You can get a great workout by walking up these vertical sidewalks that date back to the trolley-car era—and take in beautiful views all across the city. The Music Box Steps in Silver Lake (N Vendome St and Del Monte Dr), Beachwood Canyon Stairs in Hollywood (enter near Beachwood Cafe) and Pacific Palisades Castellammare (start at Sunset Blvd and Castellammare Dr) are al on the up and up (and up).
L.A.'s legendary comedy clubs frequently host pop-ins from big-name stars, and comedians like Sarah Silverman, Tig Notaro and Pete Holmes take up regular residencies at Largo at the Coronet. But some smaller, hole-in-the-wall spots harbor to-notch talent for less than a Hamilton: You never know when Aziz Ansari or Maria Bamford might drop by Put Your Hands Together with Camron Esposito and Rhea Butcher at UCB Franklin or Hot Tub with Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal at the Virgil.
Leona: At Venice's Leona, chef Nyesha Arrington pays homage to her multicultural heritage with unique mash-up dishes like the Korean latkes.
Sea Harbour: Love dim sum? Sea Harbour offers made-to-order dishes like cyrstal shrimp dumplings to start your weekend off right.
Republique: Republique's stunning design is just as impressive as its pastries, shakshuka and kimchi fried rice.
Nighthawk Breakfast Bar: Brunch for dinner is a thing. Fuel up on spiked cereal milk and hangover food at Nighthawk Breakfast Bar after the sun's gone down; a more traditional brunch is offered on weekends.
Tiki arrived in L.A. in 1934, when Ernest Gantt opened Don the Beachcomber in Hollywood. The bar closed in 1985, but it spawned a huge interest in Polynesian culture across the U.S. and inspired L.A.'s oldest tiki bar, Tonga Hut. The North Hollywood dive opened in 1958 and is responsible for one of the city's best mai tais.
The Pasadena native's mesmerizing, cosmic-inspired light installations are scattered around Southern California. Here are a few you can access easily.
Breathing Light + Light Reignfall: Get lost in Breathing Light, one of James Turrell's ethereal "Ganzfeld" color-fields, an ongoing installation at LACMA, or lie down in Light Reignfall's spherical chamber, which is on display there through next May.
Dividing the Light: Pomona College Museum of Art (300 N College Ave, Calremont) has one of the alumnus's signature atmosphere-framing "Skyspace" pieces in the center of its campus, with a lighting program timed to sunrise and sunset.
Hi Test: Spend a night at the swanky Mondrian Hotel and you're sure to run into Turrell's elliptical TV-shaped installations by the elevators on each floor.
Various works: Turrell himself had a hand in redesigning Kayne Griffin Corcoran, a bright, meditative gallery that often hosts his prints and light installations and showcases a permanent "Skyspace" installation.
Thanks to our temperate, sunny weather, our shopping malls are largerly outdoors—think grassy knolls, fountains, trolleys and restaurant-patio dining. Oh, and at Christmastime, some malls even make it snow.
To celebrate the city's heart-flutteringly good strip-mall eats, we've devised our dream L.A. strip mall: It's diverse, delicious and worthy of battling it out for a parking spot. Here are seven places we'd love to see come together for an all-star culinary lineup.
Baroo: At the sign-less Baroo, chefs Kwang Uh and Matthew Kim serve bowls of fermented vegetables mixed with quinoa and passion-fruit powder, plus a slew of house-made kombuchas.
Petit Trois: Is there a more perfect omelette in the world than the one at Petit Trois? Thanks to chef Ludo Lefebvre, all of our egg dreams have come true.
Joe's Falafel: Joe's Falafel serves arguably the best chickpea balls in the city—not to mention some standout laffa bread.
Jitlada: Set your tonuge ablaze with the off-the-menu Jazz burger at Jitlada, a tiny Thai restaurant with a huge following.
Silverlake Ramen: We're kind of obsessed with the tonkotsu ramen at Silverlake Ramen, and judging by the ever-present line, so is everyone else.
Go's Mart: Phenomenal sushi can be found at Go's Mart, where tuna is topped with gold flakes and the butterfish with truffle oil.
