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LA - A first timers guide

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In a city of four million, there’s so much more to Los Angeles than just central Hollywood. The heart of the film and music industry internationally, the city of angels is a hub of creative talent. If you speak to a friendly Lyft driver, who has lived there for years they often will reveal they are still discovering new spots in the city regularly. Whilst LA can get easily overwhelming, but if you narrow in on what you want to do and suck up the Uber/Lyft costs, you can cover a lot in a day. Alternatively, if you are there for a leisurely trip, take your time to explore whatever areas and hot spots you want. 

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To get a feel for the old school Hollywood rocker vibe, wander down Sunset Boulevard – although a lot more tame than it used to be, you can still find old spots where the rich and famous used to get up to mischief. You are then close (you’ll quickly learn ‘close’ in LA is very, very different to ‘close’ in New York) to the touristy Hollywood strip where you can check out the famous stars on the pavement and other glitzy landmarks. 

 If it’s more of the LA glamour you’re after, head to Beverly Hills. Go celebrity spotting at the famous Farmers Market before doing a spot of shopping at The Grove. If you have the energy afterwards, take a wander through the streets to get a peep at the lavish houses. 

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For a different perspective of LA, take an Uber downtown to the city’s bustling business district. Be sure to check out LA’s most famous bookstore, The Last Bookstore that’s a treasure trove for the book lover - look at their calendar in advance as they often host events there too. Movie buffs will appreciate the Bradbury Building which was famously used in Ridley Scott’s Bladerunner. For a bite to eat, head to Grand Central Market and don’t get scared when the line for famous chain Eggslut is out the door – go on, be brave, there are plenty of delicious vendors in there (as well as delicious ice coffee from G&B). If you have time, check out one of America’s best modern art museums The Broad before wander down to Chinatown to get some delicious ramen. 

 And of course, you can’t go to LA and not visit the famous Santa Monica. After taking a walk down the pier, make your way to Venice Beach where there are plenty of quirky sights and people to take in on your walk, scooter, or bike ride down. Once you get out of the grungy cool Venice Beach, waiting for you down Abbott Kinney Boulevard is a whole different area. With streets lined with designer stores and buzzed-about food spots, grab dinner from the current hotspot Gjusta if you can get in, and if not – there are plenty of other great options. 

 There is so much life in this sprawling city of 4 million, connected by highways and freeways. Choose your accommodation area wisely and get the touristy first time must do’s off the list - and then you can get exploring to get a feel for the eccentric and effortlessly cool Los Angeles.

We stayed at the Andaz West Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard. The iconic destination is home to Los Angeles’ highest rooftop pool and includes breath taking views of the city, private cabanas, great atmosphere. . All rooms have spectacular views of the Hollywood Hills on one side and the Sunset Strip and downtown Los Angeles on the other. 

Los Angeles can experienced in so many different ways, talk to the World Travellers team to put together for the best option that will suit you. 

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