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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Observatory
“The Griffith Observatory is a facility in Los Angeles, California, sitting on the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood in Los Angeles' Griffith Park. It commands a view of the Los Angeles Basin, including Downtown Los Angeles to the southeast, Hollywood to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the southwest. The observatory is a popular tourist attraction with a close view of the Hollywood Sign and an extensive array of space and science-related displays. Admission has been free since the observatory's opening in 1935, in accordance with the will of Griffith J. Griffith, the benefactor after whom the observatory is named. ”
  • 1676 locals recommend
Theme Park
“It's the happiest place on Earth! This place just brings back so many fond childhood memories. Lots to do and great for the kids!”
  • 677 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Vast grounds in the middle of Miracle Mile offer beauty unto themselves. The museum is filled with many beautiful pieces. You can go into the Boone Children's Gallery and they will set you up with high-quality Japanese watercolor paints and paper. You can paint for free to your heart's content. They also have excellent live jazz music outside on Friday evenings from April-November.”
  • 1049 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
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“The Grove Shopping Center has a Nordstrom, Apple Store, lots of family-oriented restaurants and Pacific Theatres. Also located at The Grove is the historic Farmer's Market. ”
  • 1127 locals recommend
Theme Park
“This is a must-visit if you’ve never been. The Harry Potter World is crazy! Buy tickets ahead of time online and make sure to get there early to give yourself enough time to see everything.”
  • 815 locals recommend
Park
“Just two blocks from Hollywood Boulevard, Runyon Canyon Park is an often overlooked urban park that offers some great views. Atop the canyon, you can glimpse views of the San Fernando Valley and the Pacific Ocean, as well as the Hollywood Sign and Giffith Observatory. The park also boasts several hiking trails and is a popular spot for celebrities to exercise. Travelers say that the canyon is reminiscent of Old Hollywood with several old mansions and estates scattered throughout the park – keep your eyes peeled as you follow the trail. ”
  • 1021 locals recommend
Zoo
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“The San Diego Zoo houses more than 3,500 animals of more than 650 species and subspecies. It is open every day including holidays, with later hours in the summer. See sandiegozoo.org for schedules and activities, and groupon.com for possible discounts.”
  • 741 locals recommend
Theme Park Ride / Attraction
“Balboa Park is a must see attraction in San Diego. It's full of museums, a botanical garden, and walking distance to the world famous San Diego Zoo.”
  • 1008 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
“Outdoor shopping scene. It has everything. A nice walk, crowded on the weekends.”
  • 793 locals recommend
Art Museum
“A newer museum with fascinating contemporary art exhibits. General admission is free and some exhibits require an additional ticket. The building design is also unique.”
  • 492 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“Free! Just pay for parking. Majestic hilltop buildings, the art is Ok, the traveling collections can be great, but the real attraction is the space and gardens themselves. Must not miss!”
  • 813 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“Once in your life, you need to see a concert at The Hollywood Bowl. A beautiful outdoor music ampitheatre in the heart of hollywood. Check out the schedule online and consider ordering a picnic meal to be delivered to your box seats!! ”
  • 550 locals recommend
Entertainment
“This bustling wooden wharf is the place to be, with its eateries, shops, high-tech arcade, roller coaster, giant Ferris wheel and other rides, famous 1922 indoor merry-go-round and fantastic views of the bay and the mountains. This place is legendary , even in our so called winter this place is busy with people and musicians everywhere. There are beach tours, bike rentals, and electric scooters for cruising (lime and bird). Download the apps.”
  • 746 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“elite shopping , stores, food courts, and beautiful people. Amazing restaurants also exist on the premises! ”
  • 376 locals recommend
Landmark
“Great place to see the famous Walk of Fame of every star who has graced Hollywood. Enjoy exploring and learning more about the world's most famous sidewalk and the celebrities it honors! ”
  • 325 locals recommend
Park
“What to say? One of the great parks of the United States. Just head down the hill to Kezar Stadium (at the very bottom of Willard Street) and you'll see the GGP right beyond it (walk around Kezar to the west to enter the park). You can also enter on Stanyan and Haight (and at many other points). Enjoy the Academy of Sciences, de Young Museum, Japanese Tea Garden, Stow Lake, the Conservatory of Flowers (great night time light shows in the summer and winter) and many, many other features of the park.”
  • 724 locals recommend

Top restaurants

BBQ Joint
“American food- barbeque with great cheese fries and cocktails. Restaurant bar with live bands. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Located in Pioneertown which has a frontier town feel with a little main street you can walk down and shop. It looks like a western movie set and movies are filmed here. ”
  • 432 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Everything here is delicious...this place is so cool they don't even put their name on the outside...the takeout next door is great too! ”
  • 506 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Glamorous rooftop setting with French small plates, handcrafted cocktails & grand views of the city.”
  • 345 locals recommend
Pedestrian Plaza
“The Boardwalk features more than 40 rides and attractions including two National Historic Landmarks: the world-famous 1924 Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster and the beautiful 1911 Looff Carousel, plus many scream-inducing thrill rides, gentle kiddie rides, casual restaurants, gift shops, games, indoor arcades, and miniature golf. Located along a beautiful sandy beach in a friendly beach town, the Boardwalk has the classic setting for days of family fun.”
  • 308 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“I highly recommend their pizzas and pastas! Afterwards, take a look at macaroon heaven! ”
  • 233 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Large indoor mall with many brand name stores and delicious food options including the famous dumpling restaurant Din Tai Fung. There is also a small play area for kids. ”
  • 160 locals recommend
Bar
“10 min drive from house- This is a great place to grab a beer, some fries and play pool. Perfect stop when shopping in downtown Joshua Tree with friends.”
  • 247 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“Favorite plant-based restaurant on the coast. This place has mouth-watering dishes that are 100% vegan, but you wouldn't be able to tell. ”
  • 257 locals recommend

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