Destination Guide

Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES spreads across a desert basin between a beautiful ocean and majestic snowcapped mountains. What lies between is what makes it the destination for feast, fervor, frolic, the fabulous, the famous, and far out fun for everyone. As the entertainment and creative capital of the world, Los Angeles offers a wealth of experiences that few other destinations can match. There are so many fun things to do in Los Angeles, you may as well just move here, where imagination rules and originality is prized, the glamour can only be rivaled by its culture. You explore the city's eternal nightlife, original cuisine, theme parks, TV studios or world-class attractions. Venice Beach, also known as Dogtown, credited as the birthplace of skateboarding, where Rollerblading first became popular, and area beaches are popular with parties, sunbathers, surfers, swimmers and bare footers, who have created their own subcultures.

Amusement

Disneyland or Disneyland's California Adventure - Anaheim

Disneyland Resort is bigger and better. Meet all your favorite Disney characters including the oldest and the most famous - Mickey Mouse! Choose between either Disneyland Park or the all-new Disney's California Adventure for your day of fun and excitement. And don't miss Downtown Disney, an entertainment, shopping and dining complex right in the heart of it all. The magic is waiting for you at the Disneyland Resort. Book this tour
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Aquarium of the Pacific - Long Beach

Located south of L.A, is one of the Los Angeles area's best bets for a great time. Its 17 major tanks and 30 smaller tanks can be taken in an afternoon, and along the way, there are some amazing specimens to be found in an ocean of more than 12,000 species. There is an iridescent jellyfish exhibit, a rare dragon fish that you have to see to believe, and an array of toothy mammals in the Shark Lagoon, where one can get up close and personal with the feared predators.
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Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens - Los Angeles

Located right in the heart of the city, the Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens has accreditations from the American Association of Museums and features “life” from around the world. You’ll experience vegetation, sea and wild life in natural surroundings. They are committed to providing both an educational and interesting experience to visitors.
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Museums

California Science Center - Los Angeles

Part of a larger Los Angeles museum complex near the USC campus in Exposition Park, the CSC is 245,000-square-feet of interactive fun for the whole family. The first thing that catches the eye is the spellbinding 50-foot "Hypar" kinetic sculpture in the main lobby. Daredevils in the clan can take a wobbly high-wire bicycle ride—it is like pedaling E.T. home after a night of partying with Robert Downey Jr. There is a chick hatchery and Tess, a 50-foot replica of the human body and its inner workings. If your brain starts to short-circuit, get lost in a screening at the IMAX theater.
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Museum of Jurassic Technology - Culver City

This obscure LA attraction is to museums what the Blue Man Group is to theater. It is the offspring of a collision between science and the ridiculous, and its unusual, offbeat exhibits are nothing if not unique. What other museum features exhibits on the Stink Ant of the Cameroon and Selected Collections from Los Angeles Area Mobile Homes and Trailer Parks?
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Petersen Automotive Museum - Los Angeles

Honk, if you love this L.A. museum. This popular attraction features the best things found on four wheels, from the Caped Crusader's Bat Mobile to Austin Powers' "Shaguar." Its SoCal history of the automobile is groovy, baby, offering the lowdown on everything from lowriders to high-end luxury rides.
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The Paley Center for Media - Beverly Hills

Formerly the Museum of Television & Radio is the place to go for entertainment, where works TV and Radio enjoyed from years past have been turned into works of art. For an added touch, this museum is mainly filled with screening rooms, including two full sized theatres, not your typical museum artifacts.
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Entertainment

The Walk of Fame - Hollywood

Located in Hollywood, is a tribute to the history of the Hollywood-based entertainment industry. It honors stars that have made significant contributions in categories such as radio, television, motion pictures, recording and live performance. The Walk of Fame is a permanent monument of the past, as well as the present.
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Grauman's Chinese Hollywood Theatre - Hollywood - Los Angeles

A cornerstone of Hollywood for over 75 years, the grand opening was the most impressive theatre opening in motion picture history. Because of the time in our country's history authorization from the U.S. government had to be obtained to import some of the theatre's artifacts like the temple bells, pagodas and the stone Heaven Dogs. Most of these artifacts remain here today for all Los Angeles tourists to see and admire including the 2 Heaven Dogs that guard the entrance.
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Santa Monica Pier - Santa Monica

Attractions, restaurants, and shops have flourished on and all around the Pier, which has in turn made the Pier a routine stop for tourists from around the world. Many companies and non-profit organizations choose the Pier as a location for their special events. It has also been used in many films and has been photographed as backdrop for magazines and other books. The Santa Monica Pier is a must see attraction in Los Angeles for all travelers.
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Venice Beach Boardwalk - Venice

