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    Los Angeles: The movie metropolis on the Pacific

    Known variously as the City of Angels, Tinsel Town and La-La Land, Los Angeles is one of the world’s favourite cities thanks to its booming movie industry. Familiar sights lurk around every corner, whether you’re on Sunset Boulevard, in Beverley Hills or standing beneath the city’s iconic Hollywood sign.

    Nevertheless, there are surprises to be had if you know where to look. Quaint Pasadena bears a striking resemblance to Disney’s Main Street USA and Glendale is home to some of the best shopping in the city, while further afield, Ventura and Malibu are wonderful for nature lovers.

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    TCL Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame

    6925 Hollywood Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90028
    USA
    Tel: +1 323 461 3331
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    Built in 1927 by the flamboyant Sid Grauman, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is the most famous of LA’s art deco movie palaces and is home to the Hollywood Walk of Fame which commemorates the biggest stars in La-La Land.

    Universal Studios

    100 Universal City Plaza
    Universal City, CA 91608
    USA
    Tel: +49 800 864 8377
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    Opening times: Daily 1000-1800

    One of the world’s largest theme parks, Universal Studios boasts a mixture of hair-raising rides, studio tours and a petting area featuring retired animal actors.

    Griffith Observatory

    2800 East Observatory Road
    Los Angeles, CA 90027
    USA
    Tel: +1 213 473 0800
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    Opening times: Wed-Fri 1200-2200, Sat-Sun 1000-2200

    Perched high above the city, close to the famous Hollywood sign, the art deco Griffith Observatory was renovated in 2006 and now boasts its own planetarium as well as stunning views over Tinsel Town.

    Getty Center

    1200 Getty Center Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90049
    USA
    Tel: +1 310 440 7300
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    Opening times: Tues-Fri and Sun 1000-1730, Sat 1000-2100

    Housed in a vast futuristic-looking building, the Getty Center is home to one of the world’s largest collection of photographs, as well as painting and sculpture from all over the world.

    L.A. Zoo

    5333 Zoo Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90027
    USA
    Tel: +1 323 644 4200
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    Opening times: Daily 1000-1700

    Covering 133 hectares (328 acres), LA Zoo, and the adjoining botanical garden, is one of LA’s most popular attractions, thanks to its coterie of rare animals, including the mountain tapir, and multimillion-dollar elephant enclosure.

    The Autry

    4700 Western Heritage Way
    Los Angeles, CA 90027
    USA
    Tel: +1 323 667 2000
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    Opening times: Tues-Fri 1000-1600, Sat-Sun1000-1700

    The Autry is home to the Museum of the American West, which charts the history of the area and its people, including Native Americans. With more than 21,000 artefacts, the museum also has the largest collection of Indian art after the Smithsonian.

    Disneyland

    1313 Disneyland Drive
    Anaheim, CA 92802
    USA
    Tel: +1 714 781 4565
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    Opening times: Daily 0800-0000

    The first, and some say best, of the six Disney resorts, Disneyland includes eight themed ‘lands’, including Main Street USA, Tomorrowland and Frontierland, each of which contains rides and attractions of varying speed.

    Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, CA 91108
    USA
    Tel: +1 626 405 2100
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    Opening times: Mon and Wed-Fri 1200-1630, Sat-Sun 1030-1630

    The former home of railroad tycoon Henry E Huntington is packed with art, antiques and rare books, as well as works by Gainsborough and Lawrence. Outside is an 81-hectare (200-acre) botanical garden, including the stunning ‘Garden of Flowing Fragrance’.

    Grammy Museum at LA Live

    800 West Olympic Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90015
    USA
    Tel: +1 213 765 6800
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    Opening times: Mon-Fri 1130-1930, Sat-Sun 1000-1930

    Part of the L.A. Live entertainment complex, the Grammy Museum is dedicated to all things musical and includes a fascinating exhibition on the technology of recording.

    Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

    250 South Grand Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
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    Tel: +1 213 626 6222
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    Opening times: Mon and Fri 1100-1700, Tues and Thurs 1100-2000, Sat-Sun 1100-1800

    Housed inside an Arata Isozaki-designed red sandstone building, MOCA is home to one of the finest collections of 20th-century art in America, including works by artists of the calibre of Mondrian and Rothko.

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    Country overview

    From its vast plains, snow-covered mountains, deep forests and strange rock formations, to soaring skyscrapers and a thunderous cultural scene, the USA is a collage of extremes. Nothing can prepare you for your first glimpse of Manhattan’s unforgettable skyline, your first ride in a yellow cab, the ubiquitous hamburger joints, yawning expanses of prairie, the sweet strains of New Orleans jazz, or the neon-lit excesses of Las Vegas.

