Living in LA

Los Angeles, the largest city in the state of California and the second largest city in the United States, is a prominent center of culture, dining, shopping, art, and entertainment. It is an ethnically and culturally diverse city, the home of the UCLA BRUINS!

Los Angeles offers a variety of activities for any interest. Residents and visitors can hike in the Santa Monica mountains surf in Malibu, or catch a concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Foodies can dine on Ethiopian fare on Fairfax, sushi on Sawtelle, or California cuisine on Abbott Kinney. Whether your taste runs to high-end shopping on Rodeo Drive, or you prefer a trip to the beach with friends and family, the City of Angels can offer it all!

Ever wondered what Living in LA is like? Please browse through the following selection to see why over 3 million people living in LA are proud to call it home.

  • Attractions Open or Close

    Amusement & Water Parks

    • Disneyland

      Known as the "Happiest Place on Earth" Disneyland Park is located in Anaheim. Children and adults alike can see their favorite story tales and characters come alive as they take a spin in a tea cup, fly over London with Peter Pan, battle galactic bad guys in Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, or enter a lost temple on Indiana Jones Adventure. Some classic rides include. With classic rides such as It’s a Small World, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and the Matterhorn. Newer attractions include as well as newer attractions include Buzz Lightyear Astroblasters and Finding Nemo, Submarine Voyage, Disneyland is

    • California Adventure

      Located next to Disneyland California Adventure is dedicated to the state of California. The main attractions are Paradise Pier, Soarin’ Over California, Mickey’s Fun Wheel, California Screamin’, a Bug’s Land, Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, the Twilight Zone of Terror, Finding Nemo, Hollywood Picture Backlot, and the World of Color nighttime water spectacular. The newest attraction, Cars Land, debuted to hundreds of excited fans on Friday, June 15, 2012. It has three rides: Radiator Springs Racers, Mater's Junkyard Jamboree, and Luigi's Flying Tires.

    • Knott’s Berry Farm

      The oldest theme park in Southern California Knott’s Berry Farm has over 165 rides and attractions plus live entertainment. Visitors can embark on adventures at the Boardwalk, Viesta Village, Indian Trails, Ghost Town, and Camp Snoopy.

    • Legoland

      Legoland is a theme park with a focus on lego bricks. It is located in Carlsbad CA. It has 21 rides including 3 roller coasters and 7 water rides as well as shows and attractions. Although specifically geared towards children ages 2-10, it offers fun for the whole family!

    • Universal Studios Hollywood

      Initially created to offer tours of the real Universal Studios soundstages and sets Universal Studios Hollywood is not only one of the oldest and most famous Hollywood movie studios still in use, but also a theme park. Currently with 16 total rides, 1 roller coaster, and 1 water ride, Universal Studios Hollywood plans to open the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which will feature the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride.

    • Sea World at San Diego

      Sea World offers exciting adventures amazing animals, and fun shows. Visitors can experience the fun Pets Rule! show, the Blue Horizons dolphin show, the funny Clyde and Seamore’s sea lion and otter show, and the amazing Shamu show. They can also partake in thrilling rides such as Journey to Atlantis, Shipwreck Rapids, Wild Arctic, and the newest thrill ride, a roller coaster shaped like a giant manta ray which plunges over sea and sky: Manta.

    • Six Flags Magic Mountain

      Known as a thrill capital of the world Six Flags Magic Mountain has the most roller coasters in the world with 17 world-class roller coasters and over 100 rides, games, and attractions.

    • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

      Located next to Six Flags Magic Mountain Hurricane Harbor is a 22-acre water park that offers 23 water-logging rides and 2 of the tallest enclosed speed slides in the world.

    • Adventure City

      Occupying an area of over 2 acres Adventure City truly is “The Little Theme Park that’s BIG on Family Fun!” It offers 17 rides, shows, and attractions for one affordable price. An admission fee of $14.95 per person provides entry into the petting zoo, face painting, puppet shows and storytelling in the outdoor theater, arcade games, and unlimited use of all the rides. And not to mention, parking is free!


    • Hermosa Beach

      A sunny small beach city of 1.3 square miles Hermosa Beach sits at the center of Los Angeles County’s South Bay coastline, just 5 miles south of Los Angeles. It is a great spot to surf, play volleyball, or go bike riding along the Strand, the paved strip paralleling the beach.

    • Leo Carrillo State Park

      Leo Carrillo State Park is known for its exquisite campground area as well as its beautiful beaches which offer swimming, surfing, scuba diving, windsurfing, and hiking, to name a few. Visitors can explore sea caves and tunnels as well as look out for whales, dolphins, and sea lions attracted by offshore kelp beds.

    • Manhattan Beach

      With a 928-foot-long pier at the end of Manhattan Beach Boulevard Manhattan Beach is very scenic. It is a hot spot for surfing, body surfing, boogie boarding, and volleyball. This beach is where the famous American rock band the Beach Boys found the inspiration for their surf music. It is also the location for where the popular TV show The OC was filmed.

