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Lights, camera, action. Welcome to the “City of Angels” where many dreams have been realized and stars created in movies, television, music, and even celebrity chefs, who all have become household names. With so much to see and do in Los Angeles, it is almost impossible to see it all in a single trip. This West Coast city shines year-round with its world-class dining, thrilling amusement parks, historic and some pre-historic landmarks, museums, designer shopping, chances to see the stars, and 75-miles of some of the most beautiful beaches --home to Venice Beach, Malibu and Santa Monica. Your trip to Los Angeles will be nothing short of amazing.
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Hollywood & West Hollywood
Perched high above the city, like a beacon, the Hollywood sign, is one of the most iconic images in the world and appears as the guardian over this famous city.
One of the most popular things to do is to walk along the Hollywood Walk of Fame where you can find stars awarded to celebrities in film, television, radio and music recording. As you wander almost the nearly 3,000 stars embedded in the sidewalk, stop outside the TCL Chinese Theatre, and see the nearly 200 handprints, footprints and notes left in concreate left by stars, a tradition started in 1927.
Imagine yourself walking on the red carpet, at one of Hollywood’s most glamourous evenings, the Oscars, held at the nearby Dolby Theater.
For some different experiences, explore Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium or catch an indie film at The Egyptian Theatre Hollywood. Miss seeing the stars in person? Snap a photo with your favorite celebrity at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum™.
See a concert at the Hollywood Bowl, one of the most famous venues in the world or take a peek at a different kind of star—the ones in the sky—at nearby Griffith Observatory.
An iconic architectural structure and music studio in Hollywood, The Capitol Studios, where timeless musicians and bands like The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Rod Stewart, Bob Segar, and the Eagles recorded some of their classic hits. Today, Capitol’s artists produce a range from pop, alternative, and R&B hits.
Along your journey, cruise down the Sunset Strip, where musical groups and top comedic performers got their start at one of the many clubs located along this famous 2.5 mile stretch of road connecting West Hollywood with Beverly Hills.
Want to see how the rich and famous live? Hop on one of the city’s many tours showcasing mansions of classic Hollywood leading men and starlets past or with luck, get a glimpse of today’s celebrities who are often seen shopping at high-end retailers along Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills—the cornerstone to some of fashion's most celebrated brands including Gucci, Valentino and Chanel.
Travel back in time at The LaBrea Tar Pits & Museum along Wilshire Boulevard. See a 14,500 year-old juniper tree and watch paleontology in action as “Ice Age” comes to life with mammoth-sized fossils from that era.
Magic Behind The Movies
See where all the action and magic of the movies are produced at Universal Studios®, or get your thrills on one of the theme park’s rides. Later, hit the strip at Universal CityWalk® lined with movie theatres, bars and restaurants.
Drive by the Brady Bunch house, or lend your laughter as a studio audience member in Studio City. Century City, home to Fox Studios, is where you may spot directors, actors and producers on-set, or dining and shopping at the outdoor shopping plaza, Westfield Century City. Culver City once housed the original MGM Studios and today it’s the Sony Pictures Studio. Climb up Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook featuring panoramic views and nature trails.
Downtown Los Angeles hosts popular sports arenas and centers such as the Los Angeles Convention Center, Dodger Stadium, and L.A. LIVE, a major entertainment district that surrounds the Staples Center, home to the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers. Grab a bite with a Latin American flair along Olvera Street, peruse the arts districts near Little Tokyo, and shop among more than 4,500 designers in the Fashion/Jewelry District, a wholesale market boasting some of the best sample sales. Bring some cash and your best bargain hunting skills along Santee Alley, the district’s open air bazaar.
Sherman Oaks & Pasadena
Take one from Tom Petty and “move west on Ventura Boulevard” to shop vintage stores, grab a drink and chow down on some of the best sushi in Los Angeles. Visiting in January? Stop in Pasadena for the annual New Year’s Day Rose Parade and Rose Bowl, the NCAA’s National Football Championship.
Exposition Park & Leimert Park
South of downtown and right across from the University of Southern California (USC), Exposition Park features the California Science Center, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Natural History Museum and the Rose Garden. Neighboring Leimert Park was home to Ray Charles and Ella Fitzgerald and a common gathering place for jazz and hip-hop artists and poetry slams. Today, the area serves up soul food from spicy BBQ to authentic Jamaican cuisine.
The Pacific Coast Highway winds its way down the coast, connecting some of the most amazing views and beaches along this famous roadway. Grab a surf board and head to these famous beaches:
Surf with the pros on Malibu’s Pacific waves and take in spectacular waterfront views along historic Malibu Pier. While in the area, travel back to ancient Greece, Rome and Etruria at The Getty Villa housing a collection of approximately 44,000 antiquities.
Continue down the coast and walk the Santa Monica Pier to try your hand at one of the 200 arcade games, ride the historic 1922 Carousel, see a movie as part of the year-round Santa Monica Film Festival, or check out the sea life at The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.
A premier destination near Marina del Rey, walk the Venice Beach Boardwalk and watch the Gold’s Gym bodybuilders flexing their muscles, or stroll Abbot Kinney for some of the city’s coolest street art.
Keep cruising down the coast, to Manhattan Beach for some of the best seafood, fine dining and local breweries. Spike a volleyball or sunbathe at Hermosa Beach. Shop Redondo Beach’s eclectic boutiques and then climb on board the Battleship USS Iowa in San Pedro.
Day Trips South Of Los Angeles
Orange County Beaches
Visit Newport Beach for its pristine Corona del Mar State Beach – great for surfing and diving, not to mention sunbathing and volleyball. Make your way to Huntington Beach or Bolsa Chica State Beach, or hit the trails on foot, mountain bike or by horse at the 2,400 acre Crystal Cove State Park, located in Laguna Beach.
San Juan Capistrano & Dana Point
Visit San Juan Capistrano in the spring and see first-hand the migration of the Cliff Swallow birds on their return from Argentina. Sailors and boaters can “Harbor The Good Life” in Dana Point offering a fishing pier, whale watching tours, and 2,500 slips for residents and visitors. This quaint seaside town hosts Doheny State Park featuring an aquarium, tide pools, a surfing beach and a five-acre lawn with picnic facilities, volleyball courts, and campgrounds.
From the sandy shores of Santa Monica and Malibu to the shiny lights of Hollywood, we welcome you to one of our many Best Western hotels in Los Angeles and the greater area.
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