Sunny Los Angeles is home to stunning Malibu sunsets, macho Muscle Beach, ample designer shops, bustling nightlife and culinary hot spots. The question is, where do you begin?
Start at Griffith Park Observatory, where you can get closer to the stars (the ones in the sky!) and get a spectacular view of the most famous sign in the world - the Hollywood Sign, which sits high atop Mt. Lee overlooking the city. Next, visit Rodeo Drive, where the rich and famous do their shopping. You may even see a few stars while you’re there. For plenty of family fun, visit Disneyland® Park and Disney California Adventure® Park or the entertainment capital of LA, Universal Studios Hollywood. For even more excitement, visit the home of the most well-known killer whale Shamu at SeaWorld San Diego.
Of course, a trip to LA wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Venice (or Muscle) Beach. This crazy boardwalk is great for people-watching, getting a henna tattoo, having your fortune read or finding a souvenir to take home. If you want to keep fit on your holiday, visit Santa Monica Beach, where you can swim, surf, bike or play volleyball. Malibu Beach is the ultimate hot-spot for surfers. Perfect swells are created by Malibu Point and the historic wooden pier is perfect for fishing or an afternoon picnic.
Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame honour over 2000 celebrities, with their hands and feet imprinted in cement stars. Pose with Superman or Marilyn Monroe and then head for some modern Mexican food or an exotic cocktail at a trendy bar in Hollywood.
For avid golfers, Los Angeles has plenty of A-list courses with world-famous designs and after a day perfecting your swing, retreat to one of the city’s exclusive day spas and melt into total relaxation.
Those who believe that rock ‘n’ roll is here to stay should pay a visit to Hollywood Forever Cemetery and its lifelong residents. You can watch movies under the stars here in summer and can see the Hollywood Sign by day.
Just 22 miles from the mainland, the Mediterranean-flavoured Catalina Island is a popular day trip and the perfect spot for a romantic walk along the picturesque harbour or dining at a delectable seaside restaurant.