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    Los Angeles - a brief overview

    Known variously as the City of Angels, Tinsel Town and La-La Land, Los Angeles is one of the world’s favourite cities thanks to its booming movie industry. Familiar sights lurk around every corner, whether you’re on Sunset Boulevard, in Beverley Hills or standing beneath the city’s iconic Hollywood sign.

    Nevertheless, there are surprises to be had if you know where to look. Quaint Pasadena bears a striking resemblance to Disney’s Main Street USA and Glendale is home to some of the best shopping in the city, while further afield, Ventura and Malibu are wonderful for nature lovers.

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    TCL Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame

    6925 Hollywood Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90028
    Tel: +1 323 461 3331
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    Built in 1927 by the flamboyant Sid Grauman, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is the most famous of LA’s art deco movie palaces and is home to the Hollywood Walk of Fame which commemorates the biggest stars in La-La Land.

    Universal Studios

    100 Universal City Plaza
    Universal City, CA 91608
    Tel: +49 800 864 8377
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    Opening times: Daily 1000-1800

    One of the world’s largest theme parks, Universal Studios boasts a mixture of hair-raising rides, studio tours and a petting area featuring retired animal actors.

    Griffith Observatory

    2800 East Observatory Road
    Los Angeles, CA 90027
    Tel: +1 213 473 0800
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    Opening times: Wed-Fri 1200-2200, Sat-Sun 1000-2200

    Perched high above the city, close to the famous Hollywood sign, the art deco Griffith Observatory was renovated in 2006 and now boasts its own planetarium as well as stunning views over Tinsel Town.

    Getty Center

    1200 Getty Center Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90049
    Tel: +1 310 440 7300
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    Opening times: Tues-Fri and Sun 1000-1730, Sat 1000-2100

    Housed in a vast futuristic-looking building, the Getty Center is home to one of the world’s largest collection of photographs, as well as painting and sculpture from all over the world.

    L.A. Zoo

    5333 Zoo Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90027
    Tel: +1 323 644 4200
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    Opening times: Daily 1000-1700

    Covering 133 hectares (328 acres), LA Zoo, and the adjoining botanical garden, is one of LA’s most popular attractions, thanks to its coterie of rare animals, including the mountain tapir, and multimillion-dollar elephant enclosure.

    The Autry

    4700 Western Heritage Way
    Los Angeles, CA 90027
    Tel: +1 323 667 2000
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    Opening times: Tues-Fri 1000-1600, Sat-Sun1000-1700

    The Autry is home to the Museum of the American West, which charts the history of the area and its people, including Native Americans. With more than 21,000 artefacts, the museum also has the largest collection of Indian art after the Smithsonian.


    1313 Disneyland Drive
    Anaheim, CA 92802
    Tel: +1 714 781 4565
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    Opening times: Daily 0800-0000

    The first, and some say best, of the six Disney resorts, Disneyland includes eight themed ‘lands’, including Main Street USA, Tomorrowland and Frontierland, each of which contains rides and attractions of varying speed.

    Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, CA 91108
    Tel: +1 626 405 2100
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    Opening times: Mon and Wed-Fri 1200-1630, Sat-Sun 1030-1630

    The former home of railroad tycoon Henry E Huntington is packed with art, antiques and rare books, as well as works by Gainsborough and Lawrence. Outside is an 81-hectare (200-acre) botanical garden, including the stunning ‘Garden of Flowing Fragrance’.

    Grammy Museum at LA Live

    800 West Olympic Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90015
    Tel: +1 213 765 6800
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    Opening times: Mon-Fri 1130-1930, Sat-Sun 1000-1930

    Part of the L.A. Live entertainment complex, the Grammy Museum is dedicated to all things musical and includes a fascinating exhibition on the technology of recording.

    Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

    250 South Grand Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
    Tel: +1 213 626 6222
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    Opening times: Mon and Fri 1100-1700, Tues and Thurs 1100-2000, Sat-Sun 1100-1800

    Housed inside an Arata Isozaki-designed red sandstone building, MOCA is home to one of the finest collections of 20th-century art in America, including works by artists of the calibre of Mondrian and Rothko.

