NO ONE WOULD DARE DISAGREE WITH YOU... if you were to call Los Angeles "overwhelming" or "colossal" or "a tremendous lot a town." It's on the rather impressive side of bigness, both in space and in stuff that goes on, and that sheer size-a-tude proves delightful and vexing even for those locals who know the city's boulevards and beats very well. What is helpful, when it comes to The Big Orange's many cultural and enjoyable events and happenings and destinations, is a deal. A deal, moreover, that is clear-cut, to the point, and places all the specifics before the interested party. Discover LA, the visitor-minded organization behind many of the city's clear-cut discount-finding cultural promotions, is hosting a new push into the deepest of spring (so, most of April and some of May). It's called Culture LA and the straightforward, let's-not-be-overwhelmed message is this: Book one of these participating hotels for a night and get a buy-one-get-one admission deal, or a discount in the bookstore, at a whole caboodle of LA landmarks and museums and animal parks and concert halls.
THE HOTELS... include Hotel Wilshire (close to LACMA and the La Brea Tar Pits) and W Los Angeles in Westwood (just a short walk to the Hammer Museum) and The Los Angeles Athletic Club (pretty dang close to the Museum of Contemporary Art). The impressive to-do list includes Zimmer Children's Museum, USC Pacific Asia Museum, California Science Center, and Battleship IOWA. So what's the run time on this deal? Monday, April 6 through Tuesday, May 19. If a museum is already free, like The Hammer, will there be other discounts? You bet -- if it is on the list, it's a money-saver. Will you finally cover all of the bases in that colossal and magnificently overwhelming city? Proooobably not, if you're coming for but a night, but taking in one or two new places, or new to you places, will help you make progress on your lengthy LA bucket list. And given the city's ongoing cultural renaissance, isn't it time to take a good look at what is on that particular roster? And, moreover, cross must-dos and must-tries off? Culture LA can help.