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Los Angeles - a city of fantasy and extremes






    • Seeing Stars
    • Shopping in LA
    • Downtown’s Nitty Gritty



      Los Angeles is a city of fascinating extremes. The ornate mansions, luxury sports cars and celebrity culture combined with yearlong idyllic weather are certainly mesmerizing. Being the movie-making Mecca of the world, thousands of people move to Los Angeles everyday to pursue fame, stardom and wealth.

      Los Angeles, covering more than 34,000 square miles, has so much to discover, but not on foot or by metro. Be prepared to rent a car or hire a driver so you can move about the city with ease—of course not accounting for the traffic!

      Los Angeles may be a car-centric culture, but there is one place that walking is a must—Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame. Michael Jackson’s star is the most popular star to get a picture with. While you’re there, don’t miss seeing Marilyn Monroe’s shoe and handprints in cement among other iconic movie stars at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

      A visit to Los Angeles isn't complete without a day at the beach, especially since LA possesses such a variety of coastline experiences. Malibu is an elegant beach city to visit to watch surfers and eat at a local fish shack called The Reel Inn.  Featured in thousands of movies, Venice Beach is all show—with street performers, body builders and bleach-blonde bikini clad women on roller-skates to see.

      Once you’ve had your fun in the sun, a high-end shopping trip to Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive is a must. From Hermes to Prada, the world’s most famous couture fashion designers are in one concentrated area of Beverly Hills. Keep your eyes open; you’ll most likely see celebrities here, especially if you visit the luxury department stores such as Barneys and Saks Fifth Avenue.

      For a five star dining experience in Los Angeles, the options are endless as some of the world’s best-known chefs reside in LA, but Spago in Beverly Hills is always a favorite among first time visitors.  Handcrafted cocktails are all the rage in Los Angeles and Downtown LA has some of best bars featuring celebrity mixologists and playful décor.  

      Downtown is also the cultural nucleus of the city. The Walt Disney Concert Hall, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and the Mark Taper Forum not only offer world-class performances and exhibits but are also stunning pieces of architecture.

      Whatever your reason to visit Los Angeles is, be forewarned, it is a fast-paced city of enticing attractions that will surely leave you wanting more.