    • Marina and Playa del Rey Beaches

      The Marina and Playa del Rey Beaches are beautiful and peaceful. Marina Beach has playground equipment plenty of picnic tables, and no surfing, which makes it perfect for family outings. In fact, it’s nickname is Mother’s Beach. Sitting under the Los Angeles International Airport, Playa del Rey Beach is a white-sand beach with volleyball and basketball courts, a baseball diamond, a grass park with a lagoon, where dogs on leash are allowed. With nearby cafes and boutiques, it is a great low-key beach for enjoying a few hours or an entire day under the sun.

    • Redondo Beach and Pier

      Popular with tourists and sports enthusiasts Redondo Beach offers excursion boats, fishing, and boating, as well as an arcade and boardwalk. The U-shaped pier bristles with fishing poles, restaurants, and souvenir shops, one of which has a 16 and a half foot long great white shark on display. A large saltwater lagoon, the Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach offers a large sand area for sunbathing, children's play equipment, snack bar facilities, and volleyball courts. There is also a grassed area and luau shelter for day and evening events.

    • Santa Monica Beach

      One of LA’s most popular and largest beaches Santa Monica Beach is a great place to swim, surf, fish, and play volleyball. The Pier offers dining, shopping, fishing, and rides, including a 1920s carousel, solar-powered Ferris wheel, and roller coaster, and hosts rock and jazz concerts on Thursday evenings during the summer.

    • Topanga Canyon State Beach

      A partly sandy and partly rocky beach Topanga Canyon State Beach travels from Topanga Canyon down to Coastline Drive. With good waves near Topanga Creek, it is one of the most popular surf spots in the area. It also presents views of both Santa Monica Bay and Catalina Island.

    • Venice Beach

      Venice Beach is an urban beach famous for its Boardwalk which has artists, street performers, vendors, and body-builders. There are handball, paddle tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts, which are renowned for their high level of street ball as numerous NBA players were developed or recruited from these courts. It is also a great place for people watching.

    • Westward Beach

      Only recommended for strong swimmers Westward Beach is situated on Malibu’s westernmost peninsula known as Point Dume. It has a veritable pipeline and is where former lifeguard Jesse Billauer suffered the accident that left him paralyzed.

    • Will Rogers State Beach

      Named after actor Will Rogers this sandy beach is located in Pacific Palisades and offers fishing, surfing, skin diving, bodysurfing, and volleyball. It also has playground, gymnastic equipment, and a bike path. A number of movies and TV shows have been filmed here, including Baywatch before it moved to Hawaii.

    • Zuma Beach

      A large sandy beach located in Malibu, Zuma Beach hosts several premier surfing events each year. Besides swimming and surfing, it offers kiteboarding, bodyboarding, windsurfing, shallow diving, and volleyball courts, to name a few. On a healthy note, it has consistently ranked among the healthiest beaches for clean water conditions in LA!

    Parks & Recreation

    • Catalina Island

      Located 22 miles off the coast of LA Catalina Island consists of the quaint streets of Avalon, an adventurous village of Two Harbors. The island offers hiking, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, golfing, horseback riding, shopping, dining, and sightseeing activities. The Catalina Casino is divided into a spectacular grand ballroom and movie theater.

    • Exposition Park Rose Garden

      A historic 7 acre sunken garden located in Exposition Park in LA Exposition Park Rose Garden is one of the largest rose gardens in the world. With over 16,000 rose bushes, it is one of LA’s best-kept secrets.

    • Griffith Observatory

      A popular tourist attraction not only for its array of space and science exhibits the Griffith Observatory is located in LA overlooking picturesque Downtown LA, Hollywood, and the Pacific Ocean. With a new dome, star projector, laser digital projection system, seats, sound system, and theatrical lighting, the 300-seat Samuel Oschin Planetarium theater is the finest planetarium in the world. The observatory’s three solar telescopes provide a different real-time view of the sun, including sunspots and solar flares. On any given night, the staff may set up one or more free-standing telescopes for visitor usage. Admission to the building and grounds of Griffith Observatory is free of charge, excluding some of the shows at the planetarium. The Observatory is open five days a week and parking is free of charge.

    • Griffith Park

      As LA’s largest park, Griffith Park covers over 4,000 acres of trees and hills, providing hiking and riding trails, golf, tennis, and playgrounds to visitors. Within the park are the LA Zoo, the Greek Theater, Griffith Observatory, Travel Town Museum, and the LA Equestrian Center. Griffith Park has been used by many difference production crews for filming movies such as The Terminator, Back to the Future, and Yes Man to name a few. The park is open from 5:00 am to 10:30 pm, but all hiking trails and mountain roads close at sunset.

    • Grand Park

      Grand Park, the Park for Everyone, is located in downtown Los Angeles between City Hall and the Music Center on Grand Avenue. The park, operated by the Music Center, features programs and entertainment year-round. Past events have included New Year's Eve celebrations, 4th of July Block Parties, and Jay z's Labor Day Made in America Festival.

    • UCLA Hannah Carter Japanese Garden

      The Hannah Carter Japanese Garden is located one mile from the UCLA campus in Bel Air. The authentic Japanese garden was inspired by the gardens of Kyoto.

    • LA Zoo and Botanical Gardens

      Home to over 1000 mammals and 250 different species, the LA Zoo has every type of animal exhibit imaginable. The zoo is divided into continental areas and contains 2000 animals from around the world. The zoo grounds also feature special gardens that highlight groups of plants. Over 800 different plant species and 7,400 individual plants ranging from some of the rarest such as the Chilean wine palm to the most common roses inhabit the zoo grounds.

    • Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Temple

      Home to the Mahatma Gandhi World Peace Memorial and the Court of Religions this 10 acre hillside meditation garden is known for its beauty and peacefulness. With its gardens and natural spring-fed lake, visitors can enjoy a variety of flora and fauna from around the world.

    • Burton W. Chace Park

      Named after former mayor of Long Beach Burton W. Chace, Burton Chace Park is located in Marina del Rey. It is a good place to watch boats, see planes from nearby LAX, fly a kite, or just play. It is the location of many of the community’s local festivals, including the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade.

    • Circle X Ranch Mountain Recreation Area

      Formerly a Boy Scout camp Circle X Ranch Mountain Recreation Area has 22 miles of scenic hiking trails, an archery range, volleyball courts, a swimming pool, and 600 camping sites.

    • Malibu Creek State Park

      Malibu Creek State Park is located in the Santa Monica Mountains in Calabasas. Park inhabitants include diverse plant habitats such as coastal sage scrubs as well as mountain lions bobcats, and golden eagles.

    • Palisades Park

      Palisades Park maintains clifftop gardens with lofty palms and fantastic ocean views with steps leading down to the ocean.

    • Paramount Ranch

      Originally a movie set which still gets used for filming from time to time Paramount Ranch is open daily for walking, equestrian uses, and picnicking.

    • Will Rogers State Historic Park

      The former estate of American humorist Will Rogers Will Rogers State Historic Park is more than a historic site. It offers hiking and equestrian use.

    • Mountain High Resort

      A winter resort in the San Gabriel Mountains Mountain High is the most visited resort in Southern California. It offers skiing and snowboarding.

  • Arts & Entertainment Open or Close

    Music & Theater

    • Royce Hall

      Regarded as one of the nation's finest concert halls, the legendary Royce Hall is distinguished not only for its impeccable beauty and refined acoustics, but also for the renowned and popular performances that have taken place inside the primary home of the nation’s leading perfoming arts presenter, CAP UCLA. As the original building on the UCLA campus, Royce Hall was completed in 1929 and was restored and remodeled after the 1994 earthquake. Its exterior is modeled after Milan’s Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio.

    • Coronet Theater

      A small brick courtyard leads into this hidden theater that was once an old movie house. Since 1944 the Coronet Theatre has presented over 300 plays and musicals, ranging from serious dramatic pieces to high camp musicals. Legends such as Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles have graced its stage.

    • Dolby Theatre

      Formerly known as the Kodak Theatre, the Dolby Theatre is the crown jewel of the Hollywood and Highland shopping mall and entertainment complex, hosting a range of prestigious artists and events such as Celine Dion, Prince, the Academy Awards ceremonies, and American Idol.

    • El Rey Theatre

      Currently a live music venue in LA, this art deco theatre was originally built as a single-screen movie theater and functioned as one for nearly 50 years.

    • Grauman’s Chinese Theater

      Home to many movie premiers including George Lucas’s Star Wars as well as three Academy Awards ceremonies, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is a movie theatre on the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame. The copper roof of the theatre rises 69 feet into the air, the exterior resembles a giant, red Chinese pagoda, and the interior is decorated in exotic art from China. Nearly 200 handprints, footprints, and signatures of movie starts sit in the concrete of the theatre’s forecourt.

    • The Greek Theater

      An outdoor 5700 seat theatre nestled in the picturesque setting of Griffith Park, the Greek Theatre presents concerts, stage shows, and even graduation ceremonies for nearby high schools.

    • Hollywood Bowl

      The largest natural amphitheater in the United States, the Hollywood Bowl is located in the Hollywood Hills. With seating capacity of nearly 18,000, it hosts hundreds of music performances each year and is the summer home of the LA Philharmonic.

    • Morgan-Wixson Theatre

      The Santa Monica Theatre Guild, a non-profit volunteer community, provides musical and non-musical published plays at their home, the Morgan-Wixson Theatre, to engage the community in live theatre experiences. Since 1946, the Morgan-Wixson Theatre has been a source of entertainment for residents of Santa Monica and neighboring areas.

    • Music Center of LA County

      Located in Downtown LA, this four-building complex is one of the three largest performing arts centers in the nation, covering 11 acres. The Music Center consists of the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion (home of the LA Opera and Music Center Dance), the Mark Taper Forum (contemporary drama), the Ahmanson Theater, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall (home of the LA Philharmonic and LA Master Chorale).

    • Microsoft Theater

      A music and theatre venue seating 7100, Microsoft Theater (formerly Nokia Theatre LA Live) is located in the heart of Downtown LA at LA Live. Since its opening in 2007, it has become the venue for multiple award shows including the ESPY Awards and the American Music Awards.

    • Odyssey Theater Ensemble

      Founded in 1969 by Artistic Director Ron Sossi, the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble is LA’s oldest 99 seat theater complex. It is recognized nationally and internationally as LA’s flagship innovation-oriented theater and presenter of international work.

