The Standard Downtown L.A.
550 S. Flower Street
Your first stop after baggage claim. Day or night, this is the place to feel like you've landed in the City of Angels.
709 N. La Brea
There's never a moment that this LA institution doesn't have a line out front.
Entrance on Los Feliz Blvd at Fern Dell Drive
Wake up early and head over to LA's biggest public park. A hike or run through Griffith Park's spacious dirt trails gives you unmatched views of both LA and the Valley (think Burbank, Studio City, and Glendale) while breathing in fresh air and sage brush.
The Griddle Café
7916 Sunset Blvd
After your hike you'll be starving for breakfast, but your hunger is no match for this place. Portion sizes are gigantic here, not to mention delicious.
3rd Street Promenade
3rd Street, Santa Monica
You'll want to do some shopping, and while there are literally thousands of places in the greater Los Angeles area to deposit your cash, not many are more entertaining than this promenade in the forever-trendy beach community of Santa Monica.
3172 Los Feliz Blvd
Sure, you could stand in line waiting for a doorman to decide whether or not you're cool enough to enter on of LA's exclusive nightspots, or you could breeze into this kitschy bar and have a great time with the local leather-clad bikers and trendy hipsters.
1850 N Vermont
It's 3am and you're starving. You could just grab a donut from 7-Eleven, but why do that when the best hash browns in the world await you.
Disneyland California Adventure
1313 Disneyland Dr. Anaheim, CA
No, it's not LA, and yes the ticket prices keep going up, but no trip to Southern California is complete without a stop at the House of the Mouse.