Full of art, culture, global cuisine and history, with a vivid past that can still be seen all over town, you’ll find that Los Angeles is one of the most exciting cities in America.
Venice Beach has long been known as the kooky Mecca of California, and while it’s getting more than a fair share of mainstream tourists, the area keeps its eccentric spirit. Skateboarders, radical pamphleteers and body builders: the visibility is great if you enjoy people watching.
Hollywood celebrities are never far away in LA. To catch a glimpse of that stardust, walk down the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where more than 2,400 figures from the entertainment world immortalized in pink terrazzo with gold lettering. If you’re a film enthusiast, look out for the famous hand and footprints at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
Marvel at big budget modern art
The Getty Center is the envy of museums worldwide for its generous endowments. Although it doesn’t match the vast collections of Old World galleries, it has impressive works covering a sweep of history, from the Renaissance to present day. Among them are paintings by Rubens, a couple by Gainsborough, and of Impressionists, including Monet, Renoir, Cézanne and Van Gogh.
Shop in style
Only few can afford to buy from high-end designers seen in the film ‘Pretty Woman’. So window-shopping is probably your daily task. There is Anderson Court, which is the only shopping mall designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Take a fuel-efficient walking tour and be amazed by Los Angeles’ urban architectural heritage. The Los Angeles Conservancy walking tours take in the city’s top sights, from Downtown’s historic theaters and art deco (on a weekly basis) to the modern skyline tour (bi-monthly). Reserve your place ahead, because the tours are very popular.