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Los Angeles Points of Interest

Los Angeles Points of Interest

Los Angeles

Los Angeles attractions are as simple as a popular shopping venue like Rodeo Drive. Others include a presidential museum, ancient tar pit, celestial observatory, decommissioned battleship, movie beaches and Spanish missions. From the movie studios of Hollywood to the shores of Catalina Island, here you'll find unique L.A. points of interest and other popular attractions.

North Los Angeles Attractions

Vasquez Rocks are located off Highway 14 north of Los Angeles in Agua Dulce. This 745 acre park features geological rock formations smoothed by wind and sand. This is a great place for hiking and horseback riding. Hike along trails or climb among the huge boulder formations throughout the park. Picnic facilities are also available. Many movies, commercials and music videos were filmed here. Vasquez Rocks are among the more unique L.A. attractions.

TIP: This is a desert environment. The best time to visit is in the Spring or Fall. See our Tips page for precautions on hiking in desert environments.

Vasquez Rocks
10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road
Agua Dulce, California 91350
(661) 268-0840

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San Fernando Mission is found between the 5, 405 and 118 freeways in Mission Hills. This is the seventeenth California Mission and was founded by Padre Fermin Lasuen on September 8, 1797. Spanish missions are the most historic L.A. attractions.

Mission San Fernando
Mission San Fernando, Rey de España
15151 San Fernando Mission Road
Mission Hills, CA 91345

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Air Force One at the Reagan Library

Ronald Reagan Library is situated off Highways 23 and 118 in Simi Valley. Visit the library and burial place of one of America's favorite presidents. After a successful career in the motion picture industry, Ronald Reagan had an even more successful career serving two terms as President of the United States of America. He passed away in 2004 after a long battle with alzheimer's disease and was laid to rest in this, his favorite place. Exhibits include an F-14 fighter jet and the Boeing 747 known as 'Airforce 1' that was used by Reagan during his presidency.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
40 Presidential Drive
Simi Valley, California 93065
(800) 410-8354

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Paramount Ranch is located off Highway 101 in the Santa Monica Mountains near the Kanan Road exit. This ranch/studio is part of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and features an Old West movie set. Visitors a welcome to roam about the buildings of the set for free. Movies and television shows are still filmed here recently including Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman and Fear Factor episodes. Past movies and episodes include, The Rifleman, Gunfight at the OK Corral, Have Gun Will Travel, The Dukes of Hazard and so many more.

Paramount Ranch
2903 Cornell Road
Agoura Hills, California 91301
(805) 370-2300

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Warner Brothers Studios are found off Highway 134 near the West Olive exit or Highway 101 near the Barham exit. This is the most popular of the back-lot movie studio tours and receives high reviews. Visitors are carted by tram to active movie and television sets as well as costume and wardrobe departments. Turn as if to go to Studio 5 but follow the signs to Studio 6 for tour parking. The Warner Brothers Tour is one of the most popular things to do in L.A.

Warner Brothers Studios
3400 Riverside Drive
Studio 5
Burbank, CA 91522
(818) 977-8687

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Los Angeles Points of Interest

Mission San Gabriel

San Gabriel Mission is situated north of the 10 freeway in San Gabriel. On the birthday of Mary, September 8, 1771, Frs. Pedro Cambon and Joseph de la Somera founded the Mission San Gabriel. This is the fourth California Mission. Grounds include a small cemetery and vats for fermenting wine, tanning hides and candle making. It was known as 'The Pride of the Missions' for its trade of large crops, cattle hides and wine. At one time this California Mission supplied candles to most of the other missions and was the largest winery in California. Spanish missions are the most historic L.A. attractions.

Mission San Gabriel
Mission San Gabriel, Arcangel
428 South Mission Drive
San Gabriel, CA 91776

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Angeles National Forest is found north of Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Mountains. Highway 2 (Angeles Crest Highway) traverses the entire length of Angeles National Forest from La Cañada Flintridge to San Bernardino County. Activities include hiking, horseback riding, camping, mountain biking, off-roading and snow skiing & boarding. Angeles National Forest offers plenty of fun things to do in L.A. for outdoor enthusiasts.