    Marvel at the thunderous spectacle of 12,000-year-old Niagara Falls in northern New York, or seek an antidote to urban chaos amidst the flat farmland of the Midwest. Then there are the black hills of South Dakota, the dramatic mountain and ocean landscape of California’s Pacific Coast Highway and the world-famous Grand Canyon.

    Geography

    Covering a large part of the North American continent, the USA shares borders with Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. The country has coasts on the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. The State of Alaska, in the northwest corner of the US, is not part of the continental US; it is separated from the rest of the USA by Canada. Similarly, Hawaii is not part of the “lower 48” states; it lies in the central Pacific Ocean.

    The country’s dependent territories are offshore and have distinct geographies of their own; the majority are islands.

    The third-largest country in the world (after the Russian Federation and Canada), the USA has an enormous diversity of geographical features, including mountains, plains, and coastal zones. Though there are many cities that are densely populated with more manmade features than natural ones, there are also vast rural areas that are far more sparsely populated. The climate ranges from subtropical to arctic, with a corresponding breadth of flora and fauna.

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    Population: 321,2 millions

    Population Density (per sq km): 32

    Capital: Washington, DC.

    Language

    English, with significant Spanish-speaking minorties (10.7%).

    Currency

    US Dollar (USD; symbol $) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of $100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1, though the $2 bill is rare and is not in high circulation. Coins are in denominations of $1, and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    120 volts AC, 60Hz. Plugs have two flat pins with or without a third round grounding pin.

    General business opening hours

    Business hours are officially Mon-Fri 0900-1730, although an extended working day is very common in certain sectors and it is not unusual for people to be working well into the night or over the weekend.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2017 – December 2018 period.

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2017
    Martin Luther King Day: 16 January 2017
    President’s Day: 20 February 2017
    Memorial Day: 29 March 2017
    Independence Day: 4 Juyi 2017
    Labor Day: 4 September 2017
    Columbus Day: 9 October 2017
    Veterans Day: 10 November 2017
    Thanksgiving Day: 23 November 2017
    Christmas: 25 December 2017

    2018

    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2018
    Martin Luther King Day: 15 January 2018
    President’s Day: 19 February 2018
    Memorial Day: 29 March 2018
    Independence Day: 4 Juyi 2018
    Labor Day: 3 September 2018
    Columbus Day: 8 October 2018
    Veterans Day: 12 November 2018
    Thanksgiving Day: 22 November 2018
    Christmas: 25 December 2018

    All information subject to change.

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    Nightlife in Los Angeles

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    Sunset Boulevard is still home to some of LA’s most famous clubs but Long Beach, Santa Monica and Pasadena all have plenty for would-be party animals to enjoy.

    Santa Monica and Pasadena all have plenty for would-be party animals to enjoy.

    The Viper Room

    8852 Sunset Boulevard
    West Hollywood
    Los Angeles, CA 90069
    USA
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    One of LA’s most infamous bars, The Viper Room remains a hipster hotspot. Iggy Pop, Johnny Cash and Placebo are jut a few artists who have played here.

    The Edison

    108 West 2nd Street 101
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
    USA
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    Set in a converted power plant, this industrial chic lounge is one of LA’s hippest hangouts.

    Avalon

    1735 Vine Street
    Hollywood
    Los Angeles, CA 90028
    USA
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    An LA institution that has been entertaining clubbers since the 1960s.

    The Colony

    1743 North Cahuenga Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90028
    USA
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    A super-hip lounge bar with a huge central pool and great cocktails.

    Polo Lounge

    9641 Sunset Boulevard
    Beverly Hills, Los Angeles
    CA 90210
    USA
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    A movie regular, the lavish Polo Lounge has hosted everyone from Marlene Dietrich to Mia Farrow.

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    Restaurants in Los Angeles

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    There’s no shortage of choice in LA, which along with traditional eateries offering American classics,

    boasts some of the best Asian restaurants in the USA as well as superlative Mexican fare.

    Urasawa

    2185 North Rodeo Drive
    Beverly Hills
    Los Angeles, CA 90210
    USA
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    Price: Expensive

    Hideously expensive but very tasty sushi in a slick restaurant popular with the celeb set.

    Spago

    176 North Canon Drive
    Beverly Hills
    Loa Angeles, CA 90210
    USA
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    Price: Expensive

    Set around an airy courtyard, Spago boasts an eclectic menu and a vast 30,000-bottle wine cellar.

