Travel/

Things To Do

Check out all the things to do and see while you are in Los Angeles for the ASICS LA Marathon. Plenty of fun and excitement for the entire family.

Sightseeing/Attractions
Shopping
Night Life
Hit the Beach

Culture
Restaurants
Places to Run
Farmers Markets

 

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Sightseeing/Attractions

 

 

 

Universal Studios Hollywood

 

The Getty Center

The Getty Center in Los Angeles presents the Getty’s collection of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present against a backdrop of dramatic architecture, tranquil gardens, and breathtaking views.

Admission to the Getty Center and to all exhibitions is FREE—no tickets or reservations are required for general admission.

Madame Tussauds Hollywood

Guests will experience the real glamour and elegance of Hollywood from the classic silver screen stars to contemporary actors and filmmakers. Spread over three floors and 18 themed zones, there will be plenty of interaction, surprises and some truly breathtaking experiences. The only question that remains is…who do you want to meet?

Hollywood Walk of Fame

These renowned sidewalk “stars” salute the celebrities who made Hollywood great!

Well, most days you are unlikely to see any real movie stars here on the Boulevard, but if you look down at your feet, you’ll see the kind “stars” Ray Davies sang about: the bronze star-plaques, embedded in pink & charcoal terrazzo squares on the world’s most famous sidewalk.

Grauman’s Chinese Theatre

 

It was once stated that “to visit Los Angeles and not see the Chinese is like visiting China and not seeing the Great Wall.” Grauman’s opulent, awe-inspiring presence and history has been a cornerstone of Hollywood for over 75 years.

The grand opening of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on May 18, 1927, was the most spectacular theatre opening in motion picture history. Thousands of people lined Hollywood Boulevard and a riot broke out as fans tried to catch a glimpse of the movie stars and other celebrities as they arrived for the opening.

Greystone Mansion – Beverly Hills

The former Doheny Estate was constructed in 1928 and is the backdrop for numerous films such as Spiderman, Air Force One and Indecent Proposal.  The public can visit the mansion and its grounds for musical performances, theater and ranger tours. A visit during opening hours is free and prices for special events vary. 

Beverly Hills City Hall

The Beverly Hills City Hall has gracefully presided over the City’s civic life since 1932. Architect William Gage created the Spanish Renaissance building in typical government style of that era. The building, with its tiled dome and gilded cupola, soon became a beloved landmark. Inside visitors will find terrazzo floors, marble walls and intricate ceilings and outside City Hall is surrounded by the newer Civic Center, built in a complementary architectural style. 455 N. Rexford Drive.

Beverly Hills Visitor Center

The new Beverly Hills Visitors Center is now open at 9400 S. Santa Monica Boulevard, in the heart of Beverly Hills’ Golden Triangle. Serving as a gateway to the city and providing a host of customized services, this high-tech facility is a must-stop when you come to Beverly Hills. The Visitor Center offers personalized concierge services, travel assistance and reservations as well as selling unique Beverly Hills merchandise. Open Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and weekends 10:00am to 5:00 pm.

Disneyland® & DISNEY’S CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE® PARK

Home to The Happiest Place on Earth just 25 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.

Immerse yourself in a magical festival of shows, parades and attractions celebrating California’s storied past and exciting future. From the gold rush to Hollywood’s golden era to the timeless allure of the beach, discover the vast and diverse Golden State.

Knott’s Berry Farm

With over 166 rides, shows and attractions, Knott’s Berry farm is the place to go for family fun! With five themed areas, there is something at Knott’s for everyone. Experience world-class thrills on Silver Bulletsm, the park’s first-ever suspended coaster, or Sierra Sidewindersm the spinning coaster that offers a panoramic view.  Experience Knott’s newest coaster Pony Express – The Ridesm, delivering a horseback relay at speeds never imagined in the Old West.  For something different, detour to the Park’s Old West Ghost Town® and have a cool sarsaparilla or visit Camp Snoopy, home of the PEANUTS gang and filled with dozens of kid-sized adventures.

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Shopping

Rodeo Drive

The single most famous and prestigious street, where visitors can indulge in world-class shopping while enjoying a living theatre of fashion, art and an endless parade of fascinating people from around the world.

Beverly Center

Beverly Center welcomes visitors from around the globe. Groups and individual travelers receive special By Invitation Only offers when they check-in at the Guest Services Desk on Level 6.

Located in Los Angeles at the edge of Beverly Hills and Hollywood on Beverly Blvd. between La Cienega and San Vicente Blvds., Beverly Center is anchored by Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s Men’s Store and the cities only Grand Lux Cafe.

Hollywood & Highland Center

Basking in the shadow of the famed Hollywood Sign and Walk of Fame, the Hollywood & Highland Center is right in the heart of all the action. This entertainment mecca sits next door to Madame Tussauds and just opposite the Disney’s El Capitan Theatre and the Jimmy Kimmel Live show and is home to the renowned Kodak Theatre, Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, The Highlands Hollywood nightclub, Lucky Strikes Lanes, Spa Luce, popular shops, gourmet and casual dining along with endless entertainment.

