Beyond this website, here are some that we think can be extremely helpful for visitors:
- www.LAist.com: An offshoot of the popular Gothamist blogs, it covers all current events and pop culture in town, including restaurant and bar news. It's a great way to get word of what locals are talking about and even what pop-ups are on their way during your visit.
- www.latimes.com/theguide: Hosted by the L.A. Times, it's loaded with entertainment and nightlife reviews and listings in greater Los Angeles.
- www.lamag.com: This online edition of Los Angeles magazine offers an oft-updated listing of L.A.'s theater, music scene, museums, and more, as well as an excellent "The Digest" guide listing hundreds of restaurants organized geographically.
- www.discoverlosangeles.com: The L.A. Convention and Visitors Bureau (also known as LA INC.) lets you browse its site by region or category; view sample itineraries keyed to selected neighborhoods, activities, ethnic themes, or type of visitor; and use the "Plan Your Vacation" section to assemble a hotel/rental car/activity itinerary based on your interests.
- www.santamonica.com: Everything you could possibly want to know about travel and tourist information in Santa Monica is covered in this vibrant website hosted by the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Also available is an online reservation system with comprehensive information on hotels and motels.
- www.lovebeverlyhills.com: This official site of the Beverly Hills Visitors Bureau is as perfectly manicured as Beverly Hills itself, offering tons of practical information (including an indispensable map of parking lots, complete with rates), plus extras like a short historical walking tour and a list of spas and salons as long as Cher's wigs.
- www.lastagealliance.com: LA Stage Alliance is an association of live theaters and producers in Los Angeles (and the organization that puts on the yearly Ovation Awards, L.A.'s answer to Broadway's Tonys). The website is a great place to look for small and midsize productions, plus information on which shows are currently on sale at the half-price.
- www.visitwesthollywood.com: The West Hollywood Convention and Visitors Bureau hosts this frequently updated guide to everything to see/do/eat/buy in WeHo, as it's come to be known. Learn about the Avenues of Art and Design (a district of L.A.'s best galleries and showrooms), plus browse extensive activity and service guides for WeHo's prominent gay and lesbian community.
- www.tvtickets.com: This is your online source for free tickets to dozens of sitcoms and talk shows. The site, hosted by Audiences Unlimited, Inc., includes a taping schedule, studio information, news about shows, updates on specials, and just about everything else you need to help you figure out what show you'd like to catch.
- www.disneyland.com: Check out the events, dining facilities, travel-package options, and activities and rides at Disneyland, California Adventure, and Downtown Disney. Get specific hours and ride closures in advance by selecting the day of your visit; this site is guaranteed to rev up your enthusiasm level. Also visit Disneyland: Inside and Out (www.intercotwest.com), an independent guide to Disneyland with updates on activities, rides, entertainment, and the ever-expanding resort; consult tips on what to bring, best times of year to visit, and more.
- www.universalstudioshollywood.com: Take a virtual tour of the Universal Studios Hollywood attractions, view current show schedules, check out special ticket offers (and purchase tickets online), or play games based on Universal's most popular rides.
- www.laweekly.com: Straight from the pages of the alternative L.A. Weekly paper, this site combines listings with social commentary. It has an events calendar, arts listings and critiques, and restaurant reviews.
- www.losangeles.com: This is the L.A. feature of Boulevards New Media, whose national alternative websites emphasize travel, arts, entertainment, contemporary culture, and politics.
- www.yelp.com: The beauty of Yelp is that anyone can write a review, which is certainly democratic, but it also means credibility runs the gamut. If you pay close attention to the language employed, the examples given and look for patterns, it's easy to read between the lines. Yelp offers not only reviews of individual venues, but also themed lists, discussion forums, and a section dedicated to the most bookmarked pages each month—a good indication of what's currently hot and trendy.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.