LOS ANGELES HOLIDAYS

The Creative Capital of the World

Los Angeles
Located in the south of California, Los Angeles (or L.A. as it is affectionately known) is one of the biggest cities in all of America, second only to New York City. One of America’s main cultural hot spots, Los Angeles holidays boast countless museums and galleries dedicated to the arts and history, while also being home to the beating heart of America’s movie industry; Hollywood.
Los Angeles boasts year-round sunshine, beautiful beaches and incredible attractions. Experience the innovative rides and entertaining shows at Disneyland and Universal Studios. Discover the bright lights and follow the stars on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame. Soak up the sun at Malibu or Santa Monica beaches, now easily accessible from the city thanks to the new metro line, or watch the sun go down over the city from the incredible grounds of the Getty Observatory. There truly is something for everyone to enjoy in Los Angeles.

LA. Two syllables that sound dark, daring and glittery. LA is the light-box of the world’s dreams – often billed as ‘The Creative Capital of the World’. Yet to many it remains somewhat of a mystery, waiting to be explored. Yes, there’s Hollywood, with three of the major film studios – 20th Century Fox, Paramount and Universal, all of which you can visit. You can also visit iconic streets like Sunset Boulevard, Mulholland Drive (immortalised by film maker David Lynch) and Figueroa Street – one of LA’s longest at about 30 miles. There are no less than 841 museums and art galleries in LA County, including the Getty Center. The contiguous port of LA and Long Beach is the most significant in the Western Hemisphere and Venice Beach in particular is a place of homage. The Doors formed here. The beat poets Charles Bukowski and Tom Waits hung out here. The hip still do. With its Mediterranean climate and multicultural population, Los Angeles, America’s second largest city, is a hotbed of diversity. Hang out a while with the angels, fallen and ascending – there’s nowhere else quite like LA.

Los Angeles has become synonymous with the film industry, and why wouldn’t it be? Hollywood is home to many of the world’s most renowned and loved movie companies. Universal Studios, Warner Brothers and Paramount Pictures all call Hollywood their homeland. This is the place where the magic happens, so if you’re into celebrity watching you should keep your eyes peeled at all times, as you’d never know when an A-list actor, hot shot movie producer or acclaimed film director might walk past you in the street. After all, many a successful movie pitch or casting negotiation has taken place in L.A.’s fabulous cafes and restaurants, and this tradition carries through to this day.

If you’re not the type to leave your movie miscellany up to chance, you can take a guided tour of any of the major film studios and see some of the awe-inspiring sets and props that were used to make some of your favourite motion pictures. You can even take your tour a little bit closer to home, literally! That’s right, you can see where the stars live on a guided tour of Beverly Hills, checking out the luxury homes of many of the greats, both past and present, including modern stars Halle Berry and Nicolas Cage, as well as icons of yesteryear such as Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra.

Once you’ve had your fill of movie stars and paraphernalia, you can explore the vast multitude of museums and art galleries that Los Angeles has to offer. There are over 800 in the greater L.A. County area – that’s more museums per head than anywhere else in the world. So chances are you probably won’t get to see them all in one trip, so you’ll have to choose very wisely indeed!

With virtually every taste catered for, some of the most famous Los Angeles museums are The Getty Centre (home of the Arii Matamoe painting), The Museum of Contemporary Art and the USS Battleship Iowa (for all of you military buffs out there). The Los Angeles Museum of Natural History is also home to one of the world’s most up to date dinosaur exhibitions which includes three Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons (showing how the king of the dinosaurs grew over time), a Triceratops, Stegosaurus and a gigantic Mamenchisaurus which measures 68 feet in length, making it one of the biggest dinosaur skeletons on display in the world!

No matter what your favourite sport is, L.A. has an iconic team which plays in a fantastic stadium. If you want to experience the great American national pastime that is baseball for yourself, then check out the LA Dodgers in the Dodger stadium. If you prefer NFL then the Los Angeles Rams, who play most of their games in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. If NBA basketball is your thing, then head on down to the Staples Center and check out a Lakers game. For an altogether more familiar, yet thoroughly American sports experience, be sure to go see LA Galaxy play a Major League Soccer game at the StubHub Center. The league features a host of seasoned pros from around the world, as well as some exciting home grown talents.

For an education in the history of modern music, there aren’t many places better than Los Angeles. After all, this is the creative climate that gave us The Doors, Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Rage Against the Machine and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as many other rock and roll legends. The city was also home to fabled beat poets Charles Bukowski and Tom Waits, making L.A. a cooler than cool, eclectic mix of musical influences that permeates throughout the city to this day.

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