Los Angeles

Los Angeles, also known as the 'City of Angels', is an essential stop on any itinerary of California and Western USA. It offers and endless array of sightseeing and entertainment, including Universal Studios Hollywood. Head for Hollywood to see the famous sights associated with the movies, oe West Hollywood for the nightlife of Sunset Strip. Beverly Hills and Bel Air are both good for celebrity spotting, while popular beachside suburbs such as beautiful Santa Monica combine a city break with the relaxed lifestyle that has become synonymous with Southern California.

 

What to do in Los Angeles

Hollywood’s Walk of Fame  

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an internationally-recognized Hollywood icon. With about 24 induction ceremonies annually broadcast around the world, the constant reinforcement provided to the public has made the Walk of Fame a top visitor attraction. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is undoubtedly one of the most successful marketing ideas ever produced. An average of two stars are added to the Walk on a monthly basis.

 

Take a Walk Down Sunset Strip

The Sunset Strip is  a great place for celebrity sightings, and nearby are such locations as the ‘House of Blues’ Club, The Viper Room, the Walk of Fame, the Kodak and Grauman's Theatres to name a few of the notable landmarks.

 

The La Brea Tar Pits

Located in the heart of metropolitan Los Angeles, the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits is one of the world’s most famous fossil localities. This onsite Museum displays Ice Age fossils — including saber-toothed cats, dire wolves and mammoths —  from 10,000 to 40,000-year-old asphalt deposits. But visitors can also watch the processes of paleontology unfold. Every day inside the glass-enclosed Fish Bowl Lab, scientists and volunteers prepare fossils including “Zed,” a recently discovered male Columbian mammoth.

Universal Studios Theme Park

There are many theme parks in and around Los Angeles, including the famous Disneyland in Anaheim. For visitors looking for a park easily accessible from central Los Angeles, Universal Studios is one of the best; an unforgettable day out for tourists who want a mix of exciting rides, characters, games and shops. Universal Studios has a slant towards the 'behind-the-scenes' of film-making, with performances focusing on visual effects and pyrotechnics, to name a few. Great adult fun, with much to entertain the kids as well.

Kodak Theatre Tour

This half-hour walking tour is your VIP access to the home of the Academy Awards® Ceremonies. Step inside and revel in the elegance of this state of the art facility. See an Oscar statuette, visit the exclusive George Eastman VIP Room, view 26 Academy Award images, learn where this year's nominees sat, and gain an insider's view of the behind-the-scenes production of other popular events such as the American Idol finals, the AFI Awards, the daytime Emmies, Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, live concerts, cultural festivals, family shows and musicals. Inspired by the elegance of a European opera house, with state-of-the-art technical capabilities, the Kodak Theatre stage has hosted the world's top performers, including Celine Dion, Prince, Dixie Chicks, American Ballet Theatre, Barry Manilow and the Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet.

Tour of the Stars Homes

Step inside and revel in the elegance of this state of the art facility. See an Oscar statuette, visit the exclusive George Eastman VIP Room, view 26 Academy Award images, learn where this year's nominees sat, and gain an insider's view of the behind-the-scenes production of other popular events such as the American Idol finals, the AFI Awards, the daytime Emmies, Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, live concerts, cultural festivals, family shows and musicals. Inspired by the elegance of a European opera house, with state-of-the-art technical capabilities, the Kodak Theatre stage has hosted the world's top performers, including Celine Dion, Prince, Dixie Chicks, American Ballet Theatre, Barry Manilow and the Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet.

Visit Beverly Hills

In Beverly Hills things are so perfect there are no ugly telephone poles or cables spoiling the view they're all underground. The famous Beverly Hills upscale shopping area is surprisingly accessible, even if all you want to do is window-shop.

 

Watch a TV Show Being Taped

Perhaps the best way to get close to a celebrity in Los Angeles is by attending the live taping of a TV show. Best of all, this activity is usually free audience wannabe's just need to book in advance, with Networks keen to fill seats. Visit websites like TVtix for more information on free audience tickets to programs like 'The Tonight Show', 'Deal or no Deal' and 'The Price is Right'.

Golden Santa Monica Beach

For many the single greatest reason to visit Santa Monica is to enjoy the ultimate Southern California beach.  Santa Monica has 3.5 miles (5.6 km) of well-maintained California beach locations and enjoys on average 340 days of sunshine a year plus a nearly constant gentle ocean breeze. Cycling, movie shoots, beach volleyball games, and the finest of people-watching all happen here, and it's no wonder. People love to gather at this California beach, partially because it is so pristine.

Chinatown and Downtown L.A.

The name evokes exotic sights, smells and sounds of the orient, along with savory foods and unusual souvenirs. Walking its street, you don't have to use your imagination much to believe that you might be in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Shanghai or Kuangchou.
Old Chinatown Plaza, located at 943 North Broadway just northeast of downtown Los Angeles and south of Dodger Stadium, bordered by North Broadway, Hill Street, College Street and Bernard Street. One easy access is by downtown Dash Minibus B from downtown LA. The other is the Pasadena Freeway with the Hill Street/Dodger Stadium turn off.
The shops, restaurants, fortune tellers, associations and financial institutions of Old Chinatown give out a colorful appearance by day and a romantic glow by night, when the neon signs all light up (especially the two gateways).
For the past sixty years, it is a popular tourist spot. The East Gate, with it bright neon lights, is one of the many famous golden landmarks in Old Chinatown Plaza. Also the Golden Pagoda, which stands approximately fifty feet high. The Seven Star Cavern Wishing Well, where you can make a wish, and come see all the buildings with its magnificent architecture.
As you walk through the gateway, you will recognize some of the settings used in many Hollywood movies, television shows and commercials. Some of the television shows include Hunter, The Rockford Files, Hart To Hart, Beverly Hills, 90210, and Melrose Place. Motion Pictures include Lethal Weapon 4, Rush Hour, 8 Millimeter and, of course, Chinatown