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30 Things To Do In Los Angeles Before You Die

30 Things To Do In Los Angeles Before You Die

30 Things To Do In Los Angeles Before You Die

Think you know the City Of Angels?

There's nothing quite like Los Angeles. When you're in the city, every day is an event and every night is a night to remember. Nowhere else is so alive and vibrant with culture and excitement. The sounds, the sights, and of course the food -- is the best in the world.

Here's a 30-stop tour of the absolute best L.A. has to offer.

30. Phillipe's

30. Phillipe's

30. Philippe's

30. Philippe's

There's a reason Philippe's has the best French Dip sandwich in the world.

They invented it.

Located in Chinatown, a three block walk from Union Station -- Philippe's is a must-have. Try the mustard. No, really ... try it.

29. The Troubadour

29. The Troubadour

29. The Troubadour

29. The Troubadour

See someone play at the Troub. Anyone. Literally anybody you see will be awesome.

It's better than the Whisky A Go Go, better than the Roxy, better than the Palladium. Maybe one of the best live music venues on the west coast.

28. Angel's Flight

28. Angel's Flight

28. Angel's Flight

28. Angel's Flight

Located in the Bunker Hill area of Downtown, Angel's Flight is a piece of L.A. history.

Technically a "funicular", for 50 cents, you can ride from Hill St. to California Plaza on one of the coolest rides in the city.

27. La Brea Tar Pits

27. La Brea Tar Pits

27. La Brea Tar Pits

27. La Brea Tar Pits

One of the coolest and weirdest things you'll ever see, the La Brea Tar Pits is actually what it sounds like.

Huge lakes of tar that idiot prehistoric animals were stupid enough to fall into and die like the morons they are. The tar preserved their bodies and scientists are still finding remains of the stupid animals, and they have a museum of all the wooly mammoths too dumb to know not to swim in tar.

It's pretty awesome.

26. Canter's Deli

26. Canter's Deli

26. Canter's Deli

26. Canter's Deli

Located on Fairfax Ave a few blocks north of the Farmer's Market, Canter's is one of a handful of hyper-authentic Jewish delis in the city.

Stop in for a super late night meal, and see who shows up at the Kibitz Room.

25. 4th of July On Catalina Island

25. 4th of July On Catalina Island

25. Fourth of July On Catalina Island

25. Fourth of July On Catalina Island

This is no freakin' Catalina Wine Mixer. No way.

When you see the fireworks go off over the harbor in Avalon, you'll realize you've never done Fourth of July before.

24. Downtown On Ice

24. Downtown On Ice

24. Downtown On Ice

24. Downtown On Ice

Because everything in L.A. is inherently more awesome than the same version of it elsewhere ...

Each "winter", Pershing Square turns into an ice rink where you can skate in the shadow of palm trees and the Biltmore Hotel. There's nothing quite like it anywhere else.

Pro tip, guys: take your date here.

23. The Crosstown Rivalry

23. The Crosstown Rivalry

23. The Crosstown Rivalry

23. The Crosstown Rivalry

The Crosstown, the Battle For Los Angeles, the Rivalry ...

Whatever you call it, when USC and UCLA clash that one time a year, it's a city divided. Every Angeleno should attend the Crosstown once in their lifetime. Technically, it should be required of all residents.

There's football games, and then there's this game.

22. Leo Carrillo State Park

22. Leo Carrillo State Park

22. Leo Carrillo State Park

22. Leo Carrillo State Park

Tucked away up in Malibu, Leo Carillo is just flat-out beautiful.

Hike down to the tidepools, hike up into the canyon, or just stay where you are and take it all in. It's pure, unspoiled, and magnificent.

21. Summer At The Hollywood Bowl

21. Summer At The Hollywood Bowl

21. Summer At The Hollywood Bowl

21. Summer At The Hollywood Bowl

One of the most historic venues in the country, nothing compares to summer evenings at the Hollywood Bowl.

If you can snag one of the boxes down front, spring for the world famous picnic boxes, pop some corks and enjoy the night.

20. Roscoe's House Of Chicken N' Waffles

20. Roscoe's House Of Chicken N' Waffles

20. Roscoe's House Of Chicken N' Waffles

20. Roscoe's House Of Chicken N' Waffles

Roscoe's, man ... freakin' ROScoe's!!!

This is soul food so good you will knock old ladies over to get to it. That's no joke, it happens on the regular. Sit down for a number 13, dig in, and wait for the food train to pull into Heaven Station.

