Daily activities in the Los Angeles area

Coming soon: Point Fermin Lighthouse, the Queen Mary

Anaheim – Disneyland – Doing Disneyland in a Day

Arcadia – Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens

Beverly Hills – Greystone Mansion

Hollywood – Bronson BatCave

Hollywood – Hiking to the Hollywood Sign

Hollywood – Hollywood Bowl

Costa Mesa – Fairgrounds – Orange County Fair

La Canada Flintridge – Descanso Gardens

Laguna Beach – Sawdust Art Festival

Long Beach – The Aquarium of the Pacific

Los Angeles – Autry National Center of the American West

Los Angeles – Downtown Walking Tour

Los Angeles – Getty Center

Los Angeles – Grammy Museum

Los Angeles – Griffith Observatory

Los Angeles – Heritage Square Museum

Los Angeles – Olvera Street

Los Angeles – LACMA – Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Los Angeles – Lummis House

Los Angeles – Murphy Ranch “Nazi Sympathizer” Ruins

Los Angeles – Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) – Grand Avenue

Los Angeles – Museum of Jurassic Technology

Los Angeles – Natural History Museum of L.A. County

Los Angeles – Old L.A. Zoo

Los Angeles – Page Museum – La Brea Tar Pits

Los Angeles – Peterson Automotive Museum

Los Angeles – Walt Disney Concert Hall (audio tours)

Los Angeles – UCLA Campus

Malibu – Adamson House

Malibu – Getty Villa

Malibu – Solstice Canyon Ruins

Pasadena – Bungalow Heaven Home Tour

Pasadena – Norton Simon Museum

Pasadena – Gamble House

Pasadena – Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Gardens

Pasadena – Rose Bowl Flea Market

Yorba Linda – Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace


57 Responses to Daily activities in the Los Angeles area

  1. I ❤ L.A ! because of the diversity! Enjoyed your articles! Will visit again! It is indeed a “Magical World!” . Thank you!

  2. Damommachef says:

    Awesome! We make it down there a lot, so this really helps give us some ideas.

  3. Cool! We’ve got LA & SF covered. How do I subscribe to your blog? Laurie

    • Hi, Thanks for the kind feedback. You can flick the “follow” button that should be on the upper left hand corner or you can see new posts on your facebook feed by clicking the “like” button on the right. Take care.

  4. WOW!
    As we are moving to Santa Monica in early january 2012, I am thrilled to find your blog.
    Thank you for LIKING my post….

  5. rebsnugs says:


    I saw that you liked one of my paintings, and also that you write about visiting Los Angeles. It has been a while since I have been there (1997??) but I am interested in coming back for a few days. I will certainly use your blog as a resource.

    Do you ever spend any time in Compton or Long Beach? On my trip to LA I am thinking of spending some time in these areas. Can you recommend any streets or landmarks I should see? I am most interested in the history of west coast hip-hop.


    • Hi, Thanks for the feedback. Yeah I have spend some time in Long Beach. I am not familiar with the hip-hop history in the area. But if you want an introduction to the local scene in Long Beach I would stroll along Pine avenue, 4th street, or 2nd street. Pine covers the main downtown area and loud music scene, 4th street is a neat dive bar area, and 2nd street is a nicer area with bars and restaurants. People recommend Congregation and Beachwood BBQ for beer along Pine. Joe Jost’s looks pretty cool along Anaheim: http://joejosts.com/. There is always Shoreline Village and the touristy stuff like the Aquarium and the Queen Mary.

  6. lizzzz says:

    Great list to refer to… I’ve never been to LA, so I’ll have to use this to help me plan for that trip some day 🙂

  7. As a Californian, I highly recommend this blog. Great articles and awesome info! Amazing blog! Thanks for sharing!

  8. LediaR says:

    I visited Hollywood once when my uncle lived there. He took us to the observatory and we looked down on the city.

    For a short time, I actually lived across San Francisco Bay from S.F. I also visited the capital at Sacramento and even went to Sun Valley for a day in the snow. But I must admit, my favorite parts of California are the Redwood forests up north.( Watch out for the bombardier blue jays.) And then of course Yosemite. What a fabulous park. I have great memories of going there. I used to have a giant maple leaf that I found on the ground. Don’t know what happened to it, but it was huge!

  9. Debbie Keating de Juan says:

    This is a very cool idea for a blog as well as an awesome name. California has some of the most magical sites in the world. We hit some of the major National Parks in California in 2008 and also love Yosemite and the redwoods (how can one not?). Thanks for reading and ‘liking’ my post about the Haight.

  10. What a great idea! Its always helpful to have some reminders about fun places to explore. Thanks for “liking” the Bernal Heights post. Maybe you would be interested in submitting a post about a space that makes you happy, it seems like you are keen on spaces. You can learn more here: http://happyspacesproject.wordpress.com/ and email if you have any questions.

