84 Los Angeles attractions for tourists and natives alike

Visit these essential Los Angeles attractions, whether you're a tourist in for the weekend or a native looking to explore



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Farmers Market

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Back in 1934, local farmers began selling produce at the corner of 3rd and Fairfax. A handful of stalls still sell groceries, but they're outnumbered by 30-plus catering stands offering a culinary round-the-world trip. Alongside the American comfort food served at the historic, 24-hour Du-Par's restaurant, you can get everything from Texas barbecue (Bryan's Pit BBQ) to Parisian crêpes (French Crepe Company), N'awleens po'boys (Gumbo Pot) to sunny Mexican fare (¡Loteria!). For dessert, you can't beat Bennett's Old-Fashioned Ice-Cream.

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  1. 6333 W 3rd St
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Wi Spa

  • Price band: 2/4

There are Korean saunas—a classic LA experience—and then there's Wi. The 24-hour mega spa is the Disneyland of Koreatown saunas—families and children included, to the lament of those looking for a relaxing experience—complete with treatment rooms, five different heated rooms, hot tubs, dry and steam saunas, TV lounge area, restaurant, library and sleeping rooms. Couples and groups laze (and sweat) in the co-ed jimjilbang—the dress code is oversized T-shirts and khaki shorts—before heading into separate men and women's areas where clothing is not allowed and a body scrub is a must do for baby soft skin.

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  1. 2700 Wilshire Blvd
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Craft & Folk Art Museum

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LA's only public showcase devoted to contemporary craft and community-based folk art continues to broaden its programming. Shows could feature anything from Venetian glassmaking to American printmaking, the circus-themed dioramas of Sonny King to a retrospective of work by Hungarian designer Eva Zeisel. With the launch of its sister community outreach program, Folk Art Everywhere, CAFAM bridges the gap between global and local cultures.

  1. 5814 Wilshire Blvd, (at S Curson Avenue)
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Langer's Deli

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Operating out of the same storefront it's owned since 1947, this James Beard Award-winning LA eatery has consistently satisfied multiple generations' worth of hot pastrami cravings—and shows no signs of slowing down.

  1. 704 S Alvarado St
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Battleship Iowa

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She carried FDR across the Atlantic Ocean during WWII, and nearly 60 years later the USS Iowa found herself docked in San Pedro as a museum. History buffs can embark on a self-guided tour of the battleship every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Parking is available in the adjacent lot for $1 an hour.

  1. 250 South Harbor Blvd
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Mariachi Plaza

Witness an 80-year old LA tradition—and hear some great music—at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, just east of Downtown. Since the 1930s, mariachi bands have gathered here, decked out in their charro (traditional Mexican horsemen) suits, waiting to be hired to play at parties or restaurants. Take note of the historic 1889 Boyle Hotel, better known as “Mariachi Hotel,” where many of the musicians live.

  1. Pleasant Ave, (N Boyle Ave)
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Malibu Country Mart

As Malibu's main hub, this casual outdoor shopping and dining center attracts a mix of both locals grabbing lunch in wetsuits, celebrities pretending they don't want to be seen and tourists who stroll through after a day at the beach. Restaurants range from take-away sandwich shops to upscale eateries, while the shops mostly sell the quintessential LA staples: designer jeans and $100 T-shirts. Make sure to also check out the adjacent Malibu Lumber Yard, a virtual extension of the Country Mart, with additional shopping and dining options but in a more modern setting.

  1. 3835 Cross Creek Rd
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Petersen Automotive Museum

  • Price band: 2/4

Miracle Mile was the first commercial development in LA designed expressly for the benefit of drivers, and so a former department store makes an apt home for this museum of automobile culture. The story of how LA—and much of the West Coast—was built around the needs of drivers is a fascinating and instructive tale. Unfortunately, the Petersen Museum doesn't tell it in any great detail, preferring instead to dazzle visitors with an admittedly impressive collection of autos from the last century. Some of the vehicles wear their history with pride: a maroon 1942 Lincoln Continental, a delivery truck from Culver City's iconic Helms Bakery, even an old Vincent motorcycle. Others look ahead: Batmobiles from both the original TV series and the Tim Burton movies, a taxi designed by Syd Mead for Blade Runner. While the life-size dioramas of garages and diners evoke the early days of the US car obsession, the museum misses its chance to tell a story that really warrants telling. But the cars are lovely, and the themed temporary exhibitions are often a treat.

  1. 6060 Wilshire Blvd
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Mount Wilson Observatory

  • Free

High up in the San Gabriel Mountains, the Mount Wilson Observatory affords terrific views of the surrounding region. If you're traveling with a group, you can book an after-dark session on the observatory's 60-inch telescope. Admission is free, but you'll need to buy a Forest Service Adventure Pass in order to visit the site as it's located within the Angeles National Forest; see the website for full details.

  1. Mount Wilson Rd
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Annenberg Community Beach House

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  • Critics choice

What started as an opulent beachfront estate built by William Randolph Hearst for Hollywood star Marion Davies in the 1920s is now a modern, community beach club open to the public, thanks to Wallis Annenberg of the Annenberg Foundation, who provided $27.5 million for the transformation. Completed in 2009, the five-acre beach house accommodates a main house with a rec room for board games, ping pong and classes and events, a swimming pool, a splash pad, beach volleyball and tennis courts, soccer fields, canopies, a cafe and rentals for paddle boards. 

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  1. 415 Pacific Coast Highway
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