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Things To Do

NEAR THE VENUE

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, SIMI VALLEY & THOUSAND OAKS

-Westlake Commons: This shopping area is across the street from the Hyatt and there are lots of great shops, bars, and restaurants to check out.

-Westlake Lake: There is a beautiful 125-acre lake right in the middle of town. You can visit the southwest side of the lake to enjoy a meal at one of several lakefront restaurants (Boccacio's, Zin Bistro Americana, The Landing Grill & Sushi Bar). Or just stroll around and enjoy the beautiful atmosphere.

-Ronald Reagan Library: Perched atop a hill with sweeping views, this presidential library is really cool. It features interesting exhibits, including an Air Force One hangar/plane, a full-size replica of the oval office, and a special exhibit on Leonardo da Vinci. There's also a piece of the Berlin Wall at the library.

-Breweries: If you're looking for breweries in the area, check out Finney's Crafthouse & Kitchen and Tarantula Hill Brewing Co.

-Paradise Falls Hike at Wildwood Regional Park: This intermediate 3-mile hike leads to a beautiful 40-foot waterfall. It is about 15 minutes from the Hyatt in Westlake Village and takes about two hours.

MALIBU (30 MINUTES FROM WESTLAKE)

-El Matador Beach: It's a small and private collection of 3 cliff-foot beaches with blufftop parking. There are also a ton of other breathtaking beaches around here, up and down PCH (Zuma Beach is an easily accessible beach).

-Malibu Pier & Restaurants: The pier is a great place to walk around. It's scenic, and there's a delicious restaurant at the tip called Malibu Farm.

-Nobu: If you have a fancy sushi craving, Nobu is just south of the pier and the views are stunning.

SANTA BARBARA (1 HOUR FROM WESTLAKE)

-Santa Barbara is just an hour north of the Westlake area, if you have an extra day to kill. It's a nice drive and a charming town. Check out the beach, State Street, the Funk Zone, and nearby wineries if you make it out there (Santa Ynez is just a bit further north and is filled with gorgeous wineries).

GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA

SANTA MONICA

-Santa Monica Pier: At the foot of Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica, the pier is over 100 years old. There's a little amusement park at the tip, and you can enjoy views of the iconic beach.

-3rd Street Promenade: This is a fun strip of shops, restaurants, bars, and live performances. It's right by the beach.

VENICE

-Venice Beach Boardwalk: Famed sandy stretch and beachside promenade with street performers, bodybuilders, shops, and eateries.

-Venice Canals: The Venice Canal Historic District is noteworthy for its man-made canals built in 1905 by developer Abbot Kinney as part of his Venice of America plan. It's a lovely area to walk around and the houses are amazing!

-Abbott Kinney: This street is a mile-long stretch of popular shops, restaurants, and galleries located in the Southern Part of Venice. It stretches from Venice Boulevard to Pacific Avenue and is home to one-of-kind local goods as well as internationally recognized brands. It's very trendy, with lots of cute spots.

-First Friday on Abott Kinney: On the first Friday of every month (September 6!), Abott Kinney becomes a culinary extravaganza and is filled with fun food trucks.

OTHER LA SPOTS

-The Grove & Original Farmer's Market: The Grove is a retail and entertainment complex in LA, located on parts of the historic Farmers Market, which is an area of food stalls, sit-down eateries, prepared food vendors, and produce markets. It first opened in July 1934 and is a historic Los Angeles landmark. It is a very big tourist attraction.

-Grand Central Market: Emporium in Downtown LA hosting hip food vendors since 1917.

-Runyon Canyon Hike: The Runyon Canyon Trail is a 2.6-mile heavily trafficked loop located near West Hollywood that offers scenic views of the Hollywood Hills.

-Hollywood Sign Hike: There are a few different trails that lead to the sign, all varying degrees of difficulty. This is a fun way to see the iconic sign along with epic views of LA.

-Griffith Park Observatory: Most recently featured in Lala Land, the Griffith Observatory has been the leader of public astronomy in Southern California and around the world since it opened in 1935. It's an awesome interactive observatory, and the views of the city, all the way to the beach, are incredible.

-Museums: If you want to check out some museums, we'd suggest LACMA, The Broad, The Getty, and The Getty Villa in Malibu.

-Theme Parks: Of course, LA is home to Disneyland, California Adventure and Universal Studios.
Susan Moyal