Build your itinerary for Los Angeles' park neighborhoods
Where to stay
Sixty-five rooms, free Wi-Fi, parking and continental breakfast and an unheated outdoor pool. Website says $129-$259, but discounts as low as $110 (plus tax) are common on weekdays.
This four-unit residential-rental operation is a series of Spanish-style courtyard bungalows that date to the 1920s. All have kitchens; two have washer-dryers. Walking distance to Los Feliz, Sunset Junction and the Sunset-Vermont Metro station. Rates $150-$180 a night.
The salon and rooms are often rented together for parties. Rates $189-$385, with occasional discounts.
Where to eat and drink
Lunch and dinner in a long, skinny, chic space. Dinner main dishes usually $9-$11; side dishes $4 and up.
Dinner only. Main dishes $10-$34.
Set in an old cottage. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dinner entrees $9.95-$17.95.
Open daily. Coffee drinks $2.50-$7.
At the LAPD Academy site in Elysian Park. Burgers and coffee shop fare, with a top price of $7.99. Open 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.
This Echo Bar bar goes back to the '40s. Once a cop haven, it's now a dive-style hipster hang with dance floor, pool table, smoking patio and Pabst on sale for $2 during happy hour. Open 5 p.m.-2 a.m daily.
Since 1961, this family operation has served up tropical drinks in a tiny space. Usually 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Cash only, no beer or wine.
A playground for carnivores; Portobello burgers for vegetarians. Lunch and dinner. Burgers $9-$13. Combinations $15-$16. Beer and wine. Often crowded.
What to see
Dodgers tickets typically run $12-$130, more for the luxurious club rooms. General parking is $15. The team offers daily 90-minute behind-the-scenes stadium tours for $10-$15. More info on their website.
Open Wednesday through Sundays, noon-10 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on weekends. Observatory and parking are free, but planetarium presentations cost $3-$7 a person.
Admission $14 for adults, $11 for seniors (62 and older), $9 for children 2-12. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
Open Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekends, with extended hours in summer. Admission $10 per adult, $6 students with current ID and seniors (60 and older), $4 for children 3-12.
Architectural historian and tour guide Laura Massino Smith leads driving tours of Silver Lake and other L.A. County communities. Tours last two to three hours and typically cost $68 a person; reservations required.
Where to shop
Independent bookshop with lively reading lineup. Open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily with an art-book annex next door.
Open 2-7 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, event nights 8-10 p.m.
The store is a front for the nonprofit organization 826LA, which is part of a national network that offers tutoring and teaches creative and expository writing.