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    Country overview

    From its vast plains, snow-covered mountains, deep forests and strange rock formations, to soaring skyscrapers and a thunderous cultural scene, the USA is a collage of extremes. Nothing can prepare you for your first glimpse of Manhattan’s unforgettable skyline, your first ride in a yellow cab, the ubiquitous hamburger joints, yawning expanses of prairie, the sweet strains of New Orleans jazz, or the neon-lit excesses of Las Vegas.

    Marvel at the thunderous spectacle of 12,000-year-old Niagara Falls in northern New York, or seek an antidote to urban chaos amidst the flat farmland of the Midwest. Then there are the black hills of South Dakota, the dramatic mountain and ocean landscape of California’s Pacific Coast Highway and the world-famous Grand Canyon.


    Covering a large part of the North American continent, the USA shares borders with Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. The country has coasts on the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. The State of Alaska, in the northwest corner of the US, is not part of the continental US; it is separated from the rest of the USA by Canada. Similarly, Hawaii is not part of the “lower 48” states; it lies in the central Pacific Ocean.

    The country’s dependent territories are offshore and have distinct geographies of their own; the majority are islands.

    The third-largest country in the world (after the Russian Federation and Canada), the USA has an enormous diversity of geographical features, including mountains, plains, and coastal zones. Though there are many cities that are densely populated with more manmade features than natural ones, there are also vast rural areas that are far more sparsely populated. The climate ranges from subtropical to arctic, with a corresponding breadth of flora and fauna.

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    Population: 317297725

    Population Density (per sq km): 32

    Capital: Washington, DC.


    English, with significant Spanish-speaking minorties (10.7%).


    US Dollar (USD; symbol $) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of $100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1, though the $2 bill is rare and is not in high circulation. Coins are in denominations of $1, and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents.


    120 volts AC, 60Hz. Plugs have two flat pins with or without a third round grounding pin.

    General business opening hours

    Business hours are officially Mon-Fri 0900-1730, although an extended working day is very common in certain sectors and it is not unusual for people to be working well into the night or over the weekend.

    Public holidays

    Below are Public Holidays for the January 2015-December 2015 period.

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: 19. January 2015
    Presidents’ Day: 16. February 2015
    Memorial Day: 25. May 2015

    Independence Day: 04. July 2015
    Labour Day: 07. September 2015
    Columbus Day: 12. October 2015
    Veterans’ Day: 11. November 2015
    Thanksgiving Day: 26. November 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015


    Nightlife in Los Angeles


    Sunset Boulevard is still home to some of LA’s most famous clubs but Long Beach, Santa Monica and Pasadena all have plenty for would-be party animals to enjoy.

    Santa Monica and Pasadena all have plenty for would-be party animals to enjoy.

    The Viper Room

    8852 Sunset Boulevard
    West Hollywood
    Los Angeles, CA 90069
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    One of LA’s most infamous bars, The Viper Room remains a hipster hotspot. Iggy Pop, Johnny Cash and Placebo are jut a few artists who have played here.

    The Edison

    108 West 2nd Street 101
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
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    Set in a converted power plant, this industrial chic lounge is one of LA’s hippest hangouts.


    1735 Vine Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90028
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    An LA institution that has been entertaining clubbers since the 1960s.

    The Colony

    1743 North Cahuenga Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90028
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    A super-hip lounge bar with a huge central pool and great cocktails.

    Polo Lounge

    9641 Sunset Boulevard
    Beverly Hills, Los Angeles
    CA 90210
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    A movie regular, the lavish Polo Lounge has hosted everyone from Marlene Dietrich to Mia Farrow.


    Restaurants in Los Angeles


    There’s no shortage of choice in LA, which along with traditional eateries offering American classics,

    boasts some of the best Asian restaurants in the USA as well as superlative Mexican fare.


    2185 North Rodeo Drive
    Beverly Hills
    Los Angeles, CA 90210
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    Price: Expensive

    Hideously expensive but very tasty sushi in a slick restaurant popular with the celeb set.


    176 North Canon Drive
    Beverly Hills
    Loa Angeles, CA 90210
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    Price: Expensive

    Set around an airy courtyard, Spago boasts an eclectic menu and a vast 30,000-bottle wine cellar.


    11648 San Vicente Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90049
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    Price: Moderate

    Offering A-list food on a D-list budget, Tavern is popular with stars and locals alike.

