In the heart of Los Angeles, an outdoor shopping, eating, people-watching extravaganza. With its own train, movie theaters, American Girl store, and valet parking, it's a must-do destination for any family.
Just across the street from University of Southern California, the CSC is the only west coast stop for Cleopatra: the Exhibition. I love the IMAX theatre and cannot wait for the arrival of the space shuttle Endeavor to make its permanent home here in just a few weeks time.
No trip to LA could possibly be complete without a stop at the LA landmark, Pink's Famous Hot Dogs. At the corner of Melrose and La Brea, there's always a line, but worth the wait for a Pink's chili dog.
Thoroughly unique, the tar pits are evidence of Los Angeles's prehistoric past. A great stop for checking out fossils of all kinds, you might even want to leave your last family member behind to become tomorrows tar-preserved relic.
As the host of Reading Rainbow, you know I have to save the best for last. My favorite library in Los Angeles is the central downtown branch. On a hot day, it's a sure fire bet to be one of the coolest spots in town to curl up with a good book.
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