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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) ”
  • 676 locals recommend
Observatory
“Iconic LA landmark. Parking can be tricky though so easier to catch an Uber or Lyft!”
  • 1643 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.”
  • 1034 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.”
  • 819 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
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“I love the Grove for shopping , people watching and good eating .... a great LA shopping experience ”
  • 1107 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. ”
  • 996 locals recommend
Theme Park Ride / Attraction
“Home to more than 16 museums (including the San Diego Zoo, Science Center, The Nat, Botanical Building and Lily Pond, Old Globe Theater) multiple performing arts venues, lovely gardens, trails, and many other creative and recreational attractions. With a variety of cultural institutions among its 1,200 beautiful and lushly planted acres, there is something for everyone. ”
  • 1064 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!”
  • 806 locals recommend
Zoo
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“This is a MUST if you’re in town with children and want to enjoy a serious zoo experience that’s located in the Balboa Park area about a 10-12 min UBER ride from your stay in Downtown”
  • 768 locals recommend
Entertainment
“While this is a pretty basic boardwalk pier, the beach is lovely around it. Also find the historic and renovated Carousel. A short few hours of family fun featuring a mild roller coaster, scrambler, ferris wheel with beautiful views, dragon swing, boardwalk games and junk food. Tip #1- get the wristband if you plan to go on more than one ride. While they're pricey, you'll still be better off. Tip #2 - go off the pier for food. Right up the hill, Ocean Ave and Third Street Promenade offers much better food choices.”
  • 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. ”
  • 501 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“Hollywood bowl has wonderful concerts and shows in the summer! Take your own food and picnic supplies and enjoy an evening watching something entertaining at this arena!”
  • 551 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.”
  • 730 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Great variety of stores and people watching you may see famous people here!”
  • 362 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
“"Pappy + Harriet’s is a RESTAURANT. Pappy + Harriet’s is a MUSIC VENUE. Sometimes the two get in each other’s way. Please check the calendar to see who is playing and if there is a ticket price and if the show is sold out before you head up here. Sometimes bands soundcheck during the time you are eating. We have many places to sit outside the club. Lots of picnic benches, but ONLY certain places to dine. PARKING: About 100 feet passed Pappy and Harriet’s,there is a parking lot on the right. You will see our PARKING sign. Please do not park on Pioneertown Road Dogs are allowed outside. They MUST be on a leash. Service Animals are always allowed inside the restaurant. “If you’re in a rush, you’re in the wrong place!””
  • 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.”
  • 325 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. ”
  • 219 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
“Amazing food and amazing service. Located near the west entrance of JTNP you won't be disappointed with the Saloon. Make sure you try their fried pickles, YUM!”
  • 263 locals recommend

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