Angeles National Forest
701 N Santa Anita Avenue
Arcadia, California 91006
(626) 574-1613

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Griffith Park is located on the west side of Interstate 5 and south of Highway 134 (Ventura Freeway). Griffith Park consists of over 4200 acres of natural chapparal, landscaped parks, athletic fields and major attractions. Portions of the park have hiking & horseback riding trails with views of Hollywood, downtown L.A., Santa Monica and beyond to the Pacific. Major attractions found within the park include the Griffith Observatory, L.A. Zoo, Greek Theatre, Autry Museum and Travel Town. Play a round at one of 4 golf courses; join a horseback riding tour; rent a bike for several miles of paved roads; cool off in the public pool; or volley a round of tennis in one of 3 tennis complexes. For the young ones there are pony rides, a merry-go-round, miniature train rides and camping. Griffith Park is one of the most popular L.A. attractions.

Griffith Park
4730 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles, California 90027
(323) 913-4688

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Getty Museum gardens

John Paul Getty Museum is situated directly off the 405 freeway in the Santa Monica Mountains. This L.A. museum has an extensive collection of artifacts including paintings, sculpture and furniture mostly from the renaissance period to present. The museum offers astounding views of the entire L.A. basin and the Pacific Ocean. Parking is plentiful in a parking structure at the bottom of the hill. A short ride aboard the Getty tram places you at the museum entrance. The cafeteria-style restaurant offers views of the gardens and Santa Monica. The Getty Museum is one of the popular L.A. attractions.

TIP: Refer to the museum map to locate fossils embedded in the travertine walls of the museum. The museum structure and architecture is a work of art in itself.

The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 440-7300

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El Pueblo de Los Angeles is found off the 101 Freeway from Alameda Street. El Pueblo de Los Angeles is the last remnant of the original Pueblo de Los Angeles, established by the Spanish in 1781. El Pueblo de Los Angeles includes several historic buildings, ruins of the original pueblo structures and the very popular Olvera Street. Many of the historic buildings have been renovated and converted into museums. El Pueblo de Los Angeles is one of the most historic L.A. attractions.

El Pueblo de Los Angeles
125 Paseo de la Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 485-6855

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Olvera Street is situated off the 101 Freeway from Alameda Street. Olvera Street represents the last remnant of the original Pueblo de Los Angeles, established by the Spanish in 1781. Together with ruins of original pueblo structures is an open air market of Latino-influenced shops and restaurants. Mexican leather goods, pottery, huaraches and more can be found on Olvera Street. Dia De Los Muertos, Las Posadas, Cinco De Mayo and Fiesta De Las Flores are just a few of the Mexican holidays celebrated on Olvera Street. Shopping and dining on Olvera Street is one of the popular things to do in L.A.

Olvera Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Rodeo Drive

Rodeo Drive is a 3-block area featuring an outdoor shopping site of extremely high-end department stores including Armani, Coco Chanel, Cartier, Yves Saint Laurent and many more. Keep your eyes peeled for celebrities when visiting Rodeo Drive because you have to be wealthy to be able to shop here. Rodeo Drive is situated between Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards in Beverly Hills. Window shopping Rodeo Drive is among the popular things to do in L.A.

Rodeo Drive
300 N. Rodeo Drive
Beverly Hills, California 90210
(310) 271-8174

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L.A. Live is found in downtown Los Angeles off Interstates 10 & 110, near the Convention Center. L.A. Live is an entertainment complex comprised of the Staples Center, Nokia Theatre, cinemas, nightclubs, hotels, restaurants and more. The Staples Center is home to Lakers and Clippers basketball and Kings hockey. With 20,000 seats at the Staples Center on down to 2,300 at Club Nokia, L.A. Live hosts all the major concerts including outdoor events in the Nokia Plaza. Choices for stay include the Ritz Carlton or J.W. Marriott. Great restaurant choices include Fleming's Prime Steakhouse, Lawry's Carvery, The Yard House and Katsuya, which is known for it's great views of Downtown. The Grammy Museum is situated next to the Nokia Theatre and showcases the history of the Grammy Awards and celebrates accomplished musicians. L.A. Live offers plenty of fun things to do in L.A.