    • Pantages

      The Pantages Theatre Los Angeles is one of LA’s leading homes of live theatre and a favorite location for TV shows, movies, and music videos. The five highest grossing weeks in LA’s theatrical history were all shows at the Pantages. The art deco theatre has recently presented large scale Broadway musicals such as Disney’s The Lion King and Wicked.

    • Pepperdine Center for the Arts

      Each year the Center is host to over 250 public events including performances and museum exhibitions. With 450 seats, the Center is an ideal space for talented artists and performers to take the stage in dance, music, theatre, and opera as well as for lectures or meetings.

    • Saban Theatre

      Formerly known as the Fox Wilshire Theater, the Saban Theatre is a historic theatre in Beverly Hills. It is an Art Deco structure designed by architect S. Charles Lee and is considered a classic Los Angeles landmark.

    • Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

      The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium serves as a multipurpose convention center venue in Santa Monica. A variety of events are held here including jazz and rock concerts, trade fairs, antique shows, dog and cat shows, chocolate fairs, and the International Gem & Jewelry Shows.

    • Santa Monica Playhouse

      Founded in 1960, Santa Monica Playhouse provides exciting and entertaining theatrical productions, Family Theatre musicals, birthday and tea parties, theatre workshops, and educational programming for pre-schoolers, young people, teens and adults, and much more.

    • Shrine Auditorium

      Host to a number of events including the Emmy Awards People’s Choice, Screen Actors Guild, Academy Awards, and Latin Grammys, the Shrine Auditorium is a landmark venue in LA.

    • Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum

      An open-air theatre founded in Topanga Canyon near Santa Monica, the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum is used for theatrical performances as well as occasional concerts.


    • Angel’s Attic

      Housed in an 1875 Queen Anne Victorian house, Angel’s Attic is a unique museum, located in Santa Monica, which has a lovely collection of completely furnished antique doll houses, dolls, and toys.

    • Annenberg Space for Photography

      The Annenberg Space for Photography is a cultural destination dedicated to exhibiting both digital and print photography in an intimate environment. It features state-of-the-art high-definition digital technology and traditional prints by some of the world's most renowned photographers as well as a selection of emerging photographic talents.

    • Aquarium of the Pacific

      One of the largest aquariums in the US, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach has more than 12,500 animals. Exhibits include Ray Touch Pool, Diving Birds Exhibit, Shark Lagoon, Sea Otter Habitat, and Whales: Voices in the Sea.

    • The Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Culture Center

      A UCLA curated museum featuring single-artist and thematic exhibitions of historical and contemporary art produced by its curators or prepared in collaboration with other institutions, the Hammer Museum has developed a reputation of organizing invitational shows of artists whom the public, including the dealers, has never heard of. Permanent collections include the Armand Hammer Collection of Art, which is primarily composed of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works.

    • Autry National Center

      The Autry National Center is an intercultural history center formed from the Southwest Museum of the American Indian the Museum of the American West, and the Women of the West Museum. Located in Griffith Park, the Autry’s collection of over 500,000 pieces or aft and artifacts is one of the largest and most significant in the United States.

    • Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

      A public aquarium in San Pedro, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium offers a large replica tide pool touch tank with dozens of colorful sea creatures like starfish, keyhole limpets, anemones and sea urchins. Other displays include sharks, eels, octopi, and crabs appearing in their natural habitats.

    • California African American Museum

      Located in Exposition Park, the California African American Museum includes three exhibition galleries, a theatre gallery, a sculpture court, a conference center, and a research library. The museum allows the public to research, collect, and preserve African American culture, art, and history.

    • California Science Center

      Located in Exposition Park, the California Science Center consists of the IMAX Theater (which is the largest movie screen in LA), the Sketch Foundation Gallery Air and Space Exhibits, and the Science Center itself. Through hands-on experiences, visitors learn about the universe, the planet, life on Earth, and human innovations.

    • The Craft and Folk Art Museum

      The only museum in LA exclusively showing craft and folk art, the Craft and Folk Art Museum is a small gallery that offers exhibitions of ethnic and contemporary folk art, crafts, clothing, tools, religious artifacts, and decorative art. It presents six original exhibitions a year and works to recognize emerging artists.

    • La Brea Tar Pits and George C. Page La Brea Discoveries Museum

      The La Brea Tar Pits are a cluster of tar pits in the heart of LA. The Page Museum is located on the site of the famous La Brea Tar Pits and is dedicated to researching the tar pits and displaying specimens such as Ice Age fossils, from the animals that died there, including saber-toothed cats and dire wolves.

    • The Getty Center

      Founded by oilman J. Paul Getty, the Getty Center is well known for its architecture, gardens, and views overlooking Los Angeles. It exhibits mainly pre-20th century European art. Five two-story pavilions set around an open courtyard house the permanent collections and changing exhibitions including remarkable impressionist masterpieces. Visitors can enjoy the Getty Center and all exhibitions for free, but there is a parking fee.

    • The Getty Villa

      Adjacent to oilman J. Paul Getty’s home in Pacific Palisades, the Getty Villa houses an extensive collection of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities arranged by themes including Gods and Goddesses, Dionysos and the Theater, and the Stories of the Trojan War. It is an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruri. The museum is a recreation of a Roman palazzo. Admission to the Getty Villa is free; however, an advanced, timed-entry ticket is required. There is a parking fee.

