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Los Angeles travel guide (source taken from Expedia’s YouTube channel)

Mei 29, 2017

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Los Angeles is situated in southern California, on the west coast of the USA. Home to 18 million people, Los Angeles is a collection of distinct cities that rolls out from the dry Santa Monica Mountains to the Pacific Ocean.

LA’s sunshine, her entertainment industry, and her openness to new commerce and new ideas, has made the city a magnet to dreamers, many of those whose dreams became reality, like Walt Disney and John Paul Getty, poured their wealth back into the city, helping make LA one of the great cultural capitals of the world.

Downtown Los Angeles is a center of global business and home to some of the finest examples of American civic architecture. It’s also the birthplace of the city. Wander down Olvera Street, one of the oldest surviving areas in LA, to experience the colors and taste of old Mexico.

Just across the road from Olvera Street is Union Station, one of the world’s great railway stations. You’ll be forgiven if you experience a sense of deja vu here. Union Station has been featured in almost 30 big-budget movies, including Pearl Harbor and Blade Runner.

Stroll south to Little Tokyo, or J-Town as the locals know it, which is home to Buddhist temples, galleries, and museums. While you’re there, why not try some super-fresh sushi. After all, the California roll was invented right here.

Half a mile to the west, is the Walt Disney Music Hall. Looking like pieces of sheet music thrown to the wind, this stainless steel wonder is home to LA’s philharmonic orchestra.

Hale a taxi for the short ride west, to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The 100-piece collection of LACMA, houses works that span the ages, from the classical periods, through the edgiest street art.

Right next door is a very different kind of gallery. At the La Brea Tar Pits and George C. Page Museum, remains of incredibly preserved mammals, insects, and plants, are continually excavated and brought once more into the Californian sunshine.

Heading further west, along Wilshire Boulevard, the aroma changes from the smell of tar pits to… money!

Welcome to Rodeo Drive, in the heart of Beverly Hills. This is the world’s most expensive and exclusive three blocks of shopping. But you don’t have to be a star to enjoy Rodeo Drive. Most folks are content to window shop.

But there’s more to Beverly Hills than just bling. Only a street or two away, awaits a world of leafy boulevards and incredible homes and gardens.

Head north to Hollywood, the epicenter of the world’s entertainment industry. Track down your favorite star on the historical Hollywood Walk of Fame, and catch a movie at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, the most famous first-run movie theater in the world.

Take a walk on the wilder side of LA, to West Hollywood. Weho is a haven for artists and designers.

As evening falls, boogie on down to Sunset Strip, home to iconic clubs such as the Viper Room and the Whiskey a Go Go.

Griffith Park is the largest and wildest urban park in America. Here, perched high on the slopes of Mount Hollywood and offering superb views of LA, you’ll find the Griffith Observatory. Built on land donated by mining magnate Griffith J. Griffith, admission to the main building and grounds is still free of charge, according to his wishes.

Universal Studios is the oldest continually running movie studio in America. It features a theme park based around its blockbuster movies and popular TV shows. However, the star attraction is the studio tour, which winds its way through acres of sound stages and backlights. And if you have that sense of deja vu again, it’s no wonder – some of the sets have been featured in dozens of movies and are still in use today.

Twenty miles southeast of downtown, is Knott’s Berry Farm. Originally a berry farm in the 1930s, this theme park has grown into a family favorite, with child-friendly rides, short cues, and offers a real taste of America’s pioneering heritage.

Just down the road in Anaheim, is Disneyland Park. Since its opening in 1955, over 600 million guests have delighted in seeing Disney’s much-loved characters rock to life.

The Port of Los Angeles, the biggest container port in the USA, sits on San Pedro Bay. Climb aboard the USS Iowa, a World War II battleship, which saw service in some of the most dramatic episodes of world history.

Nearby, at the Aquarium of the Pacific, 500 hundred marine species sway, swirl, and dive through the various marine systems of the vast Pacific, from the sun-drenched coast of Baja, to the frigid waters of the Arctic.

Long Beach was once the birthplace of California’s surfing scene, but a breakwater has now tamed the wild waves, making the beach an ideal destination for families.

From Long Beach, hop aboard a ferry, and take a 1-hour trip to Catalina Island. Once the home of otter hunters, smugglers, and gold prospectors, these days, day trippers and weekenders are far more interested in working on their golden tans and escaping the frantic pace of the mainland.

Heading west from LA, Santa Monica is one of the most popular resort towns in the US. Santa Monica epitomizes the California lifestyle of sun, sand, and the body beautiful. And right at her heart is her iconic pier.

Things get a little funkier just down the coast, at Venice Beach. Long the center of LA’s counterculture, Venice is more than just a beach, however. The main attraction here is the promenade. So pull on your inline skates and join the colorful and sometimes bizarre, human parade.

After the craziness of Venice Beach, head 5 miles north to the tranquility of the Santa Monica Mountains. The Getty Center houses the extraordinary art collection of billionaire John Paul Getty. Wander features prominently throughout the complex, encouraging quiet reflection.

Hire a convertible and follow the scenic Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu; 21 miles of fine Californian coastline, scented with salt and coastal sage.

Many of LA’s stars live in homes that cling to these dramatic hillsides by the Pacific, which is the metaphor for LA. A city built on an unshakable optimism and a devotion to creation, both human and natural.

Welcome to the City of Angels.

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