What to do in Los Angeles?
LA is known primarily for its film and television industry. Many films and television series are shot there each year. Everyone has heard at least once of Beverly Hills but did you know that this incarnation of the American Dream is actually a neighborhood of the city of Los Angeles? Very popular with movie stars, the neighborhood of Beverly Hills has been home to many celebrities, like Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley. You can get a plan (Home Star Map) identifying the homes of stars at any newspaper stand. If you want to see the house of your idol, you’ll have to drive, since it is forbidden to walk in the neighborhood if you do not live there.
Hello Hollywood! This neighborhood has welcomed its first studio in 1911 and has continued to expand to become the world capital of cinema. Take the time to go for a walk on Hollywood Boulevard where the Walk of Fame is located. Here you will find more than 2,000 stars honoring the great artists of this world.
If you want to discover the city but do not know where to start, do not hesitate to book a guided bus tour. Several companies offer this service; once there, please check with the staff at your youth hostel.
Beyond the film industry, Los Angeles has much to offer. The city is home to many beautiful museums. These include the Getty Center (which presents works of art), the Petersen Automotive Museum (which illustrates the history of the automobile), and the Southwest Museum (dedicated to Native American culture).
If you want to relax, you will find beautiful beaches near the city, with those famous names that make you dream: Santa Monica, Malibu … Maybe you will be one of the lucky ones who will be staying in a hostel near the sea? If you want to learn to surf, it’s now or never because this sport is very popular in the region.
No need to be rich to find something to do in LA, as many free activities are offered: just search the web or look in guidebooks to discover them. Los Angeles is a city that has much to offer to tourists; even if you’re not a fan of cinema, you will be seduced by this beautiful city!