Like the young creatives who flock here to follow their artistic dreams, Los Angeles is vibrant, cool, and always willing to reinvent itself. Just look to the downtown area. Now known as DTLA, a slew of formerly neglected historic buildings have been transformed into stylish cultural venues, food emporiums, and concept shops. These re-imagined spaces stand next to a new generation of architectural gems like The Broad, a contemporary art museum with a striking mesh-like exterior designed by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro.
But for all its energy, there’s also something laid-back, even insouciant, about this sunny city. Just look at the boho-chic boutiques of Silverlake, the funky boardwalk scene of Venice Beach, and the charmingly scrappy taco stands of Echo Park. And then we have Hollywood. Both the popular neighborhood and the iconic sign remind us that Los Angeles is both gritty and glamorous. And a true living legend.
Outside of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Palm Springs beckon travelers with sunshine, Mid Century Modern design, and wine experiences. Explore all this and more with our guide to the best things to do in Los Angeles and beyond according to the locals who know it best.