L.A. Live
800 W. Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(866) 548-3452

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Walt Disney Concert Hall was built by renowned architect Frank Gehry and is an unmistakable structure. The exterior is constructed entirely of stainless steel with waves, curves and protrusions jutting upward as if they grew like crystals. It is designed to be one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world. This is the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and many other events are held here included rock concerts and Hollywood award shows. The grounds also include gardens that are a favorite place for business people and locals to catch a refreshing break. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is one of the most photographed L.A. attractions.

Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90012
(323) 850-2000

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La Brea Tar Pits

La Brea Tar Pits are located north of Interstate 10 off Fairfax Avenue. Situated near the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax and next to the L.A. County Museum of Art, this L.A. museum is an active archaeological dig in the heart of the city. It's hard to believe that the Los Angeles basin was once marsh and estuary that woolly mammoth, saber-toothed tiger and grizzly bear once roamed... but it was. The museum is built on top of an ancient tar pit that many of these animals stumbled into up to 40,000 years ago. The La Brea Tar Pits is one of the best L.A. attractions for kids.

TIP: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is right next door. Also, the ever popular Hollywood & Highland is just a short drive north.

Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
5801 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90036
(323) 934-7243

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Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook is situated in Culver City between the 10 and 405 freeways. Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook is an elevated urban park that offers panoramic views of the entire L.A. Basin, surrounding mountains and Pacific Ocean. The 58 acre property includes abandoned commercial properties, a visitor center, picnic benches, trails and staircases that are popular with local joggers.

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
6300 Hetzler Road Culver City, Ca 90232
(310) 558-5547

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Hollywood Attractions

TCL Chinese Theatre

Hollywood and Highland is found off Highway 101 from the Hollywood Boulevard exit. This is the heart of Hollywood where the TCL Chinese Theatre, El Capitan Theatre, Dolby Theater, Hollywood Wax Museum and Hollywood Walk of Fame draw millions of visitors each year. The Hollywood and Highland Center offers outdoor shopping, dining and viewing walkways of the Hollywood sign. Many movies premier at Mann's Chinese and El Capitan Theaters. Nightclubs and other Hollywood hot spots are within walking distance. Hollywood and Highland is among the most popular L.A. attractions.

NOTE: Check out our Hollywood page for more to see and do around Hollywood.

Hollywood and Highland
Hollywood Boulevard & Highland Avenue
Hollywood, California 90028

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Universal Studios Hollywood is located off Highway 101 at the Universal Studios exit. In addition to the touristy tram tour that is offered as a part of its theme park attraction, they also offer behind-the-scenes, back-lot tours. Universal Studios Hollywood is among the top L.A. attractions.

Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, California 91608
(800) 864-8377

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Sony Pictures Studios are found near the intersection of the 405 and 10 freeways in Culver City. This is a walking tour where you may recognize buildings and structures from movies like Men in Black and Spiderman. If not in use, you may be able to tour the hugely popular game show sets of Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy.

Sony Pictures Studios
10202 W. Washington Boulevard
Culver City, California 90232
(323) 520-8687

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Paramount Pictures Studios are situated off Highway 101 near the Melrose Avenue exit. Paramount offers a guided 2-hour historical and informational look behind-the-scenes of their movie and television studios.

Paramount Pictures Studios
5555 Melrose Avenue
Hollywood, California 90038
(323) 956-1777

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Hollywood Forever Memorial is located off Santa Monica Boulevard near Vine Street. This active memorial park and cemetery is where some of Hollywood's screen legends are buried. Visitors are encouraged to tour the grounds. Visit the graves of Peter Lorre, Jayne Mansfield and Rudolph Valentino to name a few. Hollywood Forever Memorial is one of the unique L.A. attractions.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Boulevard
Hollywood, California 90038
(323) 469-1181

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Melrose Avenue is found between Highland Avenue and La Cienega Boulevard. This shopping site of eclectic, wacky and bizarre shops appeals to the younger Hollywood crowd. Few mainstream establishments are found here. Instead are shops like Wasteland, Leathers & Treasures, Atomic Garage, Off the Wall and many more you've probably never heard of.

Melrose Avenue
7600 Melrose Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90046

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Sunset Strip is a section of Sunset Boulevard that has a dense grouping of popular night clubs, comedy clubs, restaurants and shops. Here you will find the famous Whiskey a Go-Go where many popular bands get their start. The Laugh Factory and The Comedy Store are where Jim Carey and Richard Pryor got their big breaks. The Sunset Plaza is a small shopping center but attracts high-end retailers and big celebrities. The Sunset Strip offers plenty of fun things to do in L.A.

