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Beneath the iconic “Hollywood” sign, Los Angeles sprawls out over 4,061 square miles (10,518 square kilometers). More than 80 neighborhoods spread up into the mountains, through bustling city blocks and down to the ocean.
Wealth and glamour reign in upscale areas like Bel Air and Beverly Hills, while eccentricity rules in Venice Beach. In the hills high above the city, art and architecture are on display at the Getty Center. For science and history buffs, there’s astronomy at the Griffith Observatory, prehistoric remains at the La Brea Tar Pits and a naval monument at the USS Iowa. A carnival atmosphere pervades Santa Monica Pier, and life beneath the water is the ticket at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Universal Studios is a good place to see big names in film and television hard at work. You might also see a celebrity practicing retail therapy at the designer boutiques of Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive. Take a stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where the biggest stars of stage and screen have been immortalized with brass plaques on the sidewalk.
Despite the red carpets, velvet ropes and shiny limousines that seem synonymous with the city today, LA has lived through many guises since Mexican settlers founded it in 1781. Once a dusty cattle settlement, the city was at the heart of the gold and oil rushes in the 1840s and ’50s. In the early 1900s, major film studios arrived and the outback town began its evolution into the entertainment capital of the world.
To get a true sense of the city’s past and present, try and cover all bases with studio tours and beach trips, museum visits and fine dining. Even if you don’t sight a major celebrity, you’ll find Los Angeles a star in its own right.
For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in Los Angeles page.
If you are wondering where to stay in Los Angeles, head to our Los Angeles lodging options. There are no less than 168 accommodations to select from in this highly popular destination.
The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, 900 W. Olympic Blvd, and The Redbury @ Hollywood and Vine, at 1717 Vine St, are two great examples of upscale hotels in Los Angeles. Alternatively, if you're trying not to break the bank, you'll find the cheapest deals at the Hollywood Orchid Suites, at 1753 Orchid Ave, or the Holiday Inn Express Los Angeles Downtown West, at 611 S Westlake Ave.
Chilling on a beach doing not much at all is nice and all, but there's nothing like jumping into exciting new experiences on your getaway!
The excellent news is that in Los Angeles there are heaps of things to do. Here are some of our picks:
Check out the Los Angeles things to do page for a full list.
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