Los Angeles is a city of dreams, a “blue dream” of the young and ambitious, those who come here for big money and a vibrant life. This is a city of celebrity, total luxury and well-being. And it doesn’t matter at all what really lies behind the facades of buildings and glittering decorations.
Over the years, young, energetic and beautiful people have flocked to Los Angeles. They created a special atmosphere of “chosenness”, an easy life under the bright Californian sun. Beaches, chic hotels, nightclubs, parties, trendy shops – the entire gigantic entertainment industry is at full capacity in the city.
For tourists, a trip to Los Angeles is an opportunity to see with their own eyes the habitat of Hollywood stars, to touch the magic of the film industry, and also to feel like a reckless “life-burner.”
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Los Angeles’s most famous neighborhood, home to world-renowned film studios and popular films. The most visited places in Hollywood are the famous Walk of Fame, Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard. The area’s historic theaters often host premiere screenings of future bestsellers and also award Oscars. Many celebrities are buried in the local cemetery.
2. Beverly Hills
A stylish and wealthy urban area, home to mainly celebrities, famous athletes, industrial magnates, wealthy foreigners and politicians. In 1919 the actor D. Fairbanks Jr. settled here. Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino and other famous people followed him. A bus tour of the luxurious streets of Bererly Hills is organized especially for tourists.
3. Santa Monica
The area is located in the west of Los Angeles off the coast. Like Beverly Hills, it is also home to wealthy people and celebrities. Santa Monica is a popular seaside resort, and the area gained prominence in the 1980s. XX century. Local beaches are in great demand among surfers, trendy party-goers, young pleasure seekers. To services of tourists there is an excellent infrastructure and entertainment facilities for every taste.
4. Hollywood Walk of Fame
Walking sidewalk located on Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. The site has gained fame for the star-shaped memorial plaques that are embedded in the pavement. These stars are engraved with the names of film actors, artists, cartoon characters and even individual companies. To get to the Avenue of Stars, celebrities need to apply to the Hollywood District Chamber of Commerce and pay $ 25,000.
5. Hollywood sign
The famous “HOLLYWOOD” white lettering located in the Hollywood Hills. It was featured as an advertisement for a new residential area in 1923, but over time has become a symbol of the American film industry. The inscription is known all over the world as a special brand and quality mark. It is located at an altitude of about 500 meters on the side of Mount Lee Hill. The inscription was attacked by vandals more than once, but it was quickly restored.
6. Grauman’s Chinese Theater
The theater is located on Hollywood Boulevard. The building was erected in 1927 at the expense of S. Grauman in the “pseudo-Asian” architectural style. The interior decoration is distinguished by splendor and pretentiousness, like the palace of the Chinese emperor, gilding, red color, bright frescoes prevail here. The theater is regarded as a symbol of Chinese culture. Premieres of many Hollywood films take place on its territory.
7. Kodak Theater
The stage is now called Dolby Theater. This site is like the annual Oscars – the Academy Awards. The building was opened in 2001, it is located in the historic center of Los Angeles. The theater is a multifunctional complex that includes several cinemas, nightclubs, restaurants and shops. You can go inside the theater with a guided tour that takes place every 30 minutes.
8. Walt Disney Concert Hall
The original building of modern architecture, erected in 2003 by F. Gary. This project was financed by the wife of W. Disney. The structure is designed in such a way that excellent acoustics are created in the hall. Due to their irregular shape, futuristic panels of the facade of the concert hall look like frozen blocks of ice in the bright sun.
9. Getty Center
A cultural center that is considered one of the largest in the world. It houses a huge number of priceless works of art. The museum was opened in 1997, over $ 1.3 billion was spent on its creation. The billionaire J.-P. Getty, a collector, connoisseur of antiques and a great enthusiast, actively participated in the financing. The Getty Center consists of several pavilions where paintings, sculptures, and arts and crafts are exhibited.
10. Los Angeles County Museum of Art
An art museum located in central Los Angeles. The gallery is annually visited by up to 1 million people. The museum collection, which covers almost all historical periods, has about 100 thousand items. Currently, the gallery’s funds continue to grow actively. In front of the entrance there is an original lighting installation consisting of 200 lanterns.
11. Los Angeles Museum of Natural History
The museum building is a monumental marble structure with a domed roof and a colonnade, it is included in the American Register of Historic Places. The museum was opened in 1913, subsequently, for several decades, until 1975, additional premises were added to it. The museum’s collection is considered the largest in the western part of the United States; the funds contain 33 million exhibits.