The Sunset Strip
8400 W. Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, California 90069

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Bronson Caves are situated off Highway 101 from the Hollywood Boulevard exit. Connect up with Canyon Drive from Hollywood Boulevard and head north into Griffith Park through Bronson Canyon. Park in the dirt parking lot on the right and start hiking. Caves and tunnels leftovers from an old rock quarry and used by Hollywood filmmakers decades ago for dozens of movies. Most notably, they served as the Batcave in the Batman television series. You may recall the scenes where Batman's supped-up Lincoln comes flying out of the cave whenever the Bat Signal is spotted. The Bat Cave is among the unique L.A. attractions.

Bronson Caves
aka: The Batcave
2960 Canyon Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068

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Malibu Attractions

M.A.S.H. set photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Santa Monica Mountains are located between highway 1 and 101 and between Thousand Oaks and Santa Monica. They are an outdoor playground on the edge of a major metropolitan city. The Santa Monica Mountains meet the ocean to the south and rise to over 2,000 feet. Activities include camping, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, bird & whale watching, swimming, surfing, nature walks and picnicking. Four State Parks are contained within the park including Point Mugu, Malibu Creek, Topanga and Leo Carrillo. The property has been used by Hollywood over the years to film movies such as M.A.S.H. and Planet of the Apes. You can find peaceful creeks and hidden waterfalls in the many canyons that carve the landscape. Several local wineries offering wine tasting can be accessed along Mulholland Highway. The Santa Monica Mountains offer plenty of fun things to do in L.A. for outdoor enthusiasts.

Santa Monica Mountains NRA
401 West Hillcrest Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91358
(805) 370-2301

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Getty Villa, Malibu

Malibu is found off Highway 1 just north of Santa Monica. Situated at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains and along the shore of the Pacific Ocean, Malibu offers both mountain and ocean activities as well as terrific museums and restaurants. Being a prime location in Los Angeles, many famous people and celebrities call Malibu home. Billionaire's Beach is a stretch of oceanfront homes where some of them live. The Malibu Pier is where most 60's surf movies were filmed like Gidget and Beach Party. You'll see the waves they rode just north of the pier at Surfrider Beach. Also at Surfrider Beach is the Adamson House, which was one of Malibu's original structures and features Moroccan design with original Malibu tiles throughout. The Getty Villa is an art museum housed in a replica of a Romanesque Italian Villa. Farther up the coast is Leo Carrillo State Beach where you'll find a sea cave and 'Movie Beach' where many movies have been filmed. Leo Carrillo is also one of the best options for beach camping in Los Angeles. The Santa Monica Mountains provide terrific hiking trails to lakes, waterfalls and abandoned movie sets. Several State Parks are situated within the Santa Monica Mountains which offer camping, picnicking and hiking opportunities. Head up into the hills where several local wineries offer wine tasting.

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Getty Villa, Malibu

Getty Villa is situated off PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) north of Santa Monica and south of the Malibu Pier. The Villa was built to resemble an Italian Villa that was unearthed from ancient times. The grounds include an herb garden, courtyards filled with native plants, fountains and statues, a Roman theatre, museum and more. The museum displays antiquities from the Greek, Roman and Etruscan era. Tickets must be obtained ahead of arrival through their website. Tickets are free other than a nominal fee for parking. The Getty Villa is one of the popular L.A. attractions.

TIP: The entrance is only accessible approaching from the south off PCH. Watch for the turn on your right shortly after Sunset Boulevard.

Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 440-7300

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Leo Carrillo State Beach is located off Pacific Coast Highway (PCH - Hwy1). This is a popular beach for camping, hiking and mountain biking. Camping is in close proximity to the beach among shade providing sycamore trees. The beach offers a mix of sandy beach, tide pools and rocky coastline including small sea caves. Known by locals as 'Movie Beach', many movies and TV shows have been filmed here including Gidget, Grease, Karate Kid, Rockford Files and dozens more. The sea cave was featured in The Usual Suspects. The Leo Carrillo Sea Cave is among the unique L.A. attractions.