    All the Best!

  11. Thanks for the “likes” on my photos. I was in Cali for 8 days (San Fran, Napa, LA) and thoroughly enjoyed my trip. The Getty Museum was actually our last stop! Can’t wait to go back and check out all the other attractions that are mentioned here :]

  12. Anyluckypeny says:

    Great post! I’m looking forward to the The Huntington Library and Gardens!

  13. krushworth says:

    Thanks for liking my post on Bilbo Baggins and what he meant for the art of traveling. Don’t hesitate to come on back for more travel posts, stories and videos. Do you have twitter? I’m @RealmOfMyOwn if you want to follow me that way.

  14. Interesting blog! Thanks for visiting mine.

  15. Awesome Blog. I look forward to reading it more,since AZ is so close to CA, this site will come in handy. You should do a post on beach camping in CA. Thanks for reading my blog.

  16. JohnSmart says:

    Oh my goodness. I love this blog. I started putting up my snapshots of LA today.


  17. Donnaly Y says:

    This is a great post, especially for LA-area people. I find that a lot of Angelenos doesn’t really take in all that SoCal has to offer us 🙂

    Thanks for the like on my page!

  18. lara hentz says:

    “Love” this blog!

  19. Very interesting…I’m actually far by LA but I definitely look your blog when I will there! Thank you for sharing!

  20. elfkat says:

    Do you have a follow button or an email subscribe box?

  21. Thanks so much for coming to my page, I love your blog and am going to sign up. I want to get to LA very soon!

  22. Alice says:

    Looking forward to the Olvera Street entry. I hope Mr. Churro gets a mention — it’s my main reason for going there! Cheers!

  23. Great site! It is a magical world.
    Keep on rolling —
    Momma Choo Choo

  24. RachelPatrick says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog and checking out my post on Top 10 Reasons I love living in LA! I love your blog and plan on doing some of these great day trips very soon. -Rachel

  25. Elisa says:

    Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog. My daughter will be going to USC to play lacrosse, so we’ll be spending lots more time in LA. I’ll be watching for your piece on Southern Cal – I read the one on ULCA. Cross town rivals, right? We live in Atlanta, there is lots to learn!!


  26. The ManifestAR @ LA Re.Play work will remain up indefinitely, http://manifestarblog.wordpress.com/la-re-play/

  27. pinaytravelmom says:

    Your list is telling me I have to go back to LA!!! Great list!

  28. carolyn lintelmann says:

    Would put all of these on my bucket list.

  29. Thanks! I am glad you enjoyed.

  30. Thanks for liking my post on LA, not least of which because it brought me here. I have to say my post, http://circularrunning.wordpress.com/2012/03/17/why-l-a-haunts-me-a-1st-attempt/ is not so clear about LA and its greatness, though I am a proud Angelino myself. I’d love to start a dialogue with you and your readers about what LA is and what it means and why it’s magical, as your blog puts it.

    In the meantime, thanks for blogging about the city of angels. we need boosters.

    • Thanks for stopping by. I admit that L.A. can be pretty intimidating. I tend to look forward to relaxing day trips outside of the L.A. area (e.g. in Pasadena or Orange County, for example). I lived in the L.A. area for a few years before I started to go out and explore. My blog is the outcome of a goal to explore and appreciate this area while I currently call it home (I sometimes get carried away with things). All cities have their unique positive characteristics, it is just a matter of getting out there and figuring out what they are. Anyway, thanks for the discussion, interesting post and thanks again for stopping by.

  31. Jenny says:

    Oh wow I love your blog! I am so happy to have found it! I want to do so many of the things you have done in LA…. you are an inspiration!

  32. I look 4ward to your Pt Fermin posting!

  33. KF says:

    I miss my other coast! Great list!

  34. I grew up in LA and miss it often. Your posts are great reminders of all the wonderful things down there. I’m really enjoying reading them!

  35. iarastu says:

    i love your list and would love to collaborate with my new blog. i’ve started documenting things i’ve been doing since i moved to los angeles as well. i have 7 more posts coming up soon. you should check out those as well!


  36. millyymillyy says:

    This is fantastic! Thank you, you have given me lots of good ideas, Im traveling through LA from Italy for 6 weeks and this is exactly what I needed: Inspiration!

  37. rutheh says:

    That is an extensive list of activities! Hope you will consider hosting Flat Ruthie.
    See how at CArdboardmetravels.com blog. Thanks

  38. Whoa, wish I saw this when I was in LA the other day! Great roundup of activities and things to do 🙂 Do you have a favorite?

    • Thanks for stopping by! It seems that there is always something to do. It is really difficult to think of a favorite place. Some of my personal favorites (at the moment) are the Heritage Square Museum, the L.A. County Arboretum, the Gamble House, the Adamson House, the Malibu Getty, and the Norton Simon Museum. The list keeps growing!

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