    • Henry E. Huntington Library Art Collections & Botanical Gardens

      An educational and research institute established by Henry E. Huntington in San Marino, the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens feature not only beautiful artistic masterpieces, but also scenic gardens. The library embraces an extensive collection of rare American and British history, literature, art, and history of science, medicine, and technology books, manuscripts, and photographs, whereas the art collections consist of works from 18th, 19th, and 20th century American, British, and French artists. The botanical gardens cover 207 acres of landscaped grounds which include a gorgeous Japanese garden, a beautiful rose garden, a desert garden, an Elizabethan herb garden, and a huge Chinese garden.

    • Hollywood Wax Museum

      A popular tourist location, the Hollywood Wax Museum is the only wax museum in the United States devoted entirely to celebrity figures. Visitors can take a journey through the past and into the present as they encounter the incredibly lifelike figures displayed in high-quality theme settings.

    • Japanese American National Museum

      Located in Little Tokyo, the Japanese American National Museum is dedicated to sharing the experience of Americans of Japanese ancestry. The museum has a moving image archive, home movies of Japanese Americans from the 1920s to the 1950s as well as artifacts, textiles, art, photographs, and oral histories of Japanese Americans.

    • LA County Museum of Art

      With more than 150,000 works of art encompassing the geographic world and spanning the history of art from ancient times to the present, the LA County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the largest art museum in the western United States. The museum includes the Ahmanson Gallery, the Hammer Gallery, and the Anderson Gallery. It features not only art exhibits, but also a film and concert series throughout the year.

    • Paley Center for Media

      Formerly known as the Museum of Television and Radio, the Paley Center for Media was founded by William S. Paley in 1975. It is dedicated to the discussion of the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, the Internet, mobile video, and podcasting.

    • Natural History Museum of LA County

      Located in Exposition Park, the Natural History Museum of LA County features California and Southwest history galleries, paleontology and mineral displays, and recreations of the habitats of various mammals and dinosaur exhibits. Its collections include nearly 35 million specimens and artifacts.

    • Norton Simon Museum of Art

      Located in Pasadena, the Norton Simon Museum of Art contains an excellent collection of paintings, sculpture, and prints from the Renaissance to the mid-20th century.

    • Petersen Automotive Museum

      One of the world's largest automotive museums, the Petersen Automotive Museum is a non-profit organization specializing in the education and history of the automobile.

    • Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

      The presidential library and final resting place of President Ronald Reagan the 40th President of the United States, is located in Simi Valley. It is the largest of the twelve federally operated presidential libraries and features continually changing temporary exhibits and a permanent exhibit covering President Reagan’s life.

    • Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

      Formerly known as the Ocean Discovery Center and operated by UCLA the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is currently operated by Heal the Bay, a nonprofit organization. It offers educational programs dedicated to marine conservation, pollution prevention, and environmental education and is open to the public.

    • Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance

      The Museum of Tolerance is a high-tech hands-on museum that focuses on examining two themes using interactive, multimedia exhibits: the dynamics of racism and prejudice in America and the history of the Holocaust.

    • Paramount Pictures Studio

      Take a 2-hr guided tour of the studio to get a historical and informational look behind the scenes of the daily operations of a major motion picture and television facility.

    • Warner Brothers Studios VIP Tours

      Small group tours emphasize the technical side of TV and filmmaking. The 2-1/2 hour tour via cart takes you through backlot streets sound stages and sets.

    Sports Arenas & Teams

    Los Angeles hosts a number of world-famous sports teams including professional organizations such as the Dodgers and the Lakers, as well as college teams such as the UCLA Bruins and our cross-town rivals.

    • Dodger Stadium

      Home of the LA Dodgers baseball team, Dodger Stadium hosts over 80 games played each season from April to October.

    • LA Memorial Coliseum

      The LA Memorial Coliseum is the home football field of our cross-town rivals.

    • Rose Bowl

      Located in Pasadena, the Rose Bowl has served as the UCLA Bruins football team’s home stadium since 1982. The stadium has hosted 5 Super Bowl games, second most of any venue. It is also home to the Pasadena Tournament of Roses.

    • Staples Center

      Home to the LA Lakers, the LA Clippers, the LA Sparks, the LA Avengers, and the LA Kings, the Staples Center hosts world-class sports and entertainment events.

  • Climate Open or Close

    The city of Los Angeles enjoys a Mediterranean climate with sunshine on most days of the year.

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  • Housing Open or Close

    From the most expensive coastal areas to the more affordable student housing, Los Angeles offers a wide variety of housing options to suit every budget and lifestyle.

    Many UCLA Anesthesiology residents choose to live close to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in the communities of Westwood West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Culver City, whereas those with a longer commute may reside as far as Long Beach and the San Fernando Valley as an alternative to the more expensive neighborhoods near UCLA. Generally, a majority of our residents reside in UCLA’s affordable housing for graduate students and students with families.

    For more information about UCLA’s graduate housing please visit

  • Fitness Open or Close

    Fitness Centers

    Los Angeles offers a wide range of fitness activities ranging from fitness centers to hiking paths for various fitness types and budgets.