    Tavern

    11648 San Vicente Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90049
    USA
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    Price: Moderate

    Offering A-list food on a D-list budget, Tavern is popular with stars and locals alike.

    Horse Thief BBQ

    324 South Hill Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90013
    USA
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    Price: Moderate

    Rib-sticking Americana done extremely well – pulled pork is the house special.

    Red O

    8155 Melrose Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA 90046
    USA
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    Price: Cheap

    Mexican food as eaten by President Obama and whipped by chef Rick Bayless.

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    Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rosebowl

    2 January 2017
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    Venue: Green Street and Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena

    Floral processions, marching bands and American Football celebrate the New Year in grand style on January 1 (unless it falls on a Sunday, in which case it’s January 2). The world famous rose parade, which began in 1890, draws crowds of up to a million people and takes place in the streets of old town Pasadena and beyond. Find a spot on the roadside or book grandstand seats (early) in advance for the best view.

    Annual Golden Dragon Parade

    28 January 2017
    Website

    Venue: Chinatown

    This celebration of Chinese New Year has taken place in LA for over 100 years. Colourful floats, firecrackers and marching bands parade through Chinatown making for a popular family day out. The lion and dragon dancers are a highlight of this festival, which attracts celebrity grand marshals each year, who have included Bruce Lee, Lindsay Wagner and Playboy King Hugh Hefner.

    The Academy Awards

    26 February 2017
    Website

    Venue: Kodak Theatre

    The Academy Awards are the biggest event of the entertainment year and they take place at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. If you’re not a celebrity, you can’t get inside, but thousands of people queue up to watch the movie stars walk the red carpet in stunning designer gowns.

    Toyota Grand Prix

    7 – 9 April 2017
    Website

    Venue: Long Beach

    Formula One takes to the city streets of Long Beach in this three day festival of speed. For over 35 years, the streets of the city have been turned into a race track and there’s a plethora of sideshows to please motor racing fans of all ages. A kids zone offers youngsters a chance to try out mini electric cars and big kids can ogle at some of the meanest machines on the racing circuit.

    LA Times Book Festival

    22 – 23 April 2017
    Website

    Venue: USC campus, Downtown LA

    This two day literary fest, one of the largest in the US, was previously housed at the UCLA campus in swish Westwood, and has recently decamped to USC in Downtown LA. It hosts a raft of writers giving seminars and talks, as well as poetry readings, and it promotes storytelling and reading for all ages as well as presenting a range of new work. The festival attracts some 140,000 book lovers each year.

    Los Angeles Film Festival

    14 – 27 June 2017
    Website

    Venue: LA Live

    Movie lovers who couldn’t make it to Utah for the Sundance film festival have a second chance at the annual Los Angeles Film Festival which screens art house and independent movies. What’s popular here will decide which films the rest of the world will see. Chances for celebrity sightings are high.

    LA Pride

    10 – 12 June 2017
    Website

    Venue: West Hollywood (parade)

    Events taking place over an early June weekend include the centrepiece Gay Pride parade which attracts some 400,000 spectators and many other events including a festival of live music and comedy, visual arts, poetry, a fun run and get togethers in the park, all taking place in the West Hollywood area. LA Pride celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender arts and culture.

    Fourth of July Fireworks

    4 July 2017

    Venue: Pasadena Rose Bowl and Hollywood Bowl

    The Fourth of July is a huge event in the American calendar and is celebrated with organised firework displays all over the city (private firework celebrations are illegal due to the high fire risks in California). Among the best are the spectacular concerts with fireworks at the Pasadena Rose Bowl and at the Hollywood Bowl. Book ahead as it’s always a sell out and a great night out.

    Los Angeles County Fair

    September 2017
    Website

    Venue: Pomona Fairgrounds

    This month long cornucopia of fun is the biggest county fair in the US. It features amusement rides, a carnival, concerts, crafts and farm animals, horse races, games, and a variety of deep fried foods, the like of which have to be seen to be believed. The concert series attracts major names old and new – past years have featured One Republic, LeAnn Rimes, The Beach Boys, The Average White Band and Styx.

    Halloween

    31 October 2017
    Website

    Venue: Various

    Halloween is a huge holiday celebration in the U.S. and LA has plenty of tricks and treats to scare the pants off you. Among the biggest is Universal Studios’s annual Halloween Horror Nights which is screamingly good fun and runs throughout October, as does the Knotts Berry Farm’s Scary Farm Haunt. In Griffith Park, check out the Haunted Hayride, a spooky east coast tradition that’s now making its mark on the west coast. Book early for all events.

