The first-time visitor may well find Los Angeles thrilling and
threatening in equal proportions; it's a place that picks you up and
sweeps you along whether you want it to or not. While it has its
fine-art museums, California cuisine and a few old-fashioned urban
plazas, what people really come here for is to experience the city that
has come to epitomize the American Dream – the fantasy worlds of Disneyland and Hollywood, as well as the gilded opulence of Beverly Hills and Malibu.
Top Ten Los Angeles Attractions
Downtown Los Angeles
Every year an estimated 10 million visitors pass through Downtown L.A.
for business or pleasure. Attracting travelers from all over the globe,
LA offers the unique blend of perfect climate year round, the sparkle
of the film industry and a diverse selection of incredible restaurants,
entertainment, museums and nightlife.
Los Angeles Convention Center
Located three blocks from Hilton Checkers Los Angeles, the LA
Convention Center is home to many large and small meeting every year.
Some events, like the L.A. Auto Show and California Gift Show, are
large scale consumer events open to the public. It offers 770,000
square feet of exhibit space, 54 meeting rooms, a 299 seat theater and
on-site parking for 5600 cars.
Opened in 1999, the STAPLES Center is home to sports teams including
the Lakers, Clippers, Sparks, Kings and Avengers, as well a major
concert venue hosting the most popular entertainers. The arena has 1200
television monitors and, as part of a specially designed $1.5 million
Bose facility sound system, 675 separate speakers outside of the
seating area, so fans never miss any of the action. And a steep
vertical pitch allows almost every seat a clear view of center stage.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
The L.A. Philharmonic's new home is a majestic and unique
heart-stopping structure with superior aesthetics and acoustics.
Designed by famed architect Frank Gehry, the Walt Disney Concert Hall
includes a main hall able to accommodate up to 2,265, the BP Hall for
smaller, more intimate events, and the 250-seat Redcat theatre and art
MOCA is the West Coast's premier showcase of modern art. Its mission is
the understanding and exhibiting of art created since the 1940s.
Financed by private donations and developed with pieces acquired from
private collections, MOCA's permanent collection features a growing
selection of challenging work by postwar artists such as Diebenkorn, de
Kooning, Hockney, Lichtenstein, Mondrian, Pollock, Rauschenberg and
Rothko. The museum also hosts major touring shows like the Andy Warhol
retrospective during the summer of 2002.
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Boasting one of the largest stages in the country, the Dorothy Chandler
Pavilion has a capacity of 3,189 and is the official home of the the
Los Angeles Opera. It has also played host to noted dance companies
such as the Bolshoi Ballet and events such as the annual Academy Awards
presentations. Located at First and Grand, the Dorothy Chandler
Pavilion is just four blocks from Hilton Checkers Los Angeles.
The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
Located at Temple and Grand, The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels is
the first Roman Catholic Cathedral to be erected in the western United
States in 30 years. It opened after just three years of construction in
September 2002. Designed by Spanish architect Professor Jose Rafael
Moneo, the structure is a dynamic, contemporary design with virtually
no right angles. The cathedral seats up to 3000 but superbly blends
grand public spaces with more intimate private areas. Must sees include
the 80-foot tall, 45-ton cherry wood pipe organ and the 50 foot
concrete cross "lantern" adorns the front of the Cathedral. At night
its glass-protected alabaster windows are illuminated and can be seen
at a far distance.
Located in Universal City, just north of Los Angeles, this
world-renowned theme park features exciting attractions representing
popular movies and television shows. Park houses thrill rides, great
attractions and terrific live shows year-round. Attractions include a
replica of the famous "Psycho" house, "Jaws" adventure ride and "King
There is no doubt that this is the most famous neighborhood in the
United States, and worth visiting. A wonderful neighborhood for
shopping, dining, and people watching. Beverly Hills manages to attract
an amazing array of wealth and style. Bordered by downtown Hollywood to
the east and the San Diego Freeway to the west Beverly Hills offers an
amazing walking and sightseeing tour, including the Hollywood Bowl and
Mann's Chinese Theater.
- Rodeo Drive
famous strip of stylish shops is a shoppers paradise. Shoppers will
find chic boutiques by Armani, Gucci, Christian Dior, Chanel,
Valentino, and Bijan. In addition to brand-name boutiques, the area
also boasts several small stylish shopping centers.
Hollywood, where dreams become reality, opened its first motional
picture studio in 1911. Today, Hollywood is synonymous with the film
industry, portraying visions of glamour and nostalgia to a degree
unmatched anywhere else. Must sees include the infamous 50-foot
Hollywood sign set atop the Hollywood Hills, Mann's Chinese Theatre,
showcasing hand and footprints from stars dating back to 1927 and The
Walk of Fame, 18 blocks of large metal stars honoring Hollywood's
finest stars past and present.
- Hollywood Walk of Fame
legendary sidewalk honors more than 2,500 celebrities. Each bronze
medallion, set into the center of a granite star, pays commemorates a
famous television, film, radio, theater, or recording personality.
Visitors are thrilled by the sight of famous names like Marilyn Monroe,
Rudolph Valentino, James Dean, John Lennon, Marlon Brando, Elvis
Presley, Louis Armstrong. New names are being added on a continuous
- The "Hollywood" Sign
50-foot-high white sheet-metal letters have come to symbolize the movie
industry and the city itself. The sign was erected in 1923 as an
advertisement for a real-estate development. A thorny hiking trail
leads toward the sign from Durand Drive near Beachwood Drive, but the
best view is from down below
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