Fortify yourself with a fluffy biscuit and hand-scooped milk shake at the coffee shop, whose flashing neon sign and Googie architecture have beckoned motorists since 1958.
Marquees of ’30s and ’40s movie palaces haunt Manchester Boulevard and Market Street.
LAX Observation Deck
At the Theme Building, under the soaring parabolic arches of the spacey Encounter restaurant, there’s an elevator with a purple door. Take it to the roof, where benches and telescopes help plane spotters experience the jet age. *Alas, Encounter closed on December 31.
Inglewood Park Cemetery
The bucolic setting—300 acres of rolling hills and a serene lake—is the final resting place for Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles.
Dulan’s Soul Food Kitchen
At this cafeteria-style joint, heaping platters of fried chicken and smothered pork chops stand shoulder to shoulder with oversize servings of creamy mac and cheese. Sit at one of the wood tables and split the meal with a pal if you want to leave room for the banana pudding.
Between January 15 and 25, the Eagles land on six nights.
The company that runs Madison Square Garden spent eight months renovating the venue, bringing back such classic features as the new-formalist roofline and duplicating the original paint job using the same red hue. New amenities include patios on the north terrace for drinking and dining, plush theater-style seats, and a twinkling-ceiling light show.
Nothing comforts like fried dough, and after a long night you’ll be glad Randy’s Donuts is open round the clock. As you chew on a chocolate cruller or a maple bar, take in the gargantuan gunite pastry that’s been immortalized in television shows and movies.
Photographs courtesy (in order): Forum, Dulan's : Chris Nichols; Theater: Everett Collection; Biscuits, Tombstone, Eagle, Randy's Donuts: Shutterstock