Los Angeles is the spot for a
hot vacation, whether you're young or restless. From boutique Beverly Hills -
Rodeo Drive shopping to beach slumming, you can dress up and step out or suit up
in a wetsuit and goofy foot on your favorite surfboard. Los Angeles vacations
are all about the fun, and that's why they call it the Number One destination.
For the young, there's
Disneyland, beaches, Hollywood stars, L.A. fashion and lots of things to see and
do. For the restless, there's shopping till you max out the credit card at
Chanel or break the bank at Hustler gift shop, West Hollywood wild nights at
clubs such as the Roxy and Whiskey a Go-Go, and decadent fun at Los Angeles
restaurants. From star tours to the stars in the sky at night at the Hollywood
Bowl concerts, L.A.'s got everything you can imagine in the restless city of 3
For the young &
restless, intellectual pursuits include over 300 museums to visit. Spectacular,
free The Getty sits on a hill and is a must see. The architecture alone will wow
you. Museums of art include modern art, traditional, gallery showings and
ethnic. One special place worth the drive to see is in Long Beach, the Museum of
Latin American Art.
Hollywood, Burbank and L.A.
are home to record companies, film productions and more movies than you've seen
in your life--that's for certain. Visit Universal Studios Hollywood for close
and personal tours of the behind-the-scenes tricks and tips in filming, or sit
in on a TV or game show filming. If you just want to look at the celebrity hands
and feet molds, go to the Hollywood Walk of Fame at Hollywood & Highland. That's
where you can also tour the Kodak Theatre, home to the Academy Awards. They give
tours there, too. One museum nearby that's really cool is the Max Factor Museum.
It has lots of authentic memorabilia from Hollywood.
If you like the Old West,
visit the Autry Museum of Western Heritage. In downtown L.A., there's also a
small, but interesting Wells Fargo Museum with a stagecoach, maps, and lots of
interesting artifacts. If you like politics, be sure to check out the Reagan
Library. Or you can take a Hollywood star tour and drive right past the house in
Bel Air where Nancy Reagan continues to live. On that star tour you'll see lots
of famous people's houses and even drive by the Beverly Hills Hotel that was on
the cover of the Eagles album. You'll see the spot where Hugh Grant was
arrested, drive by Dr. Phil's house and even see the sprinklers that come on at
the Osbourne's house when people try to walk onto their gated property.
For the beach scene check out
Santa Monica, Venice Beach and all the great spots to soak up the rays, work on
a tan, read a book or people watch. Los Angeles sells some of the best swim
fashions in the U.S. and they sell them all year long, primarily at the beach.
That's the place to pick up your Roxy, Quiksilver and other surf wear. Or buy a
custom surfboard shaped by local surfers who take pride in their creations.
When visiting L.A. you may
find out that shopping is a favorite attraction and vacation activity. Rodeo
Drive is hoping to pave their streets with granite (not gold) one day but for
now, you can find gold items inside many stores that line Beverly Hills' upscale
streets. You'll also find Gap and Crate & Barrel, for affordable gifts. The
Grove also offers great shopping and there's a multitude of malls selling all
kinds of stuff.
Get busy booking that flight,
selecting that hotel room or planning your road trip to one of America's
favorite vacation cities. We Love It, L.A.!
About Los Angeles: Founded in 1781 Established:
Feb. 18, 1850 Land Area: 4,083.21 Square Miles Elevation Range: -9 Ft. to 10,080 Ft.
The City of Los Angeles
is part of Los Angeles County which includes the islands of San Clemente
and Santa Catalina. The number one tourist destination in the United
States is bordered on the east by Orange and San
Bernardino Counties, on the north by Kern County, on the west by
Ventura County, and on the south by the Pacific Ocean. Its coastline
is 76 miles long. It has the largest population of any county in the
nation, and is exceeded by only eight states. Approximately 29
percent of California's residents live in Los Angeles County. There
are 88 cities within the County. Port of Los Angeles is
largest commercial port in nation with Los Angeles County
responsible for 10 % of the nation's production, making Port of L.A.
America's top port and important nationally for import and export of
products and perishables.
While the City of Los Angeles
numbers several million people, the great Los Angeles / Southern
California area exceeds 15 million. Needless to say, when you visit
L.A., your friends or attractions you want to visit can by miles
away and take well over an hour to travel to. With that in mind,
you'll need to plan your excursions according to rush hour traffic
if you have such an option. Tour buses and public
transportation systems connect many cities with attractions such as
Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood and San Diego.
Los Angeles contains
interesting and diverse geography. From the Pacific Ocean to
the Santa Monica mountains, Los Angeles is not boring. You can enjoy
dozens of world class museums, hundreds of sporting events,
concerts, plays, conventions, theme parks, shopping, dining and so