One of the most popular boardwalks in the country, the Boardwalk is the best way to experience true Venice lifestyle. It has a bike path, roller skaters and skateboard ramps, restaurants, shops of all kinds, and plenty of vendors offering everything from handmade jewelry to fortune telling. The world famous Muscle Beach is actually on the Boardwalk itself.
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Shopping

Beverly Center - Los Angeles

BEVERLY HILLS. One of Greater LA's premier retail destinations, Beverly Center boasts a level of shopping not normally associated with urban mega-malls. The 160+ name-brand shops include the likes of Hugo Boss and French Connection UK, while anchor stores like Macy's and Bloomingdale's insure that you'll find just about anything you require. Truly a local landmark, the mall spans several blocks in the middle of West Hollywood and boasts the LA area's only California Welcome Center. It also features a 13-screen movie theater.
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Rodeo Drive - Beverly Hills

This world-famous strip has appeared in countless films and served as the background for many TV shows, and for good reason. In the world of high-end fashion, Rodeo and "chic" are synonymous, and for three blocks, shoppers are dazzled by Armani, Gucci, Christian Dior, Chanel, Valentino, and Bijan (which boasts million dollar wardrobes). In addition to brand-name boutiques, the area also boasts several small shopping centers (like Rodeo Collection at 421 Rodeo) and department stores like Neiman Marcus and Saks.
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Westfield Century City - Los Angeles

BEVERLY HILLS. Head to the west side if you are looking for a pleasant shopping experience know to visit this outdoor shopping center, that features more than 140 high-end shops like Abercrombie & Fitch, Godiva, Banana Republic, Victoria's Secret, Hugo Boss, Bloomingdale's, and Macy's. Upscale and full of energy, yet comfortable and unpretentious, Century City easily ranks right up there with some of the best indoor malls.
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Montana Avenue - Santa Monica

With more than 150 high-end shops, Santa Monica's fashionable Montana Avenue is a veritable shopper's dream. Small, privately owned boutiques and famous clothiers checker this tree-lined strip. Plan to spend an afternoon perusing the likes of Three Bags Full, A.B.S. for Women, Alexander Zar, and Weathervane for Men. Afterwards, catch your breath over coffee and a pastry at one of the Avenue's many sidewalk cafés.
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Farmer's Market - Los Angeles

This local jewel, located next to the CBS studios, has been a great spot for food, browsing, entertainment and fun for the past 65 years. Enjoy cuisine from around the world and the USA. You will also find a wide range of gifts, scheduled entertainment for the whole family and plenty of outdoor seating. Also featured are the some of the freshest fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood, and flowers in the entire city.
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Nightlife

LAX - Hollywood - Los Angeles

Very popular spot with modern chic decor, privacy-enhancing table/bottle service, and overall hip atmosphere, and hydraulics raised front door. Young sophisticates, celebrities, and LA's social jet set include this place as a destination. They can hold a huge crowd with live bands, special events, large dance floor and 2 spacious outdoor patios, each with their own separate bar.
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Mayan - Los Angeles

Here is a place where urbanites, celebrants, artists, and observers can congregate in a stimulating environment. A historical landmark where you can dance the night away on their Hollywood stage and dance floor, under intelligent lighting and state of the art sound equipment, right in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.
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The Laugh Factory - Hollywood

Head over to West Hollywood if you are looking for a good laugh. The Laugh Factory has seen some of the most recognizable faces of comedy grace the stage. The bar has two other locations, one in Times Square and another in Long Beach, but the Hollywood location is the one that takes the cake as the original Laugh Factory.
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Aqua Restaurant and Lounge - Beverly Hills

Aqua Restaurant and Lounge in Beverly Hills takes swanky Los Angeles bar lounge and dance club trendiness underground for patrons looking for a hip evening of phenomenal seafood dining, dancing and drinking, with its dance floor commanded by slick downbeat DJs and live music acts. The excellent kitchen certainly accommodates with an inspired surf and turf menu served late into the night.
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Amagi - Los Angeles

Amagi is a mild mannered Los Angeles Japanese restaurant by day, but at night the ultra cheap booze fuels a rowdy karaoke party with sauced bar patrons belting out renditions of off beat classics. Amagi sports serious Japanese kitsch meeting Los Angeles local bar coolness and nearly every Hollywood denizen takes their turn on the small stage.
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