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Take a walking history tour in Downtown LA. Start at Olvera Street (LA’s original settlement) which still retains the charm of Old Mexico. Across the street is the grand Spanish Deco Union Station. Chinatown – headquarters for dim sum, bubble tea and Chinese trinkets – is a short walk away.
Boost your cardio with a hike in Griffith Park, America’s largest urban park. You’ll get great views of the Los Angeles Basin and the world-famous Hollywood sign.
Taste your way through some of LA’s most interesting neighborhoods for restaurants and food shops with a Melting Pot Food Tour from US$59 per person). You’ll get tastings, engaging guides and personal meetings with shop owners and restaurateurs.
Be a culture vulture with a leisurely afternoon on Museum Row along Wilshire Boulevard. Highlights include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the largest art museum in the western US; fossils and still active digs at the Page Museum and the La Brea Tar Pits; and the car memorabilia at the Petersen Automotive Museum.
Take in a concert under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl, the 18,000-seat amphitheatre built in the 1920s and which has since hosted pretty much every major act of classical, jazz and rock. For better views, it’s worth a splurge on the box seats which are a coin’s toss from the stage. Bring a picnic dinner or buy one.
Visit Mickey and friends at Disneyland. One-day park-hopper tickets cost US$137 and include entry to both Disneyland and the rides of the adjacent Disney’s California Adventure. Get a park re-entry stamp to dine at Downtown Disney, with a dozen eateries mere steps from the park.