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The palm-lined streets and wide avenues of Los Angeles have been the subject of American pop culture for as long as Hollywood has existed. But the movies don’t prepare you for when you lay your own eyes on the Hollywood sign for the first time, nor a jaunt down the Walk of Fame. The beaches of Santa Monica, shopping centres of Rodeo Drive, and incredible culinary melange of Downtown only add to the allure of Tinseltown.
A warm breeze blows you by as you walk down the Ocean Front Walk at Venice. The characters you find there—performers, skateboarders, artists—are only one reason why this beach has become one of L.A.’s most famous destinations. Enjoying the vibe here comes naturally, but make sure to catch the iconic “Venice” sign at the Venice Beach Boardwalk, the perfect place to start your exploration of the area.
The landmark of this sun-drenched city in Los Angeles County is the Santa Monica Pier, which stretches from Colorado Avenue over the fine sandy beach to the Pacific Ocean. A visit to the Third Street Promenade, with its boutiques, street artists and restaurants, is unmissable. Along Ocean Avenue, the Palisades Park is a more tranquil affair, where you can picnic in the shade of fig and eucalyptus trees.
Finding your favourite actors on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, is one of the most quintessential things you can do in this city. The historic TCL Chinese Theatre is also the site of nearly 200 Hollywood celebrity handprints and autographs, a homage to the importance of cinema in L.A.
The largest film studios in the world, offering an exciting glimpse behind the scenes of the film industry, await you at Universal Studios Hollywood. The highlight of Universal Studios, however, is undoubtedly the rides through the original sets of well-known films such as Spider Man, Jurassic Park, King Kong and Psycho.
Nine 45-foot, white capital letters that have captured the imaginations of millions of people, towering above the Santa Monica Mountains—they await you here, on the Hollywood hills. The best view of the Hollywood Sign is from Canyon Lake Drive near the Hollywood Reservoir. You can also take great pictures of Hollywood's icon from the Griffith Observatory or Mulholland Drive.
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