New to Los Angeles? Here's a few of our favorite things...

1. Disneyland

1313 South Harbor Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92802

You're never too old for Disneyland. This legendary theme park is packed with cool things to do, spread over seven lands. Stroll down Main Street USA to experience turn-of-the 19th century America, head Westwards at Frontierland and tune into the music of New Orleans square, minus the floods, poverty and booze. All your favourite cartoon characters come to life in dream-like environments.

2. Venice Beach

1800 Ocean Front Walk
Venice, CA 90291

Take a stroll down Venice Beach Boardwalk to check out the street performers, the hard bodies at muscle beach and the interesting characters wandering the strand during the summer and on weekends. Parking in the area ranges from $3 to $15 depending on the lot and the time of year. Limited free street parking is available in the neighborhood if you have the patience to look for it.

3. Mann's Chinese Theatre

6801 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

No trip to Hollywood is complete without a visit to Grauman's Chinese Theatre. The tradition started when the palatial Asian-inspired cinema was under construction. Owner Sid Grauman accidentally stepped into a freshly paved sidewalk. This inspired him to invite film stars to provide the first celebrity footprints on opening day in 1927 initiating the now famous Forecourt of the Stars.

4. J. Paul Getty Museum

1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049

The Getty Trust may have more money to throw around on art than any museum in the world, but you go to the Getty Center to take a tram up a huge hill, enter the perfectly simple, calming, Richard Meier–designed space, stroll around the gardens - and maybe see a painting. The best part?... the Getty is always free!

5. Third Street Promenade

Santa Monica, CA 90401

This is just an outdoor mall. It is full of cheesy tourists and teenagers. I'm not entirely sure why I'm recommending it. But it's outside and three blocks from the beach — and malls are just so L.A. Almost as good, mallwise, is The Grove in the Fairfax District. The Grove's trolley, which travels the one block between the mall and the excellent nearby Farmers Market, where every single booth sells awesome food, is the only public transportation most Angelinos ever use.