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    May Company Department Store 1939

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 3, 2014

    Located in downtown LA, is a historic May's Company Department Store that was built in September of 1939 by architects Albert C. Martin and Samuel A. Marx. Inside this historic building is a museum called "The Journey of a Dress Exhibition" by Diane Von Furstenberg. The structure just catches your eye and it is fantastic that Diane save this wonderful piece of LA's history.

    A great site of the May Company Department Stores.

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    Hollyhock House & Barnsdall Park

    by MM212 Updated Feb 1, 2014

    Designed by the renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1919, the Hollyhock House was inspired by Mayan architecture. It was built as the residence of an "oil heiress" Anne Barnsdall, who lived in it until 1927 and then donated it and the surrounding property to the City of Los Angeles. Nowadays, the house is a museum and the garden is a park. It is well worth visiting (guided tours only) to see the interesting architecture of the house and its stunning interior.

    Note: in late 2013 the house closed for restoration work and tours were no longer possible in the meantime.

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    Elephant Seals North of LA

    by Madasabull Written Dec 13, 2013

    Just head up the coast a bit from LA, and you will find loads of Elephant Seals if your lucky. We did, while starting our drive up the coast, we looked for somewhere to park, and found all these creatures giving birth to pups.

    I was an amazing thing to see and well worth the trip out to see them. The size of these things, and the noise is something else. While the seagulls pester them to death, it was amazing to see a pup being born.

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    Los Angeles Beaches

    by Madasabull Written Dec 13, 2013

    We have seen them all on Bay Watch and loads of other movies and shows, but there is nothing like seeing these beaches for real, and they really are a treat.

    Miles of flat sandy beaches, with the main beaches cleaned and graded to remove all the rubbish and debris.

    There are net ball nets and other activities to be had on the main beaches too, and some of the houses right on the beach edge are fantastic and must cost a fortune.

    Great beaches and plenty of bars and diners close to them.

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    Back Streets of LA

    by Madasabull Written Dec 13, 2013

    We went for a long walk and found ourselves in what I could only think was "The Hood". It was just like all those movies drive by's I have seen. Same type of small scruffy houses, with all kinds of people walking around with limps and funny walks.

    My wife got a bit worried, that we might get into trouble, but these kind of things have never bothered me, I am a danger to myself I suppose, but feel I can look after myself and my wife too, so maybe that's why I dont fear like that. Although, I have never tried to stop a speeding bullet :)

    Anyway, we found a little diner on our walk, a Taco Bell, and we have both always wanted to try it, so in we go. Ooops! We are now sat down at a table, with what looked like a gang with hair nets on one side of us at another table, and another mob with hair nets, girls, and other types on the other side of us at other tables.

    It looked like it was going to kick off with these 2 mobs, but not so, all was cool, and we all looked to be enjoying our meals. It was good to see these places, but I suppose I can understand my wife's thoughts on it.

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    Go to Hearst Castle

    by machomikemd Updated Nov 29, 2013

    the Hearst Castle State Monument is a favorite things to do site in the Central Coast of California for people travelling or rather touring between San Francisco and Los Angeles and are not in a rush sine the fastest way to go between the two points is Via Interstate 5 or US 101, many people coming from lost angeles travel via US 101 North then Highway 1 to Hearst Castle and then proceed to Carmel, Pebble Beach, 17 mile drive, Monterey then San Francisco or vice versa then proceed to Paso Robles then Solvang, Santa Barbara, Malibu then Los Angeles. The Hearst Castle State Monument is also popular for group tourists having a multi day bus tour of California.

    Hearst Castle is a 235 mile and 4 hour 15 minute drive from downtown los Angeles and there are various inns and motels where you can stay for the night. there are 4 various tours around the castle complex where you can choose from.

    The assorted opulent and extravagant design and architecture and items in the Huge Complex and who again said that "the rich are different from you and me" sounds really true!

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    Americana at Brand

    by machomikemd Written Nov 29, 2013

    Local Los Angelenos have been flocking to this mall since opening 5 years ago.

    Since Opening in 2008, This new icon of Glendale cemented the city's reputation as the luxe big mall destination in the Greater Los Angeles Area (Beverly hills takes the cake in the ultra luxe shopping due to the Rodeo Drive) and in the small area of American Street, sits 3 big malls that offer shopping, malling, dining and bar options to the masses and the largest is the Americana at Brand and nearby is the Glendale Galleria and Glendale Fashion Center.

    This mall is designed to simulate a City Center and comes with it's own private park where you can mill around and the park is surrounded by the buidlings housing the different shopping retailers, restaurants and bars where you can shop and eat till you drop.

    Hours: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm everyday, restaurants and bars closed much later.

    among the commercial establishments you can find in this luxe mall include: Barnes and Noble, Barneys New York CO-OP, J.Crew, Apple, Kiehl's, The Cheesecake Factory, Anthropologie, Nordstrom, XXI Forever flagship, H&M and Urban Outfitters, Pinkberry, an 18-theater Pacific Theaters cinema, American Eagle Outfitters, Calvin Klein, Gilly Hicks, Free People, Armani Exchange, Balizza, Tiffany and Co., Juicy Couture, and GUESS? to name a few.

