The beating heart of Southern California, the City of Angels is known the world over for its glamorous sunshine lifestyle and galaxy of stars.
Home to not only movie stars, but the movie industry itself – millions visit Los Angeles every year, many in the hope that they have that special something that’ll help them make it big in Hollywood.
Whilst there’s certainly more to LA than simply movies, it is hard to deny that the industry – and everything that comes with it – is not a major part of the city’s legendary mystique. Of course, Hollywood is just one part of the city, but few visitors can honestly say that their first sighting of the famous sign on the hilltops is not a memorable one. After all, this is a town where you could find yourself stood next to a global celebrity whilst queuing for a cup of coffee – not least if you find yourself on the A-lister’s favourite spot, Sunset Strip.
When it comes to exploring Hollywood, there’s no better place to start than the Boulevard. Home to the incredible Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Boulevard is a fantastic opportunity to share a moment with over 2,300 of the industry’s greats from both today and yesteryear. Movie lovers will no doubt also want to visit Grauman’s Chinese Theatre – scene of countless movie premieres – and, of course, tour the Dolby Theatre which annually hosts the Academy Awards. Get an expert perspective with a guided Hollywood Tour.
The Dolby Theatre is also at the very heart of the Hollywood and Highland Centre – a huge entertainment centre packed with shops, restaurants and even a nightclub. The brand new Madam Tussaud’s and fabulous Hollywood History Museum can also be found at the centre. If it’s even more fun you’re looking for, Universal Studios with its incredible tour and the CityWalk Hollywood entertainment complex are just a short distance away.
With so many of the rich and famous being based in LA, it should be no surprise that the city is home to some of the best shopping in the world. From designer boutiques to quirky, independent stores reflecting the California lifestyle, Los Angeles is the West Coasts must visit destination for lovers of fashion and entertainment. Ranging from the world famous Rodeo Drive in Beverley Hills and Melrose Place in Hollywood, to The LA Fashion District in Downtown, the city truly is a fashion paradise.
Given its incredible position on California’s southern coastline, LA is also fantastic for families and those who just can’t get enough of the sunshine lifestyle. In some respects, LA’s beaches are just as iconic as the Hollywood sign – and with over two dozen to explore, including the legendary Venice Beach – even the most ardent sun lover is sure to be satisfied. Who knows, you might find yourself topping up your tan right next to the next big star.