Mashti Malone's: Dessert! When it comes to exotic treats, there's nothing better than a scoop of rosewater ice cream from Mashti Malone's.
Taco trucks gave birth to L.A.'s food-truck scene long before grilled-cheese sandwiches and lobster rolls were being sold on four wheels. Here are a few notable spots that define our taco truck landscape.
Kogi: This purveyor popularized food trucks with Korean-Mexican mash-ups like short-rib tacos. @kogibbq
Ricky's Fish Tacos: The Eastside truck serves quite possibly the most famous fish tacos in the city. @rickysfishtacos
Guerrilla Tacos: The pirces may be higher, but you get that when your tacos are topped with uni or lamb. @guerrillatacos
Tacos Cuernavaca: You're here for the $2 cecina tacos: thin layers of cured beef topped with onions and chile de árbol salsa. @tacoscuernavaca
Mariscos Jalisco: The seafood truck is best known for its stuffed and fried shrimp tacos dorados. @mariscosjalisco
Any tree branch that hangs over the sidewalk is technically public property, which means that big, juicy grapefruit is all yours. Snatch it up!
We packed the sidewalks to see it paraded along city streets, showed up for selfies at its opening and critiqued every facet of its 340-ton Riverside-born body. such is the live of Michael Heizer's Levitated Mass.
There are Mars-bound rovers hiding in the San Gabriel foothills—and you can visit them. NASA and California Institute of Technology open the doors to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for regular tours as well as an annual open house. Excited by the idea of a reusable rocket? Or a human colony on Mars? You can thank Elon Musk and the rocket scientists at SpaceX in Hawthorne (1 Rocket Rd, Hawthorne) for those lofty—and totally achievable—goals.
Radio rules ere—which makes the traffic a touch more tolerable. We have three public stations boasting news, entertainment and cutting-edge music. KCRW is one of the best NPR stations in the country and is probably responsible for launching most of your favorite bands. Our college stations—KCSN, KXLU, KXSC—play obscure gems, and 93.5 KDAY supplies back-in-the-day hip-hop hits. Word to your mother.
Each year, Red Bull packs everything from intimate club shows to a record swap at a wax museum into an entire month of inredible low-to no-cost music for Red Bull Sound Select presents 30 Days in L.A.
L.A. might be known for its perpetual sunshine during the day, but at night the city glows just as brightly. Hell, we love our neon so much that we have an entire museum dedicated to the colorful glass tubes. Whether it's golden arches at the oldest McDonald's in the world (10207 Lakewood Dr, Downey) or an Eastside giraffe getting a neck X-ray, our neon landmarks are nostalgia-licked bright spots.
Surf in the morning; snow in the afternoon. Gnarly, brah.
Two patties and double cheese is twice as nice at In-N-Out.
Stay: The Joshua Tree Inn has a swimming pool for lounging, plus legitimate folklore (folk singer Gram Parsons spent his final hours here).
Eat: Pie for the People pushes out mouthwatering 'za with every topping imaginable (strawberries!?).
See: The Integratron is a gorgeous, dome-shaped structure where you can book the most out-of-this-world sound bath of your life.
Big Sur, 5 hrs 45 mins
Stay: Post Ranch Inn boasts cliffside luxury and stunning architecture.
Eat: Big Sur Bakery makes wood-fired pizzas and fresh pastries in a cozy, forest-side setting.
See: McWay Falls at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is a half-mile hike to a stunning—if touristy—overlook above a waterfall that splashes directly into the ocean.
Baja, Mexico, 4 hrs 45 mins
Stay: The private eco-lofts at Encuentro Guadalupe are carved into the hillside of the Valle de Guadalupe wine region.
Eat: Troika doles out elevated alfresco food-truck fare.
See: Hacienda La Lomita offers wine tastings and a peek at what Mexico's wine region has to offer.
Rudolph Valentino (1895-1926)
Mel Blanc a.k.a. Bugs Bunny (1908-1989)
Johnny Ramone (1948-2004)
Forest Lawn Cemetery
Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957)
Walt Disney (1901-1966)
Michael Jackson (1958-2009)
Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery
Truman Capote (1924-1984)
Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962)
Janis Joplin (1943-1970)
The inscription on Mel Blanc's headstone? "That's all, folks!"