Destination: Los Angeles

A "Best Of" City Guide

When my friends and family come to visit me in Los Angeles, we put together an itinerary for their stay. My visitors explore the major tourist attractions first, then I turn them on to my favorite places for shopping, dining, and other attractions. My guests always appreciate experiencing Los Angeles through the perspectives of both a tourist and a resident.
Top Row:

  • Runyun Canyon: Runyun Canyon is the perfect getaway right in the middle of Hollywood. It is a dog friendly hiking trail with a 360 degree view of Los Angeles. You can find me at Runyun Canyon just about every Sunday.
  • Fred Segal: One of my favorite boutique shopping locations. Fred Segal carries clothing lines from both up-and-coming and high end designers. If your trip to Los Angeles is not complete without seeing a celebrity, you are in luck. There is a possibility you may see your favorite star shopping at Fred Segal.
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA): I live walking distance from LACMA and all summer long I have the pleasure of hearing LACMA's jazz and latin concerts from my apartment.
  • Angelino Heights: Los Angeles embraces many different architectural styles including the row of historic Victorian homes in Angelino Heights.

Bottom Row:

  • Real Food Daily: I love taking my non-vegetarian friends to Real Food Daily and "forgetting" to tell them that it is a vegan restaurant. They fall in love with the food before they even realize it is vegetarian. I usually order the Tac-o' The Town, which is always delicious. Good food is simply good food.
  • Hollywood Aerial Arts: I first discovered Hollywood Aerial Arts while watching a few reality TV dating shows. I put their flying trapeze class on my "must do" list and finally got up the courage to give it a try. Looking down at the net below me while I gripped the trapeze bar simply scared me to death. After wiping away a few scared tears, I closed my eyes and jumped off the narrow platform and swung through the air. Let's just say it was a very empowering experience and I am now less afraid of heights.
  • Specific: Specific combines my love for great furniture, art, and design into a single store. The owner, Brooks Hudson Thomas, keeps the art and design installations constantly changing.
  • Malibu Beach: One of the major advantages of living in Los Angeles is having access to the ocean. A drive up to Malibu Beach along the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) is scenic and worth the extra time and milage. Malibu has beautiful, semi-secluded beaches, where you might just find me boogie boarding on a hot summer day. I have not worked up the courage to try surfing yet, so I find comfort in the shallow end with my boogie board.

(Images: Daemons Food, Magnolia Public Relations, Collections and Archives as Creative Practice, Don't Panic! blog, Architecture + Buildings + Public Art - Los Angeles Photo Archive, Inetours)

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Marcia is an interior, portrait, and travel photographer and has photographed over 50 homes of creatives. Her photographic style is capturing her subject in the most natural state and creating an emotional response.

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