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  • 1. Angels Flight Railway

    Downtown | Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    The turn-of-the-20th-century funicular, dubbed "the shortest railway in the world," operated between 1901 and 1969, when it was dismantled to...Read More

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  • Getty Villa Malibu

    2. Getty Villa Malibu

    Pacific Palisades | Museum/Gallery

    Feeding off the cultures of ancient Rome, Greece, and Etruria, the villa exhibits astounding antiquities, though on a first visit even they...Read More

    Getty Villa Malibu
  • Grand Central Market

    3. Grand Central Market

    Downtown | Market/Bazaar

    Handmade white-corn tamales, warm olive bread, dried figs, Mexican fruit drinks. Hungry yet? This mouthwatering gathering place is the city...Read More

    Grand Central Market
  • Griffith Observatory

    4. Griffith Observatory

    Observatory/Planetarium

    Most visitors barely skim the surface of this gorgeous spot in the Santa Monica Mountains, but those in the know will tell you there’s more...Read More

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  • Hollywood Museum

    5. Hollywood Museum

    Hollywood | Museum/Gallery

    Don’t let its kitschy facade turn you off. The Hollywood Museum, nestled at the busy intersection of Hollywood and Highland, is worth it, especially...Read More

    Hollywood Museum
  • 6. Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

    Library/Archive

    If you have time for just one stop in the Pasadena area, be sure to see this sprawling estate built for railroad tycoon Henry E. Huntington...Read More

  • 7. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

    Miracle Mile | Museum/Gallery

    Los Angeles has a truly fabulous museum culture and everything that it stands for can be epitomized by the massive, eclectic, and ever-changing...Read More

  • 8. Norton Simon Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    As seen in the New Year's Day Tournament of Roses Parade, this low-profile brown building is one of the finest midsize museums anywhere, with...Read More

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  • Paramount Pictures

    9. Paramount Pictures

    Hollywood | Film Studio

    With a history dating to the early 1920s, the Paramount lot was home to some of Hollywood's most luminous stars, including Mary Pickford, Rudolph...Read More

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  • 10. Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Part of Malibu's most beautiful coastal area, this beach is made up of three minibeaches—El Pescador, La Piedra, and El Matador—each with the...Read More

  • 11. The Broad Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    The talk of Los Angeles's art world when it opened in 2015, this museum in an intriguing, honeycomb-looking building was created by philanthropists...Read More

  • The Getty Center

    12. The Getty Center

    Museum/Gallery

    With its curving walls and isolated hilltop perch, the Getty Center resembles a pristine fortified city of its own. You may have been lured...Read More

    The Getty Center
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  • 13. Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    With spectacular views of Surfrider Beach and lush garden grounds, this Moorish Spanish–style house epitomizes all the reasons to live in Malibu...Read More

  • 14. Annenberg Community Beach House

    Pool

    This beachfront property was originally developed in the 1920s by William Randolph Hearst as a palatial private residence and a gathering spot...Read More

  • 15. Avila Adobe

    Downtown | House/Mansion/Villa

    Built as a private home for cattle rancher Francisco Avila in 1818, this museum preserves 7 of what were originally 18 rooms in the city's oldest...Read More

  • 16. Barnsdall Art Park

    Los Feliz | House/Mansion/Villa

    The panoramic view of Hollywood alone is worth a trip to this hilltop cultural center. On the grounds you’ll find the 1921 Hollyhock House,...Read More

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  • 17. Bergamot Station

    Museum/Gallery

    Named after a stop on the Red Trolley line that once shuttled between Downtown and the Santa Monica Pier, Bergamot Station is now a depot for...Read More

  • 18. Binoculars Building

    Venice | Building/Architectural Site

    Frank Gehry is known around the world for his architectural masterpieces. In L.A. alone he’s responsible for multiple houses and buildings like...Read More

  • 19. Bliss at the W Hollywood

    Hollywood | Spa–Sight

    Want that red-carpet glow? Bliss, tucked inside the W Hollywood Hotel, provides superhydrating triple-oxygen-treatment facials that plump and...Read More

  • 20. Bradbury Building

    Downtown | Building/Architectural Site

    Stunning wrought-iron railings, ornate plaster moldings, pink marble staircases, a birdcage elevator, and a skylighted atrium that rises almost...Read More

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