Ostensibly Touristy LA Places to Take Your Out-of-town Guests That Actually Deliver

  1. The Chinese Theatre
    Not just the forecourt, they've got to see a movie there. Doesn't matter what's playing. No city has historic theaters like we do.
  2. Getty Villa
    You can't go wrong at the Center, either, but the villa has a sheen of mystery and exclusivity. Plus, ocean.
  3. Malibu Pier
    Skip Santa Monica for this restored gem that is a tale of two LAs: Latino guys fishing on one side and a new fleet of gourmands partaking in the culinary wonders of Malibu Farms on the other.
  4. The Original Farmers Market
    A nugget of quaintness amid the swirl that has survived on its corner for eight decades. Loteria lunch topped by a Bob's donut dessert. Get some fresh peanut butter or Littlejohn's English toffee to go.
  5. Union Station
    The last of the great train stations built in the US can stop cold any traveler with its scale and stunning design details. Don't skip the patio, be sure to get a drink at the Traxx bar, and hop on the subway for an underground rush.
  6. LACMA
    Chris Burden's Urban Light, the Japanese Pavilion, Stark Bar, James Turrell's Breathing Light, and those Friday night free jazz concerts.
  7. Lake Hollywood
    The sign isn't the draw, it's the reservoir, with its unexpected tranquility and civility.
  8. Griffith Observatory
    The Art Deco landmark has the most killer (car-accessible) views in the city. Random stargazers who set-up their telescopes on the lawn are into sharing, and the light shows are as trippy as they were in the 70s.
  9. The Rainbow Bar and Grill
    Outrageous, aging hair still reigns in the one tolerable time capsule on the Sunset Strip.
  10. Disneyland
    Sorry. Despite a few redesign missteps, it's as close to perfection as when Walt first envisioned his imaginary world in 1955.
  11. Yamashiro
    Killer view. Passable food (now)!
    Suggested by   @stevensodeyburp