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LA, as most Californians know it, is a varied, sprawling city offering a wide variety of attractions and sights. The “City of Angels” is perhaps most famous as the home of filmmaking with Warner Brothers®, Paramount Pictures® and of course Universal Studios Hollywood® all open for tours.
Distances between the various neighbourhoods can be huge and for example, from downtown Los Angeles to Anaheim is some 60 miles! This is the city of the car and there are millions of them, so expect traffic jams at peak times! As an alternative, there is a very clean, efficient subway system, which links some of the main areas such as Universal Studios, Hollywood, Beverly Hills and even goes out as far as Anaheim, Long Beach and Redondo Beach.
Possibly the most famous shopping street in the world, Rodeo Drive, is in Beverly Hills – also probably the most expensive with wall-to-wall designer stores. For more down-to-earth shopping, well, Los Angeles is really a suburban sprawl encompassing lots of small towns with their own shopping areas. Try the new mall at Hollywood and Highland or go to the pedestrianised 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica for every High Street brand name there is. If you’re looking for great nightlife, then LA is glitzy and you never know when you will see a “star”! Eating out can be as expensive as your pocket can stand, but there are some great value places too.
Beverly Hills: The most affluent and elegant residential area of southern California. Even if you don’t purchase a map of the stars’ homes and track down the mansions of the famous, allow time to shop along Rodeo Drive.
Hollywood: Walk along Hollywood Boulevard’s ‘Walk of Fame’ and view almost 2,000 stars’ names, see the landmark Mann’s Chinese Theatre and study the famous footprints and hand prints. Close by, you’ll find the Kodak Theatre, the new home of the Academy Awards presentations.
Universal Studios Hollywood®: The World’s largest movie studio and theme park. Take a tram tour around the “lots”, try out the great rides and visit Universal CityWalk®, featuring 65 of LA’s hottest restaurants, night clubs and shops.
Film Studio Tours: Whilst in LA take time out to visit Paramount Pictures® and Warner Brothers® for a real taste of the movies.
Long Beach: Home of the Queen Mary, the Aquarium of the Pacific and five and a half miles of unspoilt beaches. This ‘Big City by the Beach’ also offers a varied selection of arts, culture, shopping, dining and night-life.
Santa Monica: Five miles of white sandy beach and a varied collection of shops, night spots and restaurants make this L.A.’s most exciting beach community. Visit Santa Monica Pier and check out Third Street Promenade, a browsers heaven of book stores, boutiques, restaurants and cafés.
Disneyland® Resort: The original “Disney” is in Anaheim, around 60 miles from downtown LA. Whilst smaller than the Orlando version, it is most definitely worth a visit.
Knott’s Berry Farm: America’s first theme park features a collection of over 160 attractions in six themed areas - all related to the heritage of the old west.