Things to do in LA

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Wednesday 13 December 2006 12.34am
I am off on a round the world trip on Boxing Day, and out first stop is 2 days in LA. Does anyone have any recommendations of must see places?
Wednesday 13 December 2006 8.42am
I did something similar a while back, and to be honest I didn't enjoy LA much at all (although I was pretty jetlagged which didn't help !).

Take a walk on the beach, eat some really good Chinese or Mexican food (El Cholo used to be good) and, if you have time, maybe go to the Griffith Observatory ?
Wednesday 13 December 2006 9.19am
Well, go to Sunset Strip and see Hollywood, and go to a concert in the Disney Hall, it's apparently fabulous.
Wednesday 13 December 2006 8.01pm
I went about 10 years ago so things may have changed but -

Loved Santa Monica beach stayed a street away full of all weird and wonderful people including a couple in bondage gear with their kids on dog leads, they have a really nice street market too

Went to the Getty museum which was fantastic but it's now the getty Villa and the museum has relocated.

There are all the normal mini bus tours around the stars homes but the one I wanted to go on but was fully booked was a 1950 hearse converted so you can ride in the back and it takes you round all the places stars died / scandals etc

have fun
Thursday 14 December 2006 2.14am
Thanks for the tips.

Thursday 14 December 2006 8.42am
I second Santa Monica and it's beach. However, don't forget the ever tacky Ventura beach. If you like movies, do a tour of the studio's as well.
Friday 15 December 2006 12.39pm
My favourite things in LA:

-the Getty Center (not the Villa) - this is free and has an amazing collection along with good views of the city and a nice restaurant;
-the Grove/Hollywood & Highland - these two shopping complexes in West Hollywood are great fun...head to the farmer's market at the Grove for lunch;
-if you like steak, go to Morton's in Beverly Hills (expensive, but amazing);
-the Griffth Park Observatory has just been refurbished and I think they have a nice laser/light show at night which used to be good. Again, great views of the City.
-the Beverly Center to catch a film ahead of it's release in the UK and for the big chain stores (don't forget to get a Macy's card which gives foreigners a discount);
-my favorite beach towns are Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, but these are upwards of an hour and thirty minutes drive away. If you don't want to go this far, take a look around Santa Monica pier and Third Street Promenade.

As a general comment, it is very difficult to get around LA without a car. Cab drivers are ok, but you cannot hail them from the street and public transport is almost non-existent.

Hope that helps.


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