The skyline of downtown Los Angeles on a summer morningLA. Just about anyone who hears these two letters put together visualizes Los Angeles’ skyline, the ever present vision of the metropolitan West Coast. Write the vision off to Hollywood’s ongoing movie of upscale living, temptation, massively popular celebrity, pro sports, the whole shebang, as the old movie producers might have termed it. However you slice Los Angeles, you come up with a massively energetic and dynamic place, a sort of smog ridden Atlantis, beaconing the ongoing light of progressive humanity – concrete jungle variant.

 

Since the time of Spanish colonial rule, the area around Los Angeles has been a bit of a dream come true, at least climate wise. Paradise along the Pacific Coast now comes in a kaleidoscope of colors though. Somehow, the place always feels young, despite its historic and sometimes tired fascade. For the visitor, LA is what you’d expect. Non stop traffic, nightlife, business, and just too much to do and see in a day, week, even a month. Disneyland, to Malibu, Grauman’s Chinese Theater, Grand Central Market, this place will amaze you no matter who you are.

 

Do It the LA Way

 

Los Angeles City Hall with sister citiesA good place to start your LA experience might be to check out the Walk of Fame, after all, isn’t this where your LA vision came from? CBS Television City, MGM, Beverly Hills, there’s too many icons to list here, but we can start; Walt Disney Concert Hall, Kodak Theatre, Griffith Observatory, Getty Center, Getty Villa, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and, and, and. The missions in the hills to a celebrity lookout on Malibu Beach, touring the city is like being inside one super long movie trailer.

 

So, visitors need to do like the locals do, just take LA the way it comes, fast and furious, catching up when time and space allows. That vision of bleached blondes roller blading by, surfer dudes walking alongside business execs, guess what? It’s all true. Don’t miss attractions like; Hollywood Sign, Hollywood Boulevard, Capitol Records Tower, Los Angeles City Hall, Hollywood Bowl, Theme Building, Watts Towers, Randy's Donuts, Staples Center, Dodger Stadium, and what seems like a million more.

 

History Smishtory

 

Okay, despite the fact LA is as young as cities get where long lived antiquity is concerned, there still are noted attractions in and around town for those interested. Beautiful places, most often, sometimes of late overlooked. They include; Catalina Island, the San Fernando Valley, the San Gabriel Mission, the San Buenaventura Mission, and countless others. Make it a particular point of visiting the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles too, among many other locally focused learning experiences.

 

Walt Disney Concert HallOne has to fact it though, much of what there is in LA, most of the really fun stuff, is about modernity, even if it happened in the 30’s. LA is known as the most creative place in the world, no doubt because of Hollywood’s influence on the minds of the masses. Much of the city’s history too, revolves around the names and events the last century have produced. Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, John Wayne to John Q with Denzel, history in LA is creative.

 

Holy Cow – What a Nightlife!

 

Right along with all those famous names, the legend of flamboyant lifestyles day and night carry on for LA. If you’re looking for a place to take it easy, catch up on sleep, LA is definitely not the right place. 24-7 was invented here. Classy nightclubs come in 200 flavors, and so do chic and dive bars. Piano music and sleekly dressed vixens, brain bursting metal sounds and leather clad biker babes, you get the picture. Los Angeles, is a dream for most, a nightmare at times for others. Winston's, and the speakeasy retro feel, or Opera and the rich executive spots, you’ll have no problem enjoying the night in LA.

 

Staples CenterFood too. Michelin Stars, hotdogs, burritos, and the most intricate cuisines on the planet are played out on the diner in LA too. Take Chinese in your hotel room, grab a quick snack at Disneyworld, the zoo, a dog at a Dodgers game, like any super metropolis, LA has a food for you, when you want it. Some highlights here might include; Bastide at Melrose Place, Patina – at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, or on the reasonable end – BLD on Beverly Drive.

 

Shopping, the Outdoors, Sports, Etc.

 

Shopping is actually a sport in LA. Did we mention Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, Grand Central Market, and the others? You can buy anything in LA, as long as you have cash or plastic. Just like the entertainment aspect, shopping and the good life are what makes this place tick. Then too, so do sports – inside and outside. Parasailing at the beach, or the LA Lakers, there’s more professional and amateur atheltics going on in LA at any given moment, than in some countries in a year. Do not miss the LA Coliseum, Staples Center, Dodger Stadium, and many, many collegiate sports venues.

 

Vincent Thomas BridgeFor the first time visitor to LA, life can be a bit daunting. We have just touched the surface of the myriad events, places, and things to see and do here. If you ever wondered why LA is made such a big deal, the moment you touch down at LAX, you’ll understand. It’s just that big, just that beautiful, just that scary for the timid. You had better “let it all hang out” when visiting here, or your nerves will suffer.

 

Main attractions: The Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Kodak Theatre, the Griffith Observatory, Getty Center, Getty Villa, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Sign, Hollywood Boulevard, Capitol Records Tower, Los Angeles City Hall, Hollywood Bowl, Theme Building, Watts Towers, Randy's Donuts, the Staples Center, Dodger Stadium, and La Placita Olvera/Olvera Street, plus too many more to list.

 

Currency: US Dollar

Official language: English

Area: 468.670 sq mi (1,213.850 km2)

Population: 17,786,419

Electricity:

  • Voltage: 110-120 Volts (Most other areas are 220-240 Volts)
  • Primary Socket Type: North American Grounded
  • Multi-voltage appliances (laptops, etc.): Plug adapter
  • 220-240V appliances: Plug adapter + step-up transformer
  • 100V Japanese appliances: Japan to U.S. reducer transformer

 

Other places to see & things to do: Los Angeles City Hall, West Hollywood, the Los Angeles River, MacArthur Park, Fox Plaza, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles Central Library, LAX, and many more.

 

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