5/5 - Excellent
Verified traveller6 Dec 2019
People friendly calm pace
From celebrity-spotting to clothes shopping, the fabled heartland of the film industry offers substance as well as style.
Los Angeles started out as a dusty, rural Mexican cattle station situated between the mountains and the ocean. The gold rush of the 1840s and the oil rush a decade later brought the first wave of wealth to this undeveloped part of the American West Coast. Then the film studios arrived with the new century, drawn by the availability of cheap parcels of flat, scrubby land on which to build their extensive backlots. From the Wild West to Hollywood, LA had suddenly transformed itself into the showbiz capital of the world.
The city today takes in over eighty districts, each with its own character. The glamour of the golden age lives on in upmarket residential areas like Bel Air and the shoppers’ paradise of Beverly Hills. Enjoy the al fresco workouts and carnival atmosphere of bohemian Venice Beach and go autograph-hunting in the exclusive celebrity hangouts on Rodeo Drive.
Take the easy route to the stars by following the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which immortalises famous actors and musicians in pavement plaques, or book a tour of Universal Studios for an action close-up of your favourite cinema characters. For family fun, plan a trip to Disneyland Resort.
LA boasts an impressive cultural pedigree, with world-class venues such as the stunning Walt Disney Concert Hall, home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and fascinating museums housed in landmark buildings. The Getty Center owns a priceless collection of artworks including masterpieces of French impressionism. Families will love the interactive exhibits at the Aquarium of the Pacific, where you can stroke sharks and watch penguins feeding.
Travel to the far corners of the universe at Griffith Observatory and go back in time to the Ice Age among the skeletons at the La Brea Tar Pits. Learn about the part played by the USS Iowa in many important US Navy campaigns, then visit some of the vintage rides on historic Santa Monica Pier, where Route 66 meets the Pacific Ocean.
Reviewed on 10 Dec 2019
Reviewed on 10 Dec 2019
Go behind the scenes of one of Hollywood’s oldest studios and give yourself a starring role in the action adventure of a lifetime!
This beachside playground has been a local favourite for more than a hundred years.
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Magical kingdoms and storybook fairy tales come to life before your eyes at Disneyland® Resort Theme Parks. Discover for yourself why Disney's enchanting Disneyland® Park is one of the happiest places on earth, and see your favorite stories become reality at Disney California Adventure® Park.
Six Flags Magic Mountain is known as the “Thrill Capital of the World,” the 260-acre theme park features 19 world-class roller coasters and over 100 rides, games and attractions for the entire family.
Take LA to New Heights! OUE Skyspace is the perfect starting point for guests to the Los Angeles area providing a stunning overview of the city’s layout, allowing you to map out other various options to be explored on your trip.
This Holiday Season there’s only one place that’s bursting with adventures; and that place is California’s original theme park, Knott’s Berry Farm. Holiday spirit shines even brighter at Knott’s Merry Farm this year, taking place November 22 - January 5.
See the best of Los Angeles on a hop-on hop-off tour aboard an authentic, open-air, double-decker bus. Discover LA from downtown to the beaches of Santa Monica and disembark at your leisure to visit charming sites, restaurants, shops, and parks.
We will take a yoga class in a brewery!
Verified traveller7 Nov 2019
Big city with lots to see and do. The Griffith Observatory is worth a visit.
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