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If your family’s in town for the holidays, there’s more places to take them other than the Griffith Observatory




The Griffith Observatory (L) stands above downtown on April 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
The Griffith Observatory (L) stands above downtown on April 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
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There’s plenty to see in Los Angeles beyond the quintessential postcard landmarks — you know, the Hollywood Sign, Santa Monica Pier, Getty museum and the aforementioned “gateway to the cosmos” (no offense, Griffith).

Beautiful places to be sure, but chances are your relatives have already seen them at least once. Or twice. Or they’re not in the mood to navigate through a sea of tourists and traffic after traveling from their homestead.

How about a trip to Little Tokyo for some authentic mochi ice cream or a stroll through its famous Japanese garden? For music lovers, why not visit the historic Hotel Café to support a local artist and possibly be graced by a surprise guest?

You can also learn how to take advantage of the more classic and kitchy landmarks with some colorful tips from “Ambassador of America” Charles Phoenix. He’ll share his top 10 destinations for entertaining your out of town relatives and more.

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Guest:

Charles Phoenix, comedian, tour guide and self-proclaimed “Ambassador of America;” he’s the author of several books including his latest, “Addicted to Americana: Celebrating Classic & Kitschy American Life & Style” (Prospect Park Books, 2017); he tweets @_charlesphoenix