12. Petersen Automobile Museum
The museum was opened in 1994 thanks in large part to the financial contribution of media tycoon R. Peterson, who pioneered two popular car magazines. The collection of cars is located on 4 floors. A separate floor is allocated for thematic expositions dedicated to famous Hollywood films, where the plot revolves around races and cars (for example, the film “Gone in 60 Seconds”).
13. Madame Tussauds Museum
Hollywood branch of the world famous wax museum. Here you can admire Brad Pitt, Johnny Dapp, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and many other legendary celebrities, as well as TV stars and singers. It is curious that Madame Tussauds Los Angeles is more visited than the “head office” located in London.
14. The Broad
Museum of Contemporary Art, which opened in 2015. Billionaire I. Brod took part in financing the project. The building is located adjacent to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The original façade of the building consists of irregular white cells. It reminds visitors of a piece of cheese, a sponge and a subwoofer at the same time. The museum contains works by artists from the second half of the 20th century.
15. La Brea Ranch
Territory of bituminous / tar lakes in the urban area of Los Angeles, where numerous remains of prehistoric animals have been found: saber-toothed cats, mammoths, bison, giant sloths and others. There is a paleontological museum, which displays finds dating back to the late Pleistocene period. The territory of the museum is decorated with figures of mammoths and other extinct animals.
16. California Science Center
The museum was founded in the middle of the 20th century. The collection consists of exhibits demonstrating achievements in the field of astronautics, aviation, high-tech and science-intensive industries. The territory is divided into several thematic zones, a separate hall is allocated for the demonstration of the shuttle “Endeavor”. The museum also has an IMAX cinema. The science center often hosts various thematic events.
17. Griffith Observatory
The observatory is a popular tourist attraction and, at the same time, a serious scientific institution. It was opened in 1935. Visitors can attend a show or lecture at the planetarium, or see a themed exhibit showing telescopes and planetary models. During the Second World War, pilots were trained at the observatory, in the 1960s. astronauts were trained here for a flight to the moon.
18. Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
Roman Catholic cathedral built in the original postmodern style. The building has no right angles, the facade looks rather laconic, and the interior space resembles the scenery for a fantastic saga. The cathedral was erected in 2002 on the site of the temple of Saint Biviana, destroyed by an earthquake in 1994. The author of the project was the Spanish architect R. Moneo.
19. Olvera Street
Street located in the historic part of Los Angeles. The place became known during the reign of the Spaniards, then it was called “El Pueblo de la Reina”. There is a large and colorful Mexican market on the street; all kinds of fiestas, processions and musical festivals are often held here. Numerous cafes offer savory Mexican cuisine.
20. Rodeo Drive
One of the central alleys of the Beverly Hills area, a concentration of prestigious brands and a real “Mecca” of shopping. Rodeo Drive has boutiques of all well-known and respectable brands of world fashion. Local stores only sell exclusive products and provide the highest quality service. Some showrooms open by reservation only.
21. Staples Center
Sports complex, which was opened in 1999. Various mass and sporting events are held here: national leagues, championships, awards, colorful shows. The Staples Center is the home arena for many famous teams from the NHL, NBA and other sports leagues. More than 4 million people visit the arena annually, its capacity is about 20 thousand spectators (depending on the nature of the event).
22. Union Station train station
The station, built in the 30s. XX century. The architecture of the building is a mixture of colonial and modern style. The station became famous due to the fact that episodes of many famous films were filmed here, among them – “Pearl Harbor” and “Catch Me If You Can”. Metro and tram lines run through the station. The Parkinson brothers worked on the station project.
23. Hollywood Bowl
An open-air concert hall and museum located in the Hollywood Hills. Since the 20s. XX century concerts of famous musical groups such as “The Beatles” and “Depeche Mode” are held here. Also, world symphony orchestras often perform here. The building is built in the form of an amphitheater, which provides excellent acoustics. In the museum, you can look at old posters, tickets and various concert paraphernalia of past years.
24. Universal Studios Hollywood
A large amusement and amusement park designed for adults and children. In the thematic zones, visitors to the park are greeted by their favorite characters from films and cartoons. The pavilions exhibit movie sets and real shooting props. On the territory of the park, there are also operating pavilions where films are filmed. Universal Studios is located near the Hollywood area.
The famous amusement park, known to every American (and not only) from childhood. It is located in the city of Anaheim, south of Los Angeles. The park was opened in 1955 and has since acquired several branches around the world. Disneyland is a real fairytale city, where the heroes of Walt Disney live, magical castles rise, there are whole painted cities and bright memorable shows are held every day.