The Red Line’s Hollywood/ Highland subway station is beneath the center, while parking is easily accessible on Highland Avenue and Orange Avenue with ample parking for $2.00 with validation from shops, restaurants, cinemas and nightclubs.

Downtown & 3rd Street Promenade – Santa Monica

Shopping in Santa Monica is a combination of all the best things about the city: its part sport, part art, part culture and part sightseeing.  This is a one of a kind shopping destination with many shopping districts, but the most known district would be the internationally famous pedestrian-only, Third Street Promenade, which is considered the heart of Downtown Santa Monica.  The Promenade is home to many brand name stores, along with casual and fine dining restaurants, movie theaters and a wide variety of street performers.

Santa Monica Place

Santa Monica Place is located in the heart of Santa Monica, and is a three-level, open-air shopping and dining environment right next to the vibrant Third Street Promenade, just two blocks from the beach. Santa Monica Place stars Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and 80+ specialty retailers and restaurants including Nike, CB2, Burberry, Barneys Co-op, Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Betsey Johnson, Ted Baker, Juicy Couture, Joe’s Jeans, Love Culture  and many more. The entire third-level, rooftop Dining Deck is dedicated to food experiences with ocean and city views, chef-driven restaurants and a modern, indoor-outdoor food court.

LA Fashion District

The LA Fashion District spans 90 blocks and is the hub of the apparel industry on the West Coast. Retailers, wholesale buyers, designers, stylists, students, shoppers and residents all converge here. Whether you’re a wholesale buyer reviewing the latest collections in the District’s designer showrooms, or a shopper on the prowl for a bargain – it’s all here: apparel and accessories for the entire family, textiles, flowers, even live/work lofts. Check out our searchable directory of products, lines and other services in the LA Fashion District.

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Night Life

Elevate Lounge

Located adjacent to Takami Sushi & Robata Restaurant is Elevate Lounge, a full-service late-night bar and lounge offering an exquisite indoor/outdoor space where guests can indulge in their favorite cocktails and appetizers, amazing views of the city, and a disc jockey spinning the latest hip tunes for their listening pleasure.

Takami Sushi & Robata Restaurant + Elevate Lounge is located at 811 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.  Takami is open daily for lunch and dinner. Elevate is open Thursday – Saturday for drinks.

Reservations are recommended for Takami and can be made calling 213-236-9600. For more information on Takami and Elevate, visit www.takamisushi.com or www.elevatelounge.com.

The Kress Hollywood

 

The Kress is an upscale dining and entertainment venue which boasts a full service restaurant with a carefully crafted cuisine menu with an Asian flare; a basement level lounge offering live entertainment and dance floor; a third level banquet and event center offering food and service, live entertainment and dance floor; and finally a spectacular design-driven rooftop lounge with cabanas and a 360 degree view of Los Angeles including the legendary Hollywood sign. The Kress maintains the original 1930’s marble stairway, brass railing, ornate Italian-designed ceiling and art deco facade.

SKYBAR at the Mondrian Los Angeles Hotel (West Hollywood)

Boasting some of the finest views of Los Angeles, Skybar, an open air, ivy-covered pavilion perched above the Pool and Outdoor Living Room, has been the spot for the hottest Los Angeles nightlife from the day it opened. Skybar appears to almost float in the clouds, with an open-air hut that sparkles with custom-designed furniture handmade in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Luxurious lounge seating is accented with yellow and gold; unique reflective glass surfaces evoke the Pacific Ocean.

Located at: 8440 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood. 323-848-6025

J Restaurant & Lounge

Hot new comer J Restaurant & Lounge occupies the former site of Little J’s, one of LA’s most legendary haunts. Bringing an array of entertainment and dining options, this multifaceted venue is redefining how Angelenos do nightlife. With two floors, three bars, an open air smoking lounge, a sprawling 10,000 sf patio and the accommodations to host live music and celebrated DJ’s, J Restaurant & Lounge has something to offer Angelenos of the most discerning tastes.

Located at: 1119 South Olive St. in downtown Los Angeles

The Sizzling Cameo Bar in Santa Monica

Located just off the Viceroy Lobby and extending poolside, Cameo Bar is a mid-twentieth century take on a classic lounge. Candlelight illuminates Kelly Wearstler’s retro-glam design, creating the perfect, chic setting for a rendezvous. Relax poolside by day, sip Signature cocktails by night and let yourself unwind with renowned local DJs on Fridays and Saturday nights. Recognized as Santa Monica’s most vibrant lounge, Cameo Bar is a destination for locals and world visitors alike.

