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Come early, or stay late: There's so much to do in California!

Host City and State

Our hosts have put together lists of the best, tastiest, and most awe-inspiring places that you just have to see while you’re here.

 

 Discover Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a trend-setting global metropolis with a fascinating history and a rich cultural heritage. 

Attractions and Experience

Los Angeles attractions and tours offer something for the entire family, from state-of-the-art rides to walks through historic neighborhoods. Theme parks feature incredible thrills, while famous cultural attractions include the LACMA and Walt Disney Hall. Take flight with the Space Shuttle Endeavor, or time travel via Dinosaur Hall. Tour LA’s world famous studios, explore LA by bus with Starline Tours and the infamous TMZ Tour, or get some exercise with Bikes and Hikes.

Art and Culture

Did you know, Los Angeles has more museums and theatres than any other U.S. city, in addition to its thriving music and gallery scene? Don't miss the Broad, Downtown L.A., the Getty Center in Brentwood and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) on Museum Row. Discover the Underground Museum's film series in West Adams. Set the soundtrack for your visit and choose an LA Philharmonic performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall or an outdoor concert (with a picnic) at the Hollywood Bowl. Join a monthly art walk or enjoy a spontaneous stroll through the Arts District to discover the latest street art. Books, film, live painting, performance, opera, whatever you call art, L.A. does it with style.

Eat and Drink

Los Angeles has one of the most dynamic dining scenes in the country, offering everything from street food to Michelin-starred restaurants. Whether it’s a sleek, modern dining room or a casual oceanfront patio, diners can choose from an astonishing menu of global cuisines. Find the best restaurants in Los Angeles, including recommendations from celebrities and hidden gems from LA locals.

Los Angeles has something for everyone, with 75 miles of sunny coastline, flourishing neighborhoods, acclaimed restaurants, and trend-setting art and fashion scenes. One of the most popular ways to experience L.A. is by celebrating the city’s incredible diversity, take a scenic drive or visit the top cultural attractions. Whether it’s luxury or budget, family friendly or singles - even hotels and fun for our furry friends, everyone is welcome in LA.


 

 

Discover the Best of California

Buckle up and hit the road for a life-changing adventure in the Golden State. Endless sunshine? Check. World-class theme parks? You bet. Incredible beaches? There’s an entire coastline full of them. And don’t forget the towering trees, pristine lakes, culinary hotspots, and urban adventures.

The entire state is an easy trip from Los Angeles—all you need is a car, a sense of adventure, and the highway in front of you to find your perfect California road trip. Here’s a quick look at the state’s 12 tourism regions, which are all worth exploring:

Shasta Cascade
California’s northeast corner – sometimes referred to as “Upstate California” – is an outdoor-lover’s paradise, with Lassen Volcanic National Park’s scenic volcanoes, hushed forests, and trout-filled rivers. Expect to find houseboats anchored in cool lakes, countless campgrounds, and inviting trails for hiking and mountain biking. Or head to Chico to wander through an urban park or to taste some iconic craft beer at Sierra Nevada Brewery.

North Coast
Romance finds a home in this idyllic coastal land, where ocean fog rolls in to blanket hushed redwood forests. Drive through miles of towering trees along Avenue of the Giants. Enjoy a relaxed wine country and water sports galore at Clear Lake. Along more than 100 miles of coast, artists set up easels to paint scenes of pounding surf, picturesque headlands, and whitewashed cottages in towns like Mendocino or Eureka.

San Francisco Bay Area
With its iconic bridge, Michelin-starred restaurants, historic cable cars, and beautiful Victorian architecture, San Francisco is undeniably one of the world’s greatest cities. The entire region, in fact, demands to be explored: Napa Valley and Sonoma County are both world-class wine destinations. Oakland and Berkeley are both buzzing with eclectic eats and vibrant culture. And San Jose, the high-tech hub of Silicon Valley, sparkles with metropolitan flair.

Gold Country
Bumping up against the west side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, the Sierra foothills are where California’s past, present, and future merge into one unforgettable destination. Discover California’s capital city, Sacramento, also known as America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, or explore the outdoors and raft down one of the region’s many rivers. The Gold Rush sparked the largest mass migration in America’s history, when more than 300,000 pioneers headed west to California hoping to strike it rich.

High Sierra
Snow-covered peaks in winter, gushing waterfalls in spring, wildflower meadows and glistening lakes in summer, vibrant colors in fall—from Truckee and Lake Tahoe, south to Yosemite National Park, Mammoth Lakes and Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks, this is a land of dramatic and wild beauty.

Central Valley
California’s heartlandoffers up some of the state’s most authentic and sensory-rich experiences, a chance to see—and taste—the state’s bounty at every turn. Follow oak-shaded country roads to farm stands overflowing with fresh produce in Fresno meander along wine trails to some of the state’s most productive vineyards and low-key tasting rooms in Lodi, explore Stockton’s vibrant waterfront or head to Bakersfield for some old-fashioned country music.

Central Coast
From family-friendly Monterey to the epic grandeur of Big Sur to magnificent Hearst Castle and classic beach towns in San Luis Obispo County like Cambria, Morro Bay and Pismo Beach to the scenic Santa Barbara coastline, this region of picturesque hamlets, jagged sea cliffs, and rolling wine country has long mesmerized visitors with dreamlike beauty. The region is also home to incredible Channel Islands National Park, an easy boat trip from the laid-back surf towns of Ventura or Oxnard.

Los Angeles County
See a movie star. Sip a cocktail on a rooftop bar at sunset. Hike one of the many trails in Griffith Park. Slip on designer shoes in a Beverly Hills boutique. Play at Universal Studios Hollywood theme park. Explore world-class museums. Soak up the sun at the beach in Santa Monica or Venice. Or see your favorite band in West Hollywood. Los Angeles County is truly a place where dreams come true.

Orange County
Whether it’s manicured beaches or celebrated theme parks, all framed by oceanfront towns, “The OC” stands out as one of the state’s iconic destinations. The always-amazing Disneyland Resort continues to be one of the best-loved theme parks in the world, while dining in Anaheim, surfing in San Clemente, shopping in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, art in Laguna Beach, and whale watching in Dana Point add to the region’s allure.

Inland Empire
With its inviting destinations and uncrowded wilderness, this region feels like an insider’s secret amid the bustling excitement of Southern California. Surprising alpine scenery around Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear beckons, with pine-scented trails in summer and winter sports when the snow falls. Get above it all as you glide past Temecula’s vineyards in a hot air balloon, head to Ontario for some big bargain shopping, or tour elegant gardens and modern art galleries in youthful Riverside.

Deserts
The thwack of a golf club, the mid-century modern architecture, the hum of the wind buffeting towering sand dunes, the splash of a dive into a glistening pool—the desert region is a sensory feast. Get pampered at one of Greater Palm Springs’ many resorts. Or head out to Death Valley National Park, which holds the record for hottest temperature ever recorded (129°F in 1913). he deserts of Joshua Tree National Park feature giant boulders and alien-like yucca plants that never fail to impress.

San Diego County
Imagine 70 miles of sun-drenched coast, an iconic craft beer movement, a world-famous zoo, and perfect weather pretty much any time of year. That’s what this southernmost stretch of the state is all about. Learn about marine life or take a ride on a roller coaster at SeaWorld San Diego; explore the museums and animals in Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo; head north to Carlsbad and spend time at LEGOLAND California, a magical world created by 60 million LEGO bricks; or find great restaurants and breweries, art, and of course, surfing in Oceanside.