Leo Carrillo State Beach
35000 W. Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, California 90265
(818) 880-0350

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Paradise Cove is situated off Pacific Coast Highway (PCH - Hwy 1) from Paradise Cove Road. Paradise Cove features a large sand beach, small pier, beach-side café and restrooms. Beach chairs, umbrellas, beach huts and private cabanas can be rented at Paradise Cove Café. Surfing is not allowed at this beach.

Paradise Cove Road
Malibu, California 90265

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The Adamson House

Adamson House is found off Highway 1 north of Santa Monica in Malibu. Situated on the ocean just north of the Malibu Pier, the Adamsom House overlooks Malibu Lagoon and Surfrider Beach. The House was built in 1929 for the Superintendent of the Malibu Ranch and his wife, a descendant of the original ranch owners. It features a luxurious decor and architecture that was once adorned with gold leaf throughout. A large concentration of brightly colored Malibu Tiles pair with the Moroccan influence of pointed arched windows & doorways, solid mahogany doors and beamed ceilings. The exterior features picturesque tiled fountains, a pool & pool house, gardens, and expansive oceanviews. Bring a snack to enjoy at one of many seaside picnic tables poised under shade trees and offering optimum views.

Blog See our Adamson House blog.

Adamson House
Malibu Lagoon Museum
23200 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, California 90265
(310) 456-8432

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Billionaires Beach is located off Highway 1 north of Santa Monica in Malibu. This mile-long stretch of beach seems to have the most densely populated grouping of celebrity homes in the region. It's not unusual to spot Hollywood celebrities enjoying Pacific views from their patios or jogging along the sandy beach. For years residents have fought to have the beach made private to no avail. There are some rules that go with a visit to Billionaires' Beach (AKA: Carbon Beach). Visitors are only allowed along the waters' edge and can not loiter on the sand. Billionaire's Beach can be accessed by walking south along the sand from the Malibu Pier. There is also at least one public access path from PCH along the way.

Billionaires Beach
22752 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265

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Will Rogers State Beach is found on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH - Hwy1) at the northern end of Santa Monica in Pacific Palisades. This is a large sand beach with many amenities including concession stands, public restrooms, a playground and 'The Strand'. The Strand is a cement bike path that continues unimpeded all the way to Marina Del Rey. And with a few city street connections through Marina Del Rey, it continues all the way to Palos Verdes.

TIP: This was the set of the 'Baywatch' television show. The lifeguard headquarters seen on the show are here. Free parking can be found along Temescal Canyon Road.

Will Rogers State Beach
Temescal Canyon Road & PCH (Pacific Coast Highway)
Pacific Palisades, California 90272
(310) 305-9503

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The Santa Monica Pier is located where Interstate 10 meets the Pacific Ocean. Attractions include Pacific Park (a boardwalk park with roller coasters and thrill rides), an arcade, aquarium, souvenir shops and restaurants. The nearby Santa Monica Place offers shopping from some of the major retailers like Macy's and Robinson's May. Continuing 3 blocks north from Santa Monica Place along 3rd Street is the 3rd Street Promenade. This promenade offers an outdoor shopping and entertainment venue along 3 blocks of pedestrian-only streets. The Santa Monica Pier is one of the top L.A. attractions.

Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-8900

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Pasadena Attractions

Pasadena is situated off both the 110 and 210 freeways northeast of Los Angeles. Every new year Pasadena celebrates by hosting the Rose Parade. Cities from around the nation take part with extravagant floats that are colored with roses, flowers and other natural materials. Following the event, the Rose Bowl hosts a college football championship game. Pasadena is renowned for its museums including the Huntington Library and Norton Simon to name a few. Old Pasadena spans 22 city blocks and features hundreds of restaurants, cafés and boutique shops in an historic part of town. The Gamble House is an exquisite turn-of-the-century craftsman home that was built for a co-owner of Proctor and Gamble. The nearby Los Angeles Arboretum features impressive gardens and was the set for the opening scenes of 80's television series, Fantasy Island. Improve your game at one of several golf courses in the region.

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Old Pasadena features 22 city blocks with hundreds of restaurants, cafés, boutique shops and chain stores in an historic portion of town. Shopping stores include Tiffany & Co., Banana Republic, Crate & Barrel, J.Crew, Urban Outfitters and many more. Old Pasadena is located off the 210 Freeway from Colorado Boulevard.

