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.

Sheraton Universal Hollywood Hotel Review

Sheraton Universal is an on-site hotel at Universal Studios Hollywood, within walking distance of the park and CityWalk, and a short drive from Los Angeles. In this hotel review, I’ll share photos from the refurbished rooms, and overhauled common areas of the Sheraton Universal Hotel. Truth be told, I never planned on writing this review. […]

O.J. Simpson Museum Review

Chinatown’s Coagula Curatorial Gallery in Los Angeles has a new pop-up O.J. Simpson Museum, which features a plethora of pop culture memorabilia about the ‘Trial of the Century’ and all things O.J. Simpson. In this post, I’ll offer some thoughts from our visit to the O.J. Museum. Like many children of the 90s, the O.J. […]

Great Food We’ve Eaten in Los Angeles – Part 1

We love to eat, and we love Los Angeles. In this post, we combine those two loves, and share some of the great L.A. restaurants at which we’ve recently dined, with food photos, and recommendations in terms of things we enjoyed. Since I’m guessing most of our readers don’t live in Los Angeles and aren’t […]

Free Concert Rehearsals at Hollywood Bowl

During summer, you can attend free rehearsals of Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. No ticket is required and you can come or go at your leisure. In this post, we’ll offer our thoughts on this free concert (more “sorta concert”) and whether this Southern California experience is worth your time. Open rehearsals occur on […]

1-Day Hollywood Itinerary

Hollywood, California is the epicenter of America’s entertainment industry, and has a ton of attractions that revolve around movies, television, and music. In this 1-day touring plan for Hollywood, we’ll share what you should do while visiting via an efficient step-by-step tour of Hollywood that won’t waste your time. For starters, determine whether it’s worth […]

1-Day Walt Disney-Inspired Los Angeles Itinerary

While a trip to Disneyland is an essential pilgrimage for many Disney fans, few venture out to the Disney-connected places beyond the parks. In this post, we offer a 1-day Los Angeles itinerary for seeing points of interest that influenced Walt Disney, have inspired his Imagineers, or have been impacted by Walt’s enduring legacy. For […]

Hollywood Forever Cemetery Review & Tips

Hollywood Forever is the cemetery to the stars, serving as the final act for some of Hollywood’s once-brightest stars (too much with the morbid puns?), as well as others behind the scenes in the film and television industries. In this post, we’ll review this cemetery as a tourist spot, share some photos of the what […]

Japanese American National Museum Review & Tips

The Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo district, and is one of many museum options in DTLA. While it’s not as high profile as other options, we consider it to be one of the most important museums you can visit. In this post, we’ll offer a review of the museum, plus a few tips […]

1-Day Downtown Los Angeles Walking Itinerary

If you only have one day in downtown Los Angeles and want to take a walking tour of DTLA’s best things to do, this is the step-by-step touring plan for you. This is full-day Los Angeles itinerary covers the city’s relatively compact downtown area, and does not require the use of a car or public transportation […]

Los Angeles Times Building Tour Info & Review

If you’re visiting downtown Los Angeles, one can’t miss location is the L.A. Times Building, which offers free tours and has its beautiful Globe Lobby open to the general public. Gordon B. Kaufmann designed the Times Building, which won a gold medal at the 1937 Paris Exposition. At minimum, the Times Building is a must-visit 15 […]