Los Angeles

Known for its film and entertainment industry, Los Angeles, California's largest metropolis, sprawls from the San Fernando Valley to the north, San Bernardino valley to the east, to the beaches of Santa Monica and Malibu at the Pacific Ocean to the west.  Los Angeles is the second most populous city in America.

Highlights of the "City of Angels" include:

  • Downtown Los Angeles: currently re-inventing itself with new restaurants, museums and art galleries, and performance centers.  It is the cultural center of the city.

  • Hollywood: the place that has drawn aspiring actors from across the world and has been considered the center of the US movie industry for many years.

  • Universal Studios Hollywood: the world-famous theme park offering behind-the-scenes tours of movie sets allowing visitors to see how Hollywood movies are made

  • Beverly Hills: home to celebrities, luxury hotels and high-end designer shops on famed Rodeo Drive

  • Santa Monica and Venice Beach: the oceanfront cities with a warm climate, golden sand beaches, shopping hot spots and the iconic Santa Monica Pier

  • Long Beach: the coastal port city where the historic ocean liner "Queen Mary" is lying at anchor

  • The city is a cultural mecca with more than 100 museums and cultural attractions: e.g. The Getty Center and The Getty Villa, Griffith Observatory, Grammy Museum, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Broad and many others.

For a day excursion, Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley are located within 2-3 hours drive from Los Angeles. Offering 350 days of sunshine and blue skies, Palm Springs invites its visitors to outdoor adventures such as hiking, golf and relaxing in the many resorts & spas. 

Also popular excursion destinations are Santa Barbara, a 2-hour drive on the coastline to the north, and San Diego,  a 3-hour drive towards the south from L.A.

Hollywood and Highland Center
Hollywood and Highland Center

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Evening at Griffith Observatory
Evening at Griffith Observatory

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Los Angeles Skyline
Los Angeles Skyline

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Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood, Los Angeles
Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood, Los Angeles
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The Getty Center - Garden
The Getty Center - Garden

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The Getty Center, Los Angeles
The Getty Center, Los Angeles
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Griffith Observatory
Griffith Observatory

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Downtown LA aerial
Downtown LA aerial

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Walt Disney Concert Hall
Walt Disney Concert Hall

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Staples Center
Staples Center

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Universal Studios City Walk
Universal Studios City Walk

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Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier

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Santa Monica Pier - End of Route 66
Santa Monica Pier - End of Route 66

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Venice Beach
Venice Beach

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View towards Malibu
View towards Malibu

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The Westin Mission Hills Resort&Spa
The Westin Mission Hills Resort&Spa

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Palm Springs Aerial Tram
Palm Springs Aerial Tram

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Rancho Las Palmas Resort
Rancho Las Palmas Resort

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