When it’s time for a break, mix and mingle with friends and colleagues as you discover Los Angeles.
Visitors are frequently drawn to the familiar attractions that dot this legendary landscape. Kids of all ages clamor to visit world-famous amusement parks. Santa Monica Pier offers postcard-perfect photo opps. Art lovers can stroll The Broad, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art or The Getty Center. Shoppers hear the call from Beverly Hills to Hollywood, while sporting events and concerts at the massive Staples Center dominate downtown.
But perhaps the best way to dive into this vibrant, sprawling city is through its exciting food scene. Hit a curbside cafe for breakfast, wander to a food truck for an Instagram-worthy lunch and top off your day with anything from Ethiopian curry to a burger served up Animal Style from In-N-Out. There are quite literally hundreds of amazing restaurants to choose from, so bring your appetite.
Westwood Village is just a ten-minute walk from the conference accommodations on campus and serves as the university’s unofficial college town. A fun destination for shopping and dining, it also holds a prominent place in film history, with its vintage landmark theaters that still host movie premieres today. Westwood Village also offers everyday conveniences for those visiting UCLA.
The picturesque Southern California beach cities are close by UCLA’s campus. The Los Angeles coastline is home to many iconic attractions, including the Santa Monica Pier, colorful Venice Beach Promenade, Muscle Beach and more. Visitors to this area can enjoy fresh seafood, innovative California cuisine and a variety of outdoor activities such as biking, hiking and surfing — perfect ways to take advantage of Southern California’s mild and sunny climate.
Beverly Hills attracts well-heeled shoppers from around the world, boasting many upscale fashion houses and boutiques as well as noteworthy restaurants along famous streets like Rodeo Drive. Hollywood is just a short drive away and is one of the world’s meccas for film and entertainment. Visitors enjoy finding their favorite celebrities’ stars along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, posing with life-like wax statues at Madame Tussaud’s, scoping out the backlot at Universal Studios and hiking up (or down) to the Hollywood sign.
Downtown Los Angeles is home to a rich history, displayed in magnificent buildings like Union Station, as well as stunning contemporary attractions, like the Walt Disney Concert Hall designed by architect Frank Gehry. Visitors to this area can easily enjoy a variety of cultural experiences in a single day, simply by walking between the close-knit neighborhoods, including Chinatown and Little Tokyo.