    Most of the restaurants at The Americana are local concepts, such as Frida Mexican Cuisine, Chi Dynasty, and Trattoria Amici.

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    Midieval Times Dinner and Tournament

    by Dymphna1 Written Oct 27, 2013

    What a fun evening. Yes there is dinner, but you do not order from a menu, they bring you the fair they have fixed. It is served on pewter plates with no silverware. The crowd sits around the arena to watch the event. They are broken down into different groups to root for the knights. This is very interactive.

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    Cicada Club, Dinner, Dance, Dress Up!

    by GracesTrips Written Sep 23, 2013

    Located in Downtown LA, this is a blast! This dance club is a throw back to the 20's and 30's. You need to check out the website when they are open and have events. You should make reservations if you plan to have dinner. They will not let you in the club unless your name is on the "list". After dinner service, you can enter the club just for dancing. Dinner and entertainment is about $69.00 for a 3 course prix fixe menu with a few choices. Just dancing is $15.00 but you cannot sit down at a table. Dress code is strictly in force. Black tie, evening gowns, coat & tie, themed dresses are acceptable. See my travelogue for more photos!

    Valet parking. There is a $5 lot just south of the club on Olive. I believe there is another public lot somewhere nearby. There is street parking but they have meters.

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    Rent a Harley

    by spartan Written Aug 26, 2013

    As we all know, driving a car in L.A. is frustrating because of all the traffic. So the last time we went visited, I rent a Harley from Eagle Riders. Great outfit to rent from, top-notch service and the motorcycles are in excellent condition. After getting the bike, I took off to roam the highways of L.A. County. Yes, I did run into some traffic but in California at least, one can lane split!!!

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    Rent a motorcycle

    by BLewJay Written Aug 26, 2013

    As we all know, driving a car in L.A. is frustrating because of all the traffic. So the last time we went visited, I rent a Harley from Eagle Riders. Great outfit to rent from, top-notch service and the motorcycles are in excellent condition. After getting the bike, I took off to roam the highways of L.A. County. Yes, I did run into some traffic but in California at least, one can lane split!!!

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    Explore Expo Excellence

    by marinarena Written Apr 2, 2013

    Exposition Park is an entertaining spot for families, museum-goers, sports enthusiasts, Olympics buffs and floral fans- just about everyone can enjoy. The multi-purpose pleasure park is composed of several attractions, including the famous landmark, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and Los Angeles Sports Arena.

    What drives lots of people traffic these days is the California Science Center, which includes an IMAX theater. Also, there is the Natural History Museum, California African American Museum, the Rose Garden and the EXPO center. Separate tips on each to come in Things to Do and Favorites.

    Despite attracting several thousands yearly, the Expo center does get overlooked by many tourists, largely due to location. Though the Exposition Center is quite accessible, especially since late 2012 with the opening of the convenient Metro Expo Rail Line, many simply miss this vast area that is way outside the well beaten Hollywood paths and south of the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Also, Exp Park attendance gets affected negatively by the poor Figueroa Corridor neighborhood surrounding the park. However, Exp Park itself does provide a secure, peaceful feeling and is perfectly a good daytime destination spot.

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    Newport Sports Museum

    by DueSer Updated Feb 23, 2013

    If you are a sports fan - doesn't matter which sport really - you should definitely go check out the Newport Sports Museum. It's free! You have no excuse to not go!

    Located near the Fashion Island shopping center, not far from the coast, this small museum is literally stuffed with amazing sports memoribilia. They have a wide range of jerseys, famous baseballs, basketballs, footballs, pennants, and more.

    I am a huge baseball fan so I spent more time in the baseball section than anywhere else. They have amazing things like Honus Wagner's contract, a Cubs locker room, and a huge collection of stadium seats from stadiums that, sadly, are no longer with us.

    Don't miss this gem if you enjoy sports.

    They're closed on Sundays.

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    Automobile Driving Museum

    by kiwi Updated Aug 27, 2012

    This is a real gem, close to LAX, where you can get up close and personal with our transport history, in the form of Motor Vehicles. As the name indicates, you can make arrangements to take a ride in some of the exhibits and experience how motoring was in previous eras.
    Open Tuesdays - Sundays, 10am - 4pm
    Saturdays you get to sit in cars, and Sundays is the day you can ride in them.
    130 cars, classic, antique and vintage.
    Manned by volunteers, you can sense the enthusiasm and knowledge that surrounds you.
    Mostly American Classic and Vintage cars, you can also find the odd British example as well. Wander around and get close to the cars, take yourself to another era and imagine what life might have been. Even if you don't take a ride yourself, you may be fortunate to be there when someone else does and you get to hear the big old engines purr along :-) I own a classic car so wished I had more time to wander thru these lanes of cars.

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    Eagle Rock

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 28, 2012

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    Eagle Rock was established in 1880 as a farming community, by 1906 it was established as a city and then incorporated in 1911. What is unique about his community is the rock that looks like a eagle. It is L.A. Historic-Cultural Monument #10.

    Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce
    P. O. Box 41354
    Eagle Rock, CA 90041

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