20 great things to do in Los Angeles for tourists

From star spotting on Rodeo Drive and at the Griffith Observatory to museum hopping between the Getty and LACMA, your guide to things to do in Los Angeles.

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String along to puppet theater

Puppetry is a dying art, but there's one puppeteer who is keeping the tradition alive. Since 1961, Bob Baker has been staging original shows in his own theater. He has entertained theatergoers with sexy Parisian pussycats, space goons and singing watermelons. These whimsical puppets have appeared in many TV shows and films, but you can catch them on stage at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater.

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Upright Citizens Brigade

Tickle your funny bone

The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre lives up to its revolutionary name with cutting-edge comedy. It charts new territory by mingling styles in three to four performances per night. A popular gig remains the acclaimed Asssscat improv show. The locals love this place, even though there's no bar. You can always bring your own drinks from the nearby supermarket. See more comedy venues in LA.

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Avalon

Go clubbing European-style

If there's one thing that LA knows how to do really well, it's throw a good party. You're welcome to enter into the spirit at Avalon, the city's pre-eminent nightclub, which favors Europe's techno renaissance music. Or you could go street haunting to find warehouse venue The Smell. It has the look of a squat, but once you get inside, you'll discover the latest in indie-noise and political art-punk. It's perfect for bright young hipsters, because it doesn't serve booze. It also serves fine veggie snacks. See more in Music & Nightlife.

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Double dip your sandwich

Who invented the juicy beefy French dip sandwich? Where's the best place to eat one? The answer may well be Philippe the Original. It's been in business since 1908 and certainly claims to have whipped up the dip (but it's not the only one). Savvy customers opt for the traditional lamb or lighter turkey filling, and then ask the server to double-dip the bread in meaty juice, before adding a splash of house mustard. The wines served by the glass aren't bad either, but the sandwich is king.

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Bonsai Garden at Huntington Library & Gardens

Taste a trio of art venues

Culture vultures will be spoilt for choice at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. It's an ingenious multi-purpose venue, which hosts an art gallery, a library with substantial holdings and elaborate botanical gardens. A Desert Garden with cacti and old English Shakespeare Garden are among the attractions. Set aside a day to explore the highlights of this fabulous place, but don't expect to see them in depth.


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Bob R
Bob R

nice list :), not.

Bob R
Bob R

LAME crap like this shouldn't even be on the INTERNET!! STUPID!  HORRIBLE LIST, I HATE THIS WEBSITE, LAMMMOOO

Tourist
Tourist

This list SUCKS; "power walk to conserve energy" - I have to come to LA to do that?! "Stock up on fresh produce" - that I can get from anywhere else? I'm a tourist, not grocery shopping! The whole list is obvious, weak and/or a not great idea.

tim
tim

yay!

Jhoenna
Jhoenna

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Sara
Sara

Pretty much sums up the area :)

nullhogarth
nullhogarth

"Relentless smog?" The author of this piece obviously does not live in Los Angeles. While technically there is more air pollution in the LA basin overall than in some other cities, on most days the air here is clear.

Alexandre
Alexandre

this is not a recomendation for a Toruist. What about Hollywood?? You are saing that I should go visit some CD store?? C´mon...

Thor
Thor

Los Angeles also has some great whale watching and it is year round. Summer and fall giant blue whales and winter and spring the gray whale migration. Great way to see amazing coastlines and these amazing mammals.

Thor
Thor

Los Angeles also has some great whale watching and it is year round. Summer and fall giant blue whales and winter and spring the gray whale migration. Great way to see amazing coastlines and these amazing mammals.

The One
The One

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applelover
applelover

this is messed up u have made my life sad how dare you im suing this website F.U

bob
bob

u suck

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