CITY OF ANGELS!
Sprawling along the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, the city of Los Angeles is located in the state of California in the USA populous city in the United States. Admired and known as the City of Angels, Los Angeles is the epitome of the American dream. The Hollywood district is world-renowned as the headquarters of the American film and television industry.
Although the Los Angeles area has an extensive bus system and many transit agencies, and a fairly new subway and elevated network to boot, public transportation is still not adequate considering the region's population and size. For visitors who will routinely be traveling only a couple of miles or so, staying just a few days, and not minding the 10-30 minute bus wait, then they may find that the L.A. public transportation system can be sufficient. If you choose to rent a car, you will have the pleasure of directly experiencing the sprawling freeway system of the Greater Los Angeles Area along with its notorious traffic jams. Regardless, driving yourself will still be more convenient than bus travel for long trips, or visits to multiple destinations on the same day.
From some of the most luxurious hotels in the world to budget hostels, there's something for everyone in Los Angeles. Hollywood is probably the most popular option for those wanting to sightsee. Downtown has long been popular with the business crowd. Beverly Hills has some of the nicest hotels in the Southland, but expect the prices to reflect its reputation. Sun and sand seekers can head to Santa Monica and Venice Beach. A few of the city’s best hotels include The Peninsula Beverly Hills, The Beverly Hills Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel at Beverly Hills, L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, Montage Beverly Hills, The Ritz-Carlton at Marina del Rey, Shutters on the Beach, Hotel Bel-Air and The Ritz-Carlton at L.A Live. For mid-level lodging try Best Western Gateway Hotel, Ocean View Hotel Santa Monica, Wyndham Santa Monica at the Pier, Sheraton Delfina, Hollywood Heights Hotel, Saharan Motor Hotel or The Standard. If you are on a tight budget you can try Pacific Sands Motel, HI Los Angeles/Santa Monica, Palm Motel, StayON Beverly Hostel, Motel 6, US Hostels or 15 Rose Ave Hostel & Vacation Rentals.
Hollywood Boulevard, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Dolby Theatre, Madame Tussauds Hollywood, TCL Chinese Theatre, Universal Studios Hollywood, Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, the Hollywood Sign, Griffith Park, Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), the Getty Center, City Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Olvera Street, the California Science Center, Staples Center, Watts Tower, Elysian Park, Disneyland, Santa Monica Pier, the Third Street Promenade, Venice Beach and Malibu Beach.
The World of Stars, Los Angeles, teems with fashionable and elegant malls, specialty boutiques and huge department stores. In addition to its myriad of shopping centers and stores spread in every part of the city, Los Angeles has many ethnic shopping areas as a natural consequence of its distinct neighborhoods. Chinatown, Little India, Olviera Street, Koreatown and Japantown are just a few examples of these type of shopping places. Beverly Boulevard (location of malls) between Martel and La Brea Avenues, the Golden Triangle (wealth stores), Los Feliz Streets (vintage stores),and Prada Epicentor (designer boutiques) are among the main shopping streets of the city. The Farmer's markets of Los Angeles are the locations for fresh and organic productions. Hollywood farmer's market at Ivar Street and Santa Monica farmer's market at Third Street are the best markets of this type.
Los Angeles is admired and known as the Entertainment Capital of the World. Performing arts and nightlife thrive throughout the city. The divergent neighborhoods each one of which evokes a city and the beach culture of Los Angeles make the city the focal point of the world of entertainment. Los Angeles is the most significant site of movie and film production in the world. Millions of people visit Hollywood to see many landmarks related to the film industry such as the Walk of Fame and Grauman’s Chinese Theater. The Walk of Fame is embedded with thousands of five-pointed film stars is the pavement along Hollywood Boulevard. Grauman’s Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard is the world-renown movie theater. The cement blocks residing in the forecourt of the theater bears the hand-prints, footprints and signatures of many Hollywood stars. Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra which performs at Walt Disney Concert Hall is one of the best orchestras in the world. The Los Angeles Opera performing at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is a splendid opera example. Hollywood Bowl at Highland Avenue is an outdoor summer venue. The Los Angeles Philharmonic concerts, jazz and pop artists’ performances offer music feasts for the visitor to the city. The Performing Arts Center (PAC) located in the center of Downtown is the Music Center of four theaters. All types of the performing arts are staged at this magnificent complex. Ahmanson Theater at PAC is the center for large classic performances. TheLos Angeles County Fair (September) stands as the largest county fair in the world. Music, rides, slideshows, local delights and a great deal more activities are organized at this event. AFI-LA Festival (November) is one of the biggest film festivals in the world. Coachella Valley Music Festival (April-May) is the event of the current music genres. You can imagine how popular and diverse the nightlife of the Entertainment Capital of the World can be. Nightclubs, designer bars, cabarets, live music venues, hair-metal, rock, jazz and blues temples, comedy clubs and pioneering theaters are available all over the city as if Los Angeles was constructed just to entertain and amuse people. The beach entertainment arises as one of the corner stones of the amusement offered in Los Angeles. The city has a coast of above 120 km2 along the Pacific Ocean. Santa Monica, Venice and Manhattan beaches are the most popular beaches of the city. Zuma and Westwerd beaches are ideal for families to visit.