"My Hometown: Los Angeles" Top 5 Page for this destination Los Angeles by Erin74
Los Angeles Travel Guide: 4,435 reviews and 8,977 photos
Los Angeles tends to get a bad rap from people who think of it as being full of shallow, beautiful people and not much else. Many people aren't sure what to see in Los Angeles aside from the obligatory theme parks and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Well, I'm here to tell you that Los Angeles is a great place to live and to visit. The thing about Los Angeles is that it's not like New York. You won't discover it by just walking down the street. You have to dig a little deeper, ask a few more questions, and be open to exploring the nooks and crannies of the area.
Los Angeles is a very young city. When you talk about something "historical" in Los Angeles, you're probably talking about the 1920s. While there are still many examples of fine art deco architecture in L.A., its real history is not to be found in buildings. Los Angeles was built on oil, shipping and movies. People came here chasing a dream and built lives that reflected those dreams. As you drive around Los Angeles (and you must drive), look carefully for all the little oddities. Talk to people on the street (we're pretty friendly) and see what they have to say. Check out the museums and the old movie houses. Explore. This is the real L.A.--- you won't find it at Universal Studios.
Best Fine Dining:
Best pedestrian shopping areas:
3rd Street Promenade
The Grove (at the Farmer's Market)
LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)
The Getty Center (for the architecture and views)
Best Movie Theatres:
Mann's Chinese Theatre (enormous theatre with elaborate decor and a huge screen)
Grove 14 (Stadium-style seating in a well-designed theatre)
Best specialty theatres:
The New Beverly (run down theatre with bad prints.. but where else can you see a double feature of Apocalypse Now and The Godfather for $5?)
The Silent Movie Theatre (See my page on this for more details-- it's a truly unique place!)
Most Luxurious Hotels:
The Regent Beverly Wilshire
The Ritz Carlton (Pasadena and Marina Del Rey)
Most central and convenient areas to stay in if you're visiting L.A.:
Best Hotels at the Beach:
Shutters on the Beach
Casa Del Mar
Burke Williams Day Spa (in Santa Monica and West Hollywood)
Rooftop Bar at the Standard Downtown
Best Live Music:
The Hollywood Bowl
Best Places to take Kids:
Disneyland (not technically in L.A.-- it's an hour south)
The California Science Center
Aquarium of the Pacific (also not in L.A.-- it's in Long Beach, about 40 min. south)
Best Place to Get Tickets to TV Show Tapings:
Audiences Unlimited (818-753-3470)
Best "haunted" sights:
The Pantages Theatre (supposedly haunted by Howard Hughes)
Chateau Marmont (supposedly John Belushi)
The Knickerbocker Hotel (supposedly haunted by Rudolph Valentino, Marilyn Monroe and Harry Houdini)
Points of Architectural Interest:
The Getty Center
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
- Pros:Great weather, good shopping, lots of diversity, great cultural events/activities, excellent dining, friendly people.
- Cons:Traffic, traffic, traffic.
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