Warning: may cause Samuel L. Jackson-style outbursts about how good it is.

19. Dia de los Muertos At Olvera Street

19. Dia de los Muertos At Olvera Street

19. Dia de los Muertos At Olvera Street

19. Dia de los Muertos At Olvera Street

One of the most amazing holidays ever, the Mexican day to honor those who have passed on -- Dia de los Muertos isn't done anywhere in the city like it's done on Olvera Street.

The dancing, the costumes, and the whole celebration atmosphere makes this something everyone should attend.

18. Santa Monica Pier

18. Santa Monica Pier

18. Santa Monica Pier

18. Santa Monica Pier

Just a big, fat slice of America -- the Santa Monica Pier is exactly what you want on a June night.

Ride the world famous ferris wheel and roller coaster, walk the midway and get lost in shower of childhood memories.

17. Eat A Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog On The Street

17. Eat A Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog On The Street

17. Eat A Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog On The Street

17. Eat A Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog On The Street

Guess what, New York ... you do NOT have the lock on street hot dogs. No, you don't. The ultimate street hot dog is in L.A. We're just not as all up in your face about it.

Get it all the way with onions, peppers, cilantro, and mustard. They always taste better while drunk, so don't worry -- there's bound to be a few of them outside the bar at last call.

The shadier and less sanitary the vendor looks, the better it's going to be.

16. ArcLight Hollywood

16. ArcLight Hollywood

16. ArcLight Hollywood

16. ArcLight Hollywood

This is a multiplex theater that now includes the historic Cinerama Dome.

Absolutely the best place to see a movie on Earth, the ArcLight is the ultimate theater experience. Reserved seating, no ads, multiple ushers, full digital projection -- nothing compares.

Certain nights are 21-plus showings, where yes, alcohol is sold.

15. Ride The LA Metro Rail

15. Ride The LA Metro Rail

15. Ride The LA Metro Rail

15. Ride The LA Metro Rail

Didn't know Los Angeles had a subway, did you? Guess what, smarty pants ... they do! And it makes the ones in New York, Boston, and DC look like a zombie apocalypse.

Metro Passes are crazy affordable, the rail system is clean, efficient and very enjoyable. It's a face of L.A. the tourists never get to see. Best thing ever is to ride the Expo Line from 7th St/Metro Center on any USC game day and listen to the spontaneous singing of Fight On!

14. Little Tokyo

14. Little Tokyo

14. Little Tokyo

14. Little Tokyo

Head into Little Tokyo -- and as cliche as it sounds -- you'll literally forget what country you're in.

Eat in super authentic sushi bars, look at the latest electronic imports, dance with Hello Kitty, or just chill in the zen gardens. Little Tokyo is a getaway within your getaway.

13. Dodger Stadium Afternoon Game

13. Dodger Stadium Afternoon Game

13. Dodger Stadium Afternoon Game

13. Dodger Stadium Afternoon Game

Aside from being probably the coolest stadium in all of MLB, Dodger Stadium is also the best place to go with family, friends, or any group for an afternoon of baseball.

Something about Dodger Stadium makes family into friends, friends into family and summer afternoons into memories.

12. Museum Of Tolerance

12. Museum Of Tolerance

12. Museum Of Tolerance

12. Museum Of Tolerance

Part of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the MOT is possibly one of the most powerful experiences you can ever have.

The Museum Of Tolerance is an incredible exhibit on the Holocaust, as well as an immersive experience of the history of racism and antisemitism worldwide. This is one of those places that will stick with you for good.

11. Jewelry District

11. Jewelry District

11. Jewelry District

11. Jewelry District

This one's going to feel like you've been punked. You're not, just ... trust a little.

While it might seem like any old sketchy part of downtown, the Jewelry District is exactly what it sounds like. One of the best place to get amazing deals on some serious flash. Make your way through the stalls and storefronts, and let your jaw drop at what you can score a diamond ring for.

10. L.A. Zoo

10. L.A. Zoo

10. L,A. Zoo

10. L,A. Zoo

The L.A. Zoo is a neat day out, cool place to take the kids, has fun animals to see ... but that's not the main reason you want to go see it.

Why go to the L.A. Zoo?

The opening from Three's Company was filmed there.

9. Space Shuttle Endeavour

9. Space Shuttle Endeavour

9. Space Shuttle Endeavour

9. Space Shuttle Endeavour

Maybe one of the coolest things in L.A. that you can go see, the actual real-deal Space Shuttle Endeavour spends her retirement at the California Science Center.

