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Los Angeles Holidays Overview

The City of Angels is the most populous city in California and is surrounded by majestic mountains, exotic beaches, beautiful valleys and lush green forests. Unlike the scenarios portrayed in the Oscar winning movie Crash, Los Angeles is not as angry – in fact, people are too busy toggling with their Smartphones and chatting on cell phones to bother about those around them. Yes, Los Angeles might come across as a bit superficial, but where else in the world would an Austrian be allowed to get into the governor’s mansion.

Right from its multicultural society that boasts of being a mix of numerous influences to the waters that were imported a century ago, everything in the city seems to have come from somewhere else. There is no doubt that Los Angeles will always be associated with Hollywood and movie stars, but there is an entirely different world that can be found in the city. The city boasts of numerous museums and art galleries, fabulous theatres, authentic collections, a vibrant nightlife, more than 8500 restaurants and 1000 things to do and approximately 400 hotels to choose from.

So you’re in love with the big city life and its beautiful attractions? Take some time out to check out the sophisticated displays of the Getty Center or check out beautiful vintage cars at the Nethercutt Museum. Love the theatre and concerts? Visit the Walt Disney Concert Hall or the Hollywood Bowl and become a part of one of their many shows. Wish to check out over the top sights? Go for a tour of the Universal Studios Hollywood and Disneyland or walk along the boulevards of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Tired of the everyday clichéd big city attractions? Explore the Griffith Park, The Los Angeles Zoo or the Runyon Canyon Park for entirely unique experiences. Irrespective of what your heart desires, the city of Los Angeles always has more than enough to offer.

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Los Angeles holidays - Top Places To Go

1. Hollywood
What is it? Los Angeles is the film and entertainment capital of the world and the name 'Hollywood' is the embodiment of glamour, success and money; the place where films are made, television shows are recorded and stars take up residence. The famous Hollywood sign on the hills above the city has become the enduring symbol of the movie industry and of Los Angeles itself - the 50ft-high (15m) white letters can be seen from miles away. The historic heart of the movie industry is centred on Hollywood Boulevard where millions of visitors flock to see landmark attractions and museums. The impressive Mann's (Grauman's) Chinese Theatre is famous for its courtyard where over 200 stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Clint Eastwood and Frank Sinatra have set their signatures and imprints of their hands or feet in cement. For many years the theatre has been the spot for movie premieres and is modelled on a Chinese temple with columns, dragons and an ornate interior. Passing in front of the theatre is the mile-long Walk of Fame, the world-famous sidewalk embedded with the names of legendary television, film, radio, theatre and recording greats engraved within pink granite stars. More than 2,500 celebrities are honoured, including Elvis Presley, Charlie Chapman, Marilyn Monroe and Michael Jackson. The cylindrical Capitol Records Tower is one of the most recognisable buildings in the city and is supposed to resemble a 12-storey stack of records with a needle on top that blinks out 'h-o-l-l-y-w-o-o-d' in Morse code. Other attractions include the Kodak Theatre designed to host the Academy Awards, and the Hollywood Entertainment Museum, as well as the Hollywood Guinness World Records Museum, the Hollywood Wax Museum and the Ripley's 'Believe It or Not!' Museum. Hours of Operation: Hollywood Entertainment Museum opens daily 10am to 6pm (summer) and 11am to 6pm in winter (closed Wednesdays). The Guinness World Records Museum opens daily 10am to midnight; Wax Museum daily 8am to midnight; Ripley's ?Believe It or Not!' Museum open daily 10am to 11pm (until midnight on weekends) Phone:Mann's Chinese Theatre (323) 461 3331, Walk of Fame (323) 469 8311, Hollywood Entertainment Museum (323) 465 7900, Guinness World Records Museum (323) 463 6433, Wax Museum (323) 462 5991, Ripley's ?Believe It or Not!' Museum (323) 466 6335



2. Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza, University City
What is it? One of the most popular attractions in Los Angeles is Universal Studios Hollywood, reputedly the world's biggest film studio and theme park. The main attraction is the Studio Tour, a narrated tram ride that traverses the huge complex, passing stars' dressing rooms and famous back-lot sets, including an Old West town, the town square in 'Back to the Future' films, as well as Jurassic Park III and 'Curse of the Mummy's Tomb' sets. Along the way visitors will experience several realistic staged-disasters such as an earthquake, an avalanche, an attack by 'Jaws' and a meeting with an enormous version of 'King Kong'. Besides the tours there is a theme park that provides a thrilling introduction to the principles of special effects with several attractions and movie-related rides. The popular 'Back to the Future' ride is a simulated jerky flight in a time machine with exceptional special effects and is one of the park's best rides. The 'Jurassic Park' ride is a tour through a jungle full of frightening dinosaurs ending with an 84ft (26m) near-vertical drop into water. Other attractions include the spectacular 'Waterworld' live action stunt performance, a realistic warehouse fire in 'Backdraft', a 'Terminator 2' 3-D show, and animal tricks on 'Animal Planet Live!' Universal CityWalk is a separate venue with shops, restaurants, cinemas and nightclubs. Hours of Operation: Opening times vary according to season and visitors are advised to check beforehand. Generally open daily in summer from 8am to 10pm (June to September), and in winter from 10am to 6pm (September to June) Phone:(818) 622 3801



3. Warner Bros Studios
4000 Warner Boulevard, Burbank
What is it? The tour at Warner Bros offers a comprehensive behind-the-scenes look at an authentic working studio and provides more of a technical slant than the Universal Studios tour, focussing on the authentic filmmaking procedure. The informative two-hour tour takes visitors to view the sets, prop construction, wardrobe and sound department, as well as visiting active film and television sets where it is sometimes possible to watch actors in the midst of filming. There is also an introductory film and museum depicting the studio's film history. Hours of Operation: Open for tours from Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm (9am to 3pm in winter). Reservations are required Phone:(818) 954 3000



Los Angeles holidays - Top Events


1. Tournament of Roses

From 2007-01-01

To 2007-01-01

What is it? This festival has been a Pasadena tradition for over a century and is one of the most colourful events in the world. The New Year's Day celebrations feature the Rose Parade, which is a breathtaking spectacle of marching bands, equestrian units and magnificent floats, completely covered in flowers and petals. Float construction takes about a year to complete and the Post Parade is an opportunity for the public to admire the fantastic workmanship and the floral creativity from close up. After the parade the Rose Bowl Game takes place between two college champions and is renowned as the 'Superbowl' of college football. Where is it? Rose Parade: Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena. Rose Bowl Game: Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena



2. Doo Dah Parade

From 2007-11-01

To 2007-11-19

What is it? Known as the 'other' parade, the Doo Dah Parade began as a parody of the Rose Parade - where the one had a list of rules and regulations and invited performers, the other decided to exult in the opposite with no theme, no judges and no commercials. Every year thousands of marching groups or acts are led through the streets in a colourful procession of humour, eccentricity and mayhem, doing almost anything they please and attracting enormous crowds of spectators along the route. Entries are unusual and entertaining, and have included Dead Rose Queens, The Spawn of Captain James T. Kirk, the Royal Doo Dah Orchestra, the Invisible Man Marching Band, Caesar's Circus, BBQ and Hibachi Marching Grill Team and Bungee Barbies, among others. Where is it? Pasadena Old Town



3. Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival

From 2007-09-14

To 2007-09-16

What is it? The world's largest lobster festival is one of the city's great food events, in deference to the Maine lobster. The focus is on fresh steamed hot lobster meals, but in addition there is a variety of other seafood done the Californian way, as well as many international dishes. The festival also features non-stop live entertainment and activities for all ages, from magicians and lobster-calling contests, to music, dancing and arts and crafts, and the Lobster Dog Pet Parade, in memory of Bob the official mascot of the lobster fleet, where costumed dogs are invited to compete for the grand cash prize. Where is it? Ports O'Call village, Harbourfront, San Pedro



4. Whale-Watching

From 2007-01-01

To 2007-03-31

What is it? During the annual migration of the Californian Gray Whale from Alaska to Mexico, whales can be seen passing along the California Coast and numerous whale-watching excursions are available from Los Angeles city harbours or further south from the city of Dana Point. In January, the annual Whale Fiesta celebrates the start of the season at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, with a family day filled with activities, exhibitions, contests, arts and crafts, food, music and talks. In March the Dana Point Festival of Whales features fairs, street processions, and non-stop entertainment for the whole family. Where is it?



5. Chinese New Year Festival

From 2007-02-18

To 2007-02-18

What is it? The greatest annual spectacle in Chinatown is the colourful Chinese New Year celebrations, which is famous for its Golden Dragon Parade involving a magnificent procession of painted, undulating dragons. Contests, fairs, firecrackers and lots of authentic food highlight the festivities. Where is it? Chinatown




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