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Los Angeles Sights
Overview of Sights
Los Angeles maybe perceived as a sprawling metropolis from the desert to the ocean-but the reality is the main sights that represent a large makeup and population of the city are within a 20 mile-square rectangle radius from the beach to Hollywood. Hollywood and Venice Beach are the two most popular sights and have high numbers of tourists but are also good points to capture tour buses for the more off the beaten path areas of LA.
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Los Angeles has an expansive beach system that extends over 30 miles. Every beach is different from the next with the primary beaches being Santa Monica, Venice and Malibu.
The Grove is a major shopping destination for local Angelenos as well as a major reference point for celebrity sightings. In addition to shopping, the Grove is a full entertainment complex as well.
Santa Monica is an upscale, sea side city that has upscale restaurants, home to the Third Street Promenade and white sandy beaches that stretch for miles.
Venice Beach is over a mile long stretch of beach and boardwalk that is full of colors, colorful people, roller blading, pipe and T-Shirt shops-all against a backdrop of the Pacific Ocean.
Downtown Los Angeles has beomce one of the biggest up and coming success stories in the past decade. Home to brand new entertainment centers, lofts and home of the Staples Center where the Lakers play.
Made famous by the OJ Simpson trial, Brentwood is the cozy (but with serious traffic) neighborhood on LA's westside. Home to a large celebrity population and highest cluster of Italian Restaurants in the city.
Malibu is a small town on the beach with a big heart. Home to countless celebrities, beach side restaurants, a world famous surf scene and breath taking views. A 45 minute to hour drive from Hollywood.
Walk of Fame lines the sidewalks of Hollywood. Most predominately along Hollywood Blvd, the attraction can't be missed and would take all day to see every star.
Perched on a hillside and facing south of Los Angeles, the Hollywood Sign has come to represent dreams, ambition and all things film, TV and glamour.
Hollywood and Highland Center is the location to catch tour buses to see celebrity homes, movie studios and Beverly Hills. An extensive entertainment center and home to the Academy Awards-the venue is home to dozens hotels, restaurants and activities.