Los Angeles, the second-largest city in USA is situated in Southern California on the West Coast of USA is home to Hollywood and celebrities. From the dry hills of Santa Monica to the Pacific Ocean, this city is surrounded by mountains and valleys is home to over 17 million people. The city of Los Angeles or initial L.A is known or regarded as the entertainment capital of the world and for good reason. Many television shows, movies and music are produced here in this city of Angels and are enjoyed all over the world. With the city’s world-class show-business history and the chance to rub shoulders with a celebrity (if your lucky) draws millions of visitors to city. It has also made the city a magnet to dreamers – where many come in hope to find rich and fame and many others have their dreams become reality.
I have seen and experience that, Los Angeles is a city where tourists will always find something exciting going on every day from movie sets to concerts and live performing art productions. With its beautiful beaches, theme parks, amusement parks, zoos, aquariums, sport stadiums, world-class museums, shopping malls, nature parks and hiking trails and all year-round sunny weather are also big attractions. I must say, there is plenty to love about the tourists attractions in Los Angeles and there is never a shortage of fun and adventure and even outdoor enthusiasts won’t be disappointed either. This city has it all and is endless.
With all its fun and adventure and anyone familiar with the city of Los Angeles, knows that just taking a drive through the area is mad chaotic than anyone could ever imagine. Loops, circuits, zig zags and overhead roads makes it one of the busiest road on the land. Being the city that is USA’s main entry point to America is not only is the busiest road but makes it one of the most busiest airport in the world. Los Angeles is the largest and most populous city in the state of California and the cultural, financial and commercial centre of Southern California. Nicknamed the “City of Angels” partly because of its name’s Spanish meaning. This mega city is known for its mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity and sprawling metropolis.
I first came to Los Angeles in 2005 from Cairns via Guam and Hawaii, an adventure that have been on my bucket list since childhood. I came back to this mega city in 2010 and 2012 to explore more of this distinct city. There are so many places to explore and one of my favourite road drives takes you through Hollywood and the Beverly Hills where rich celebrities live, through Hollywood boulevard, Hall of Fame street and Disneyland.
After a long flight from Brisbane, Australia to Los Angeles (L.A), I needed at least 2 days to recover from jet-lag. I spend most of the day relaxing in my hotel room, barely going out of the room, except for relaxing by the poolside which I find it very energising. The next day, my tour of Los Angeles began and end with the unique culture of the city and county. I packed my backpack and grabbed my camera, using Los Angeles travel guide to make my way around this city with endless entertainment. Apart from shopping and other adventures I have done, to me, Los Angeles sightseeing is not complete without a stop at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where you can see the hand-prints of your favourite celebrities and Disneyland, where you meet all your favourite and famous Disneyland characters like Mickey-Mouse
Staying in the heart of Anaheim in Orange County, home to Disneyland meant that I was just a short distance away from this world famous theme park – Disneyland. Taking a trip to this famous theme park was something I will never experience another locale so devoted to the creation of fun activities and adventure thrills. Disneyland was the first of Walt Disney’s chain of theme parks. It had been the star tourist attraction in the city of Anaheim since 1955 and right next to the original park is California Adventure, which features rides and attractions. This meticulously maintained amusement parks are laid out in themed areas ranging from Tomorrowland and Fantasyland to Hollywood Land and Cars Land. Costumed performers wander the parks, offering children and fans once-in-a-lifetime encounters with their favourite Disney characters.
This theme park caters the whole package of entertainment for the whole family, including adults. You will find yourself in a candy-land, swinging from thrill rides to thrill rides and meeting all your favourite Disneyland characters from Mickey-mouse to Cinderella and many more. The parks fun and adventure thrills are endless. My favourite part of the day at Disneyland was the evening parade. Just before the theme park closes its doors for the day, they have the grand-finale parade where all the Disneyland characters come out and parade along the parks main street. Here they display their magical moments of thrills, full of colours, glamour and musical themes. You will truly feel the fairyland and dreamland and wishing it could continued forever. It was just mesmerising for everyone.
Located around an hour’s drive from Anaheim is Hollywood situated in the central region of Los Angeles. With densely populated neighbourhood is not only notable as the home of the US film industry but Hollywood Walk of Fame. This idea of memorialising celebrities with stars embedded into sidewalks was conceived in the 1950s as a way to keep the glamour of Hollywood alive. Today, there are more than 3000 stars have been added since the first permanent installation at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Gower Street in 1960. Without any surprise, each year, around 10 million visitors stroll along the mile-long stretch of sidewalk in search of their favourite actor, singer, musician, director or television personality. This is what I exactly did – to see the hand-print of my favourite star – Pierce Borsnan.
While visiting Hollywood, take time to visit the famous Chinese Theatre which is in front of Hollywood Walk of Fame which has seen some of Hollywood’s most glamorous movies stars and premieres. In Hollywood, you cannot walk away without a visit to the famous Rodeo Drive. This place is tucked away in a 16-square-block area known as the Golden Triangle in the exclusive neighbourhood of Beverly Hills which is the most famous shopping street. While few come to buy the high-priced designer clothing and accessories sold in luxury shops, Rodeo Drive is nevertheless a tourist hot spot. Yes, window-shopping is irresistible on this avenue of haute couture, and there is always the chance of spotting a celebrity shopping for the latest styles. This place is incredibly so attractive with its “faux-European” architecture and cobblestone street. It certainly looks more like a theme park than a mall. My self-guide tour ended with a drive around Hollywood and Beverly Hills.
From personal perspective: Taking time out to visit some of the most expensive and exclusive areas of certain places, it makes me wonder what it is like to be living that lifestyle. In contrast, taking time out to visit some of the slumps in few countries I have visited, it gives me a first-hand knowledge of how they live. It certainly do open our eyes when we travel.
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