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2017 Travel Guide to California - - LOS ANGELES COUNTY -

» Santa Mon­ica Pier

Long a fa­vorite place to peo­ple watch, play and eat. Sa­vor a Will Rogers Hot Fudge Brownie Sun­dae, ride a vin­tage-style carousel, view the area from the Fer­ris wheel (a movie celebrity in its own right) and ex­plore the theme park on the 107-year-old pier. Snap a selfie by the End of the Trail sign on the pier for the leg­endary Route 66, which ends its 2,450-mile jour­ney here. Dig your toes into the soft sand and join the surfers or stroll along Ocean Front Walk along­side bik­ers, skate­board­ers and rollerbladers. Need more? Walk a few blocks to the pedes­trian-only Third Street Prom­e­nade, a mix of re­tail­ers and restau­rants.

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» Street Food Cin­ema

Pack a blan­ket, beach chair and pil­lows and join other An­ge­lenos for this cu­rated out­door movie se­ries at one of the 12 lo­ca­tions from Pasadena to the Pa­cific Pal­isades. Choose from more than 50 events. En­joy the con­flu­ence of pop cul­ture films, celebrity guests, gourmet food trucks and live music un­der the sun and stars.

› street­food­cin­ema.com

» Olvera Street

Browse lucha li­bre (Mex­i­can wrestling) masks, Day of the Dead fig­urines, piñatas and other sou­venirs in this block-long Mex­i­can mar­ket­place lo­cated in Los An­ge­les Plaza His­toric District. This sec­tion of LA was the town cen­ter dur­ing the colo­nial era un­der Span­ish and Mex­i­can rule through most of the 19th cen­tury. Some ven­dors are the descen­dants of the orig­i­nal mer­chants in this mar­ket­place that was es­tab­lished in 1930 to pre­serve and bring back “old Los An­ge­les” and its cus­toms. Try a churro from Mr. Churro’s or a taco amidst the street stalls and old structures.

› olvera-street.com

» See Im­prov, Sketch or Stand-up Comedy

Plan to laugh a lot when you visit one of the many comedy clubs in Los An­ge­les. You may see up-and­com­ing comedic ge­niuses hon­ing their craft or a leg­endary vet­eran head­lin­ing or drop­ping by. Notable clubs in­clude The Groundlings, Hol­ly­wood Im­prov Comedy Club, Laugh Fac­tory, Up­right Cit­i­zens Bri­gade and Comedy Store.

› the­com­e­dy­bu­reau.com/los-an­ge­les-comedy-show-cal­en­dars › dis­cov­er­losan­ge­les.com/blog/comedy-clubs-los-an­ge­les

» TCL Chi­nese The­atre

Lo­cated along the Hol­ly­wood Walk of Fame, the land­mark TCL Chi­nese The­atre re­mains a prized venue for movie pre­mieres. Com­pare your hand­prints and foot­prints to those of more than 200 stars memo­ri­al­ized in ce­ment, in­clud­ing Char­lie Chap­lin, Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe, Sid­ney Poitier, Jackie Chan, Emma Wat­son, and Star Wars char­ac­ters in­clud­ing C-3PO, R2-D2 and Darth Vader.

› tclchi­ne­sethe­atres.com

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