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Fall 2008 Travel – Ten Things to Do: Los Angeles

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Sun, surf and traffic. Los Angeles is known for Hollywood glitz as much as for its smog and tangle of freeways. But visitors with a taste for exploration should move beyond the stereotypes to experience the city’s unique rhythm and style. Opportunities abound for outdoor adventure, for interesting cultural experiences, and for savoring some of the country’s best ethnic food.

Here are three of our top 10 picks for the city. Check out the other choices in the Fall 2008 Americas Quarterly.

1. Grab Tamales and Mexican artesenías The pedestrian section of Olvera Street, known as El Pueblo de Los Angeles, is home to the city’s historic Mexican community. Here, you’ll be transplanted from downtown LA to a small-town mercado.

2. Listen to Holiday Sounds The Hollywood Bowl offers year-round outdoor entertainment. Pack a picnic and catch the Los Angeles Philharmonic or any number of popular rock bands. Christmas concerts begin on December 16.

3. Explore the Getty Villa Modelled after a First-Century Roman residence, this magnificent museum and cultural center boast amazing views as well as world-renowned artwork. On Fridays, lectures and free concerts are available at the outdoor amphitheatre. Museum entrance is complimentary but reservations are required.

Tags: El Pueblo de Los Angeles, Getty Villa, Hollywood, Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, Olvera Street, Travel
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