Presentation of the destination
In the south of the Pacific coast of the United States, very close to the border with Mexico, is the city of Los Angeles, a symbol of good living, good temperatures, luxury and glamor, a city that The world wants to visit sometime in life to feel, for a moment, Hollywood star. Los Angeles has a population of around 3,800,000 people, which grows significantly thanks to tourists and people from the film world who come and go constantly. Los Angeles is not a monumental city, its main attractions are the surroundings, the film studios and some significant streets of the city like The Walk of Fame or Rodeo Drive. Los Angeles has a subtropical climate with pleasant temperatures throughout the year, in winter the socks during the day are of 18 degrees centigrade. The time zone in which the city is located is GMT-8, the currency of use is the dollar.
Points of interests / things to see
Few streets are as well known in the world as the one known as The Walk of Fame without having anything more to offer than the ground. On this street you will not see clueless tourists looking up and photographing buildings, on Hollywood Boulevard tourists look down and throw themselves on the ground to be photographed. The idea of creating this tour was born in 1953 thanks to E. M. Stuart, president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, with the intention of maintaining the idea of glamor and glory of the city. In 1958 the first eight stars that were dedicated to Olive Borden, Ronald Colman, Louise Fazenda, Preston Foster, Burt Lancaster, Edward Sedgwick, Ernest Torrence and Joanne Woodward were shown. Nowadays there is more of 2,000 stars on this walk and every year new stars are added. In each star you can read the name of the person you represent and a symbol with the category to which it belongs that can be cinema, music, television, radio or theater. It is usually a fun entertainment to find the star of our favorite actor, but it can be more difficult than it seems, so it is advisable to locate the favorite stars beforehand, this can be done on the next page Web: http://www.walkoffame.com/
The huge Hollywood sign on Mount Lee is another must-see in Los Angeles. If you think coldly the sign is nothing out of the ordinary, large letters that formerly promoted new homes under construction. But chance wanted them to become a cult monument, the symbol of the movie mecca of the dreams of many people, so there is no visit to Los Angeles that boasts that it does not include taking a picture with the sign in the background. That is, since it is forbidden to access the mountain to play the letters, which are protected by fences and motion detection systems to avoid assaults, since the letters had suffered many deteriorations and the restoration of 1978 was a great amount of money and even the need to receive donations for maintenance. There are two perfect places to take the typical photo with the poster, one is at the junction between Hollywood Boulevard and North Highland Avenue You can get to this point by taking the red metro line to the Highland stop. The other point is at the Griffith Park observatory, the nearest subway stop is Western, on the red line, but it is a bit away from the observatory. Website: http: // www .hollywoodsign.org /
The Universal studios are one of the best-known and most visited studios in Los Angeles, which, in addition to offering the possibility of learning about the great film studios, has an amusement park that delights visitors. The tour of the studios depends on the preferences of each visitor as there are different options. The visits usually go through the studios to see where some of the best-known films of this production company were filmed. During the tour you can see how some action scenes are shot although they are representations and not real shoots. Visits can be customized and visit the studies related to the Simpsons, the Mummy, Shreck, Jurassic Park or Transformes. There are also attractions and there are also numerous shops and restaurants where to end the day. To get to the public transport studios, you can take the red metro line to the Studio City Station stop. Address: 100 Universal City Plaza, Los Angeles, United States. Hours: LX 9: 00-21: 00, JD 8: 00-22: 00. Price: from 139 dollars, depending on dates, age and type of access. Website: http://espanol.universalstudioshollywood.com/
Griffith Park is located in the mountains of Santa Monica, within the city of Los Angeles that extends over 17 square kilometers, this large size makes it one of the largest urban parks of the United States. In addition to being one of the lungs of the city and a place to go to rest and get away from the frivolity that sometimes means living in Los Angeles, the park offers many attractions. The observatory of the park is one of the most visited places in the city for presenting some of the best views of the Hollywood sign. Inside the park you will find the city zoo, two golf courses, several hiking trails, the Museum of the American West, the City Train Museum and the Railway Museum. The park is also the headquarters of two children's camps, Hollywoodland is for children between 6 and 17 years old and Griffith Park camp for children between 7 and 14 years old. . To get to the park you can take bus number 96. Address: 4730 Crystal Springs Dr., Los Angeles, United States. Time: 5: 00-22: 30 . Phone: +1 323 913 4688 Website: http://www.laparks.org/DOS/parks/griffithPK/index.htm
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, popularly known as LACMA, is home to one of the largest art collections in Latin America, as well as several archeological sections dedicated to Assyrian, Egyptian, Greek and Roman cultures. The museum also exhibits several pieces of European painting. The LACMA was founded in 1910 but it was not until the years 20 and 30 when the museum obtained the first collections of its property thanks to some donations, among the that is that of tycoon William Randolph Hearst. The museum's collections have grown over the years so the museum is currently made up of 7 buildings to house the 100,000 pieces it has. Some of these pieces are world-renowned works of art such as Rembrandt's La Resurrection of Lazarus and Chardin's Young Making Puffs of Soap. Other artists represented in this museum are Picasso, Matisse, Miró and Monet. Buses on line 20 and 720 go to the same block as the museum, stop Wilshire / Fairfax. Address: 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, United States. Hours: L, M, J 11: 00-17: 00, V 11: 00-20: 00, SD 10: 00-19: 00. Price: 15 dollars. Tel: +1 323 857 6000 Website: http://www.lacma.org/
The good climate of Los Angeles allows you to escape to the beach at any time of the year, besides the city has several kilometers of coastline, so it is unthinkable not to spend at least a day of beach during a visit to the movie mecca. Malibú is the ideal beach for surfing, Santa Monica is one of the best known beaches with almost 2 kilometers long, Venice is the beach of the voyeurs, in it there is always some interesting show and finally Matador beach is the most romantic of all.
Disneyland is only 42 kilometers away from Los Angeles. The excursion becomes inevitable if you travel with children and highly recommended for lovers of the Disney universe who want to have fun for a while. The park presents attractions that allow you to go back in time and get to know the city of Los Angeles as it was at the time when Walt Disney was living, you can also go back to the golden age of Hollywood or have fun attractions set in the Disney movies. From Los Angeles you can take a train from the Pacific Surfliner to Fullerton and there the bus 43 to the park. Website: https: // disneyland .disney.go.com / en /
The city of San Diego is very close to the border with Mexico, so it is very easy to find a mixture between the two cultures and a great influence of the Spanish in the way of speaking of its inhabitants. The beaches of San Diego are very beautiful, but similar to those of Los Angeles, so if the visit is only one day, it is best to go through the old part of the city, built when it was part of MÃ © xico It features the San José Cathedral of 1874 and the headquarters of the Wells Fargo bank with gold samples and carriages from that time. The Pacific Surfliner train line crosses the distance between Los Angeles and San Diego at 2:45 hours.
Despite the distance, every stay in Los Angeles must be combined with a visit to Las Vegas. After all, the distances in a country like the United States should be relativized. Despite preconceptions, Las Vegas can be a family destination, everything depends on the choices made. For singles looking for fun there are casinos, night clubs, erotic shows and chapels for getting married. Families can choose other types of shows such as Cirque du Soleil, the oceanographic dolphins or the Bellagio hotel fountain show. Taking the I15 N road the journey takes around 4 hours, the public transport is much slower unless a domestic flight is made.
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How to get there ?
By plane: the Los Angeles airport is 28 kilometers away from the city. It is an international airport that receives numerous flights from different parts of the world every day, in which the airlines operate Air Berlin, Air France, British Airways, Emirates, Iberia, Japan Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Aeromexico , Air Canada, Alitalia, US Airways and United among many others. To move from the airport to the city you can take the free transport for passengers. This bus leaves the point marked with LAX Shuttle & Airline Connections, which is located at the lowest level of the arrivals terminal. You must take the bus G. By road: the roads I5, I10, SR 60 and US101 pass through Los Angeles and connect it with the nearby cities and with the road network of the United States that reaches any point of the country. By train: the line Pacific Surfliner connects Los Angeles with other important points of the coast. The single ticket to San Diego costs 37 dollars, the journey lasts 2 and a half hours. Pacific Surfliner: http://www.amtrak.com/home In the city: Los Angeles is a city very large in which it becomes almost essential to use public transport. The transport consists of train-metro and bus service. The price of a single ticket is $ 1.50. LA Metro: http://www.metro.net/
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