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Los Angeles, which revolved around Hollywood, is a city like no other. People either despise its overall fakeness or adore the city's glitz and glam. L.A. comes with many stereotypes, yet undoubtedly, whether you hate or love the City of Angels, this lively global metropolis is packed with numerous fun experiences and adventures. From Malibu's famed surf spot to Downtown L.A.'s Historic Core, here are the once-in-a-lifetime experiences visitors can only have in Los Angeles, California.
DIVE INTO THE PAST AT THE THEATRE AT ACE HOTEL
Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, situated on Broadway and 9th Street, was built in 1927 as the United Artists Building. C. Howard Crane designed the 13-story building in the style of Spanish Goth and modeled after Spain's Segovia Cathedral. The United Artists Theatre was the United Artists' flagship movie theatre and the film studio was established by D.W. Griffith, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, and Douglas Fairbanks. The impressive 1,600-seat movie mansion occupies the building's three floors. UA Theatre, now recognized as The Theatre at Ace Hotel, is showing movies and hosting stand-up comedy, special screening, live reads, dance performances, and concerts anew. Broadway Theatre District, along South Broadway covering six blocks from 3rd Street to 9th Street, contains 12 movie theatres constructed from 1910 to 1931. This district drench in neon, at its peak, had the world's highest concentration of cinemas with seating for over 15,000 guests.
ENJOY THE STREET PERFORMANCES AT THE VENICE BOARDWALK
Venice Ocean Front Walk, also known as the Boardwalk, is globally popular and one of Los Angeles' best places for watching colorful characters of locals and visitors from all over the world. The area offers something for everyone on its concrete boardwalk. There are eccentrically designed residences, restaurants, and specialty shops on one side and on the other includes scores of fortune-tellers, artists, street performers, and more. Head to the neighboring Abbot Kinney Boulevard for a truly extensive shopping experience. Abbot Kinney, dubbed by GQ as America's coolest block, is home to unique local goods and internationally known brands. Visitors and shoppers flood the boulevard for First Fridays when the area becomes a street festival jammed with food trucks, live music, and more.
EXPLORE THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM DURING AFTER-HOURS
The Natural History Museum's First Fridays introduce visitors to the museum in a one-of-a-kind experience. During the after-hours events, individual, cultural, and contemporary science experiences merge. Events of First Fridays feature live performances by DJs, musicians, and bands; tours and discussions; and the whole museum is free to explore, usually with pop-up surprises and performances in the museum's exhibitions and historic halls.
SURF AT SURFRIDER BEACH
The endless summer goes synonymously with Los Angeles and surfing spots don't get more iconic than Surfrider Beach. Malibu Lagoon State Beach is one of Los Angeles County's most popular surfing locations. Located close to the historic Malibu Pier and off the Pacific Coast Highway, this 110-acre area was allocated as a state park during 1951 and later appointed as the first World Surfing Reserve in 2010. The popular right-break left a huge impact on the surfing culture of Southern California in 1960. Surfrider includes three primary surfing areas. Surfers can ride completely to the pier during the south swells which are common during late August and September.
CHECK OUT THE FAMOUS SUNSET STRIP
One of Los Angeles' most famous streets, Sunset Boulevard includes the legendary Sunset Strip that extends 1.5 miles from Beverly Hills on the west to West Hollywood on the east. Check into modern properties such as the London West Hollywood, Mondrian Los Angeles, and Andaz West Hollywood or the landmark Chateau Marmont. Visit landmark music venues such as The Viper Room and Whisky a Go Go while scouting the modern eateries like BOA Steakhouse and The Eveleigh.
Nightlife options include the Comedy Store, Skybar Los Angeles, and Bar Marmont. Music enthusiasts can explore beyond popular venues like The Forum and STAPLES Center and unearth treasures that are tied to the grand musical history of Los Angeles. From mariachi to rap and country, L.A. will amaze you with its concealed bonds to the music's past, present, and future.