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  • 1 Grauman's Chinese Theatre Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    6925 Hollywood Blvd.

    An ornate fantasy of chinoiserie, the theater (1926, Meyer & Holler) was commissioned by showman Sid Grauman$; many locals still call it Grauman's Chinese, though it is now owned by the Mann Theatres chain. Opened in 1927 with a gala premiere for Cec..

  • 2 Griffith Observatory Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    2800 E. Observatory Ave.

    From a promontory on the south slope of 1,625ft Mt. Hollywood, Griffith Park's highest peak, this Art Deco observatory (1935) was donated by Col. Griffith at a cost of $255,780. With its central 84ft copper planetarium dome and two smaller flanking d..

  • 3 Griffith Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    One of the largest urban parks in the US, rugged Griffith Park straddles some 4,103 acres of the Santa Monica Mountains, 5mi northwest of downtown Los Angeles and immediately northeast of Hollywood.The majority of the land was donated by Griffith J. ..

  • 4 Hollywood Bowl Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    2301 N.Highland Ave

    Occupying a broad hollow of the Santa Monica Mountains and surrounded by 120 acres of greenery, the largest natural amphitheater in the world is a popular concert site and summer home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. ..

  • 5 Bradbury Building Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    304 S. Broadway

    Completed in 1893, the five-story building's modest brick exterior conceals a splendid atrium inspired by a description of an AD 2000 commercial building in Edward Bellamy's futuristic novel Looking Backward. Bathed in diffuse natural light from a sk..

  • 6 Bullocks Wilshire Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    3050 Wilshire Blvd.

    Recognizing the growing city's need for suburban shopping accessible by automobile, department-store owner John G. Bullock and his partner, P.G. Winnett, decided to build a branch of the downtown retail store on a barren stretch of Wilshire west of L..

  • 7 Sunset Boulevard Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Sunset Boulevard

    Stretching 20mi from El Pueblo to the Pacific Ocean, this thoroughfare runs past the Latino neighborhoods of Elysian Park; the studios and street life of Hollywood; the mansions of Beverly Hills; and the upscale neighborhoods of Westwood, Bel Air, Br..

  • 8 Hollywood Sign Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Mt Lee Dr

    Perhaps the most iconic landmark in the US West, the Hollywood Sign is made of nine white sheetmetal letters 30ft wide and 50ft tall. It was built by developers in the 1920s to attract investors to the area.

  • 9 UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History Interesting

    Museums and art

    506 Hilgard Ave

    Adjacent to and downhill from Royce Hall, the three-story brick building (1992) houses one of the four leading university-based museums of anthropology in the country. On view is the Francis E. Fowler Jr. Collection of Silver, a permanent display of ..

  • 10 Westin Bonaventure Hotel Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    404 S. Figueroa St.

    These five mirrored-glass, 35-story cylindrical towers put LA on the map in 1976 as a center of post-Modern architecture. Since then they've appeared in numerous futuristic films, including Ridley Scott's classic Blade Runner (1982). Designed by John..

  • 11 Westwood Memorial Cemetery Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    1218 Glendon Ave.

    Hidden behind the AVCO Cinema on Wilshire Boulevard, the small, unassuming cemetery is the final resting place of many Hollywood stars, among them Marilyn Monroe (left of the main entrance, in the Corridor of Memories) and Natalie Wood (near center o..

  • 12 Westwood Village Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Covering roughly nine square blocks immediately south of the UCLA campus, Westwood Village is the closest thing Los Angeles has to a student quarter. Pedestrians outnumber automobiles, and a compact assortment of mostly two-story Mediterranean-style ..

  • 13 Wilshire Boulevard Temple Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    3663 Wilshire Blvd.

    This 1929 Byzantine-inspired synagogue is home to the first Jewish congregation established in Los Angeles.Its most distinctive interior space is the Edgar F. Magnin Sanctuary, an octagonal auditorium paneled in rare woods with marble and wood inlays..

  • 14 Wiltern Theatre Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    3790 Wilshire Blvd.

    This theater is the centerpiece of the eye-catching, turquoise terra-cotta Pellissier Building (1931, Morgan, Walls and Clements), a 12-story Art Deco tower with two commercial wings. Designed by G. Albert Landsburgh, it features an elaborate sunburs..

  • 15 Hollywood Bowl Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    2301 N. Highland Ave

    This excellent small museum, elegantly redesigned in 1996 (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill), displays numerous photographs, memorabilia and video and sound recordings that offer a wonderful account of the Bowl's colorful past. Permanent displays are compl..

  • 16 Hollywood Heritage Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    2100 N. Highland Ave.

    Originally a horse barn, this rustic structure across the street from the Hollywood Bowl was rented in 1913 by Cecil B. DeMille to house offices, dressing rooms and set for The Squaw Man, the first feature Western shot in Hollywood. After joining pro..

  • 17 James Irvine Garden Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Designed in the traditional Japanese style by Takeo Uesugi, the 8,500sq ft garden features a bamboo glen and a 170ft cascading stream symbolizing issei, nisei and sansei-or first-, second-, and third-generation Japanese Americans. A tranquil path mea..

  • 18 Japanese American National Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    369 East 1st Street

    The first museum in the U.S. dedicated to Japanese-American history occupies the renovated former Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple (1925) and a Pavilion (1998), linked by a plaza. Changing exhibits are drawn from the largest collection of Japanese-Ame..

  • 19 La Brea Tar Pits Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    5801 Wilshire Blvd

    Hancock Park, the public park embracing the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Page Museum, is the setting for the world's largest and most diverse cache of Ice Age plant and animal fossils.Some 38,000 years ago, during the Pleistocene era, now..

  • 20 Library Tower Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    633 W. 5th St.

    When I. M. Pei & Partners built this 73-story Italian granite skyscraper (1991), it was the tallest building (1,017ft) west of the Mississippi. Pei topped the building with a distinctive illuminated crown and employed a zigzag motif that pays homage ..

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