Everything you need to know before heading to the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve
Eschscholzia californica is as essentially Californian as Disneyland, In-N-Out and Huell Howser. Never heard of it? You probably know it better as the California poppy. When we’ve been bestowed with plenty of wintertime rain, our beloved state flower dots the region in bright golden blossoms. We Angelenos are particularly lucky to live less than two hours away from the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve—a more than 1,700-acre park of poppy-blanketed hills. The Poppy Reserve isn’t the only place to see wildflowers, but it’s definitely the dreamiest. The visitor center (parking lot at roughly 15101 Lancaster Rd) is already open for the season, and we’re right on the verge of a peak bloom that’s expected to last into April; that’s not a lot of time to organize a trip to the Mojave Desert. But before you hit the freeway, make sure you keep these things in mind. Follow the bloom status. The California State Parks website—and an old fashioned phone hotline, 661-724-1180—continually updates the bloom status throughout wildflower season, noting the flowering flora along each trail. The website also posts photo updates, but if you need up-to-the-minute visual confirmation, try a quick Instagram search; we’ve found a steady stream under #antelopevalley and #poppyreserve, as well as a combination of the two. If you’re on the hunt for flowers outside of the reserve, the Theodore Payne Foundation keeps a log of bloom statuses across SoCal on its phone hotline-turned-website. Check the weat
Here's how to spend a perfect day in North Hollywood
There are many ways to explore North Hollywood, but there's only one perfect way to spend a day in the Valley neighborhood. We've put together an itinerary for your perfect day in North Hollywood. Morning Start your day with a decadent meal at Eat, where the question isn’t whether you’d like the French toast but whether you’d like it crusted in Frosted Flakes, smothered in Nutella or stacked and stuffed with berries. Burn those breakfast calories with a walk around the neighborhood’s ever-expanding cultural heart, the Metro-adjacent and pedestrian-friendly NoHo Arts District, including stops at the handsome and well-curated Blastoff Comics and Gallery 800, which is home to exhibitions from the entertainment industry’s Art Directors Guild. Afternoon Head east to a cluster of eclectic spots on Cahuenga Boulevard. Grab lunch at the Cahuenga General Store, a cozy, rustic sandwich shop with great muffalettas. Just down the street, peruse modern decor at Midcenturyla, or pick up a good read at Iliad Bookshop, where resident cats brush up against the shelves. For a pick-me-up, grab an almond-milk tea with boba from TeaPop; make sure to check out the back patio, which regularly hosts pop-up markets and impromptu performances. Night Have a happy-hour drink at Idle Hour, a curious-looking 1940s barrel-shaped café turned cocktail bar. Head over to Spumante Restaurant for dinner in the white-tablecloth family-run restaurant; we suggest a plate of homemade ravioli. Make sure to save
Events & Festivals
Scope out 130 pieces from 64 artists at this annual juried group exhibition housed inside of the Soap Plant/Wacko complex. You can pick up works from some familiar names as well as largely undiscovered, emerging talent including commercial illustrators, graphic designers, tattooists, scenics, students, street taggers, animators and working gallery artists.
Jason Rhoades: Installations, 1994-2006
Jason Rhoades grew up in a small town in the foothills outside of Sacramento—an equivalent of L.A.'s heartland. But Rhoades would go on to study in Oakland, San Francisco and L.A. That ideological division would inform his envelope-pushing installations, which often exuberantly approached politics, race, nationality, commerce, sex and gender through the use of neon signs, mechanical parts and readymade objects. Hauser Wirth & Schimmel has collected six such installations from the late artist in his first comprehensive L.A. retrospective. Rhoades would collect readymade objects and mechanical parts, and often work with neon. Just a quick note: Some subject matter in the exhibition may not be appropriate for children, though not any more so than your typical contemporary art museum.
Live Talks LA
LA's star-studded lecture series has outdone itself this season with a lineup of writers, artists, performers, scientists and business leaders, who, for as little as $25 per Live Talk, will graciously blow your mind. Every week (and sometimes more) from March through May, venues around the city will host guest speakers to tickle a variety of Angeleno brains—from those interested in technology to those who fancy literature. Check the Live Talks website for individual event details, and snag your tickets before word spreads.
David Bowie: Among the Mexican Masters
See the documentation of David Bowie's only trip to Mexico City in this collection of photos of Bowie taken by photographer Fernando Aceves. Aceves was commissioned to accompy Bowie on a tour of the city's cultural highlights in 1997, which led the duo to murals by Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Jose Clemente Orozco; the Frida Kahlo Museum; the pyramids of Teotihuacan; and other historic sites.
Time Out Shop
The best of Los Angeles
101 Los Angeles attractions for tourists and natives alike
LA covers a staggeringly huge amount of land (and ocean), so it's no surprise that the list of Los Angeles attractions is equally impressive. If you're a tourist looking for things to do, you'll find plenty of vacation inspiration, from Hollywood tours to a day at the one the city's best beaches. And locals, you may discover ways to fall in love with the city all over again in our extensive list of Los Angeles attractions.
101 things to do in Los Angeles
Looking for things to do in Los Angeles? We've got you covered with tons of options—101, to be exact. Whether you're a culture vulture, outdoorsy type or simply a lover of our fine city, there's more than enough here to keep you busy. Even lifelong Angelenos will find something new to add to their to-do list, between the city's underground secrets and the ever-changing inventory of the best restaurants. How many will you try?
20 great things to do in Los Angeles for tourists
The list of things to do in Los Angeles is as long as the city is vast. If your time in town is limited, you could spend days in the museums alone and never even make your way to Hollywood. Expect to put in a few miles between hitting up Venice Beach and exploring a hip Eastside 'hood. But that's the great thing about this city: there are so many things to do and see, like the ones listed below, to get the most from your LA getaway.
The 25 best Disneyland rides
Tacos, driving shortcuts, burgers—Angelenos tend to pick favorites, and Disneyland rides certainly aren’t exempt. We’re counting down the best attractions—in order—at both Disneyland and California Adventure. Consider this your to-do list for the next time you venture down to Anaheim. Think your favorite ride should be ranked higher? Cast your vote and let us know. RECOMMENDED: The 8 essential Disneyland tips