Los Angeles

Los Angeles Overview

If you love sunshine, showbiz, and shopping, Los Angeles is an unbeatable destination. The City of Angels has a unique appeal thanks to its superb climate, sandy beaches, and movie-making history.

Home of Universal Studios, Hollywood, Beverley Hills, Sunset Strip and the Walk of Fame, Los Angeles has long lured people into its glittering fantasy world. With endless sunshine, palm trees, shopping malls and beautiful people; this city is like no place you’ve ever been before, and yet is strangely familiar. Los Angeles is a wonderful, vibrant, exhilarating multi-cultural hub with a plethora of things to do and see.

 

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Los Angeles

  1. Universal Studios Hollywood: Movie-making Madness

The greatest behind-the-scenes-look-at-Hollywood is found at Universal Studios, a theme park dedicated to movie-making magic. Besides boasting awesome thrill rides and over the top parades, the park offers views into the actual back-lots where sets are built. The Studio Tour puts visitors right in the middle of recreated movie sets from famous films like King Kong and Jaws.

  1. Getty Centre: The Gem of SoCal

Overlooking LA is the world-renowned Getty Centre, a beautiful complex for art, research and conservation. The buildings and gardens themselves are a sight to behold, with elegant architecture, water elements and landscaping. Inside the museum, there is even more to see – most notably “The Royal End” by Paul Gauguin and “Irises” by Vincent Van Gogh.

  1. Griffith Park: Views of Famous Hollywood

One of the largest urban parks in America, Griffith Park is home to the LA Zoo and the Griffith Observatory. With epic views of the Hollywood sign from atop the hill of the same name, this observatory has welcomed millions of visitors over the years. Also offering scientific exhibitions and unique planetarium shows, a stop in Griffith Park is both varied and fun.

  1. Beverly Hills: The 90210

Beverly Hills is a neighbourhood whose reputation precedes itself. Rodeo Drive is its famous thoroughfare, known for upscale shopping and celebrity sightings. The nearby Beverly Gardens Park offers gorgeous rose gardens and recreation. For dedicated fans, the more residential streets of Beverly Hills are host to self-guided celebrity residence tours.

  1. Griffith Observatory: Spot the Sign

One of the largest urban parks in America, Griffith Park is home to the LA Zoo and the Griffith Observatory. With epic views of the Hollywood sign from atop the hill of the same name, this observatory has welcomed millions of visitors. Also offering science exhibitions and unique planetarium shows, a stop in Griffith Park is both varied and fun.

 

 

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The Regions of Los Angeles

Beaches of Los Angeles / LAX

With coastal attractions and legendary surf spots stretching from Malibu south to San Pedro and the Port of Los Angeles, LA’s beach communities are the epitome of Southern California’s Endless Summer. Santa Monica delights beachgoers with the iconic Santa Monica Pier and the endless shopping of Third Street Promenade. Malibu is the home of the Getty Villa, 27 miles of beaches, and numerous activities in the Santa Monica Mountains. Venice Beach is world famous for its Ocean Front Walk, Muscle Beach, outdoor basketball courts and Abbot Kinney Boulevard, aka the “Coolest Block in America.” Marina del Rey is one of the world’s largest man-made, small-boat harbors. South of LAX, San Pedro is home to LA’s World Cruise Center, Battleship IOWA and CRAFTED, a marketplace for hundreds of local artisans.

Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills is synonymous with luxury, from world famous Rodeo Drive to five star restaurants and hotels. From Anne Fontaine to Saint Laurent Paris, more than 100 retailers are located on Rodeo Drive, one of the world’s great streets for designer label and haute couture boutiques and shops. Near Rodeo Drive is another popular tourist attraction, the Paley Center for Media, where visitors can select, view and listen to titles from a library of 120,000 TV shows and radio programs. Many of LA’s best restaurants are in Beverly Hills, such as Thomas Keller’s Bouchon and Scarpetta at the Montage.

Downtown / LA Metro

Downtown Los Angeles offers world class attractions, incredible restaurants, a thriving nightlife and walkable streets. The spectacular L.A. LIVE entertainment complex includes popular attractions such as the GRAMMY Museum, Lucky Strike Lanes and Regal Cinemas. STAPLES Center is home to the Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Sparks, and also hosts major concerts. The stunning Walt Disney Concert Hall anchors the Music Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theatre and Mark Taper Forum. The Museum of Contemporary Art houses an acclaimed permanent collection and rotating exhibits. Historic Exposition Park is home to the California Science Center, the California African American Museum, the LA Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena, and the Natural History Museum.

Hollywood

For millions of visitors, Hollywood is an essential part of the Los Angeles experience. Things to do in Hollywood include must-see shows and attractions, celebrity-frequented restaurants, and world class hotels. Experience Tinseltown glamour at TCL Chinese Theatre or the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which has honored celebrities for over 50 years. The state-of-the-art Dolby Theatre is home to the Academy Awards. Universal Studios Hollywood is a world famous theme park that includes the mind-blowing “Transformers: The Ride 3-D.” Other things to do in Hollywood include the shops and restaurants at Hollywood & Highland Center, or the delicious multicultural cuisines of nearby Thai Town and Little Armenia.

The Valley

The Valley is home to movie studios, excellent restaurants and natural and cultural attractions. Many of LA’s most acclaimed sushi restaurants are located on “Sushi Row” in Studio City, while dozens of boutiques and vintage clothing stores offer a shopper’s paradise. The vibrant NoHo Arts District in North Hollywood is home to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and an array of cafes, boutiques and theaters. Nature-lovers flock to Griffith Park, the largest municipal park in the U.S. and home to the Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles Zoo, and hundreds of miles of hiking trails. The Valley Performing Arts Center features top performances in a world-class, eco-friendly setting. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum features Air Force One, a replica of the Oval Office, and a piece of the Berlin Wall.

West Hollywood

West Hollywood (aka “WeHo”) is one of LA’s top neighborhoods, from famed streets like Sunset and Robertson Boulevards to its vibrant gay community. The Sunset Strip has it all, including entertainment venues like the House of Blues and the Comedy Store, the lively Saddle Ranch Chop House and fine dining at Herringbone. Robertson Boulevard is famous for its high end fashion boutiques. The Schindler House is located on Kings Road and considered to be the first house built in the Modern style. WeHo is home to Southern California’s largest LGBT community, and is the site of the annual Gay Pride parade in June, and the Halloween Costume Carnaval, which attracts hundreds of thousands of partiers. The Abbey is the most famous of WeHo’s numerous bars and clubs, mainly located on Santa Monica Boulevard.