    Hiking & Exercise Paths

    • Runyon Canyon Loop

      Just a few blocks from the famous Grauman's Chinese Theater this hike includes observation points with stunning views of Hollywood. It is great for beginner hikers and their dogs as it has an off-leash policy.

    • Los Liones Trail to Parker Mesa Overlook

      With steep hill climbs this hike begins in Pacific Palisades at the end of Los Liones Drive. It can be tough hike at 7 miles round-trip, but offers magnificent views of Santa Monica Bay.

    • Venice Canals

      Noteworthy for its man-made canals built in 1905 by developer Abbot Kinney as part of his Venice of America plan as he sought to recreate the appearance and feel of Venice Italy in Southern California. The canal area is a nice urban walk with many beautiful homes and lots of resident ducks.

    • Beach Paths

      There is a beach path that runs from Marina Del Rey up past Santa Monica and down around the marina to the beach communities of Redondo Hermosa, and Manhattan Beach. You can walk on a pedestrian path, or rent a bike and cruise along the beach.

    • Santa Monica Mountains

    • Temescal Canyon

      A loop hike that takes you up to beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and Los Angeles and down into a shady canyon with a few small waterfalls.

    • Topanga State Park

      Considered the world's largest wildland within the boundaries of a major city Topanga State Park is located in the cliffs and canyons of the Santa Monica Mountains. It features 36 miles of trails through open grassland, live oaks, and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, providing excellent recreational opportunities for hikers, mountain bikers, and even equestrians!

    • Will Rogers State Park

      The site of Will Rogers ranch with easy hikes that include great views of the ocean and the city.

    • Santa Monica Stairs

      For those who want a little exercise you can run or walk up and down this long, steep staircase that leads from north of San Vicente down into Santa Monica Canyon.

  • Restaurants & Nightlife Open or Close


    Whether on a budget or in the mood to splurge, LA offers a vast array of cuisines and dining experiences. From fine dining to street snacks, you can find anything your heart desires within the city borders.

    UCLA Anesthesiologists' Restaurant Picks!
    • Milo and Olive

      Program Director Dr. Judi Turner's Pick

      From wood-fired pizzas to salads and small plates, this restaurant offers the freshest farm to table ingredients. Delicious breads and desserts are made every morning for purchase throughout the day.

    • Shamshiri Grill

      Associate Program Director Dr. Jack Buckley's Pick

      Located in Westwood, Shamshiri Grill offers traditional Persian cuisine in a relaxed, homey atmosphere. The chefs can be seen grilling a variety of flavorful kabobs on open flame. Many vegetarian and vegan options, including falafel, curries, and stews, are also available.

    • Hide Sushi

      Liver Transplanation Fellow Dr. Christine Nguyen-Buckley's Pick

      A family owned restaurant established in 1979, Hide Sushi offers fresh, high-quality sushi in a casual setting.

    • Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery

      Chief Resident Dr. Brian Denton's Pick

      Located in Santa Monica, this Italian deli and bakery specializes in fresh Italian food and groceries. If you are craving a quick sandwich fix, make sure to pick up their widely popular “Godmother” sandwich, available both premade and to order.

    • Cassia

      Chief Resident Dr. Brian Denton's Pick

      This restaurant in Santa Monica features Southeast Asian dishes with a French twist. Owner and chef, Bryant Ng, is a UCLA alumnus who has been featured on major newspapers and magazines nationwide.

    • OB Bear

      Chief Resident Dr. Brian Denton's Pick

      This Korean-style pub in Koreatown is the best place to go when you have the late-night munchies. Make sure to order a plate of their special spicy chicken wings and try one of their savory pancakes!

    • Toca Madera

      Chief Resident Dr. Jarrod Larson’s Pick

      This West Hollywood restaurant and lounge serves traditional Mexican cuisine with an emphasis on organic, vegan, and gluten-free options. This trendy spot includes a DJ booth and two full-service bars, all located under a retractable roof and an indoor patio.

    • Sugarfish

      Cardiothoracic Fellow Dr. Alexander Cheng's Pick

      An upscale sushi restaurant which does not take reservations, Sugarfish serves only traditional sushi of the highest quality.

    • Guisados

      Cardiothoracic Fellow Dr. Alexander Cheng's Pick

      Guisados is the perfect taco spot! Well-known for its tacos which are filled with homestyle braised meats and vegetables on thick, freshly made corn tortillas, it offers a menu that is simple, yet delectable. The downtown location also serves breakfast tacos in the mornings.

    • RockSugar

      Assistant Program Director Dr. Emily Methangkool's Pick

      RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen showcases many distinctive flavors and dishes from Southeast Asia in elaborately decorated dining rooms. Delicious signature desserts are prepared in the in-house bakery.

    • Alibi Room

      Chief Resident Dr. Chester Chan's Pick

      This indie drinking lounge in Culver City is a pop-up kitchen that features dishes from Roy Choi’s widely popular Kogi BBQ and Chego chains.

    • Fritto Misto Italian Café

      Chief Resident Dr. Jarrod Larson's Pick

      This café spot in Santa Monica features various Italian dishes, including gluten-free and vegetarian options. With large portions and outstanding service, you are bound to come back!

