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Southern California vacation planning guides and itineraries. Best beaches in Orange County and Los Angeles, best things to do, and photos by Tom Bricker.

California Science Center Review & Tips

The California Science Center is a free museum in Los Angeles offering interactive exhibits focusing on innovation, technology, the environment, and more. In this post, we’ll review this popular science museum, and share some tips for making the most of your visit to the California Science Center. If you’ve heard of the California Science Center, there’s […]

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Review & Tips

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is the largest museum of its type in California (and throughout the West), with 35 million specimens, spanning exhibits on dinosaurs, birds, gems & minerals, and more. The museum features dioramas, fossils, and a variety of interactive displays. In this post, we’ll review the Natural History Museum of […]

Best Ramen in Los Angeles: Tsujita LA v. Daikokuya

Thanks to Little Tokyo and Little Osaka, Los Angeles has a thriving Japanese culinary scene, which is probably best evidenced in its many delicious ramen shops. We’ve tried many of these restaurants in Sawtelle and Little Tokyo, and think the two best choices for ramen are Tsujita LA and Daikokuya. It would seem that many […]

Madame Tussauds Hollywood Review

Honestly, I don’t even know where to begin with this review of Madame Tussauds Hollywood. Out of all the things to do in Los Angeles, I never expected that I’d actually visit this wax figure museum. In fact, it’s been something of a running joke between Sarah and I. We go somewhere that has a […]

Review: Is the Sony Studio Tour Worth It?

The Sony Pictures Studio tour takes guests behind the scenes of the former MGM studios, one of the most famed studios of old Hollywood. During this walking tour, guests go inside various sets and soundstages, and get a general taste for life on the Sony lot. In this review, we’ll cover the pros & cons of […]

LACMA Review & Tips

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the largest art museum in the western United States, and is located near the La Brea Tar Pits in Southern California. This review offers photos from LACMA, tips for visiting, and pros and cons of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as compared to nearby […]

Review: Is the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Worth It?

For a behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood movie-making, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour is one of the best options around Los Angeles. This tour offers a 2-3 hour experience inside a working Hollywood studio, with the chance to explore outdoor sets and soundstages used to create La La Land, Gilmore Girls, The Big Bang Theory, and numerous […]

The Tam O’ Shanter: Walt Disney’s Favorite Restaurant

The Tam O’ Shanter in Los Angeles, California was a popular dining spot for Walt Disney, his animators, and Imagineers. This restaurant is a must-do in Los Angeles not for its cuisine (although the food is above average), but for its rich history. In this post, we’ll take a tour of the Tam O ‘Shanter, and […]

San Diego Zoo Safari Park Review & Tips

San Diego Zoo Safari Park is a vast wildlife preserve that’s home to thousands of animals from all over the world, which are separated into distinct “lands” based upon the animals’ habitats. While there are a variety of unique attractions at the San Diego Safari Park, its flagship offering is the Africa Tram, which takes […]

Dolby Theatre Tour Review

The Dolby Theatre, located in Hollywood, California is the permanent home of the Oscars and various other events. Guided tours of the Dolby Theatre are available multiple times per day, lasting around 30 minutes each. In this post, we will review our recent experience on the Dolby Theatre guided tour. In theory, the Dolby Theatre […]