With its endless array of events, activities and attractions, not to mention some of the most eclectic restaurants in the country, Los Angeles can present a challenge to curious travelers. “Where to begin?” is often the first question visitors ask themselves upon arrival in this sprawling Southern California city that serves as the center of the nation’s film and television industry.
Thanks to Atlas Obscura and Los Angeles Tourism, visiting the city has been made a lot easier. The two have introduced a first-of-its-kind partnership, together creating fresh and innovative ways to discover Los Angeles through keepsake materials. The new spectrum of publications includes a special hardcover edition of The Explorer’s Guide to L.A., an art-like Official Visitors Map, a Meeting Planners Guide and the bespoke L.A. Luxury Guide, offering a bookmark-worthy range of all that L.A. has to offer.
The Explorer’s Guide to L.A. allows readers to discover thoughtfully curated itineraries by neighborhood and a fun collection of one-of-a-kind illustrations. There’s a taco trek for foodie lovers, a dreamy stargazing guide and an outline of the hidden wonders found in L.A.’s Arts District. A digital multi-layered interactive map allows tech savvy travelers to explore neighborhoods through curated itineraries. Helpful QR codes included throughout the book will lead readers to the Atlas Obscura and Discover Los Angeles sites for more rare finds to add to their adventures across Los Angeles:
· Top Hidden Gems to explore, ranging from secret sea caves and the secluded beaches of Palos Verdes Peninsula to the Valley’s sushi row. Pro tips from locals who know.
· Neighborhood Spotlights features 30 of the city’s most charming and culture-rich enclaves like Little Ethiopia, Leimert Park Village, Frogtown, the NoHo Arts District and more.
· A Bucket List, With A Twist offers a second look at the icons of Los Angeles and what you may have missed on your first visit.
“It’s been such a joy to work with the team at Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board,” says Atlas Obscura Co-Founder Dylan Thuras. “For myself and the writers and editors on this project, many of them L.A. natives, getting to write and curate the official visitors guide to the city of L.A. was an absolute dream. We hope that these guides will inspire all the curious travelers arriving in L.A., to try new things, as well as providing new adventures for longtime L.A. residents. There is really no limit to what L.A. has to offer.”
“As one of the world’s most inclusive communities where everyone is welcome, Los Angeles’ diversity is one of our greatest strengths, and is something that we celebrate every day,” says Adam Burke, President and CEO of Los Angeles Tourism. “Our bold new Official Visitor’s Guide leans into the unique voices of journalists from a variety of backgrounds who know and love our City of Angels as much as we do. We are grateful for our partnership with the team at Atlas Obscura to reimagine destination marketing materials with a fresh and innovative approach.”
To mark the occasion, Atlas Obscura is offering a bookable culinary trip to indulge in L.A.’s unusual street eats, bask in California sunsets, taste the best local wines, enjoy a quintessential L.A. movie night at one of city’s classic independent theaters and much more. The Gastro Obscura “Los Angeles: America’s Culinary Frontier” five-day trip includes a stay in a stylish Hollywood hotel located in the heart of the city.