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Not really needing much of an introduction, Los Angeles or rather L.A to give it its more recognised trademark name is more a symbol of the States than a city.

Los Angeles

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The destination

The second most populated in USA behind New York, this area is synonymous with movie stars, motion pictures and music and has been attracting fans to her buzzing streets long before that 1990s cult film, Pretty Woman hit our screens.

And can you blame them? Home to “LA-LA” land’s most iconic district of Hollywood, this big-ticket town holds some of America’s most fashionable postcodes (or zip codes to be culturally correct), including everyone’s favourite, Beverley Hills 90210. Venue to the movie industry calendar’s most desirable evening, The Oscars, film aficionados will be wide eyed with the endless memorabilia on offer and will be in with more than a sporting chance of catching a glimpse of their idols. Or at the very least following in their footsteps with a stroll along the acclaimed Hollywood Boulevard appropriately known as the ‘Walk of Fame’.

But Los Angeles is a diverse county. Affectionately known as the ‘City of Angels’, it comprises of 10 districts all displaying unique characteristics and all offering something for everyone. Don’t be put off if you don’t know your Speilberg’s from your Scorcese’s, you won’t feel out of place. For LA boasts some of the world’s best restaurants ranging from edgy eateries in Eastside to Michelin star masterpieces in her Westside. Dive Downtown and you’ll find trendy bars in which to while away an evening. And with one of America’s largest seaports lying in Harbor Area, join the locals and hop on the day trip ferries out to one of California’s group of islands, Catalina Island lying 22 miles from the mainland. And, if you’ve the time or indeed the energy, take a turn around the district of Wilshire to satisfy a cultural craving for museums, quaint Farmer’s Markets and, an admittedly alternative but nonetheless worthwhile, trip to La Brea Tar Pits - no, not ‘Pitt’. You’re unlikely to find Brad in this National Natural Landmark.

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Top tips

  • Make like Vivien and take a stroll down Rodeo Drive.
  • Be shameless. Take that compulsory ‘selfie’ with the Hollywood sign. You’ll kick yourself in years to come if you don’t.
  • Remember to pack the bucket list; Venice Beach, Universal Studios, Walk of Fame – they’re all on your doorstep here.
  • Hire a car. LA is the home of the freeway and the gateway to California.
  • Bring your autograph book!

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