, I grew up watching his glistening biceps hoist fire-spitting machine guns to mow down everything from invading aliens to the minions of sleazy South American dictators. Now I recognize Schwarzenegger’s journey from Austria to Hollywood as the archetypal Los Angeles story of reinvention and dogged never-give-up determination.

As a 21-year-old bodybuilder, Arnold moved from his native Austria to Venice Beach and began pumping iron at the now-famous Gold’s Gym. Two years later, he won his first Mr. Olympia title (which he would claim from 1970-75) — around the same time he landed his first movie role. After a decade of bit parts and being told that audiences had little use for the hulking, difficult-to-understand actor, Arnold starred in the 1982 blockbuster Conan the Barbarian, followed by the career-defining The Terminator in ‘84. In 2003, after three decades as a movie star, Schwarzenegger (who’d never held public office) was elected governor of California and served until 2011. From an Austrian kid with a dream, to bodybuilder on a mission, to action-movie superstar, to political leader, take a cue from Arnie’s L.A. story and don’t be afraid to reinvent yourself.

7. Chill can have hustle.

Venice Beach skater

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Southern California, and L.A. specifically, exudes a chilled-out sense of effortless cool that’s basically its own global brand. But don’t let the Ray-Bans and board shorts fool you — as the unofficial capital of West Coast cool, Los Angeles backs it up with legendary hustle. This is the land of work hard, play hard. Whether we’re talking studio underlings hustling to get the project greenlit, or a brand new arrival hustling to carve out a piece of the city for themselves, L.A.’s classic cool is supplemented by a healthy scoop of elbow grease.

8. Sometimes you have to open up.

Los Angeles bikes

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Taking a cue from Bogotá’s weekly pedestrian/bicycle open-streets event known as ciclovía, where select city streets are closed to cars for the day, Los Angeles is making massive “open-streets” events a way of life. A regular day of CicLAvia sees 20k+ Angelenos show up to ride, walk, skate, and scoot through normally car-bound neighborhood streets. And L.A. Metro recently put on the massive “626 Golden Streets” open-street event that closed 17 miles of road, allowing pedestrians and families to explore the city safely in a way that’s usually not possible.

9. There’s nothing wrong with looking good.

Portrait piercings

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I’m from a small town in the Pacific Northwest where a Seahawks hat and a pair of mostly clean jeans is considered dressing up. But after five years living in Hollywood, a smear of style awareness finally rubbed off on me, convincing me that much of America needs to leave the pajama pants at home and guss it up a bit more. I’m not saying we need to work the red carpet every time we run to the grocery store, but a little extra effort in looking kempt would be nice. Call me a dandy, but there’s nothing wrong with looking good.

10. Adventure is everywhere…

el matador

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In L.A., you’re never more than 40 minutes from either the beach, the mountains, or the desert…or all three! Home to hidden springs, amazing trails, epic views, and the San Gabriel Mountains, the Angeles National Forest looms large to the east, a giant swath of land perfect for hiking, camping, cycling, and outdoor exploration. Farther east are the desert lands of Joshua Tree, Death Valley, and the Mojave.

If you seek a cooler, wetter avenue for adventure, head into the Pacific for a day of splashing and surfing, or cast your sights further afield and catch a ferry to Catalina and the Channel Islands for hiking, camping, and kayaking. To the immediate north you’ll find Topanga State Park and the Santa Monica Mountains, both crisscrossed with trails. In L.A., adventure is never far.

11. …especially if you spend time outside.

Runyon Canyon Park Los Angeles

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Blessed with an annual average of 329 days of sunshine, Angelenos relish in spending their free time outdoors without worrying over the weather. As long as the sunscreen and sunglasses are handy, all should be well. This means more picnics, more beach time, more eating at sidewalk cafes, more strolling farmers’ markets, and more hikes in Runyon Canyon. It also means more vitamin D pouring onto your skin, more feeling groovy, and less huddling indoors glued to a screen.

12. We should make time for the arts whenever possible.

Walt Disney Concert Hall Los Angeles

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Pablo Picasso said, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Anyone who’s stood in a gallery, sat enthralled in a movie theater, contemplated a sculpture, or listened enraptured to music would surely agree.

From the Getty Center to the Hollywood Bowl, from the Watts Towers to the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles is bursting with opportunities to indulge in art. And it’s not just big-name venues like LACMA and The Broad and Staples Center that are worth your time — there are tons of smaller theaters, galleries, music venues, and movie houses spread across the city that make it practically impossible to not catch some awesome art somewhere along the way. Consider it all a part of the wisdom of L.A.

