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Los Angeles is one of the biggest cities in California and in the United States with 10 million population and it has so much to offer in every area of the city!

Los Angeles is divided into seven different districts, that offer a rich cultural environment.

Downtown

Downtown Los Angeles Downtown is the centre of Los Angeles, the central business district of Los Angeles, located close to the geographic center of the metropolitan area.

This area includes a lot of attractions: the Grand Central Market, the MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), the Disney Concert Hall, the Music Center, Olvera Street, Chinatown, Little Tokyo, the Natural History Museum and the Japanese-American Museum.

Downtown hostes some of the most unique and wonderful examples of American and International architecture. In the centre of Los Angeles you can visit some ethnic areas as Chinatown where you will find a wide, main, busy street with a lot of small shops and restaurants; Little Tokyo, known as J-Town and Olvera Street, where Los Angeles was founded and it is known as El Pueblo de Los Angeles.
Here you can find the oldest house of Los Angeles and you can have a tour to see what it looked like at that time. El Pueblo de Los Angeles is mostly filled with Mexican trinket stands and Mexican restaurants.

You can't forget to visit the Bradbury Building: built in 1893, this is one of Southern California's most remarkable architectural achievements. Its exterior is modest but it lies an amazing light-filled Victorian court of 50 feet with open cage elevators, elegant marble stairs and ornate iron railings. The Bradbury building has been the setting of a lot of movies, as Blade Runner in 1982.

You have to remember also the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, opened in 2002 spending about $200 million and the Library Tower structured in 73 floors and with its 1,017 feet, it is the tallest building between Chicago and Hong Kong.


Eastside

In the Eastside of Los Angeles you can find the neighborhoods of Los Feliz, Silverlake, Echo Park and MacArthur Park.

Don't forget to visit the Derby Dolls: Los Angeles has revived a sport that peaked in the 1970's, and tickets to roller derby matches can be purchased by over 21 years old. Here you can find a lot of beautiful green areas as the Echo Park, a really nice lakeside park, perfect for picnics, the Griffith Park and the MacArthur Park famous thanks to Charlie Chaplin's films near this lake, which was one of his favorite places.

Silver Lake Reservoir embrace a beautiful walking and jogging path. With its over 2 miles long, it offers a beautiful way to get outdoors and for what concerns the theatres don't forget El Cid that proposes one of the last dinner theatre options in Los Angeles. The menu is basicly Spanish and the shows change depending on the night and range from flamenco performances to tongue-in-cheek burlesque.


Harbor Area

The Harbor Area of Los Angeles is an industrial district: here you can find the Port of Los Angeles, and the Port of Long Beach, the busiest port along the Pacific Coast.

You can take a cruise, or a ferry to Catalina Island but after that there is not a lot of things to do and to visit for the traveler or tourist.

For what concerns the museums I suggest you the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, San Pedro Bay Historical Society and the Banning Residence Museum: check its web sites if you need more informations for the organization of your travel.



Hollywood

Hollywood Los AngelesHollywood is the business and residential district of Los Angeles where you can find the most fascinating boulevards of Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood Boulevard and Melrose Avenue.

Hollywood Blvd. is famous for its entertainment history, Sunset Blvd. for its clubs and nightlife and Melrose Avenue is known for its shopping and nightlife.

Walking through Hollywood requires a pair of sunglasses, a camera, a lot of cash and patience. Hollywood Blvd. is the centre of LA's tourist madness. Thousands of tourists come daily to visit the Walk of Fame with its 2000 bronze-inlaid stars, its famous theatres, souvenir shops and museums.

In this gorgeous area you can visit the giant Hollywood sign on Mt. Lee, that overlook LOs Angeles, the Grauman's Chinese Theatre that regularly rolls out the red carpet for movie premieres, the Kodak theatre that hosts the famous Academy Awards and the Hollywood and Highland Mall where you can buy whatever you want.
Paramount is the only major studio still headquartered in Hollywood, but the area remains anyway an important centre of the entertainment industry with its myriad production and broadcast facilities.

If you are searching for something relaxing you can go to the Griffit park where you can visit the Planetarium and the Observatory: the observatory parking lot offers you a terrific view of the Hollywood sign. Here you can visit also the L.A. zoo with its rare animals in its 113 acres. The zoo's major attractions is its five sea lions, as also the red apes and chimps.

If you love art exhibitions don't forget the Hollywood Wax Museum, devoted to celebrities with over 180 figures at any time and the Ripley's Believe it or Not, a Museum about the unusual and the unbelievable with interactive illusions and a gallery.


South Central

South Central is a relatively impoverished area of Los Angeles infamous for gang violence of this last years. Despite its reputation,here you can find a lot of beautiful things to visit as Leimert Park that has developed as an African-American cultural center.

Here you can admire the Watts Towers, 17 interconnected structures, two of which reach heights of over 99 feet, the Shrine Auditorium, a big venue that holds the Emmy's and other award shows, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the University of Southern California that hosts many free or cheap musical and theatrical performances every month : tickets can be purchased on campus at the Ticket Office but sometimes it is really hard to find them.
The university hosts 30.000 students and has trained celebrities as Neil Amstrong and has had a gold-medal-winning athlete in every summer Olympics since 1912.


Westside

Los Angeles seaWestside is generally is the most affluent area of Los Angeles, closer to the Pacific Ocean and where you can find a lot of used and new bookstores, art movie theaters, inexpensive restaurants and coffee houses.

The most famous and beautiful museums are The Museum of Tolerance, a museum inspired by the Holocaust, an highly interactive museum that engages kids (about 10 and older). A highlight of the museum is priceless and the live testimonies by Holocaust survivors.

The J. Paul Getty Museum is about the Getty's collection of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present against a backdrop of dramatic architecture, tranquil gardens, and breathtaking views.
In the end but not at least, the Hammer Museum that houses a continual changing of modern and classic art exhibitions.


Greater Westside

In the Greater Westside you can visit Koreatown but also Hancock Park is very famous. Walk along Larchmont Blvd. and look into the overpriced but homey boutiques along HP's main street.

For local Oaxacan & Salvadoran culture, walk along Pico Blvd between Vermont & Normandie and admire Latino Catholic imagery & icons at one of the numerous local markets before heading over to Papa Cristo's for Greek. Go to Sycamore to see amazing Art Deco homes and apartment buildings.
The most amazing museum to visit is the Petersen Automotive Museum, a huge exposition of rare cars.


Beverly Hills Los AngelesThere are 88 cities in Los Angeles County so, as well as Los Angeles you have to visit Beverly Hills, home to many celebrities, as well as some amazing high-end shopping ,Venice, where in its main beachfront we will find the Muscle Beach, Santa Monica with its famous pier and beach, Pasadena, the home of the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl Stadium on New Year's day and Long Beach, home to the famous ship Queen Mary and other common tourist stops as the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden.


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