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Los Angeles

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Home of Universal Studios, Hollywood, Beverley Hills, Sunset Strip and the Walk of Fame, Los Angeles has long lured people into its glittering fantasy world. With endless sunshine, palm trees, shopping malls and beautiful people, this city is like no place you’ve ever been before, and yet is strangely familiar. Los Angeles is a wonderful, vibrant, exhilarating multi-cultural hub with a plethora of things to do and see.
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Do and see
With so much to see and do, Los Angeles can be overwhelming to the first time visitor, especially if time is tight. Don’t expect to cover everything in one trip! The following is a selection of the most popular attractions, with a little something for everyone.
Universal Studios & Universal City Walk
Get ready for the ultimate Hollywood movie experience! Go behind the scenes on the world famous Studio Tour to explore where Hollywood movies are made. Then, enjoy thrilling rides, shows and attractions that put you inside some of the world’s biggest movies, including the greatest battle you’ll ever ride in TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D. Plus, join the mischievous Minions on an epic adventure you’ll never forget in the all-new 3-D ride, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. End your day at Universal CityWalk® with acres of L.A.’s hottest entertainment – from indoor skydiving to live music, movies, clubs and mouth-watering food – why would you go anywhere else? Universal CityWalk. Always Unexpected.
Venice Beach
Street performers, tattoo artists, novelty vendors, Gen-X nomads, hippies, people-watchers and freaks of all kinds come together to create this unique bazaar you have to explore at least once.
Disneyland
Being the first theme park in the world, Disneyland materializes every sugary, colorful fantasy there is. As you step into this magical land you will be meet by famous Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Tinker Bell, Aladdin, Anna & Elsa, Cinderella, Peter Pan just to name a few. Welcome to the happiest place on earth – homage to an imagination.
Griffith Park
Spread over 4,000 acres, Griffith Park is the largest urban park in the United States and has been used as the backdrop for several movies, including "Batman" and "Jurassic Park." It houses the Griffith Park Observatory, and the Los Angeles Zoo. Also within the park are the Autry Museum of Western Heritage and the Travel Town Transportation Museum. Fifty-three miles of picturesque hiking trails as well as swimming, biking and horseback riding ensure something for everyone. Griffith Park is also home to the Hollywood sign, which stands on Mt. Lee.
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) has one of the finest permanent collections of contemporary art, as well as rotating exhibitions. There are two different centers, the main one being on Grand Avenue, which has a great gift shop and café. The Geffen Contemporary, situated in Little Tokyo, houses larger works and installations.
Sunset Strip
Between Crescent Heights Boulevard and Doheny Drive, you can indulge in all the glitz, glamour and spectacle of L.A. without traveling more than a few blocks. Sip a poolside or rooftop drink at exclusive bars, or hear live music at rock clubs like the Viper Room and House of Blues.
La Brea Tar Pits
La Brea’s tar pits have thousands of animal bone and plant remains. Some of the fossils have been dated back to 40,000 years ago. Many of these are on view in this fascinating museum, including the remains of a 9,000-year-old woman! During the late summer, the outdoor excavation pits can be visited with experts demonstrating how the remains are recovered.
Norton Simon Museum
With its Frank Gehry-designed interior and wonderful collection of masterpieces by Degas, Picasso, Rembrandt, Goya and Rodin, the Norton Simon is the best-kept secret in Los Angeles. The house is set in beautiful gardens and exhibits one of the most impressive private collections of American, European and Asian art in the world.
Information
Airports
Los Angeles International Airport, or LAX, as it is locally known, is the third busiest airport in the world. It is located about 30 km (19 miles) southwest of Downtown L.A. Public transport from LAX is slow, but cheap. The “C” shuttle leaves from the LAX Shuttle & Airline Connections sign on the Lower/Arrival Level islands in front of each terminal and brings passengers to the Metro Bus Center, where they can catch city buses serving the Los Angeles area. Information on city bus services is available by telephone on the Information Display Board in the baggage claim area in each terminal. In addition, passengers can obtain local transit information by calling +1 800 266 6883. L.A. city’s easily navigable website also gives routes and timetables for public transport to and from the city. Private shuttle buses do hotel drop-offs right to the door, cheaper than a taxi and quicker than the public bus. These can be found on the Lower/Arrival Level islands in front of each terminal under the red sign Hotel & Parking Lot Shuttles. Taxis are readily available but expensive (they add a service charge from the airport). They can be found on the Lower/Arrival Level islands in front of each terminal. Passengers are given a ticket stating typical fares to major destinations. There are also plenty of car rental agencies at the airport with competitive prices.
Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport
Smaller airports in the Los Angeles area avoid the LAX gridlock and provide connections to almost anywhere within the US. Check the individual websites for details on flights and ground transport. Also check www.mta.net for public transport routes and timetables. Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport is located 25km (15 miles) northwest of Downtown.
Long Beach Airport
Long Beach Airport is located 40 km (25 miles) south of Downtown.
Time Zone
Los Angeles is in the Pacific time zone, and all times are reflected in Pacific time.
Public Transport
Los Angeles is a city designed for cars. Getting around without one is generally slow and complicated. Most visitors rent a car for their stay, but if you decide not to, there are options. Buses, trains and trams are run by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority. The Metro, which runs both over and under ground, is sometimes handy for getting from Downtown outwards. The Transit Authority’s website is easily navigable and provides all necessary information on routes, timetables and fares. The Downtown Area Short Hop (DASH) shuttle system operates buses throughout Downtown, Hollywood and the west side of L.A. Service runs roughly every 5 to 20 minutes. Contact the Department of Transportation for routes and timetables.
Taxi
Cabs do not usually stop when hailed down. There are cab stands at all major hotels and stations. Check that your cab has the official City of Los Angeles Taxicab Seal, which ensures that it is insured, inspected and driven by a trained driver. If not, it is illegal. The website below provides all the necessary information, with company listings, phone numbers and service areas. To order a cab in advance: Yellow cab +1 213 808 1000 United Independent Taxi +1 323 653 5050
Post
Post offices are located throughout the city. Call to find the post office closest to you, or simply drop your mail in one of the multiple bright-yellow post boxes scattered around town.
Pharmacy
The most common chain pharmacies in LA are Walgreens, Rite Aid and Horton and Converse. Some pharmacies operate 24/7, so make sure to locate one in your neighborhood. Stand-alone pharmacies are common, but some can be found inside larger department stores. The centrally-located (and world-famous) Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has a 24-hour emergency room. www.walgreens.com www.riteaid.com www.hortonandconverse.com
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