    Horse Thief BBQ

    324 South Hill Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90013
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    Price: Moderate

    Rib-sticking Americana done extremely well – pulled pork is the house special.

    Red O

    8155 Melrose Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA 90046
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    Price: Cheap

    Mexican food as eaten by President Obama and whipped by chef Rick Bayless.


    Calendar of events

    Annual Golden Dragon Parade

    19 January 2015

    Venue: Chinatown.

    This celebration of Chinese New Year has taken place in LA for over 100 years. Colourful floats, firecrackers and marching bands parade through Chinatown making for a popular family day out. The lion and dragon dancers are a highlight of this festival, which attracts celebrity grand marshals each year, who have included Bruce Lee, Lindsay Wagner and Playboy King Hugh Hefner.

    The Academy Awards

    1 February 2015

    Venue: Kodak Theatre

    The Academy Awards are the biggest event of the entertainment year and they take place at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. If you’re not a celebrity, you can’t get inside, but thousands of people queue up to watch the movie stars walk the red carpet in stunning designer gowns.

    Toyota Grand Prix

    17 – 19 April 2015

    Venue: Long Beach.

    Formula One takes to the city streets of Long Beach in this three day festival of speed. For over 35 years, the streets of the city have been turned into a race track and there’s a plethora of sideshows to please motor racing fans of all ages. A kids zone offers youngsters a chance to try out mini electric cars and big kids can ogle at some of the meanest machines on the racing circuit.

    LA Times Book Festival

    18 – 19 April 2015

    Venue: USC campus, Downtown LA.

    This two day literary fest, one of the largest in the US, was previously housed at the UCLA campus in swish Westwood, and has recently decamped to USC in Downtown LA. It hosts a raft of writers giving seminars and talks, as well as poetry readings, and it promotes storytelling and reading for all ages as well as presenting a range of new work. The festival attracts some 140,000 book lovers each year.


    16 May 2015

    Venue: Marina Del Rey.

    This weekend long annual in-water boat show attracts large crowds. In easy reach of LAX, Marina del Rey is a mecca for recreational boat owners where some 5,000 small boats and luxury yachts are moored at any one time. The boat show shows the best of what’s new in boats and boating accessories, all set against the backdrop of this classy resort with its many restaurants, hotels and shops.

    Los Angeles Film Festival

    31 May – 29 June 2015

    Venue: LA Live

    Movie lovers who couldn’t make it to Utah for the Sundance film festival have a second chance at the annual Los Angeles Film Festival which screens art house and independent movies. What’s popular here will decide which films the rest of the world will see. Chances for celebrity sightings are high.

    LA Pride

    5 – 7 June 2015

    Venue: West Hollywood (parade).

    Events taking place over an early June weekend include the centrepiece Gay Pride parade which attracts some 400,000 spectators and many other events including a festival of live music and comedy, visual arts, poetry, a fun run and get togethers in the park, all taking place in the West Hollywood area. LA Pride celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender arts and culture.

    Fourth of July Fireworks

    4 July 2015

    Venue: Pasadena Rose Bowl and Hollywood Bowl.

    The Fourth of July is a huge event in the American calendar and is celebrated with organised firework displays all over the city (private firework celebrations are illegal due to the high fire risks in California). Among the best are the spectacular concerts with fireworks at the Pasadena Rose Bowl and at the Hollywood Bowl. Book ahead as it’s always a sell out and a great night out.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.


    Hotels in Los Angeles


    From the Hollywood Roosevelt to Chateau Marmont, LA’s hotels are almost as famous as its celebrity inhabitants.

    Nevertheless, unearthing a quiet boutique hotel or charming budget sleeping spot isn’t difficult to do.


    9291 Burton Way
    Beverly Hills
    Los Angeles, CA 90210
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    Category: Expensive

    A glamorous sleeping spot in an even more glamorous location.

    Shutters on the Beach

    1 Pico Boulevard
    Santa Monica
    Los Angeles, CA 90405
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    Category: Moderate

    A block from the famous Santa Monica pier, the hotel boasts airy seaside chic décor.

