Ah, LA, La La Land, City of Angels (and movie stars, and freeways and mountains and beaches). It seems like forever ago that we were in bumper to bumper traffic on the 405 (and it wasn’t even rush hour!), just trying to get to the westside. And now that we’ve been stuck—er, we mean safer—at home, we’re feeling a little wistful for all the things we can no longer do. Sure, we’re making the most of being on lockdown, but we’re also really, really looking forward to doing these 11 things again.

Visiting Our Animal Friends at the LA Zoo

We wonder: Do they miss us as much as we miss them? 

Dining at Our Favorite Strip-Mall Sushi Spot

Because it's our Cheers. The place where everyone knows your name. Or at least your face. And your kid can eat rice and edamame and borrow a pen from the server to draw on the paper menu. 

Roaming the Trails in Griffith Park

There are 4,200 acres to cover and we're just getting started. 

photo: Meghan Rose

Braving Traffic on the PCH for a Day at the Beach

Malibu, we're coming for you.

Seeing Familiar Faces at Our Neighborhood Park

Or making a new friend. Or just being able to go down a slide. 

Discovering a New Part of Downtown

From Olvera Street to the ROW DTLA, there are so many places spots we still want to explore—and some we just want to visit again. And again. 

Boarding the Trains in Travel Town

Old train cars to explore, lots of grass to run around, a mini locomotive to ride—this is toddler heaven. 

Stopping to Smell the Roses at Exposition Park

A stroll through the rose gardens is the perfect end to a visit to the nearby California Science Center, Natural History Museum or California African American Museum.

Basking in Urban Light

The sculptural exhibit outside LACMA never ceases to inspire. 

Living that Farm Life at Underwood

We were so looking forward to the springtime festivities at Underwood Family Farms, but we'll have to wait a little bit longer to ride the tractors, pet the goats and pick berries at the Moorpark spot.

–Shannan Rouss

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