Visit Los Angeles
If you're an owner of a television, you're no doubt no stranger to Los Angeles. From Hollywood blockbusters to guilty-pleasure reality shows, life in Los Angeles has long been documented. While you might think you know LA, you probably don't. Sure, some of the city is home to movie-studios and celebrities, but Los Angeles is also a laidback city with a love for the great outdoors. Below we've mapped out for you the best places to enjoy it, and spot the occasional celebrity to.
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In the words of Shakespeare: ‘all the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.’ If that were true, Los Angeles would be the spot where they host the gala opening night. There aren’t many places where you can grab a bite to eat, shop for a handbag or simply walk down the street and encounter a plethora of celebrities and wannabe stars as you go. And that isn’t where LA’s uniqueness ends either. There’s stargazing at the Griffith Observatory, jogging along Venice Beach and strolling through the Universal CityWalk. Step off the busy main streets, past the Walk of Fame and beneath the Hollywood sign, to discover charming neighbourhoods, museums and more shopping opportunities than your bank balance can bear.
Santa Monica is one of my favourite places in LA
“It feels very chilled and like a little town in itself. Even if you’re just staying for a few nights, it’s perfect because of the new metro, so it’s very easy to get around if you don’t want to drive,” Anna Sharman.
Did you know?
That world-famous Hollywood sign that we all know and love actually originally said “Hollywoodland.”
The hotels in Los Angeles like the Chateau Marmont and Beverly Hills Hotel are where you’ll find the city’s most legendary celebrity stories.
The Getty Museum hires goats in the spring to ensure its lawns are well-kept.
How to get around
Due to its size, most tourists choose to navigate LA by car. And it’s not a bad choice – in fact, having a rental can be handy if you’re visiting as part of a bigger West Coast USA trip, or are planning to use the city as a base for exploring places nearby. But with more cars than people in the City of Angels, if you have the option to use public transport or navigate on foot then do so: your life will be a lot easier. And there are plenty of options to get you from A to B – most notably the new Metro Rail line connects Downton LA, Hollywood, Culver City, Pasadena and Santa Monica.