L.A.

Los Angeles vacation planning guides, itineraries, and best things to do. Tips for saving time & money, visiting museums and beaches, and photos by Tom Bricker.

1-Day “Best of” Los Angeles Itinerary

If you only have one day in Los Angeles and want to see the highlights of the city, this is the step-by-step touring plan for you. This is a jam-packed itinerary that covers the top 5 things to do in and around Los Angeles, and it also includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Although it’s an […]

Griffith Observatory Review & Tips

Griffith Observatory is a planetarium and astronomy museum in California, a great free thing to do in Los Angeles, with excellent panoramic views (including of the Hollywood Sign) and a good starting point for hikes. This post offers a review, photos, and some of my tips for visiting Griffith Observatory, which is one of the […]

Top 10 Things to Do in Los Angeles

Due to its sprawling nature, one of the challenges about a list of the top things to do in Los Angeles is defining L.A. This might sound odd, as the definition of city is pretty straightforward. It’s not exactly an amorphous thing. However, since Los Angeles is spread out, with many of its key draws beyond the […]

Petersen Automotive Museum Review & Tips

Petersen Automotive Museum is a tribute to California’s car culture, set along Los Angeles’ Miracle Mile. This review offers photos from inside its exhibits, tips for visiting, and pros and cons of spending some time at Petersen Automotive Museum instead of other nearby museums in L.A. The museum is located directly across the street from the […]

The Last Bookstore: Reading is Cool Again in Los Angeles

The Last Bookstore is an iconic location in Downtown Los Angeles, transcending its place as California’s largest seller of new, used, and rare books into a quasi art installation. The Last Bookstore is also something of a cultural touchstone connecting the Age of Literacy to the Post-Information Age. In this post, we’ll share photos from […]

Autry Museum of the American West Review

The Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park is the creation of Hollywood cowboy-legend Gene Autry, who wanted to showcase the various heritages of the West, from Native North Americans to the depiction of Westerns in pop culture. Just pause to think about that a moment: a museum showcasing everything from Native […]

Free Tour of Walt Disney Concert Hall

Located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is one of L.A.’s greatest gems, and one that that you can enjoy for free without seeing a performance of the L.A. Philharmonic. In this post, we share photos from our visit this beautiful venue, and share thoughts on doing a tour of the […]

Inside Los Angeles’ Bradbury Building

The Bradbury Building is an architectural landmark in Downtown Los Angeles and is also an ‘icon’ of Hollywood places, featuring heavily in Blade Runner. Since we just finished watching Blade Runner 2049, I figured it’d be a good time to finally post about this historic place in California. First, a bit of background. The Bradbury Building dates […]

Great Food We’ve Eaten in Los Angeles – Part 2

Given the popularity of our “Great Food We’ve Eaten in Los Angeles – Part 1” post, a sequel was a foregone conclusion. What can we say…we’ve learned something from spending so much time in Hollywood? In this post, share more of the great L.A. restaurants at which we’ve recently dined, with food photos, and recommendations […]

Tips for Hiking to the Hollywood Sign

We’ve hiked to the Hollywood Sign via a few different routes from various points in Los Angeles, including Griffith Observatory. In this post, we offer our recommendations for the shortest route, the best route, paths to avoid, and some other tips for hiking to the Hollywood Sign. Pictured above is the final destination of all paths, […]