 

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13 crucial L.A. expressions

1. “The 10”

Los Angeles freeway

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Los Angeles has a long-standing love affair with cars, one that goes back to the 1920s and later exploded in the 1950s with kitschy roadside signs, drive-in movie theaters and restaurants, and even drive-through dairies. As such, we treat our highways (yes, even the ones with ten lanes) with utmost reverence, adding a royal “The” before the route number: “The quickest way is to take the 110 to the 10.”

If you want to pay homage to our four-wheeled friends without actually sitting in traffic, head over to the Petersen Automotive Museum, a veritable place of worship for car geeks.

2. “Surface streets”

Los Angeles street car portrait

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If you’re not riding high on the 5, the 10, the 101, the 110, or the 405, you’re probably cruising below on “surface streets,” which are basically…regular streets. Every Angeleno has their favorite “secret” surface street route, but perhaps the most poorly kept of these secrets is Fountain Avenue, an east-west corridor so commonly used as a bypass that when Johnny Carson asked Bette Davis for intel on “the best way an aspiring starlet could get into Hollywood,” she allegedly responded, “Take Fountain.” Zing!

The street is actually interrupted for a block on the eastern edge of Hollywood by a middle school, but it’s worth steering around all of those adolescents in the Silver Lake neighborhood, because this is where you’ll find one of my favorite Thai joints, Wat Dong Moon Lek Noodle, near Fountain’s eastern terminus. Even if you’re not hungry, it’s worth a quick stop for one of their inventive “slushies” — you can’t go wrong with the pineapple basil.

3. “Corn or flour?”

We’re talking about tortillas here, perhaps the most important carb in Southern California next to donuts and hamburger buns. When ordering tacos, the answer to this crucial question is always corn — flour tortillas are for burritos, and for people who don’t know any better.

Every Angeleno has a favorite Mexican restaurant (personally, the mole and thick tortillas at La Cabañita in Montrose send me over the moon), but we also pledge allegiance to taco trucks, those wheeled purveyors of no-frills “street tacos.” My standby is Tacos Arizas (Logan Street, just north of Sunset Boulevard), a quick stroll from The Echo, a popular Eastside music venue. If you want to experience taco bliss at home, however, all you need to do is stop by Acapulco Mexicatessen in East L.A., a tortilleria that sells corn masa, chips, and fresh tortillas.

4. “Amoeba”

While the Hollywood Walk of Fame a few blocks down steals all the attention, the real Hollywood superstar is Amoeba Music, billed as “the world’s largest independent record store.” One step inside the cavernous building and you’ll likely agree.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed the first time you visit, but it’s a bit more manageable if you come prepared with a shopping list (make sure you add DVDs, books, and posters — they sell those, too), commit to focusing on one or two genres, or ask one of the approximately three million employees for a bit of musical guidance. No matter which route you take, give yourself some time to roam the multi-level space. Bonus: Despite appearances, Amoeba isn’t just a record store — they’re an integral part of the L.A. music scene, hosting free live shows and events several times a month.

5. “The Industry”

While this sounds like some sort of top-secret code name or a really exclusive nightclub, “The Industry” is really just a catchall term for the entertainment industry, which includes everything from indie record labels to massive film studios.

Most of the inner workings of The Industry are off limits to outsiders, but nearly every major studio runs tours that give visitors an opportunity to peek behind the curtain…er, screen. You’ll experience movie magic no matter which studio you visit, but Potterheads should head straight for Warner Bros., which offers plenty of wizardly delights. Music fans should schedule a stop at the Grammy Museum in downtown L.A., with historic memorabilia, audiovisual exhibits, and interactive experiences.

6. “The Lake Show”

We’re pretty big on nicknames here in L.A. — from LAX (that’s Los Angeles International Airport) to WeHo (West Hollywood), we like to keep things nice and casual. That tradition extends to the Los Angeles Lakers — or the Lake Show, if you’re a basketball-loving local.

It’s not the only moniker the team has earned over the years, though. Among the more popular was the “Showtime” Lakers, used in the ‘80s when the squad was led by someone also known by a nickname, Earvin “Magic” Johnson. The Lake Show play home games at the Staples Center, a giant arena that also serves as home base for the rival Los Angeles Clippers, the puck-slapping Los Angeles Kings, and our killer WNBA team, the Los Angeles Sparks.

