They say Los Angeles is a good place to live and a terrible place to visit. And they say in Los Angeles you can hit the desert, the mountains, the beach, and the city all in one day. And they say in Los Angeles there isn’t any culture. (And everything everyone says about Los Angeles is true.) It’s a huge city, and no one seems to have anything good to say about it, so where do you even begin? Curbed’s editors have put together this guide to 26 of the most essential sites in Los Angeles, whether you’re here for a week or the next few decades, updated now for summer.
And, as always, if we missed anything—a cool new gallery, a hidden neighborhood gem, or a landmark that’s just not getting its due—let us know in the comments, or hit the tipline.
[Note: Places are listed geographically, roughly east to west.]