This diverse neighborhood’s urban borders span from the leisurely atmosphere of Santa Monica’s coastline to the all too familiar commutes along the I-405 freeway. West Los Angeles is a city in which the old meets the new. A mixture of character homes, modern residences, and multi-story complexes settled in the heart of some of Los Angeles’ greatest attractions such as the Getty Center, the Santa Monica Pier, the Venice Boardwalk/Canals, and one of West Los Angeles’ premier Japanese-inspired culinary experiences, Japantown in Sawtelle. With all West Los Angeles has to offer, it is of little concern what your next adventure will be.
The Getty Center and Getty Villa offer wonderful art exhibits, fascinating history, and breathtaking views of Los Angeles all without an admission fee. Definitely, a must see if you enjoy museums, gardens, and architecture. Located within the hills of Westwood and Santa Monica, both museums are free of charge to the public but they do, however, charge for parking in their lots. The rate is $15 per vehicle both campuses ($10 after 3 p.m. at The Getty Center). Consider carpooling with a group of friends to share the cost of parking. Regardless, a maximum cost of $15 is a bargain for the amazing things you’ll see at either location.
Santa Monica is an international tourist destination. The pier attracts a wide assortment of tourists, locals, street artists and more. Be sure to check out the Events Calendar on their website, whether it’s an outdoor concert or a sporting event, there’s always something new happening!
If you’re searching for an evening of people watching, look no further than the Venice Boardwalk. Stretching over one and a half miles, pedestrians pass by street artists & performers, Muscle Beach, and unique vendors. If you want that Westside California beach vibe, you can’t miss out on visiting the Venice Boardwalk.
Why travel all the way to Italy when you can visit the Venice Canals, in Venice, CA! There are six water canals in between Venice and Washington Boulevard. Pedestrians can take a relaxing stroll along the various walking paths and bridges while taking in the amazing architecture, landscaping, and history. A place of serenity; a hidden gem, in the large and fast-paced environment of Los Angeles.
Bonfires and the beach? Yes, please. During the warmer months, beachgoers can claim a bonfire pit to use for free. This option is great for large groups who can bring bonfire necessities, potluck-style. Dockweiler Beach is open until 10 p.m. and though their parking lot does require a fee, but that’s easily avoidable via street parking.
p.s. – First 300 cars parking is only $5, so get here early.
Located in the heart of West Los Angeles, Sawtelle offers a Japanese-inspired culinary experience, fun gift shops, and a rich historical background as well as other Asian inspired restaurants. Visit some of the linked restaurants below. You won’t be disappointed.
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