    • Poke-Poke

      Chief Resident Dr. Brian Denton's Pick

      Located in Venice Beach, Poke-Poke makes healthy, build-your-own poke bowls to order. After loading up on some fresh sashimi, make sure to order one of their Acai bowls for a sweet treat.

    • Father's Office

      Chief Resident Dr. Brian Denton's Pick

      With several locations in LA including Santa Monica and Culver City, Father’s Office is a gastropub known for its no modifications or substitutions Office Burger, which is quite tasty as is. The rest of the menu is excellent as well. The Santa Monica location is generally always packed, while the Culver City spot usually has at least one table open.

    Additional Restaurants
    • Diddy Riese

      Serving Los Angeles since 1983 Diddy Riese is famous for its ice cream sandwiches.

    • The Counter

      The Counter is a build your own burger spot with fresh mouth-watering ingredients. With over 312120+ different burger combinations, burger options can only be limited by one’s imagination.

    • Food Trucks

      LA has the best gourmet food trucks including the Kogi BBQ Truck, the Grilled Cheese Truck, and the Nom Nom Truck. If you're feeling adventurous, click here to see where various food trucks are. A popular meetup spot for the trucks is along Abbott Kinney Blvd near the corner of Sawtelle and Olympic Blvds.

    • Loteria Grill

      Loteria Grill offers some of the best Mexican food in the city. The tacos are especially popular at the Farmer’s Market at 3rd and Fairfax at Loteria Grill.

    • Sprinkles Cupcakes

      The world’s first cupcake bakery Sprinkles Cupcakes in Beverly Hills boasts freshly bakes cupcakes to cupcake enthusiasts. Particularly delicious are the red velvet cupcakes which are topped with their trademark modern dots. Cupcake enthusiasts and Hollywood stars love these gourmet cupcakes as they are a scrumptious update to an American favorite. They even have precious doggie cupcakes and tasty ice cream!

    • Bottega Louie

      In Downtown Los Angeles Bottega Louie Restaurant and Gourmet Market offers chic, yet affordable Italian fare, including pizzas, pastas, and excellent desserts.

    • Pinks Hot Dogs

      A landmark hot dog restaurant which started out as a hot dog stand on La Brea Avenue in West Hollywood and has been in the same location since 1939 Pink’s is a favorite among residents and visitors alike. It has a wide variety of specialty hot dogs at reasonable prices.

    • Road to Seoul

      Road to Seoul is an All You Can Eat Korean BBQ joint that is a fun and casual dining experience for every occasion. Diners can enjoy a variety of premium meats such as brisket kalbi, bulgogi, tender chicken, baby octopus, and squid, as well as some vegetarian options.

    • Spago Beverly Hills

      One of many posh Beverly Hills restaurants that draws more than its fair share of celebrities Spago is perhaps Wolfgang Puck's most famous restaurant in the United States.

    • Lawry's

      Located in the heart of La Cienega Boulevard's Restaurant Row Lawry's is perhaps most famous for the annual Beef Bowl, where the competitors for the Rose Bowl game square off to see who can eat the most beef. Diners may enjoy prime rib, carved tableside right from the roast, served with traditional Yorkshire pudding and creamed corn.

    • TLT Food

      From the owner and culinary artist behind The Lime Truck (The Great Food Truck Race, 2011 Winner), this food-truck-turned-eatery is a favorite of our fellows who often take our fellowship applicants to this spot in Westwood Village. It specializes in taqueria fare with a pan-asian twist.

    • Manhattan Beach Post

      From small shared plates to hand-crafted cocktails to house-made breads, MB Post offers delicious artisan dishes in a relaxed and vibrant beach community environment. The menu is seasonal. The look and feel of the space pay homage to its 1960s post office origins.

    • Baby Blues BBQ

      Featuring a "hybrid" style of barbecue, Baby Blues BBQ has locations in Venice and Hollywood. Serving smoky and hot ribs, pulled pork, tri-tip, and other lick-your-plate-clean foods, this BBQ joint has gained a reputation for being the best BBQ in town.

    • Umami Burger

      A new concept by Los Angeles based restaurant creator Adam Fleischman Umami Burger offers a sophisticated selection of burgers and sides.

    • Fat Sal's Deli

      Located in Westwood, Fat Sal’s is a definite hotspot for late night cravings. Choose from a selection of hefty burgers, sandwiches, hotdogs, wraps, and so much more. Their famous Fat Sal sandwich is packed with roast beef, mozzarella sticks, onion rings, brown gravy, and mayo, all on their famous hero bread. You may even catch a glimpse of co-owner Jerry Ferrara, who played Turtle on the hit show Entourage, there!

    • Canter's Deli

      One of California's oldest delis Canters has served the entertainment industry and the city as a whole from its current location in the Miracle Mile since 1953. It is open 24 hours a day, has an in-house bakery, and has live entertainment after midnight on the weekends.

    • Philippe the Original

      The restaurant famous for allegedly inventing the original French Dipped Sandwich Philippe is located on the east edge of Chinatown. Opened in 1927, Philippe has been in business in its current location since 1951.

