GQ Magazine has called Downtown Los Angeles “America’s Next Great City” and “the coolest new downtown in America.” Downtown L.A. has certainly come a long way in recent years. There were great places to eat in Downtown before its current renaissance, but the choices were limited. That's no longer the case, as acclaimed chefs and visionary restaurateurs have created a thriving dining scene in Downtown L.A. With so many restaurants opening in Downtown, deciding where to eat can be a tough choice. Read on for a guide to Downtown L.A.’s newer restaurants and classic dining spots.
The thriving Los Angeles arts scene could fill a lifetime, and for visitors that experience begins with the Public Art and Exhibitions Program at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Just have a few days? Not to worry. That’s enough time to get immersed in plenty of culture, from classic to contemporary art, music, dance and cuisine.
Adrenaline: that’s what adventure seekers require in a destination, and Los Angeles delivers. Endless hiking trails beg exploration in recreation areas like Runyon Canyon, Fryman Canyon, Sycamore Canyon, and Griffith Park. Stair workouts challenge the fittest in Santa Monica, Studio City, and Downtown Los Angeles. Still craving more? Here are three action-packed days that are sure to get the heart pumping.
Downtown Los Angeles has undergone a revitalization the past several years, growing beyond the city's business center to becoming a cluster of various neighborhoods with their own distinct personalities. From the Arts District to the Historic Core, and Chinatown to South Park, every enclave makes Downtown rich with culture and opportunity. Check out a few of the lesser-known attractions, which highlight the best of Downtown's history, its exciting present and bright future.
Like swarms of bees searching for nectar, packs of celebrity-seeking paparazzi travel across Los Angeles day and night in search of that next buzzworthy shot. The encounter might be as ordinary as a celebrity buying groceries, or as rare as a global superstar having a romantic date night at the beach. Witnessing the paparazzi portion of the star-making cycle is an authentic L.A. experience.
The rich and famous may go to great lengths to protect their privacy, but the paparazzi have uncovered their favorite public haunts. If you’re eager for a celebrity sighting in Los Angeles, check out some of the best paparazzi star-stalking spots in the city.
Some of the best experiences in Los Angeles are by way of some its multicultural enclaves, such as Olvera Street, Chinatown and Little Tokyo. Here’s a car-less tour of these districts that offers a virtual trek around the globe but leaves the gas tank full.
This half-day itinerary takes a minimum of five hours and calls for a lot of city walking, so wear comfortable shoes. Skip stops if you are running low on time, or want to spend more time enjoying a particular point of interest.
Recommended Methods of Travel: Metro, Walking
Total Distance: 1.7 miles. Distance Walking: 1.2 miles
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