Old Pasadena
Fair Oaks Ave. and Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91105
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Gamble House

Gamble House is situated off Interstate 210 in Pasadena. This home was built in 1908 by renowned architects Charles and Henry Greene for David and Mary Gamble of the Proctor and Gamble Company. It is an outstanding example of American Arts and Crafts-style architecture with a strong Asian influence. Mahogany, maple and oak are brought together with scarf and mortise & tenon joints. Stained glass doors and fixtures exude warm color throughout the house. An outdoor pond overlooks foothills and the Arroyo below. The museum is currently maintained by the USC Architectural Preservation program. One hour tours are held Thursday through Sunday from 12-3 p.m.

TIP: You might recognize this as the professor's house in the original Back to the Future movie starring Michael J. Fox. The car (time machine) was kept in the garage that is currently the bookstore.

Gamble House
4 Westmoreland Place
Pasadena, California 91103
(626) 793-3334

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Huntington Library, Museum & Gardens

Huntington Library is found between Interstates 10 and 210 near South Pasadena. This art museum is as much about the art as it is the gardens. Originally opened to the public in 1928 by railroad and real estate tycoon Henry Huntington, the Huntington Library now contains magnificent collections of paintings, sculptures, rare books, manuscripts, and decorative arts. The museum gardens include a 14-acre cactus garden, camellia garden, and a Japanese garden that seems to have emerged from a Monet painting complete with a small red bridge. Recently added to the Library is a large atrium that serves as a conservatory for botanical science. Huge palms, ferns and other tropical plants fill the glass dome along with ponds and hands-on exhibits.

TIP: Reservations are recommended for The Rose Garden Tea Room that overlooks 3-acres of roses.

The Huntington Library, Art & Gardens
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
(626) 405-2100

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The Old Mill is located near the end of the 110 Freeway. Situated in a residential district, El Molino Viejo is the oldest commercial building in Southern California. This adobe grist mill was constructed in the early 1800's for the nearby San Gabriel Mission. Today it houses antique paintings and furnishings. Also on display are original grist stones and a working model of the mill in the early days. Outside The Old Mill is a small garden with native California trees and plants.

The Old Mill / El Molino Viejo
1120 Old Mill Road
San Marino, California 91108
(626) 449-5458

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San Pedro Attractions

Point Vicente Lighthouse

Point Vicente Lighthouse is found on the Palos Verdes Peninsula just south of Hawthorne Boulevard. The Point Vicente Lighthouse began operation in 1926 and is still functioning today. The U.S. Coast Guard operates and maintains the 67-foot tall lighthouse and grounds which is open to the public every second Saturday of the month except March when it coincides Palos Verdes Whale Day. The San Vicente Lighthouse is situated next to the Point Vicente Interpretive Center which features exhibits, a whale viewing stadium and nature trails. Lighthouses are some of the most historic Los Angeles attractions.

Point Vicente Lighthouse
31550 Palos Verdes Drive West
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
(310) 541-0334

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Battery at Fort MacArthur

Fort MacArthur Museum is situated at the end of Interstate 110 in San Pedro. Fort MacArthur was an active military base from 1914 to 1974. It served an important role in our coastal defense from the big gun era to modern-day missiles. Walk the grounds of the base and view artifacts that document the history of Los Angeles harbor defenses and museum exhibits like defense batteries, artillery guns, pill boxes and a Nike Missile site. Other nearby attractions include the Korean Friendship Bell and Point Fermin Lighthouse.

Fort MacArthur Museum
3601 S Gaffey Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 548-2631

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Point Fermin Lighthouse

Point Fermin Lighthouse is found at the end of the 110 freeway in San Pedro. Built in 1874, the Point Fermin Lighthouse is perched in a cupola atop a beautiful Victorian mansion that was once the lighthouse keeper's home. The light was extinguished in 1941 due to the threat of enemy attack during WWII and was never relit. The lighthouse is situated in Point Fermin Park and open to the public every day but Monday. Lighthouses are some of the most historic Los Angeles attractions. Other nearby attractions include Fort MacArthur and the Korean Friendship Bell.

