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Los Angeles Trip Guide

Los Angeles Trip
Whether you're staring up at the Hollywood sign or burning plastic at Fred Segal, or posing next to legendary figures at the new Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, or watching the surfers at Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles delivers a visitor experience uniquely its own. It's camera-ready and gorgeous, with a flip-flops dress code and just a hint of "Hey, tourist, mind your p's and q's." At the Santa Monica Pier, the surprisingly quaint boardwalk and Ferris wheel are just moments away from ├╝ber-luxury hotels like Shutters on the Beach. In Hollywood, homeless people and teenage hustlers mingle with throngs of tourists and a few locals catching a show at Grauman's Chinese Theater or shopping Hollywood & Highland. Venice Beach is sunny, sandy, sceney, and seedy all at the same time—surfers fight over waves while Boardwalk shop owners purvey cheap T-shirts and skimpy bikinis.

L.A. is huge, and you can't really navigate it on foot, which is why tour buses are huge business here. They'll take you down Hollywood and Sunset boulevards to see the legendary party spots (the Standard, the revamped Mondrian, the Viper Room) before turning up the hill for the obligatory "Homes of the Stars" tour. You won't see any stars that way, though—you'll have better luck just strolling Abbot Kinney in Venice, shopping on Robertson Boulevard in Beverly Hills, or at the Farmers' Market in the Grove.

Photo Credit: Entrance to Universal Studios, Los Angeles (Robert Landau/Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau)

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Top Hotels

Millennium Biltmore Hotel

506 South Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA90071

Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza

251 South Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA90012

Top Attractions

Griffith Observatory

In Griffith Park, at the end of Vermont Ave
2800 E. Observatory Rd
Los Angeles, California

California Science Center

Exposition Park
700 State Dr
Los Angeles, California

The Gamble House

In the 300 block of N. Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena
4 Westmoreland Place
Pasadena, California

Los Angeles Trip Stats

Major Airport
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
High Season
Summer (beaches especially)
Los Angeles CurrencyU.S. Dollars

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