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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
“Mickey, Minnie, Princesses, Pirates…what’s not to love? o Head North on the 5, Exit Harbor Blvd, Left on Harbor & follow the signs to Disneyland. Located in Anaheim. We suggest using the Waze App for directions to help route around SoCal traffic. (33 miles from the BBH) ”
  • 673 locals recommend
Observatory
“Iconic LA landmark. Parking can be tricky though so easier to catch an Uber or Lyft!”
  • 1641 locals recommend
Art Museum
“An always-evolving collection of permanent and featured exhibits in a constantly changing compound of art and activity. Enjoy spectacular dining also on the premises.”
  • 1030 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.”
  • 817 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
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“I love the Grove for shopping , people watching and good eating .... a great LA shopping experience ”
  • 1106 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. ”
  • 994 locals recommend
Theme Park Ride / Attraction
“Beautiful to just walk around or explore the museums. The World Famous San Diego Zoo is also found in the park.”
  • 1065 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!”
  • 807 locals recommend
Zoo
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“World Famous for a reason. Great for families, getting to know new animals, and getting your daily walking steps. They have a fantastic double-decker bus tour too! Features: Animals from All Over the World: these animals include polar bears, pandas, koalas, apes, gorillas, penguins, elephants, giraffes, grizzly bears, hippos, birds, reptiles, lions, zebras, tigers, and more. Animal Habitats: animal enclosures are generally smaller than those at Safari Park to ensure that visitors see lots of animal activity Exhibits & Attractions: Guided Bus Tour: Narrated double-decker bus tour of the entire zoo. Panda Canyon: A panda exhibit with a zookeeper always there to answer questions and talk about the famous icons of the zoo. Northern Frontier & Polar Bear Plunge: Home of the zoo’s polar bears, where you can get a unique underwater view of the playful bears, see snow white foxes, caribou, maned wolves, and more. Elephant Odyssey: See lots of elephants and other California-native animals of the past and present, including large birds, cheetahs, lions, and meerkats, among others. Lost Forest: Home to tigers, hippos, monkey’s gorillas, Scripps Aviary and Owens aviary, this is one of the livelier exhibits. Urban Jungle: Visit giraffes, kangaroos, koalas, flamingos, rhinos, and plenty of other creatures. Discovery Outpost: Kids can run around in the playground, interact with animals in the petting zoo, and see lots of reptiles, insects, and birds. Skyfari® Aerial Tram: Take a ride over the exhibits for an aerial view of the zoo and surrounding Balboa Park. Nighttime Zoo: San Diego Zoo is open late during the summer months, with live music and entertainment all evening until 9pm. The Nighttime Zoo will take place June 16 – September 2 2019 and is included with regular admission provided by the San Diego pass. Upgrades & Interactive Experiences -Exclusive VIP Experience: Get access to off-exhibit areas closed to the general public and experience animal interactions, get behind-the-scenes insight, and more. -Animals in Action: This behind-the-scenes experience allows visitors to help feed, train, and touch special animal ambassadors. -Inside Look Tours: An educational two-hour experience that highlights how the keepers care for their charges. -Discovery Cart Tour: 1-hour guided tour that covers 70% of the zoo grounds highlighting all the plant and animal life. -Crazy About Cats: Go on an early morning behind-the-scenes guided tour of the cat areas and learn about each cat, how the zoo cares for them, and how you can help the species. -Early Morning Photo Expedition: Enjoy an exclusive, small-group cart tour of the zoo before it opens while you get the opportunity to take rare close-up photos of the zoo’s inhabitants. -Sunrise Surprise Stroll: visit a surprise area of the zoo up close or behind the scenes and get a keeper talk, you won’t know what you’re getting until you get there (surprise!). -Keeper for a Day: This pricey but worthwhile special experience allows you to shadow a keeper for an entire day and learn what their work is all about. -Morning with Pandas: Visit the panda viewing area before it opens in the day and see the pandas enjoying their breakfast. This 2-hour adventure includes a tour of the zoo in a VIP cart”
  • 769 locals recommend
Entertainment
“It's a wonderful place to see, ride rides and eat! you can even access via metro if you don't drive. ”
  • 746 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
“Outdoor shopping scene. It has everything. A nice walk, crowded on the weekends.”
  • 764 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Free. Great permanent collection. They have parking but I recommend walking here from the Grand Central Market. Park at GCM and take the historic Angels Flight Tram ride up towards the Broad. Closed Tuesday’s. ”
  • 498 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“You have to book this way in advance, but its worth planning ahead. They've got a great range of music entertainment, and everything from box seats with dinner served to you to bench seats and BYOB.”
  • 550 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! ”
  • 306 locals recommend
Park
“What to say? One of the great parks of the United States. Just head down the hill to Kezar Stadium (at the very bottom of Willard Street) and you'll see the GGP right beyond it (walk around Kezar to the west to enter the park). You can also enter on Stanyan and Haight (and at many other points). Enjoy the Academy of Sciences, de Young Museum, Japanese Tea Garden, Stow Lake, the Conservatory of Flowers (great night time light shows in the summer and winter) and many, many other features of the park.”
  • 733 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Great variety of stores and people watching you may see famous people here!”
  • 360 locals recommend

Top-rated experiences

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! ”
  • 491 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
“Amazing live music, food, and western ambiance at this rustic bar that was once a movie set!”
  • 467 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“A popular hip restaurant and rooftop lounge in the heart of downtown LA. Get dressed up and go for a night on the town. ”
  • 342 locals recommend
Pedestrian Plaza
“Funloving kids and adults will enjoy this place. Entrance is free, it's right on the beach, and Santa Cruz is a stereotypical California Beach town.”
  • 328 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Westfield Valley Fair, commonly known as Valley Fair, is an upscale shopping mall in San Jose, California, in Silicon Valley.”
  • 168 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. ”
  • 218 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”
  • 249 locals recommend
Bar
“"Welcome to the Joshua Tree Saloon. We have been a family Owned and Operated Saloon since 1983! A local watering hole for over 30 years! Serving up Jt's finest Burgers and the Coldest beer in town. A Bar & Grill located at the Gateway to the National Park!" Joshua Tree Saloon Open everyday including Christmas morning!”
  • 269 locals recommend

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