    • Original Tommy's

      In business since 1946 the Original Tommy’s location is special to its longtime patrons. Now a chain with restaurants all over Southern California and Las Vegas, Tommy’s serves mouth-watering chili burgers.

    • The Ivy

      The Ivy is one of LA’s swanky restaurants where patrons can dine with Hollywood stars such as Kiefer Sutherland Anjelica Huston, and the Kardashians on a rose-adorned patio with luxurious cars in the valet in the front.

    • Osteria Mozza

      A modern urban interpretation of the Italian trattoria, Osteria Mozza is an exquisite restaurant which features a Mozzarella bar in the center of the room that serves as a showcase. The cheeses can be sampled alone, but also find their way onto the rest of the menu along with smoked meats, an Italian-centric wine list, and exceptional desserts.

    • Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles

      Fried chicken and waffles are the specialty of Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles. Other comfort foods they specialize in are Mac and Cheese hot water cornbread, and red beans and rice. During one of President Obama’s visits to LA, he made an unscheduled stop at Roscoe’s to order the No. 9!

    • 800 Degrees

      800 Degrees is one of the newer pizza joints in Westwood which offers a unique twist on the traditional pizza parlor. Diners can choose from one of their specialty pizzas or personalize their pizza with their choice of ingredients. The pizza is then cooked in an 800 degree oven. Other menu items such as salads small bites, and gelato are also available.

    • Wurstküche

      An exotic sausage grill in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District Wurstküche serves sausage sandwiches, Belgian fries with homemade dipping sauces, imported beers, and a gourmet selection of sodas.

    • Bar Food

      Bar Food is a gastropub in West LA which offers not only a great selection of specialty beers but also some wonderful comfort food. Colleagues and friends alike can indulge on spicy tuna, potato puffs, chicken pesto, or even a hot dog at this hotspot!

    • Panini Café

      Panini Café offers the perfect blend of old world favorites with a healthy and modern European flair. Patron favorites include omelettes breakfast sandwiches, French toast, grilled panini sandwiches, and kabobs. Pizza, pastas, and traditional Mediterranean appetizers are also popular.

    • Sweet Lady Jane

      Sweet Lady Jane offers LA’s finest desserts including birthday cakes pies, pastries, and tarts. From their triple berry cake to their limited lunch and brunch items, they may be a little on the expensive side, but sure are worth it!

    • Palomino

      Famous for its rustic european menu and Happy Hour Palomino Restaurant and Bar in Westwood is a go-to spot for many young professionals. The menu features soups, salads, poultry, seafood, pastas, and pizzas, to name a few.

    • The Boiling Crab

      The Boiling Crab in Westwood offers fresh and savory combinations of crab, crawfish, lobster, oysters, and so much more. With paper-covered tables and plastic bibs, you will definitely have fun feasting on your favorite seafood picks!

    • Pinches Tacos

      If you are craving some authentic Mexican food in Westwood, make sure to check out Pinches Tacos, currently run by UCLA alumni. It features burritos, tacos, tortas, enchiladas, along with several vegetarian options as well!

    • Wolfgang Puck Express

      Located in UCLA’s Ackerman Union, this is Wolfgang Puck’s first venture into a university setting. This classy restaurant on campus serves affordable drinks and appetizers, including Wolfgang Puck's very own Bruin Burger.

    Comedy Clubs & Night Clubs

  • Shopping Open or Close

    Los Angeles is a world-class premium shopping destination. With a variety of stores to suit every taste, Los Angeles boasts some of the best department stores, malls, shopping districts, and open-air markets. Best of all, you don't have to burn a hole in your wallet to enjoy shopping as "window shopping" is a favorite pastime for residents and tourists alike!


    • Rodeo Drive

      Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills California is recognized all over the world for it's many high end shops and boutiques. Known as the place where the rich and famous do their shopping, it is also a major tourist attraction where people of all walks of life come to get a glimpse of the rich and famous while wining and dining at some of the most posh restaurants in the world. Although only three blocks long, it is home to such boutiques as Cartier, Louis Vuitton, De Beer, Bijan, Neiman Marcus, Tiffany, Gucci and Saks Fifth Avenue, just to name a few.

    • 3rd Street Promenade

      The pedestrian-friendly Third Street Promenade Downtown is 30 city blocks of retail stores, entertainment and dining. Within blocks of the Promenade are the beach, Palisades Park and Santa Monica Pier.

    • Downtown Culver City

      An up and coming downtown featuring many cafes and restaurants.

    • Montana Avenue

      A charming tree-lined 10-block, open-air retail destination. Home to more than 150 high-end boutiques, restaurants, and service establishments, Montana Avenue is Santa Monica’s premier shopping neighborhood

    • The Grove/Farmer’s Market

      A mid-town open-air shopping area. The Farmer’s Market includes many small shops/stalls including some excellent quick bites to eat.

    • Main Street Santa Monica

      Further south from downtown Santa Monica Main Street has many shops to peruse, and many quality restaurants to choose from.

  • Transportation Open or Close

    The Los Angeles area is served by five major commercial airports and more than a dozen private airports. The five major airports are located in Los Angeles, Burbank, Santa Ana, Long Beach, and Ontario.

    In addition Los Angeles has many commuter and public transportation options, which are always improving. Please visit the UCLA Transportation website for more information: