Los Angeles offers a wealth of unique cultural, educational and recreational opportunities. Within its 465 square miles, more than 200 languages are spoken, restaurants of every cuisine can be found, and music from opera to Hawaiian mele can be heard. From the Hollywood Walk of Fame to the Getty Museum, from surfing in Malibu to snowboarding in the San Gabriel Mountains, you can find an activity to suit your interests.

Nearby Activities

  • Chinatown
    First modern American Chinatown; restaurants, shops, farmer's market; near Union Station in downtown LA

  • Descanso Gardens
    160-acre public garden in La Canada; forests, streams, and bird sanctuary with 80 acres of colorful flowers

  • The Gamble House
    Greene and Greene's Craftsman masterpiece in Pasadena

  • Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
    An oasis of art and nature near Pasadena; 15 gardens on 150 acres, a library and three art galleries

  • Norton Simon Museum
    One of the world's finest collections of European, American, and Asian art, including works by van Gogh, Picasso, Rembrandt, Goya

  • Old Pasadena
    Historic 22-block district filled with restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, retail stores, outdoor cafes, cinemas, and clubs

  • Pacific Asia Museum
    Arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific in Pasadena

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  • Getty Center
    Collection includes paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, illuminated manuscripts; gardens, spectacular views, free admission

  • House of Blues
    Live music seven nights a week; on Hollywood's Sunset Strip

  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
    One of country's leading art museums

  • Melrose Avenue
    Funky walking/shopping/dining strip featuring comedy clubs, night spots, one-of-a-kind nostalgia shops, restaurants

  • Museum of Tolerance
    Hands-on, experiential museum focusing on the Holocaust and history of racism and prejudice in the United States

  • Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade
    Outdoor pedestrian mall lined with shops, outdoor cafes, restaurants, movie theaters

  • Venice Beach
    Lively boardwalk filled with rollerbladers, strollers, painters, mime artists, palm readers; restaurants, shops, and the famous Muscle Beach

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Rebecca Rossignoli
Executive Assistant to the VP of Information Resources/CIO
Occidental College
(323) 259-1451