Tours & Tickets
Los Angeles County is the most populous county in the United States, which contributes to its strange contrast to ritz and glamour side by side with poverty and crime. But LA is more than just a moshed pit of economic statuses. Botoxe movie stars and make-it-big dreamers share space with laid-back surfers along the coast, working-class Angelenos and a vibrant immigrant community. The coastal communities, including Santa Monica and Venice Beach radiate an easygoing surfer vibe, with travelers seeking out the great beaches and the eclectic Venice Boardwalk, trendy restaurants and boutiques along Venice's Abbott-Kinney neighborhood, or the carousel at the Santa Monica Pier. Inland, culture seekers flock to Hollywood's club scene, check out music along the Sunset Strip, and seek the hipster indie clubs in Silverlake. If you can hack your way of the traffic, you'll reach the populous San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys, but also the serenely beautiful Angeles and Los Padres national forests and Mojave Desert. Art and pop culture are king here: the unique Hollywood Bowl outdoor concert venue, the art mecca of the Getty Center and Getty Villa in Malibu and the live music venues that dot the county.
Universal Studios Hollywood is a popular theme park in Los Angeles. In the 1900s it was a Hollywood film studio but it is now a major movie theme park. There are very realistic film sets where you can personally experience movie scenes such as airplane crashes, floods, and explosions. There are also various exciting roller coasters based on famous movies. There are numerous restaurants and shops in Universal Studios. After exploring the attractions, don't forget to try the delicious food in the many restaurants, or buy posters, movie props and various other souvenirs in the many shops.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame has over 2,000 star emblems inscribed with the names of celebrities in recognition of the honorees' contribution to the media and entertainment industry. The star emblems fall into five categories, i.e., classic film camera (representing motion picture directors and actors), television receiver (representing anchors), phonograph record (representing singers), radio microphone (representing radio broadcasters), and comedy/tragedy masks (representing theater/stage performers). The Hollywood Walk of Fame attracts film lovers from around the world. Locating your idol from among the stars and taking a picture with them is something you cannot miss when you visit LA.
Standing opposite the "HOLLYWOOD" sign, Griffith Observatory is a landmark of Los Angeles and where many famous films and TV shows have been filmed. Come at sunset and evening to watch the stunning LA sunset, city lights and the starry sky. Astronomical exhibitions are display in lively fashion in the Observatory's halls, where the ceiling is hanged with models of the eight planets of the solar system and decorated with exquisite murals. The dome theater here is modeled on the sky canopy. Lying on the seat and watching films about the evolution of celestial bodies, the vast universe seems to be within reach.
Beverley Hills is a famous rich neighborhood in Los Angeles where many Hollywood superstars have purchased their properties. A sightseeing tour would take visitors around the leafy block for a view of its unique architectures. Tour guides will point out celebrities' luxurious homes to those aboard and share little-known gossips and anecdotes. A district for luxury shopping at Beverley Hills, Rodeo Drive boasts a large number of world and local brands. With its neat streetscape and refined architecture, this is a veritable haven of artistry.