Lose weight, save money, read the classics. Whatever. Everyone makes the same resolutions every year, and no one ever does them. This year, try something a little closer to home — and a little easier to pull off.
We've come up with some ideas for New Year's resolutions that can be accomplished only in L.A. Start planning your 2017 accordingly.
Finally see all of the smaller museums in Los Angeles
Hopefully, by this point, you’ve paid a visit to
Take the new Expo Line to the beach
It's not exactly beach weather right now, but sunny skies are never far off in Southern California. The next time the ocean is calling your name, take L.A.'s shiny new Expo Line out there, and avoid spending half the day hunting for a parking spot.
Oh, and once you're there …
Learn to surf
Surfing is an integral part of California culture. If you haven't caught a wave, can you even call yourself a true Californian? The coast is dotted with places where you can get lessons. Even if you hate it, at least you can say you tried.
Visit Catalina Island
See a movie outside of the regular theater
There's nothing like seeing a big-budget blockbuster in the Cinerama Dome at the Arclight. But you're missing out if you're only seeing the latest releases. We're in the heart of the movie industry here in Southern California. Theaters like the Egyptian, the New Beverly, the Nuart and the Cinefamily show old movies, independent films and other quirky creations.
Go on L.A. hikes that aren’t Runyon Canyon
Runyon is a great place to hike — and even greater now that the renovation is complete. But don't limit yourself to just one scenic hike: See them all. The ultimate Griffith Park hike will score you the ultimate L.A. selfie in front of the Hollywood sign. This alternate route to the sign will take you past the Bronson Caves — better known as the Batcave from the 1960s "Batman" series. If you're looking for something a little less crowded, try one of these four local hikes in Elysian Park, Fryman Canyon, Elyria Canyon Park and the Upper Franklin Canyon Reservoir. Want even more walks? Check out latimes.com/lawalks.
Cross a few things off the J. Gold 101 list
Every year, our restaurant critic, Jonathan Gold, lists the best restaurants in Los Angeles. They range from ritzy seafood spots to humble food trucks. How many have you visited? If you'd like an immediate personalized recommendation, chat with Goldbot — our Facebook Messenger version of the man himself.