Whether you want to kick back and soak up the Californian sunshine, enjoy a memorable cultural outing, revel in Hollywood glamor or cheer for one of the area’s top sports teams, Los Angeles has plenty to offer you.
PARADISE COVER PRIVATE BEACH
Owner Bob Morris wants to preserve the Southern Californian beach lifestyle he grew up with and has been running the Paradise Cove beach café since 1998.
Food and beverages are served all day in the relaxed café, and the pier stretching out to sea offers fantastic views from Palos Verdes to Point Dume, as well as the option to fish. Other activities include beach volleyball, tide-pooling and bodysurfing. You may recognize the beach from its film and television appearance including; Lethal Weapon 4, Baywatch, the O.C and Charlie’s Angels.
GRIFFITH PARK AND OBSERVATORY
Referred to as the ‘Central Park of Los Angeles,’ 4,210-acre Griffith Park is a wellmaintained
public oasis where you’ll be able to rent a bicycle, take a hike or picnic under the iconic Hollywood sign.
Be sure to stop by the Griffith Observatory, which, in addition to being a familiar filming location, is a center for astronomy featuring a planetarium, high-quality public telescope and fascinating exhibits.
+1 213 473 0800
Griffith Observatory, 2800 East Observatory Road
TRIUMPH NATIONAL GOLF CLUB
Take in the panoramic Pacific Ocean views as you tee off atop the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The 45,000-square-foot clubhouse offers three dining alternatives, plus a Golfers Menu and afternoon tea.
Additional features include an onsite pro-shop and a stately ballroom. Experienced golfing instructors are available to devise personal plans. There are also junior programs designed specifically for children under 13 years old. Though the course is just 30 minutes south of L. A., it is a world apart in terms of relaxation.
1 Ocean Trails Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes
WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL
This unique Frank Gehry-designed concert hall is a must if you’re heading into downtown Los Angeles.
Curved, silver-plated surfaces play off each other in this Art Deco-meets-Surrealism structure that packs a lot of wow, even though it gets mixed reviews from visitors. For more insight into the hall’s design and construction, take the complimentary walking tour.
+1 323 850 2000
111 South Grand Avenue
MAJOR LRAGUE BASEBALL
LOS ANGELES DODGERS
The team has been based in Los Angeles since 1958 and now has one of the largest fan bases in the sport—so much so that in 2007, the L.A.
Dodgers set the world record for the greatest attendance at a single game. In 2008 a multi-million-dollar restoration project added a state-of-the-art field level to the stadium and made the complex more environmentally friendly. The stadium’s luxury suites offer exquisite catering from Levy Restaurants, outdoor theater-style seating, HD TV, concierge service and private concourses with lounge areas. The basketballseason begins in April and ends in September.
The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles houses European paintings, drawings, sculptures, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts and photographs.
The museum seeks to further knowledge of the visual arts by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and linking up with other collections around the world to bring unique exhibitions to the center. Unlike some fine art museums, the Getty welcomes young children and has activities designed especially for them.
UNIVERSAL STUDOIS HOLLYWOOD
Take an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour for the ultimate Hollywood experience.
Visit closed sets, hear personal stories, tour the entire backlot, including Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds set, and visit the enormous prop warehouse. Additional privileges include the VIP Lounge, where you’ll have a continental breakfast upon arrival, priority entry to the park, gourmet lunch in the VIP dining room and valet parking. Attractions at the park include the Universal House of Horrors, the Jurassic Park ride, a virtual Simpson’s ride, Shrek 4D, explosive action at Waterworld and Flintstones carnival games.
+1 818 622 8477
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, San Fernando Valley
THE HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART COLLECTIONS AND BOTANICAL GARDENS
With 120 acres of breathtaking botanical gardens, including a stunning Chinese Garden, two art galleries with world-class pieces ranging from Gainsborough to Warhol and a library of rare books and manuscripts, The Huntington offers a complete cultural experience.
Guided tours are available by advanced reservation; one popular option is a morning garden tour followed by English tea.
NBA LEAGUE, LOS ANGELES LAKERS
One of the most famous and successful teams in the NBA.
The Lakers play at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The team was founded in 1947 and moved from Minneapolis to Los Angeles in 1960. As of summer 2010 they hold the record for all-time number of wins with 3,027. Luxury viewing suites offer personalized service and are outfitted with luxury sofas, ergonomically designed sports seating and TV screens. Additional VIP perks include VIP parking, private entrance, catering from Levy Restaurants and access to the San Manuel Club. The NBA season begins at the end of October and ends in mid-April each year, with pre-season games starting at the beginning of October.
Los Angeles Lakers, 555 North Nash Street, El Segundo
Zuma Beach is the largest and most popular beach in Malibu.
The long, wide stretch of sandy beach close to parking makes it an ideal destination for families and large groups. Zuma is excellent for swimming, boogie boarding, surfing, volleyball, fishing, diving and kite surfing, and features several food stands, along with more than 2,000 parking spots. It also hosts several surfing events throughout the year.