The Standard Downton L.A.

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.

The larger-than-life design of this chic hotel will draw you in, while the rooftop bar will give you an incredible view of the city. Wander over near the pool and you'll see a few large red pods.  Take your shoes off and jump inside. They're waterbeds, and happen to be the best place in the city to have a drink.
Pink's Hotdogs

Pink's Hotdogs

709 N. La Brea

There's never a moment that this LA institution doesn't have a line out front.

Less a restaurant and more of an immobile pop-up stand, Pink's has been feeding hungry tourists and locals for 76 years. Sure, it's not fine dining, but Pink's is best enjoyed for the social interaction after a long night out.
Griffith Park

Griffith Park

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.

Bring your camera and get the best pics of the Hollywood sign and on a clear day you can even see the ocean.
The Griddle Cafe

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.

Try the red velvet pancake.  Yes, only one pancake - you couldn't possibly handle more than one without some help.
Third Street Promenade

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.

You'll find high-street brands mixed in with one-off shops, but the real fun is the street entertainment. Highly talented dancers, singers, artists and more are seeking fame, but will settle for a dollar or two when they pass the hat.
Bigfoot Lodge

Bigfoot Lodge

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.

The hunting lodge theme is complemented by staff wearing scout uniforms.  Go Sunday night and try your hand at bingo - you'll likely at least win a free drink.
Fred 62

Fred 62

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.

Take a seat in a booth modeled after a 1960's sedan and be served by edgy rocker girls in fishnets. The food is great 24 hours a day, but nothing is better before the break of dawn.
Disneyland California Adventure

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.

But make sure you also visit Disney's lesser-known property California Adventure next door. It only adds $40 per ticket, and is totally worth it. Take a drop in the Tower of Terror, check out Cars Land, and ride Disney's best coaster, California Screamin'. Then use the rest of the day at Disneyland and cap off the night with some fireworks. Make sure you get a churro.
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