We can't think of a more dazzling spot that so consistently wins over out-of-towners and natives alike. The iconic building's vista is stunning, particularly at night when Los Angeles twinkles below. Inside you'll find a bevy of exhibits, including a Foucault pendulum, a Tesla coil and a planetarium show. Give yourselves plenty of time before the 10pm closing to gaze through the 12-inch refracting telescope on the roof, otherwise you can look through the far-less-crowded modern, reflecting telescope on the front lawn.
L.A. can be an awful place to visit if you don't have a friend to guide your trip. That's where you, fellow Angeleno, come in: your friends are coming to visit, and wherever you decide to take them can completely temper their take on Los Angeles. Maybe they're from somewhere landlocked and flat and will be floored by our hills, mountains and beaches. But maybe they're those East Coast friends who arrive all prepared to dump on your very way of life (sorry, New Yorkers).
For either occassion, here's where you should take your out-of-town friends to show them the very best L.A. has to offer, from the city's most redeeming major attractions to those in-the-know gems that'll have your friends searching for an apartment before you can even take them back to the airport.