First Time in Los Angeles



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Los Angeles is a place that means so many things to so many people. Worldwide, the city is famous as the center of America's entertainment industry and also as the essential car city. To the rich and already famous, Los Angeles is the perfect place for a secluded garden hide-out in the hills, with easy access to top-shelf shopping, dining, and nightlife. To the many hard-working immigrants in this very diverse city, it is the location for their own chance at the American dream. For the traveler, visiting means a chance to gawk at the commotion and conspicuous consumption, all while enjoying the good weather and excellent food.

The hardest thing about a first visit to Los Angeles is the logistics of transportation. The intrepid can navigate via public transportation, although they will sacrifice a lot of time to riding on buses. The region is very large and spread-out so renting a car is often the way to go. This opens a whole new can of worms: the traffic in Los Angeles is pretty bad and driving entails a lot of local knowledge regarding choice of routes at particular times of day. For a visitor, a little common sense will go a long way.

The spots and activities listed here are mostly in the historic downtown or the Hollywood area. There are a ton of things to do in these locales, including many iconic landmarks. Day 4 is all about going shopping and has a wider geographic range.

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Author: John Speke


Spadena House

Location:

516 Walden Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Contact:

tel: +1 213 624 7300 (Tourist Information)
fax: +1 213 624 9746 (Tourist Information)
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Day 1 - Los Angeles, Hollywood


Museums, architecture, and iconic landmarks! You gotta check out at least some of these must-see places. The ones listed here are split between the historic downtown and Hollywood.


1

Union Station

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Location:

800 N. Alameda St
At Cesar E. Chavez Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Contact:

tel: +1 800 266 6883
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2

Avila Adobe

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Location:

10 East Olvera Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Contact:

tel: +1 213 680 2525


3

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

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Location:

250 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Contact:

tel: +1 213 633 5330 (Group Admissions)
fax: +1 213 620 8674
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5

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Location:

111 S. Grand Ave
At 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Contact:

tel: 323/850-2000
fax: +1 213 972 7560
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6

The Bradbury Building

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Location:

304 S. Broadway
At 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Contact:

tel: 213/626-1893
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7

Little Tokyo

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Location:

E 1st Street & S San Pedro Street
Downtown, southeast of the Civic Center; bounded by 1st, 2nd, San Pedro, and Los Angeles Sts
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Contact:

tel: +1 213 620 0570
fax: +1 213 625 0943
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Hollywood Forever Cemetery

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Location:

6000 Santa Monica Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90038

Contact:

tel: +1 323 469 1181
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9

Griffith Observatory

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Location:

2800 E. Observatory Rd
In Griffith Park, at the end of Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Contact:

tel: 213/473-0800
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Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Location:

6801 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood Blvd., between Gower St. and La Brea Ave.; and Vine St., between Yucca St. and Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Contact:

tel: 323/469-8311
fax: +1 323 467 6412(Tourist Information)
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12

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

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Location:

5905 Wilshire Blvd
Between Curson and Fairfax Aves, Miracle Mile
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Contact:

tel: 323/857-6000
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Day 2 - Los Angeles


Whatever food you are craving, you can find a place in Los Angeles that serves it. The selection below ranges from generic cafeteria food (Clifton's, the decor makes it worthwhile) to some exquisite small plate delicacies (AOC).


1

Philippe the Original

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Location:

1001 N Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012-1803

Contact:

tel: (213) 628-3781
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Clifton's Brookdale Cafeteria

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Location:

648 South Broadway Seventh Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Contact:

tel: 1 213 627 1673
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4

Canter's Fairfax

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Location:

419 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Contact:

tel: 1 323 651 2030
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7

M Cafe de Chaya

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Location:

7119 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Contact:

tel: (323) 525-0588
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8

A.O.C.

Location:

8022 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Contact:

tel: +1 323 653 6359
fax: +1 323 653 1390
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9

The Apple Pan

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Location:

10801 West Pico Boulevard
East of Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064-2105

Contact:

tel: 1 310 475 3585
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Day 3 - Los Angeles, Hollywood


Good news! Los Angeles will be able to accommodate your nightlife needs, Just remember to get home safely and legally. The selection below ranges from the neighborhood (The Powerhouse) to the sublimely scenic (The Standard and Yamashiro).


1

Standard Hotel (The)

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Location:

550 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Contact:

fax: 213 892 8686
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2

The Edison

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Location:

108 W. 2nd Street #101
Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Contact:

tel: 216 613 0000
fax: 213 613 0044
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3

The Dresden Room

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Location:

1760 N. Vermont Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90027

Contact:

tel: 323/665-4294
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Yamashiro

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Location:

1999 N. Sycamore Ave
Hollywood
Hollywood, CA 90068

Contact:

tel: 323/466-5125
fax: +1 323 462 4523
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Day 4 - West Hollywood, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica


Shop til you drop!


1

Amoeba Music

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Location:

6400 Sunset Blvd
(One block west of Vine Street)
West Hollywood, CA 90028

Contact:

tel: 323/245-6400
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2

Melrose Avenue Shopping District

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Location:

Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Contact:

tel: +1 213 624 7300 / +1 800 228 2452 (Toll Free)
fax: +1 213 624 9746
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3

Farmers Market and The Grove

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Location:

6333 W. 3rd St
At Fairfax Ave, Hollywood
Hollywood, CA 90036

Contact:

tel: 888/315-8883
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4

The Beverly Center

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Location:

8500 Beverly Blvd
At La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Contact:

tel: (310) 854-0071
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5

Rodeo Drive of Beverly Hills

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Location:

Rodeo Drive & Santa Monica Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90213

Contact:

tel: 323-769-3600
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6

Bergamot Station

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Location:

2525 Michigan Ave
East of Cloverfield Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Contact:

tel: 310/829-5854
fax: +1 310 586 6487
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Day 5 - Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Malibu, Anaheim


More must-see destinations in the greater Los Angeles area


1

Greystone Mansion

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Location:

905 Loma Vista Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Contact:

tel: +1 310 550 4796
fax: +1 310 858 9238
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3

Pacific Park

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Location:

380 Santa Monica Pier
(Westernmost end of Colorado Boulevard)
Santa Monica, CA 90401-3128

Contact:

tel: +1 310 260 8744
fax: +1 310 899 1826
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4

Point Dume State Beach

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Location:

39996 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265

Contact:

tel: 310-457-8143
fax: 310-589-1522
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5

Disneyland

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Location:

1313 South Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802

Contact:

tel: +1 714 781 4565
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