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Travel Guide: Los Angeles

Welcome to "The Best of Los Angeles," a GAYOT travel guide featuring top restaurants, luxe hotels and spas, artsy attractions, hip events and other important information for sophisticated travelers and diners. Whether you are a local resident or tourist, our destination guide will steer you to the hottest highlights in Los Angeles and surrounding areas, including the Valley, Beverly Hills, Palm Springs and more.


The Best of Los Angeles

Dance to top DJs while in the pool at Splash House in Palm Springs, California

YOU'RE INVITED TO A POOL PARTY
Splash House 2015
Las Vegas isn't the only place throwing awesome pool parties. Splash House in Palm Springs is one of the hottest summer events, with festivities happening in three locations — Saguaro Hotel, Hilton Hotel and Hard Rock — on August 8 and 9. Lounge in a private cabana while you sip on piña coladas or cool down in the pool while world-class DJs spin music that will get you pumped. And if by sundown you haven't had enough, continue the fun at an after-party.

Get your tickets now at the Splash House official website



The Flame of Hope lit in Athens, Greece for the Special Olympics World Games 2015

LET THE COMPETITION BEGIN
Special Olympics World Games 2015
Taking place July 25 to August 2 in Los Angeles, the Special Olympics World Games will be the largest sports and humanitarian event on the planet. More than 6,500 athletes are traveling from 165 countries around the globe to take part in this one-of-a-kind competition. Enjoy performances by Stevie Wonder, Nicole Scherzinger and others during the opening ceremony and even catch a few special celebrity appearances.

Visit the Special Olympics World Games 2015 official website



Air Force One Tail Number 27000 was used by Ronald Reagan and six other presidents

FROM ACTOR TO PRESIDENT
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Many know Ronald Reagan as the 40th President of the United States, but before that, he had a successful run as a Hollywood actor, starring in over 50 films. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum gives the public insight into the former president's life and achievements. Visitors can also witness up close Air Force One — the plane that flew Reagan and six other presidents.

Read more in Alain Gayot's blog


A still from "Swinburne's Pasiphae" by Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley
SATSIFY YOUR ARTISTIC CRAVING
Hammer Museum Exhibits
Expose yourself to some culture at the Hammer Museum this summer. The exhibitions — most of which will be on display through September — present impressive contemporary works. Notable artists showing pieces include Mary Reid Kelley, who will be premiering the final installment in a trilogy of narrative videos based on the Greek myth of the Minotaur, and Joseph Holtzman, whose collection of paintings will include a portrait of author Jane Austen. Other features, including "Perfect Likeness: Photography and Composition," and "The Afghan Carpet Project," explore the boundaries of art in innovative ways.

Check out the lineup at the Hammer Museum official website


In addition to drinks and small bites, The Library features a courtyard, pool table and photo booth
A NIGHT ON THE TOWN
Top 10 Lounges in Los Angeles
Whether you're looking for live entertainment, delicious food and drinks, or just a place to relax and socialize, the lounges on GAYOT's top 10 list offer all the comforts you seek in chic, trendy settings.

Discover the hottest lounges in LA



The Broad Museum makes its home on Grand Avenue in Los Angeles
LA'S EXPANDING ART SCENE
The Broad Museum
In September 2015, The Broad museum will open its doors to the public to showcase an impressive collection of more than 2,000 works of contemporary art. Created by art collectors Eli and Edythe Broad in an effort to increase access to the arts in LA, The Broad will offer free admission to the public.

Learn more about The Broad and other LA museums

WHERE TO EAT IN L.A.
The Best Los Angeles Restaurants
From burgers to haute cuisine, the wide range of selections should satisfy your appetite.

Find the best sushi, pizza, tacos and more in LA!

Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California

STAR-FILLED STAYS
The Best Hotels in Los Angeles

Whether looking for a sexy getaway or a place that's perfect for the whole family, GAYOT's top ten hotel lists for Los Angeles will provide you with the best options for a star-studded night spent in the City of Angels.

Find Los Angeles' best hotels



The Beverly Hills Hotel Spa by La Prarie in Beverly Hills, California

SOUTHLAND SPAS
Top 10 Spas in Los Angeles

From posh pampering at luxurious hotels to super affordable Korean bathhouses and terrific Thai massage parlors, LA's top spas offer a wide range of services.

Find the best spas in Los Angeles


The iconic Hollywood sign in Los Angeles

EXPLORING THE CITY OF ANGELS
Los Angeles 72-Hr Getaway Guide
Gain an insider's perspective on LA with our weekend travel guide, packed full of information about the best hotels, restaurants and attractions across the city.

See the entire guide here!


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