Los Angeles Attractions: A Definitive Guidebook to Los Angeles




5.0 out of 5 starsAWESOME!, April 13, 2008

By Steve King(Southern California) - See all my reviews

The world has been waiting a long time for a good guide to Los Angeles that shows what the city has to offer and why its citizens love it so much. This book is it. Most other Los Angeles guides are written by authors on the east coast or the bay area and seem mostly apologetic, and at best reluctant, at having to write a guide for a city they never have liked or understood; but feel obligated because of the insatiable demand of people wanting to visit the city. This guide is the only one you will need. FINALLY!



5.0 out of 5 starsA Must Have for Angelinos and Visitors Alike, July 20, 2008

By Elisa Parhad - See all my reviews

Like any good cultural history buff, I have a whole shelf filled with guides to the Los Angeles area that have helped acquaint myself with my new home. Stanic's Los Angeles Attractions surpasses them all to a level that is frankly, amazing. No other guide book on the area is as comprehensive, engaging and well curated. The book features everything you want in a guide--text that is easy to read, interesting quotes, vivid photography as well as all the compulsory information on everything from LA theaters to museums to architecture. The added bonus? Topics that aren't always covered and just the right amount of esoterica to heighten the experience to memorable and fascinating.
If you like the visual and organizational style of DK Publishing's EyeWitness series, a wide range of topics and thorough information on the area, you'll agree that this book a must-have for residents and visitors alike. You won't regret this purchase! [amazon.com]


5.0 out of 5 starsA must-have book for visitors to L.A., November 3, 2009

By A voracious reader (New York, NY, United States) - See all my reviews

Whether or not you've been to L.A. myriad times, as I have - or whether you've never been there - this book is *superb*! It's not the typical tourist guide, although many of the places described in the book might be familiar to you. The selection of pictures - including those of architecture and art, old and more recent - is *outstanding*. Another area where the book "shines" is in its description of each sight and its overall history; it's quite informative and actually rather fascinating. This is the best "tourist guide" I've ever read (and it's also probably the heftiest, although the size is very manageable at 9" x 5"). [amazon.com]


5.0 out of 5 starsSomething the Los Angeles traveler cannot be without, March 8, 2009

By Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA) - See all my reviews

Los Angeles has so much to offer that it is frighteningly easy to miss a lot of it. "Los Angeles Attractions" is a guide to experiencing Los Angeles in the best way possible for one's interests. The Mecca of Entertainment, Los Angeles has so much to see, ranging from famous film studios, homes, and film sets, to less entertainment driven attraction such as some of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright's best work. Including listings of some of the best beaches, lodgings, and restaurants available, "Los Angeles Attractions" is something the Los Angeles traveler cannot be without. [amazon.com]


Elisa Parhad rated it Description:  of 5 stars

The best guide book on LA, PERIOD. No need to buy a star map, the info is here. No need for a SoCal architecture primer, you'll have it. Celebrities, cemetaries, culture, art, history, best beaches, attractions, and more--you'll find it in this book along with detailed maps, intriguing pictures, and overviews of typical topics written with ease and directness. This would be invaluable as a tourist, and even as a local, LA Attractions is regularly pulled off my shelf for all sorts of helpful ideas. Highly recommended! [goodreads.com]


Jeff rated it Description:  of 5 stars

Loved this book. Loved the pictures. Loved the little vignettes. Read Fodor, Frommers, Lost Planet and a few others. This was simply the best book for LA by far. [goodreads.com]


Becky rated it Description:  of 5 stars

Wish I had this book when I went to LA. Great illustrations with tons of detailed information, mainly about individual houses. [goodreads.com]



Los Angeles Attractions     

Feature by Willard Manus

Which, what and where are Greater Los Angeles' main attractions? The question has been asked by countless visitors to, and residents of, the southern Californian city which spans 4,900 square miles and contains ninety independent municipalities, not to speak of eleven million disparate, jostling souls.

It goes without saying that L.A. is a megalopolis, a sprawling urban conglomeration that incorporates every imaginable ethnic group, work ethic, spoken language, personal lifestyle and cultural activity. Certain features of the city are known worldwide, such as Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Getty, County and Norton Simon museums, Universal Studios, Rose Bowl, Venice boardwalk, Malibu and freeway congestion, but for the most part L.A.'s treasures have been hard to find, scattered as they are (and sometimes even hidden from view). One needed a slew of maps and guide books to uncover and identify them.

Not any longer, though. Now Museon Publishing has released LOS ANGELES ATTRACTIONS, a 512-page, handy-sized, copiously-illustrated book by Borislav Stanic which stands out as the city's definitive resource for visitors and natives alike. Stanic, whose previous guidebook on L.A.'s museums has become a standard in the field, has divided his new book into twelve sightseeing areas: Hollywood, midtown, downtown, and so on. Everything important about each area--history, tourist sights, architectural gems, theatres, bars and restaurants--is identified and characterized deftly and succinctly, including such pesky details as addresses, telephone numbers, websites, hours of operation and admission charges.

Thanks to LOS ANGELES ATTRACTIONS' ingenious layout, thousand-plus entries and 1,700 photographs, jumbled-up L.A, has been revealed and made accessible as never before.



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