Point Fermin Lighthouse
807 West Paseo Del Mar
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 241-0684

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Battleship Iowa

U.S.S. Battleship Iowa is located at the southernmost end of the 110 Freeway from Harbor Boulevard. Situated next to the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, Ports O'Call and the cruise ship terminal, the U.S.S. Iowa is a Naval battleship that served in WWII and the Korean War. At over 887 feet in length and with steel over a foot thick, the U.S.S. Iowa Battleship is equipped for battle with 3 triple main gun turrets, 16 twin gun mounts, 4 Phalanx weapons systems, 8 Tomahawk missile launchers and 16 harpoon launchers. Each of the 9 main gun barrels is over 66 feet in length. The U.S.S. Battleship Iowa is one of the best L.A. attractions for kids.

Blog See our U.S.S. Battleship Iowa blog.

Pacific Battleship Center
250 Harbor Blvd, Berth 87
San Pedro, CA 90731
(877) 446-9261

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Korean Friendship Bell

Korean Friendship Bell is found at Point Fermin at the northern border of San Pedro. The Korean Friendship Bell is a beautiful work of art poised atop a hill overlooking the Palos Verdes coastline. The bell and pavilion were donated to Los Angeles by the people of Korea in 1976 to honor the U.S. Bicentennial and veterans of the Korean War. Standing 12 feet tall and weighing 17 tons, the Korean Friendship Bell is supported by a stout and ornately decorated pavilion that represents the 12 signs of the Korean zodiac. Other nearby attractions include Fort MacArthur and the Point Fermin Lighthouse.

Korean Bell of Friendship
Angels Gate Park
3601 S. Gaffey Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 548-7705

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Long Beach Attractions

Queen Mary Long Beach

Long Beach is located along the southernmost coastline of L.A. County. Access Long Beach by heading south on either the 710 or 605 freeways from the 405 freeway. More of a metropolis than a town, Long Beach has plenty to offer its visitors. Top tourist destinations include the Aquarium of the Pacific, Queen Mary Hotel, Shoreline Village, The Pike and Naples Island. Long Beach offers world-class dining, protected sandy beaches, museums, boating, shopping and so much more. The Long Beach Arena hosts top-notch entertainers throughout the year. Every year in April, the streets of Downtown Long Beach are taken over by the Long Beach Grand Prix auto racing event. There's so much to see and do that we've dedicated an entire page to Long Beach.

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Belmont Shore is a popular neighborhood hot spot with plenty of boutique shops, restaurants, clubs and cafés to fill the day and night. Crowds flock here for more than 24 blocks of people watching, shopping, dining, entertainment and nightlife. Located on 2nd Street between the Coast Hwy (PCH) and Ocean Boulevard.

Belmont Shore - 2nd Street
5200 E. 2nd Street
Long Beach, California 90803
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USSR Scorpion Submarine

The Queen Mary is located Long Beach in off the 405 and 710 freeways in Long Beach. She is situated across Long Beach Harbor from Shoreline Village, The Pike, Long Beach Aquarium and Long Beach Convention Center. The Queen Mary made her maiden voyage in 1936. Built as a luxury liner, she actually broke speed records during WWII while transporting troops. Long Beach purchased the Queen Mary in 1967 and has since maintained it as a floating museum and hotel with restaurants, tours and events. Several tour options are available. The Queen Mary Halloween Haunt is popular when they turn portions of the ship into a Ghost Ship. Adjacent to the Queen Mary is the Scorpion, a Soviet submarine used during the Cold War era. The Queen Mary is one of many historic L.A. attractions.

Blog See our Queen Mary blog for details on the historic ship.

The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(800) 437-2934

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Catalina photo courtesy of Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce

Catalina Island is located 20 miles off the coast of California and is accessible in just over an hour by boat from San Pedro, Long Beach and Dana Point. Long Beach offers a helicopter flight to Catalina that takes approximately 15 minutes. Catalina has tons to offer including diving & snorkeling, swimming, golfing, biking, kayaking, hiking, camping, fishing, glass-bottom boat tours, island expeditions and much more. Catalina has plenty of hotels, restaurants and cantinas.

NOTE: See our Catalina page for everything to see and do on the island.

Catalina Island
Avalon, California 90704
(310) 510-1520 or (310) 510-0303

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