The biggest draw for people considering Los Angeles travel is the fact that it’s home to the entertainment industry. Many visitors do catch sight of a celebrity or two and from Hollywood to Santa Monica, famous faces abound. Yet Los Angeles, more commonly known as L.A., is so much more. Los Angeles is the second largest city in the U.S. (after New York), and as such is home to every imaginable immigrant culture (including a few people who claim to have come from outer space). Neighborhoods like Little India, Little Saigon, Chinatown, or Little Tokyo provide diverse shopping and dining experiences. LA’s many eclectic neighborhoods, from Downtown to Beverly Hills to Venice Beach, all have something unique to offer. And while L.A. is ultra-modern and often embraces its concrete jungle characteristics, it’s also a place where one can swim in the ocean and hike in the mountains without leaving town.
1Drive west to Pasadena, where you’ll visit the Norton Simon Museum, then check out Old Town and its shops. If it’s the second Sunday of the month, you’ll have to spend the early morning at the Rose Bowl for the flea market.
2Have a bite at the museum or a full lunch at one of the many cafes on Colorado Boulevard in Old Town.
3Drive east into nearby San Marino and visit the Huntington. Make sure to remember your reservation for tea. This is an all-afternoon event.