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Heads up holiday hosts: Top tips for Tinseltown tourists

by AirTalk®

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What are your favorite Los Angeles tourist destinations? Nathan Congleton/Flickr Creative Commons

Angelenos are lucky to live in a top-shelf destination city, so there is no excuse for not drafting a dazzling itinerary for your holiday guests. Not only has KPCC mapped top destinations and widgets, but the Los Angeles Tourism board has a life-saver of a web site for all things L.A.

For instance, if your favorite uncle who's flying in happens to be a sports fan, why not give him the Magic Johnson tour. Magic will take you from a high-energy workout at North Hollywood's Body Theory Fitness Center, to refuel at Yang Chow in Chinatown, then naturally cap the evening at a Lakers game.

If your foodie-sister is coming to town, try the Hungry Girls guide that sweeps through delicious offerings from San Gabriel Valley to the San Fernando Valley. (Be sure to check out itineraries by Aziz Ansari, Tony Hawk, and Rob Lowe, too.)

RELATED: Where to take out of town visitors: 15 mini-trips for tourists in LA

Even if you want to play tourist every day of the week, the events pages will keep your calendar booked to infinite.

What are your top destinations when your parents visit? Do you like planning tours specific to your guest, or taking them on new adventures? As a local, have you visited all the top spots?

If we missed a good one, or you have another tip to share, please let us know on our Facebook page, on Twitter ("@" mention @Airtalk) or in the comments below!


  • Don't go to Hollywood or Sunset Boulevard during the day. Go to the beach during the day and the Boulevards at night. —Omar Masry
  • Be patient with traffic. —Ed Kociela
  • Say "like" like, always. —Luis Aranda IV
  • Expect to pay for parking everywhere. Find a central location, and walk as much as possible. You'll soak in more local flavors (and smog) by walking around as opposed to being tucked away in the shell of a car from point A to point B all day. —John Araujo
  • Learn to travel around the city during the off-hours. —Sabba Rahbar
  • Plan ahead. There is a lot to see, but places are usually far from each other. So it's good to maximize your time by looking at a map to get a feel for distances. —Veronica Peinado
  • Avoid tourist traps like Ripleys and focus on the real Hollywood history. —Brett Padelford
  • Take the Metro. (Plan your trip here.) —Elson Trinidad


Native Angeleno Will Coley created this printable checklist to help out-of-towners discover the city. "I don't think L.A. is very good at marketing itself. You have to discover L.A. yourself," Coley said.


Checklist: Where to take tourists


Map of spots listed above

Map created by Nuran Alteir.

Susan Lomax, Vice President, Communications, Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board - which runs the tremendously helpful LA events and tourism site

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