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Los Angeles touts a great climate, several professional sports teams, a short commute to the beach, and close proximity to Disneyland. It’s full of other great things too, and this is the place we’ll discuss them. If you want to strike the right balance between being a tourist and hitting top local spots, below are some fantastic places you’ve got to make time for.

1. Murphy Ranch

Murphy Ranch, Los Angeles

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At the crossroads of history and graffiti lies Murphy Ranch. Seriously, this place has got a story to tell. It’s an abandoned Nazi base that is now the owned by the city of Los Angeles. You can snag some epic photos while exploring the site. Can you say #Instafollowers?

2. The Binoculars Building

Binoculars Building, Venice California

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Originally known as the Chiat/Day Building, the Binoculars Building was designed by architect Frank Gehry. It’s located in the Venice neighborhood of L.A. and is currently being leased by Google. This building is great for a photo op while you’re passing through Venice.