7. “PCH”

Pacific Coast Highway California

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It’s more an abbreviation than a nickname, but continuing with our laid-back reputation, you’ll never catch an Angeleno mentioning “State Route 1,” “The 1,” or “Pacific Coast Highway.” Instead, we keep it simple with the short-but-sweet “PCH.”

Just because we’ve reduced this nearly 700-mile span to three letters doesn’t mean we don’t recognize — or appreciate — how epic it is. In our neck of the woods, the PCH is the gateway to relaxation and recreation, running right alongside the Pacific Ocean.

While many people enjoy the beachy attractions in Venice and Santa Monica, it’s worth taking a road trip north to Malibu, where you can drive right between wild ocean waves and the dramatic Santa Monica Mountains. My favorite way to spend a Sunday is to head along the coast, dip into the mountains for a hike, then replenish all of those calories (and then some) with lunch at Malibu’s Reel Inn, a casual seafood joint that offers fish every which way, capped off with a surprisingly stout dessert menu. Of course, enjoying a beer in the sunshine isn’t a bad way to go, either.

8. “Animal Style”

In N Out Burger animal style Los Angeles

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Los Angeles has a thing for burgers, and one of its most-ordered versions comes courtesy of In-N-Out Burger, a wildly popular chain that was founded about 20 miles east of the city in Baldwin Park (located just off the 10, if you were wondering).

Sure, you can get your patty with cheese, lettuce, onion, and tomato, but insiders know to order it “Animal Style,” which kicks it up a notch with grilled onions and special sauce. This is part of the chain’s (not so) “Secret Menu,” which also allows you to “Animal Style” your fries, go “Protein Style” (with a lettuce wrap instead of a bun), order a grilled cheese sandwich, or sip on a tasty root beer float.

9. “I’m spiritual.”

Yoga beach Los Angeles

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Maybe it’s the weather, maybe it’s some sort of energy vortex, but it seems most people in this city describe themselves as being “spiritual.” That’s not a bad thing, mind you: There’s a yoga studio (or five) in nearly every neighborhood, group meditation practices abound, and zen-stoking spots like the lushly landscaped Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine provide a quiet oasis in the city.

The spirit of mindfulness also pervades our food — “kale” and “quinoa” aren’t dirty words in Los Angeles. Some of the most inspirational dining can be found at Café Gratitude, whose inventive plant-based fare comes with a twist: The name of each dish is an adjective, and you’re supposed to go with the flow and order by saying “I am…” and the name of your dish. Hungry for a bowl of spicy curry? You are…Humble. Ready to find out just how spectacular vegan enchiladas can be? You are…Elated.

10. “The Valley”

El Portal Theatre North Hollywood

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For anyone who lives south of Griffith Park, The Valley is a mystical, faraway place…located just on the other side of the park. It’s shorthand for the San Fernando Valley, which is basically a suburban extension of Los Angeles. While it gets knocked for being hot in the summer and for being less culturally exciting than Hollywood and its surrounds, The Valley is actually full of awesomeness.

If you’re a Valley newbie, I highly recommend starting with North Hollywood, which has one of my favorite Mexican restaurants (Salsa & Beer), one of my favorite bookstores (The Iliad Bookshop), and one of my favorite tiki bars (Tonga Hut — order a tall glass of Kraken the Dole Whip if it’s on the menu when you visit). As an added bonus, you can ride the Metro Red Line subway right into the middle of the NoHo Arts District, a pedestrian-friendly area flush with food, beverage, and entertainment options.

11. “K-Town”

Koreatown food Los Angeles

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Speaking of abbreviated place names, K-Town is local lingo for Koreatown, a unique L.A. neighborhood that was featured on an episode of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. I’ll let Tony cover the food, but I’ll say there’s a whole lot more to K-Town than kimchi and bulgogi.

On the beverage front, Hwa Sun Ji Tea & Coffee (3952 Wilshire Blvd) is a cozy, quiet place to enjoy a cup of plum tea and a plate of cookies. For a rowdier atmosphere, head over to the divey HMS Bounty to throw back a few adult drinks. You should also consider spending a chunk of the day soaking at a Korean spa (Wi Spa is my favorite), or rally some friends to knock down pins at the delightfully nostalgic Shatto 39 Lanes.

