Los Angeles is a trend-setting metropolis with star power that attracts visitors from across the globe. While L.A. is aptly named the entertainment capital of the world, don’t let the bright lights of Hollywood distract you from all this sprawling city has to offer. This cultural mecca has more theatres and museums than any city in the nation. Catch some rays along the 75 miles of iconic coastline stretching from Malibu to Long Beach. Shop among the rich and famous at the chic boutiques on Rodeo Drive. Stroll through some of its lively and diverse neighborhoods. End the day at the Griffith Observatory with a different kind of star-gazing.
If you’re in town for the United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles races, be sure to make the most of your trip. We’ve mapped out some perfect options for you to explore this vibrant city. Indulge your mind (and your taste buds). Paradise is calling.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27TH
An ever-popular hangout among locals, Tart Restaurant, located in the Farmer’s Daughter hotel, serves up trendy dishes and hearty classics. The charming, stylish eatery is best known for their eclectic brunch offerings, including Chicken and Waffles with Tabasco maple butter, Breakfast Lasagna, and Crab Potato Benedict. Guests are free to sit in the modern farmhouse-style dining room or outside in the comfort of the mild Los Angeles weather.
LACMA – Los Angeles County Museum of Art
You may recognize LACMA by its iconic Urban Lights display, but the museum’s offerings extend way beyond this iconic installation. The museum is constantly adding new and exciting displays, including awe-inspiring paintings and thought-provoking sculptures. The learning experience is enhanced with programs, films, and classes offered throughout the year.
The Grove is a premier lifestyle center and shopping destination located in West Hollywood. This shopping mecca is lined with luxury and boutique shops, as well as renowned eateries and trendy pop-ups. At the center of it all is an elaborate fountain that entertains guests with hourly light-enhanced water shows. At the opposite end of the center sits The Original Farmers Market, a city staple serving LA since 1934. A red trolley runs throughout the center to transport guests from one end to the other.
Several unique theaters with varied offerings line Hollywood Boulevard, leaving you with a multitude of options when it comes to shows. The Chinese Theater, Dolby Theater, Egyptian Theater, El Capitan Theater, and Golden Age Theater feature a mix of live shows, world premieres, films, and special events.
This iconic amusement park will leave you dazzled. Stroll along cobblestone streets, embrace your inner child on the rides, indulge in an abundance of treats, and take in the whimsical sights. For even more amusement park fun, buy a park hopper ticket so you can access both Disneyland and the adjacent park, California Adventures.
The Griffith Observatory
This is the best place to come to enjoy expansive views of LA and to expand your knowledge of astronomy. The building itself offers panoramic views of this movie star-lit city and the iconic Hollywood Sign. Programs, shows, and events engage and entertain visitors. The dome shape of the famous Samuel Oschin Planetarium offers a unique and immersive visitor experience.
With tons of teams and sports to choose from, a sporting event won’t be hard to include in your visit to LA. Whether you’re into basketball, hockey, baseball, football, or soccer, LA’s state-of-the-art arenas and stadiums set the stage for an unforgettable experience cheering on your favorite teams.
Since you’ll be in LA at the time of the event, we encourage you to get involved in Comic Con festivities. The event itself is a one-of-a-kind explosion of pop culture. If attending the event is not in the cards for you, the environment around the LA Convention Center will be buzzing with Comic Con excitement! Up to take the Rock ‘n’ Roll Super Hero Challenge? By attending Comic Con and rocking the Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles 5k or Half Marathon, you’ll receive an exclusive finisher medal–on top of other one-of-a-kind perks.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28TH
Alfred Coffee & Kitchen
This ultra-trendy tea and coffee shop exudes the chic, stylish aesthetic that characterizes LA. From floral-infused tea lattes to coffee classics, Alfred Coffee & Kitchen has positioned itself as a not-to-be-missed beverage destination. Do as the locals do and sip a tea latte while browsing the surrounding boutiques.
Commissary at the Line hotel
Despite its less-than-obvious visibility from the street, Commissary is a delicious and popular destination for hungry LA locals. Upon arrival, guests are greeted with a lush, bright ambience as a result of the greenhouse structure that encloses the restaurant. Unique, fresh, and hand-crafted dishes decorate the breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch menus.
Running north of Beverly Boulevard and south of Santa Monica Boulevard, Melrose Avenue is a beloved street lined with a variety of entertainment, shopping, and dining destinations. Because of its central location and diverse businesses, Melrose has cultivated its own distinct personality, which attracts visitors from all over the country.
Famous for its beautiful (and delicious) dessert options, Bottega Louie functions as a restaurant, gourmet market, patisserie, and cafe in downtown Los Angeles. The posh, upscale ambience complements the artfully crafted dishes and delicate pastries. Whether you’re dining in for a full meal or stopping by for a couple macaroons on the go, you are sure to be delighted by the Bottega Louie experience.
Set in the movie capital of the world, this theme park offers visitors an opportunity to immerse themselves in their favorite movies. Among the movie-themed rides and studio tours are character sightings, special effect shows, and animal actors. The famous Harry Potter World brings the books and movies to life with rides, attractions, shops, and the Hogwarts Castle.
Santa Monica Pier
Often used as a set for films, the Santa Monica Pier redefines beachside fun. The giant pier is packed with rides, restaurants, shops, and attractions. Once you’ve explored, the beaches on either side of the pier offer a nice place to sit and enjoy the crashing waves and buzzing LA energy.
Halloween brings with it a plethora of fun events to enjoy throughout the city. Restaurant specials, haunted houses, trick-or-treating opportunities, and theme parties are plentiful. Special events include Halloween and Mourning Tours at the Heritage Square Museum, the Haunted Hayride at Griffith Park, and the famous West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnival.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29TH
RACE DAY! This is the day you’ve been training for. So lace up and enjoy your run.