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    The United States has varied weather conditions, and the best time to visit depends both upon the location and the season. Spring (March, April, May) and autumn (September and October) are generally cooler, more comfortable times to visit. Summer months – June, July, and August – are generally hot regardless of the region, but winter temperatures (November-February) can vary substantially depending upon the part of the US you are visiting. The southern part of the country tends to be warmer in the winter than the north. The general climate of the continental US is temperate, but keep in mind that Hawaii is tropical and Alaska is arctic. Many of the country’s dependent territories, such as Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, are also tropical.

    Summer is considered the peak tourist season throughout the country; other popular travel times are major American holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as Easter Week and the school holiday known as Spring Break. Certain destinations, such as New York, are perennial favourites and are busy year-round; even when the weather may not be pleasant, these destinations have particular attractions or experiences that always draw travellers. In some parts of the country, travel services may be limited during the low or off-season, largely due to weather conditions.


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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +1


    For emergency police, fire or medical services in major cities, dial 911. The following codes denote toll-free (freephone) numbers: 800, 855, 866, 877 and 888.

    Mobile Telephone

    Foreign mobile telephones only work if they are tri-band or quad-band; charges are high. Visitors can also hire a mobile telephone. Pre-pay cell phones can be purchased from a variety of retail outlets, including drug stores.


    There are internet cafés in most urban areas, and an increasing number of Wi-Fi hotspots. Many coffee shops offer free Wi-Fi. Many of the international airports offer internet access too.


    Shopping in Los Angeles

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    Key Areas

    Los Angeles is heaven for shoppers with plenty of cash to splash, with upmarket streets such as Rodeo Drive and Melrose Avenue attracting big-name designer brands and the celebrity browsers to match. Elsewhere, La Brea and La Cienega are good for an interior design fix, while for handmade crafts and quirky souvenirs, Pasedena is your best bet. Santa Monica is good for international and high-street shopping.


    West Hollywood’s farmer’s market has been selling fresh produce since 1934, while Pasadena’s weekly market is worth visiting for the Mexican food alone.

    Shopping Centres

    The Beverley Center is the place to go for upmarket fashion, while Glendale’s Americana has a good mix of high- and low-end brands.

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    Social Conventions

    Americans are renowned for their openness and friendliness to visitors. The wide variety of national origins and the USA’s relatively short history has resulted in numerous cultural and traditional customs living alongside each other. In large cities, people of the same ethnic background often live within defined communities.

    Shaking hands is the usual form of greeting. A relaxed and informal atmosphere is usually the norm. As long as the fundamental rules of courtesy are observed, there need be no fear of offending anyone of any background.

    Gifts are appreciated if one is invited to a private home.

    As a rule, dress is casual. High-end restaurants, hotels and clubs may require more formal attire.

    Smoking is increasingly unpopular in the US; it is essential to ask permission before lighting up. Smoking is not allowed on city transport and restricted or forbidden in public buildings in most states. There will be a posted notice where no smoking is requested. An increasing number of states (including California and New York) have banned smoking altogether in bars, restaurants and many public places.

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    Main emergency number: 911

    Food & Drink

    Food in the US is safe to eat, and the conditions under which food is prepared and served are regulated by city, state, and federal health and hygiene agencies. In many jurisdictions, it is mandatory for restaurants to have a certificate of health or hygiene, as well as the current grade they have been assigned, posted visibly.

    Although America is famous for its fast food and obesity rates, the local and fresh food movement is very popular in many areas, especially cities, making it easy to eat healthy. A variety of options also makes it easy for people with special dietary needs to find food that suits them, whether their needs are due to health reasons or to religious requirements.

    Tap water is considered safe to drink in the US and is often offered in restaurants before bottled water. Bottled water is available throughout the country, however, both in restaurants and shops, for those who prefer not to drink tap water.

    Other Risks

    The US is generally considered a safe destination for world visitors. Occasional outbreaks of disease, such as West Nile Virus (a mosquito-borne illness) and H1N1 have occurred in recent years, however. Frequent hand-washing and general practices of good hygiene are encouraged to protect oneself against all types of illness.

    Another concern with regard to safety is the possibility of terrorist attacks such as the one that occurred on September 11, 2001. City, state, and federal agencies have stringent anti-terrorism practices in place, however, and direct threats are infrequent.

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    8930 S. Sepulveda Bl. S-200
    Los Angeles
    CA 90045
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