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Los Angeles

The World's Most Alluring City

Los Angeles

It's true: Everyone wants to come to Hollywood. And Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Sunset Boulevard... Los Angeles is "the city of angels" but also the city of dreams. Those dreams are more often shattered than realized but nowhere else can they come true in a more fabulous way.

This is the home of the rich and famous, of Rodeo Drive shopping, of the Walk of Fame, of movie industry magic, sandy beaches, and West Hollywood's hipness... This is a city to see and be seen, of glitz, of the bold, and of the beautiful.

Joining the world-class entertainment and art scene is a growing number of extraordinary restaurants and dazzling architecture. Frank Gehry's concert hall is reviving downtown, and new hotspots are reinvigorating once run-down areas of Hollywood.

But this city made up of several cities is not exactly visitor-friendly. You'll need a car to get around, and standing in the middle of traffic will be part of the experience. Getting up close to the stars or pretending to be one will be your compensation.


Top 10 Sights and Attractions

  1. The star-studded HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD.
  2. The Renaissance and contemporary art of the Getty Center.
  3. Classic and modern art in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
  4. The architecture of the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
  5. Shopping down Beverly Hills' RODEO DRIVE.
  6. A night out in WEST HOLLYWOOD'S SUNSET STRIP.
  7. The contemporary art exhibitions of MOCA Grand Avenue.
  8. The eccentric VENICE BEACH boardwalk.
  9. The beach in SANTA MONICA.
  10. The supposedly-haunted QUEEN MARY ship in Long Beach.

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Where to Stay

Look for the hotel or hostel that best matches your budget, type of trip or personality. Here you can guarantee a room but you do NOT pay anything at the time of booking. Payments are only made at the hotel and there are no booking fees. Most hotels allow cancellations with no penalty if done up to 24 or 48 hours in advance. You'll see that information at the time of booking and again in the confirmation email.

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Eating and Drinking

Los Angeles restaurants seem to be more about how many celebrities they can attract than about the food. The buzz and décor often seem more important than serving some fine cuisine, but that doesn't mean you won't find some excellent innovative menus in the city. The best and trendiest dining options are in West Hollywood, while more reasonably-priced eateries are found closer to Venice Beach.

Shopping

Shopping at the best stores in Paris, Milan, and New York is pretty glamorous, but nowhere will you find glitzier and more alluring shopping meccas than in L.A. Start in Beverly Hills and stroll down famous Rodeo Drive where you can browse or window-shop even if what you're looking at is out of your price range. From there you can move on to Robertson Boulevard or Third Street for the trendiest boutiques in town, and end at The Grove, finally housing the brands most of us can afford.

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