Los Angeles, California, is home to sun-soaked beaches, the iconic Hollywood sign, and stars of stage, screen, and sky. From the scenic Palos Verdes Drive to the south of the city, where clifftops and wide beaches offer a break from busier Downtown L.A., to Hollywood, where you can literally stand in your favorite celebrity's footsteps at TCL Chinese Theater, L.A. has so much to offer.
Picnic in the outdoor amphitheatre at The Hollywood Bowl, the summer home of the L.A. Philharmonic. Visit Silver Lake and climb the neighborhood's decorated staircases for a different kind of hiking experience, or take in the ocean views from the Getty Center, a free art museum with gardens and lawns for relaxing post-visit.
As the sun sets over Los Angeles, gaze up at the stars from the Griffith Observatory or enjoy one of its many exhibits. Meanwhile, in Beverly Hills, rooftop bars, cocktail lounges, and exclusive nightlife haunts open their doors for you to enjoy a night on the town. Be sure to treat yourself to a champagne brunch the following morning at any one of the area's refined eateries. For star sightings, there's no better place than The Ivy.
El Matador, about 10 miles northwest of Malibu, is a secluded beach with rocky shores and some of the clearest water in L.A. It's the perfect place to enjoy a sunset dinner. For surf lovers, Surfrider beach in Malibu has the coolest vibe. Infamous Venice Beach is where you'll find bodybuilders, palm readers, and other colorful characters.
L.A.'s eclectic mix of culture means that some of the best international dishes appears at food markets and restaurants. Try Night + Market for Thai and Korean dishes or, for a quintessential L.A. dining experience, Bestia's Italian cuisine is second to none. Neptune's Net on the western edge of Malibu serves delicious fried ocean bites and attracts an eclectic crowd.
Los Angeles is a large city, but public transport is widely available. The Metro network has a network of rail and bus lines, with major rail lines going to Downtown L.A., Hollywood, Pasadena, Culver City, Koreatown, and Long Beach. You can also book cycling and bus tours to show you the best of the sights. However, many people choose to rent cars to help them get around more easily.
For the best views of Tinseltown, try Margot in Culver City, with its glass atrium and Mediterranean nibbles. If twinkling fairy lights, patterned tiled floors, and greenery are more your scene, Perch L.A. offers delicious cocktails and plush sofas to soak up the sunset over Downtown Los Angeles.
The Griffith Observatory has excellent views of the Hollywood sign and provides free parking if you have rented a car. Mulholland Drive has an official viewpoint called the Hollywood Bowl Overlook that offers a wonderful view of the sign, complete with a historical placard.