And you can go see it!

Not a model, not a scale mock-up, no ... the actual space shuttle -- that was in space.

8. Mariachi Plaza

8. Mariachi Plaza

8. Mariachi Plaza

8. Mariachi Plaza

Totally worth the trip out to Boyle Heights, this is exactly what it sounds like.

Mariachi Plaza is the place to go see some serious mariachi bands play. From the superstar professional mariachi to the locals from el barrio, no matter what show you catch, you're going to see some great music.

7. See The Lakers Play (From The Good Seats)

7. See The Lakers Play (From The Good Seats)

7. See The Lakers Play (From The Good Seats)

7. See The Lakers Play (From The Good Seats)

Everyone in L.A. deserves to sit in the first 10 rows of a Lakers game at least once in their life.

It's the same game you'll see from the upper sections, but possibly getting to sit next to Mila Kunis is worth the extra hundred or so. It's something to save up for, or owe a rich friend a favor -- but if you have the means, it's a great night.

8. The Groundlings Theater

8. The Groundlings Theater

8. The Groundlings Theater

8. The Groundlings Theater

One of the most storied improv comedy troupes in the world, this is their home court.

The list of comedy greats that came through the Groundlings reads like a hall of fame with names like Will Ferrell, Kathy Griffin, Melissa McCarthy, Jimmy Fallon and the notorious Pee Wee Herman -- as well as countless others.

Catch the regular show, or the Sunday Show, and your sides may never stop hurting.

7. Griffith Observatory

7. Griffith Observatory

7. Griffith Observatory

7. Griffith Observatory

It's that place from that thing.

There's no telling how many famous movies this was the backdrop for. None of them can compare to the view of the city you get from atop the hills.

6. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion & Ahmanson Theater

6. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion & Ahmanson Theater

6. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion & Ahmanson Theater

6. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion & Ahmanson Theater

Possibly the two classiest and most cultured buildings in the city, they're luckily in the same square.

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is a world class opera house where the biggest names come play. The Ahmanson Theater holds some of the best theatrical productions on the West Coast.

Across the street is the Walt Disney Concert Hall, where Esa-Pekka Salonen and the L.A. Philharmonic throw down.

5. Bona Vista Lounge

5. Bona Vista Lounge

5. Bona Vista Lounge

5. Bona Vista Lounge

You've never "gone for a drink" like this.

The Bona Vista is perched atop the world famous Westin Bonaventure Hotel, and offers the most breathtaking view anywhere in the city. A rotating bar, the Bona Vista will show you all of downtown in an hour.

Just be careful when you go to the restroom. Your table won't be where it was when you went in.

4. Venice Beach Basketball Courts

4. Venice Beach Basketball Courts

4. Venice Beach Basketball Courts

4. Venice Beach Basketball Courts

This is some of the best pick-up basketball around.

The classic opening game of "White Men Can't Jump" was filmed here, and based on the actual trash talk of the courts. Watch some of the best streetball there is, or if you feel like you can hang -- call next.

Just be careful. The offshore wind can shift the ball six to eight inches to the left ...or the riiiiiiight ...

3. Amoeba Music

3. Amoeba Music

3. Amoeba Music

3. Amoeba Music

One of the last great independent record stores left, if you can't find it at Amoeba, it probably wasn't recorded.

You can hunt for the rarest of the rare, and usually find it. New, used, import, classic and anything else you can imagine.

2. The Magic Castle

2. The Magic Castle

2. The Magic Castle

The self proclaimed "most unusual private club in the world", the Magic Castle is something that is not to be missed.

The performances are made up of the best and most prestigious magicians in the world, and the dress code is strictly formal. While the Magic Castle is only open only to members and their guests -- don't worry, 30-day "Open Sesame" memberships are affordable.

A visit to the Magic Castle is a night you'll never forget.

1. Camp Out For The Rose Parade

1. Camp Out For The Rose Parade

1. Camp Out For The Rose Parade

1. Camp Out For The Rose Parade

Lets not kid ourselves. Camping out for the Rose Parade is an absolutely miserable, hellish experience that you will never want to do again.

You drive all the way out to Pasadena, spend four hours to find a parking spot, and sit on Colorado Blvd for 36 hours to guard a 3'x5' patch of sidewalk. It's always cold, it's filthy and you sleep literally on the street.

Why do we do this? Because you're not from L.A. if you haven't.