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Summary of a Los Angeles City Guide

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Written by Duke Stewart

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Summary of a Los Angeles City Guide

Seeing Los Angeles and doing it right can seem like as overwhelming and tall as the city’s skyline. Over 80 neighborhoods and districts make Los Angeles seem like a never-ending maze of sights and sounds but first, where do you start? This summary of a Los Angeles city guide is your ticket to getting around with no hassles!

Downtown Entertainment and Food

Downtown is a perfect place to begin your trip, as it’s the city’s transportation hub and home to entertainment beehives like L.A. Live. Stay at the J.W. Marriott and catch a Lakers game at the Staples Center or take a walk through Little Tokyo and its beautiful Zen Garden. Chinatown is great for those in search of food paradise. If you’re still hungry, don’t miss Grand Central Market. It’s a Los Angeles favorite for foodies interested in a quick bite or some produce to take home. Stay at the Westin Bonaventure or the L.A. Hotel Downtown, as both are near the Chinese Theatre and within walking distance from the Hollywood sign.

Hollywood Stars

Speaking of Hollywood, here’s how to get right into this entertainment mecca. Stay at the Loews Hollywood Hotel or the Dixie Hollywood and you’re right near the corner of Hollywood and Vine, where you can take a stroll on the Walk of Fame. New stars get christened once or twice each month so you might happen upon a celebrity while walking around. Stop by Paramount Pictures and look inside one of your favorite movies. Music lovers have a wealth of choices but should definitely catch a show at the Hollywood Bowl or the Whiskey-a-Go-Go.

Beaches for Everyone

Everyone loves a good day trip to the beach and L.A. has such a wide variety. Surfers will flock to Surfrider Beach in Malibu for the three-point break waves that keep the adrenaline pumping. Keep going and you’ll find Zuma Beach for a quieter experience. The carnival atmosphere and gorgeous sand at Venice Beach will be enough fun for an entire afternoon. Santa Monica Bay has everything a family might ever want, with amusement rides galore and the iconic pier that keeps reeling in visitors. Venice and Santa Monica will have the most amenities out of the bunch so keep that in mind when you’re preparing for the day.

Honorable Mentions

L.A. really has everything for all kinds of travelers, from great eats and cultural finds to the stars and sand. Honorable mentions outside of these big three include Universal Studios Hollywood, a family favorite. The Griffith Observatory will give you a spectacular city panorama from Mount Hollywood and hikers will rush to Runyon Canyon Park in search of Inspiration Point.

As always when in L.A., keep an eye out for celebrities and you’ll likely strike gold. Depending on when and where you stay, there’s always something to do. There’s really little else you can ask for before heading to L.A. Check out these hot places and you’re guaranteed to get the most out of Los Angeles. Enjoy your stay!

About the author

Duke Stewart

I'm a writer and recovering American expat who shares my family's travels through life. Follow our adventures here and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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