12. “Juicing”

Fresh juice

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The word “juice” might conjure up visions of breakfast-time delights, but “juicing” is a specific term people use when they’ve temporarily forsaken solid foods for the purportedly cleansing, detoxifying powers of fancy cold-pressed juice blends. While the idea of subsisting on liquid fruit alone is enough to make my stomach cry out for help, the upside is that L.A.’s drinkable diet obsession means there’s an endless parade of juice bars to visit when you just don’t feel like chewing your lunch.

Pressed Juicery is one of the more popular options, with locations all over the city. Yes, it’s pricey to swig a bottle of this stuff, but when you realize these juices are meant to serve as meal replacements, it’s a bit easier to swallow.

13. “That’s gnarly.”

Skate Venice Beach Los Angeles

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If someone in Los Angeles comments that something you’ve done is “gnarly,” consider it a badge of honor. Some of our most expressive and endearing terms come straight out of SoCal’s skateboarding and surf culture, where “dude” is used to describe men and women, “sick” means good, and “rad” is awesome. See also: sweet, dope, and epic.

To experience the native language of L.A. in real life, get thee to the Venice Beach Skatepark, where you can watch skaters flip and grind against an ocean backdrop. If you want to catch even more action, head towards the water to check out all the surfers getting stoked on the waves. Gnarly!

 

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What to do in Los Angeles with kids

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Looking for fun kids activities in LA? Here are the top things to do with kids in the city.

Editor’s note: These spots are all taken directly from travelstoke®, a new app from Matador that connects you with fellow travelers and locals, and helps you build trip itineraries with spots that integrate seamlessly into Google Maps and Uber. Download the app to add any of the spots below directly to your future trips.

California Science Center

 California Science CenterLos Angeles, United States😎👍

Potato Chip Rock

 Potato Chip RockRamona, United States8-mile hike in the desert heat to “potato chip rock”. Make sure to start early in the morning – it gets HOT. The summit promises incredible views of San Diego. Be sure to take photos on the rock itself, just don’t look down!! #hiking

The Marvel Experience

 The Marvel ExperienceSan Diego, United States😎👍

Los Angeles National Forest Park

 Los Angeles National Forest ParkLos Angeles, United StatesLos Angels National Forest Park offers one of the most scenic routes to drive through. The sights of mountains are endless. #nationalpark #outdoor #mountains #mountain #driving

Echo park

 Echo parkLos Angeles, United StatesIf you find yourself out in Silver Lake, definitely check out Echo Park. The relaxed, laid back vibe of this area is exactly what you need for a peaceful afternoon. Chase the ducks around or do some photography; A walk trough Echo park is a great way to spend time alone or with the kiddies. #outdoors #relax #activekids

Museum of Tolerance

 Museum of ToleranceLos Angeles, United StatesThe gas chamber 😵

Avila Beach Pier

 Avila Beach PierAvila Beach, United StatesLong, gorgeous beach and a super cute small town paradise in Central California. Perfect place to stop for a day/night on a California road trip. #beachtown

Walt Disney Concert Hall

 Walt Disney Concert HallLos Angeles, United StatesWith the head-turning uniqueness of the Frank Genry architecture, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is a marvel to behold. One of the premiere music venues in Los Angeles the concert hall is the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. #musicvenue #livemusic #architecture #dtla

Griffith Observatory

 Griffith ObservatoryLos Angeles, United StatesAbsolutely stunning views of the cityscape and the surrounding mountains. The ideal spot for your obligatory Hollywood sign viewing, while the observatory itself adds to the atmosphere with its classical architecture. Free, lots of hiking tras, and not far from downtown! #astrology #science #free #hiking #photography #landscape #cityscape #cityview #touristspots

Hollywood Sign Hike

 Hollywood Sign HikeLos Angeles, United StatesRigorous and hilly hike that takes you the closest you can legally get to the Hollywood Sign, with a true definition of an epic city panorama below. Protip: no not attempt this during summer, as the opportunities for shade are few and far between.

The Last Bookstore

 The Last BookstoreLos Angeles, United StatesThe Last Bookstore in DTLA is a bookstore, and much more. You can walk through a tunnel of books, browse entire sections organized by book color, or get lost in the maze of new and used books.
Visiting LA? Pay a visit. #gallery #souvenirs #bargins #history

Ernest E. Debs Regional Park

 Ernest E. Debs Regional ParkLos Angeles, United StatesUncrowded, dog-friendly hiking trails in northeast LA. Great views of the city.