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Things to do in Southern California

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Theme Park
“We are located 30-minute driving distance from the happiest place on Earth! Just hop on North Harbor Blvd and drive straight down. You'll be there in no time!”
  • 672 locals recommend
Observatory
“03/26/2020 Covid 19 will prevent you from visiting this site legally. Because of Breeched Social Distancing but non the less this has always been a great place for Full Los Angeles Vista and The Hollywood Sign without stressing your self out. This is also where they shot La La Land.”
  • 1632 locals recommend
Art Museum
“LACMA is definitely one of LA’s coolest attractions. Outside it has the famous row of lights that attract a number of tourists and there’s a lot of other cool art inside that’s worth checking out. It also has a solid (but pricey) outdoor restaurant called Ray’s & Stark Bar, which is great for happy hour or a bite between exhibits. The Jazz at LACMA summer series is a free outdoor performance by SoCal jazz musicians with special appearances in the past by jazz legends like John Clayton, and Billy Childs. What to know before you go: LACMA is open 11am to 5pm Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 11am to 8pm on Friday, and 10am to 7pm Saturday and Sunday.”
  • 1032 locals recommend
Theme Park
“This is a must-visit if you’ve never been. The Harry Potter World is crazy! Buy tickets ahead of time online and make sure to get there early to give yourself enough time to see everything.”
  • 806 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
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“Beautiful outdoor space with great shopping lots of restaurants and a beautiful movie theater. Within walking distance”
  • 1097 locals recommend
Park
“Just two blocks from Hollywood Boulevard, Runyon Canyon Park is an often overlooked urban park that offers some great views. Atop the canyon, you can glimpse views of the San Fernando Valley and the Pacific Ocean, as well as the Hollywood Sign and Giffith Observatory. The park also boasts several hiking trails and is a popular spot for celebrities to exercise. Travelers say that the canyon is reminiscent of Old Hollywood with several old mansions and estates scattered throughout the park – keep your eyes peeled as you follow the trail. ”
  • 984 locals recommend
Theme Park Ride / Attraction
“Beautiful sight-seeing. A historical park with lots of museums. If it’s your first time in San Diego, this is the place to go!.”
  • 1039 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Free! Just pay for parking. Majestic hilltop buildings, the art is Ok, the traveling collections can be great, but the real attraction is the space and gardens themselves. Must not miss!”
  • 795 locals recommend
Zoo
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“The San Diego Zoo is considered one of the best, with outdoor living for the animals, and close up front viewing. So, paint your face for some fun, and go meet the Panda and Koala Bears, along with the elephants and monkeys are the best. ”
  • 755 locals recommend
Entertainment
“The Santa Monica Pier is a large double-jointed pier at the foot of Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica, California, United States. It contains a small amusement park, concession stands, and areas for views and fishing.”
  • 734 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
“Outdoor shopping scene. It has everything. A nice walk, crowded on the weekends.”
  • 765 locals recommend
Art Museum
“This new museum houses Eli Broad’s permanent collection of modern art and is free to the public IF you make advance reservations. Otherwise you may hafta wait in line. Just opposite MOCA and next to Frank Gehry’s Disney Hall. ”
  • 499 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“Named one of the 10 best live music venues in America by Rolling Stone magazine”
  • 542 locals recommend
Landmark
“Great place to see the famous Walk of Fame of every star who has graced Hollywood. Enjoy exploring and learning more about the world's most famous sidewalk and the celebrities it honors! ”
  • 308 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Great variety of stores and people watching you may see famous people here!”
  • 353 locals recommend
Office
“Just a 45-55 minute drive from Bungalow. Travel on scenic hwy 126 -a must see area. ”
  • 179 locals recommend

Top restaurants

New American Restaurant
“Everything here is delicious...this place is so cool they don't even put their name on the outside...the takeout next door is great too! ”
  • 492 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
“A desert must see. This is a famous music venue in the desert that also has a full service restaurant and bar. It's become quite popular over the years so plan to get there early otherwise you might be in for a long wait. Check out their online calendar...you never know who might be performing! On nights they have ticketed shows, you won't be able to enter if you don't have a ticket. ”
  • 455 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Sunday brunch spot for a true LA experience. Live jazz, rooftop vibes, delicious eats and great drinks. Try the crab Benedict, bread pudding and the sangria. After brunch head up one floor to the rooftop bar for great views of downtown LA. Tip: make a reservation! Note: my location is 15 mins away from Perch ”
  • 337 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Best French-Italian restaurant in my opinion. Almost everything on the menu is good. Their dessert selections were amazing, I love the tiramisu. ”
  • 221 locals recommend
Lounge
“It's a nice spot to chill and meet people. It get very busy on weekend nights. But you can go anytime they're open and still meet people”
  • 244 locals recommend
Bar
“Easy walk from Mojave Haus to grab a beer and socialize at the end of a long day in the sun.”
  • 255 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“Delicious Vegan restaurant! I love most of what they serve.. great salads and bowls!”
  • 254 locals recommend
Gay Bar
“Cocktails & shared plates are served at this lively gay lounge with outdoor terraces & dance floor.”
  • 223 locals recommend

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