Millions of Angelenos call L.A. home, and with Los Angeles County covering over 4,700 square miles and consisting of numerous regions and neighborhoods, the Los Angeles Area has a lot to offer. Whether you’re a foodie, nature lover, or history buff, there’s something for you in this spectacularly sunny destination.
Dive into the heart of the city by exploring downtown Los Angeles (or DTLA, to locals). This former industrial area is now jam-packed with hip restaurants, great shopping, and interesting art. Pay a visit to MOCA, the only art museum in the Los Angeles Area that solely exhibits art from the contemporary period. Continue your museum streak with a trip to The Broad, an art museum with free admission in an impressive building. Finish up your day in DTLA with a snack in iconic Chinatown or Little Tokyo.
Another visitor favorite is the neighborhood of West Hollywood. This neighborhood is home to the Sunset Strip and is one of the more pedestrian-friendly pockets of the Los Angeles Area. Explore 3rd Street, Larchmont Avenue, and La Brea for boutique shopping, great coffee, and all the avocado toast your heart desires. Be sure to check out the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which is the biggest art museum in the western part of the United States, and kid friendly to boot!
Beyond the movie stars and luxury shopping, the Los Angeles Area also boasts many opportunities to spend time outdoors. Explore the Venice Canal Walk, a system of waterways constructed at the turn of the century modeled on the original canaled city in Italy. Take a pedal boat ride in Echo Park or hike through Runyon Canyon to sneak in an afternoon workout. Don’t miss a visit to Griffith Park, a municipal park in the Los Feliz neighborhood with an observatory, planetarium, and miles of hiking trails.