Cameo Hours:  Sunday-Wednesday: 11am-midnight; Thursday-Saturday: 11am-1am

V Lounge – Santa Monica

The V Lounge, located on Wilshire Boulevard brings the nightlife experience to Santa Monica and the Westside. The décor features low-backed ottomans, hidden nooks, and streamlined booths arranged in amphitheater style seating that radiates from the perimeter of their signature sunken dance floor, the largest in Santa Monica.

With three bars, guests at the V Lounge can enjoy their specialty martinis while watching the plasma screens at 133” high definition, placed throughout. These plasma screens will prove to be the main event come game day.  The environment is perfect for a night of carefree dancing or intense and thought provoking conversation while sitting in the lounge couches.

V Lounge is located at 2020 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica

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Hit the Beach

Santa Monica Beach & Pier

The white sands of Santa Monica’s beach has something for everyone, starting with the 100-year-old Pier is hailed as the West Coast’s oldest Pier. The Pier is open year-round and is the perfect spot for catching Santa Monica sunsets, people watching, strolling and license-free fishing.  Also on the pier, you can play at the amusement park, Pacific Park, try out your aerobatics at Trapeze School of New York or rent bikes at Blazing Saddles and go for a ride along the 22-mile stretch of beach path.

Venice Beach

Discover the mystique that lured Jim Morrison to find ‘The Doors,’ and a Culture that gave birth to modern skateboarding. Venice Beach, California, is a unique destination unto itself, where shopping, dining, sports, recreation, and entertainment abound. Transport yourselves to an era of the past, present, and future, as you experience all that Venice Beach has to offer.

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Culture

Pantages Theater

The Pantages Theater Los Angeles has a history as grand and diverse as the stage and screen fare which audiences have flocked to enjoy there for half a century. These days it’s one of Los Angeles’ leading homes of legitimate theatre (the five highest-grossing weeks in L.A.’s theatrical history were all shows at the Pantages) and a favorite “location” for TV shows, movies and music videos.

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Designed by architect Frank Gehry, Walt Disney Concert Hall, new home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is designed to be one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world, providing both visual and aural intimacy for an unparalleled musical experience.

From the stainless steel curves of its striking exterior to the state-of-the-art acoustics of the hardwood-paneled main auditorium, the 3.6-acre complex embodies the unique energy and creative spirit of the city of Los Angeles and its orchestra.

 Kodak Theatre

Kodak Theatre is the crown jewel of the Hollywood & Highland Center retail, dining and entertainment complex located in the heart of historic Hollywood. The 3,332 seat theatre opened in November 2001 and soon thereafter became known to more than one billion people across the globe as the first permanent home of the Academy Awards®.

Music Center – Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County

Centrally located in downtown Los Angeles along Grand Avenue, the Music Center is home to four internationally acclaimed Resident Companies: Los Angeles Philharmonic, Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles Opera, and Los Angeles Master Chorale and is comprised of four venues – Walt Disney Concert Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theatre and Mark Taper Forum – as well as outdoor theaters, plazas and gardens.

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Restaurants

Ocean Avenue Seafood

Serving top-quality seafood since 1986, Ocean Avenue uniquely combines a sophisticated menu with a casual ambiance, attracting loyal and local guests, business people on a “power lunch” as well as world travelers seeking exciting culinary treasures from the sea.  The raw bar is a focal point, showcasing the largest variety of oysters found in any Los Angeles area restaurant, with the restaurant earning the “best dozen oysters on the half shell” accolade from The Los Angeles Times.  With its wall of windows overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Pier, this local institution is a seafood lover’s paradise.

Or just follow one of the links below to hundreds of great area restaurants and make your reservations RIGHT ONLINE!

 

 

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Places to Run

Stay loose for the Marathon with scenic options from urban runs or along the coast. Check out the links in each metro area for routes posted on Map My Run.

Santa Monica     Los Angeles     Beverly Hills     Hollywood

 

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Farmers Markets  

Check out the Farmers Markets open along the ASICS LA Marathon course.

Brentwood Farmers Market – 741 Gretna Green Way –Operating Hours – 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM Bring you top quality farm-fresh products all year round. http://rawinspiration.org/dev/marketlocations.php#1

Hollywood Farmers Market – Ivar & Selma Avenue in Hollywood – Operating Hours – 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Hollywood Farmers’ Market is a “certified” open-air street market with approximately 90 farmers, 30 local artisans, and 30 baked goods and prepared food vendors who sell their own products every Sunday. It is a direct-to-consumer marketplace with all produce and products from local, California vendors and growers. http://www.farmernet.com/events/one-cfm?venue_id=587

Santa Monica Farmers Market – 2640 Main StreetOperating Hours 9:3am-1:00pm  The Sunday Santa Monica Farmers Market is a premier community event! A fun place to gather with neighbors, families and friends, eat tasty food, and support sustainable agriculture.  Each week the market hosts a different band, provides 15 different prepared food booths and of course has top quality fresh picked California produce.  Join us http://www01.smgov.net/farmers_market/

Visit Santa Monica for more race weekend activities!

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