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Published On 07/25/2013 Published On 07/25/2013
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1. El Capitan Theatre 6838 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

Part of the heart of Hollywood's performing arts world since 1926, this historic theater still hosts live performances and premieres.

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2. Mother's Beach 4100 Via Marina, Marina del Rey, CA 90292 (Marina Del Rey)

The water at this sand-spot's super calm, so it's a great way to hit the shore without worrying about you or your bros getting swept away into the sea, as that tends to ruin trips.

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3. Santa Monica Pier 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)

An amusement park, aquarium, and food purveyor all in one, and it's always open.

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4. Travel Town Museum 5200 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (Hollywood)

A must-visit for anyone who loves trains and the history of the railroad -- aka, any little boy or little-boy-at-heart.

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5. Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

These beautiful and historic botanical gardens offer an "urban retreat" from the city.

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6. Dan Tana's 9071 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

Dan Tana's has been around for 50 years and counting, largely due to its family-oriented, intimate environment -- and the fact that it offers up classic Italian dishes like chicken Parm and linguine with clams. It's also open until 1am Monday-Saturday, and until 12:30am on Sundays!

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7. The Hollywood Bowl 2301 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068 (Hollywood)

An iconic amphitheater and music venue in the Hollywood Hills, the Hollywood Bowl hosts hundreds of nationally renowned musical acts every year, as well as annual fireworks extravaganzas. Unlike most theaters, the Bowl lets guests bring their own food and drink (including wine and beer), but it might be in your best interests to opt for one of the several on-site options since James Beard award winner Suzanne Goin and her business partner, Caroline Styne (of A.O.C. and the Larder) head up the catering services.

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8. Petersen Automotive Museum 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Mid Wilshire)

This automotive museum is a must-visit for any gear-head and car-lover.

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9. The Paul J. Getty Museum 1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049 (West La)

This revered art museum features a wealth of art, beautiful gardens, and a breathtaking view of LA.

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10. Musso & Frank Grill 6667 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

This old-school steakhouse has been frequented by the who's-who of Hollywood for years. When a restaurant that doubles as a historical landmark employs bartenders who’ve worked there longer than you’ve been alive, this is a true Hollywood staple. The steakhouse, right in the heart of the most touristy section of arguably the most touristy city in the world, has been virtually unchanged since the days when the Rat Pack spent their off-time there, dining on prime rib and sipping martinis.

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11. Echoplex 1822 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026 (Echo Park)

This duplex of a venue features consistently good indie acts and fun dance parties.

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12. iFly Hollywood 1000 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91602 (Hollywood)

Come defy gravity at this indoor skydiving hub in Universal Studios CityWalk.

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13. Los Feliz Municipal Golf Course 3207 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039 (Los Feliz)

This pretty, tree-adorned nine-holer is friendly to all playing levels and won't take you a whole day to finish.

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14. Bludso's 811 S Long Beach Blvd, Compton, CA 90221

This BBQ mecca serves up incomparably juicy burgers, thickly shredded pulled pork, and melt-in-your mouth ribs. Opener Kevin Bludso moved to LA from TX, so he specializes in the thick, slow-cooked meat his state is famous for. Sides include baked beans, mac & cheese and potato salad, each perfect in its own right.

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15. Museum of Jurassic Technology 9341 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 (Culver City)

This wacky "museum" features off-the-wall exhibits like a diorama of trailer parks. Pro Tip: Don't miss the tea room upstairs.