Known for its year-round warm weather, beaches and Hollywood history, sprawling Los Angeles County with its diverse population has just tipped ten million people.
In the popular tourist destinations on the westside, stroll along the Venice Beach Boardwalk for sun, people watching, dining and tourist shopping. For a break, duck into the tranquil canals and stroll its sidewalks. Created in the early 1900’s by Abbot Kinney, they’re just east of Pacific Avenue between Venice and Washington Boulevards.
Slightly south, visit Marina del Rey’s quiet and historic Fisherman’s Village. Enjoy its restaurants with views of the boats and channel waterway leading boats to the Pacific.
Back up in Santa Monica, have some fun at the amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier and take in a sunset on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Below the bluffs, the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) takes you from the Interstate 10 freeway to Malibu and far beyond up the California coast.
For cinematic history, there’s no place like Hollywood. Put your hands and feet in the cement hand and footprints of almost 200 stars in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater (now the TCL Chinese Theater). Find your favorite star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame along Hollywood Boulevard. Enjoy shopping, dining and music at the Hollywood and Highland Center.
From Hollywood, take a short hop on the Metro Rail straight into Downtown Los Angeles to explore attractions like historic of Olvera Street (a Mexican Marketplace known as the First Street in Los Angeles), Union Station (the main railway in Los Angeles) and its many historic theaters along Broadway including the Los Angeles Theatre, Orpheum Theatre, Globe Theatre, Tower Theatre and Theatre at Ace Hotel – formerly United Artists Theatre).
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