Don Wildman's Los Angeles Travel Guide

Travel Channel's Don Wildman shares his favorite Los Angeles haunts.


Activities
The Brewery
A former brewery turned art lofts complex, it’s representative of what’s happening in the hippest parts of LA, in old Lincoln Heights in East LA. Nothing to do really except “feel it.”
  • 2100 North Main Street
  • Los Angeles, CA 90031 US

The Brewery

A former brewery turned art lofts complex, it’s representative of what’s happening in the hippest parts of LA, in old Lincoln Heights in East LA. Nothing to do really except “feel it.”
2100 North Main Street Los Angeles, CA, US
Olvera Street
California was once Mexico (and almost still is) so why not embrace it? This is a tourist strip that’s actually a whole lotta fun!
  • Olvera St.
  • Los Angeles, CA 90012 US

Olvera Street

California was once Mexico (and almost still is) so why not embrace it? This is a tourist strip that’s actually a whole lotta fun!
Olvera St. Los Angeles, CA, US
Griffith Park/ LA Observatory
James Dean was once taunted with switchblades on the balcony of this magnificent LA architectural icon, recently refurbished. The parkland that surrounds it is some of the finest hiking I’ve ever done within a major city.
  • 2800 East Observatory Road
  • Los Angeles, CA 90027 US

Griffith Park/ LA Observatory

James Dean was once taunted with switchblades on the balcony of this magnificent LA architectural icon, recently refurbished. The parkland that surrounds it is some of the finest hiking I’ve ever done within a major city.
2800 East Observatory Road Los Angeles, CA, US
Phone: +1 213-473-0800
Palisades Park/Santa Monica
A fabulous oceanview and a great running track that’s 3 flat miles up and back, staring at the water the whole time. Two blocks from The Promenade and all that shopping and eating fun.
  • Palisades park
  • Santa Monica, CA 90401 US

Palisades Park/Santa Monica

A fabulous oceanview and a great running track that’s 3 flat miles up and back, staring at the water the whole time. Two blocks from The Promenade and all that shopping and eating fun.
Palisades park Santa Monica, CA, US
DeBell Golf Course/Burbank
This public course is dirt cheap to play and a good challenge, plus sits within 2 beautiful canyons -- Stough and Wildwood -- that are great hikes before or after.
  • 1500 East Walnut Avenue
  • Burbank, CA 91501 US

DeBell Golf Course/Burbank

This public course is dirt cheap to play and a good challenge, plus sits within 2 beautiful canyons -- Stough and Wildwood -- that are great hikes before or after.
1500 East Walnut Avenue Burbank, CA, US
Phone: +1 818-845-0022
Travel Town/Griffith Park
No better way to spend an hour with the kids than on these old trains. There's a miniature train to ride as well!
  • 5200 Zoo Drive
  • Los Angeles, CA 90027 US

Travel Town/Griffith Park

No better way to spend an hour with the kids than on these old trains. There's a miniature train to ride as well!
5200 Zoo Drive Los Angeles, CA, US
Phone: +1 323-662-9678
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
Part of a complex of museums next to the USC campus. See the California Gold exhibit! There’s a lot of wealth in those glass cases!
  • 900 Exposition Boulevard
  • Los Angeles, CA 90007 US

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Part of a complex of museums next to the USC campus. See the California Gold exhibit! There’s a lot of wealth in those glass cases!
900 Exposition Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, US
Phone: +1 213-763-3466
Getty Museum
The best place to see the sun set is this spectacular limestone sprawl of a museum. Also a cool restaurant up there … oh, and some art, too.
  • 1200 Getty Center Drive
  • Los Angeles, CA 90049 US

Getty Museum

The best place to see the sun set is this spectacular limestone sprawl of a museum. Also a cool restaurant up there … oh, and some art, too.
1200 Getty Center Drive Los Angeles, CA, US
Phone: +1 310-440-7300
USC Trojans/UCLA Bruins
One of the best rivalries in all of collegiate sport. See the Trojans at the Coliseum and the Bruins at the Rose Bowl. And see them duke it out in late-season drama every year.
  • 3911 S Figueroa St
  • Los Angeles, CA 90037 US

USC Trojans/UCLA Bruins

One of the best rivalries in all of collegiate sport. See the Trojans at the Coliseum and the Bruins at the Rose Bowl. And see them duke it out in late-season drama every year.
3911 S Figueroa St Los Angeles, CA, US
Phone: +1 213-747-7111

Hotels
Terranea/Palos Verde
I resisted loving a resort that took over a lot of open land overlooking the Pacific. But …they did a nice job.
  • 100 Terranea Way
  • Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 US

Terranea/Palos Verde

I resisted loving a resort that took over a lot of open land overlooking the Pacific. But …they did a nice job.
100 Terranea Way Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, US
Phone: +1 310-265-2800

Restaurants & Bars
Church and State
Church and State has a bistro menu, craft cocktails and is located on Industrial Street, one of the many rediscovered neighborhoods of burgeoning downtown.
  • 1850 Industrial Street
  • Los Angeles, CA 90021 US

Church and State

Church and State has a bistro menu, craft cocktails and is located on Industrial Street, one of the many rediscovered neighborhoods of burgeoning downtown.
1850 Industrial Street Los Angeles, CA, US
Phone: +1 213-405-1434

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