Ah, the City of Angels. The Big Orange. La-La Land.
Ah, the City of Angels. The Big Orange. La-La Land. Entertainment Capital of the World. Los Angeles, California has as many aliases as it does personalities and even more hotel deals. L.A. needs no formal introduction; it’s the renowned city of awful traffic, Hollywood glitz and extravagance. But your take-away impression of L.A. depends heavily on where you lay down and what kind of deal you get.
One of L.A.’s most iconic hotels is Rodeo Drive’s Beverly Wilshire. Remember Pretty Woman? This Four Seasons property is as much a tourist draw as the expensive shopping district it’s nestled in. And let’s face it, Rodeo Drive is more about star-spotting and the experience than it is about great deals on fashion, but you can occasionally snag fantastic hotel deals from the Beverly Wilshire.
Visiting L.A. for the holidays? Be sure to catch the famed annual Rose Parade January 1st in Pasedena.
A must-visit L.A. stop is the Original Farmer’s Market which began during the depression era and still provides some of the best food and people watching in town, without actually having farmers selling their produce anymore.
Everyone talks about San Francisco’s Chinatown and New York’s Little Italy and Miami’s Little Havana but Los Angeles boasts its own iconic ethnic enclave; Little Tokyo. It is 12 city blocks of distinctly Japanese architecture and rampant commercialism. Delightful.
Soak up some culture and art at the famed Getty Center. Take a picture with your favorite “stars” on the Hollywood Walk of Fame before heading over to the Hollywood sign or Warner Bros. Studios. Follow up with Grauman’s Chinese Theatre where stars’ hand and footprints are immortalized in cement. Great hotel deals are up for grabs from the conveniently located Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles which puts you in the midst of L.A.’s glitterati.
Once you’ve had your fill of star-chasing, take in less promoted stops in L.A. that include Mulholland Drive, along the top of the Hollywood Hills and giving you spectacular views of Los Angeles. Olvera Street is L.A.’s oldest street and hosts fun events like the “Blessing of the Animals” and “Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead).
Kid-friendly sites include the California Science Center and Botanical Gardens. The beaches of Southern California along with its deserts and missions are all within an hour or two of L.A. and just an hour south is Disneyland with its two theme parks and the surrounding entertainment, shopping and dining.
A personality for each nickname and a hotel deal around every corner, L.A. is calling your name!