We Love Los Angeles!
You’ve probably visited the Hollywood sign in a film, walked down the Sunset Strip in a music video and stood outside the Kodak Theatre in a TV series. Immortalised in films, art, television and music, Los Angeles is one of the world’s most exciting travel destinations. Holidaymakers from all over descend on America’s west coast capital to experience the glitz of Hollywood, the beauty of California’s coast and the countless cultural attractions on offer.
And this month, with the United States celebrating Labour Day weekend, Los Angeles is a particularly enticing holiday option with The Taste festival, a four-day food and drink extravaganza taking place from September 2 to 5 featuring the city’s top restaurants and live demos from celebrity chefs. If you’re a true foodie and keen to eat your way through California’s culinary hub, then be sure to plan your trip around The Taste.
But when you’re not sampling dishes from five star eateries, you’ll want to check out some of LA’s most famed attractions. For the movie lover, kick start your day early at the Hollywood Walk of Fame where some 2,000 celebrities have been honoured with plaques along the iconic sidewalk. And along the Walk of Fame, you’ll find Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, a popular spot for movie premieres. Next, make your way to The Studios at Paramount, the place where television and movie magic happens. A collection of stages and backlots, The Studios is where some of the most famous films and TV series have been made, from Seinfeld to Mr and Mrs Smith, and is the ultimate attraction for any film buff.
Once you’ve had your fill of movies, it’s time to discover LA like a true celebrity. First up, shopping! For an A-list retail experience in LA, you can begin at Robertson Boulevard. Home to stores like Kitson and Madison and restaurants including the celeb favourite The Ivy, Robertson almost guarantees a star sighting or two. Likewise, a trip to Melrose Avenue can up your chances of spotting a star and picking up some seriously stylish clothes along the way.
And as the sun sets over the City of Angels, it’s time to party like a star. From dance clubs like LAX to ultra-chic lounges like Hyde, a favourite of Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton, there’s no shortage of places to party like a star!
While you’re there...
Hike the Canyon
The Runyon Canyon Loop is one of the city’s most famous hiking trails, offering unparalleled views of Los Angeles, the Hollywood sign and Hollywood Hills. Begin at the end of Fuller Avenue and take the well marked trail all the way up to the summit at Cloud’s Rest, a particularly beautiful sight at sunset.
Go Down to Chinatown
As the first established Chinatown in the United States, LA’s landmark district is ideal for those looking for an exciting culture hit. Crowded and hectic, it’s a fun, adrenaline-filled experience filled with fascinating sights and spots to dine.
Hit the Coast
With 35 public beaches, LA is the perfect place to enjoy some fun in the sun. Santa Monica is a beautiful seaside area in LA County boasting incredible restaurants overlooking the coast, fab shopping and plenty of spots to soak up the sun.
Where to stay
Beverly Wilshire (00 1 310 275 5200, www.fourseasons.com/beverlywilshire)
If budget is no concern, there really is only one obvious choice for a luxury holiday in LA – the Beverly Wilshire. The Four Seasons operated hotel in the heart of Beverly Hills is beautifully opulent, from the rooms to the bars!
The Sunset Tower (00 1 323 654 7100, www.sunsettowerhotel.com)
You may recognise this famous LA landmark from such films as The Italian Job, Get Shorty and The Player and today, this Art Deco hotel remains one of the coolest places to stay in the city.
Stay (00 1 213 213 7829, www.stayhotels.com)
Located in the heart of LA, near the iconic Hollywood district, Stay is a trendy budget boutique hotel that offers a comfortable and vibrant, yet cheap option for those looking to save some money but still enjoy a stylish stay in LA.
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