    Hollywood Christmas Parade

    December 2017
    Website

    Venue: Hollywood Boulevard

    This modest (by US standards) procession of floats, cars, marching bands and minor celebrities that dates back to the 1920s, almost got the chop a couple of years back but has bounced back. There’s free kerbside standing or you can buy grandstand tickets for a birds eye view. The parade passes along part of Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards past many of the legendary buildings of Old Hollywood. It takes place at night so wrap up as it can be chilly.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Los Angeles

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    From the Hollywood Roosevelt to Chateau Marmont, LA’s hotels are almost as famous as its celebrity inhabitants.

    Nevertheless, unearthing a quiet boutique hotel or charming budget sleeping spot isn’t difficult to do.

    L’Ermitage

    9291 Burton Way
    Beverly Hills
    Los Angeles, CA 90210
    USA
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    Category: Expensive

    A glamorous sleeping spot in an even more glamorous location.

    Shutters on the Beach

    1 Pico Boulevard
    Santa Monica
    Los Angeles, CA 90405
    USA
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    Category: Moderate

    A block from the famous Santa Monica pier, the hotel boasts airy seaside chic décor.

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    Fahrenheit 118 – in California the food stays cold

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    Everybody has tried raw food on some occasion – maybe sashimi at a Japanese restaurant, a portion of steak tartar at a French restaurant or just an apple in between. In California, people take their food more seriously: There, switching to a mainly vegan raw food diet is all the rage – with stars, not just health fanatics. According to them, all restaurant kitchens should soon stop using their cookers. Today every good restaurant has a few raw food dishes on its menu.

    Real fans insist that no ingredient should be heated to more than 118 degrees Fahrenheit – that’s about 48 degrees Celsius. Only then can they be certain that the important enzymes and full nutritional value of foods are preserved. If what they say is true, the results are fantastic: Your skin is supposed to look younger and fresher, the risk of developing certain forms of cancer is lower, and physical fitness and intelligence get a boost.

    Café Gratitude

    639 N Larchmont Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90004
    United States
    Tel. +1-323/580 63 83
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    Raw or cooked? Matthew Engelhart, chef of the popular raw food restaurant Café Gratitude in Los Angeles, keeps his cool when this debate gets going. He shares the opinion of self-help guru Deepak Chopra: The fact that both sides argue fiercely only means “that it is about a very important issue.” And he has the appropriate breakfast dish for congenial guests on the menu, his “I Am Great” buckwheat granola in almond milk.

    Euphoria Loves Rawvolution

    2301 Main Street
    Santa Monica, CA 90405
    United States
    Tel. +1-310/392 95 01
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    Starting with the logo on this charming café’s website, you will be reminded of the Californian hippie and flower power movement. Here, close to the beach, you can enjoy a wide range of food, from the vegan warm chili love soup to veggie burgers. And if you wish, you can even have healthy food delivered to your door once a week by ordering “The Box.”

    Inn of the Seventh Ray

    128 Old Topanga Canyon Road
    Topanga, CA 90290
    United States
    Tel. +1-310/455 13 11
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    Beware, this place serves cooked food and meat in addition to the small selection of real raw food dishes on its menu. But its idyllic garden and oodles of hippy charm easily make up for that. So maybe it’s the place to get your first taste of the raw food scene – but it´s definitely not for confirmed “rawvolutionists.”

    The Springs

    608 Mateo Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90021
    United States
    Tel. +1 213/223 62 26
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    Opened by Michale Falso in 2014, this restaurant serves 100 % organic, raw and vegan fare, none of which is heated to more than 118° Fahrenheit (= 47.78° Celsius). The bar serves organic wine and beer at lunch and dinnertime.

    Real Raw Live

    5913 Franklin Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA 90028
    United States
    Tel. +1 323/461 45 45
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    The specialties here are fresh organic juices, raw smoothies, frozen yoghurts and fat-burning lemonades.

    EMC Seafood & Raw Bar

    3500 W 6th St #101
    Los Angeles, CA 90010
    United States
    Tel. +1 213/351 99 88
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    The EMC Seafood & Raw Bar opened its doors in Koreatown in 2013 and soon became a popular place for fresh seafood. The oysters and tiered platters of seafood variations are the top sellers here. Behind the bar, there’s a team of dedicated “mixologists” just waiting to serve you.

    LifeFood Organic

    1507 N Cahuenga Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90028
    United States
    Tel. +1 323/466 09 27
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    Here you can create you own fruit smoothie from a selection of 26 main ingredients and around 40 extras for the final touch. The menu includes a huge variety of salads and sandwiches, but also burgers, pizzas, taquitos, burritos and wraps.

    Flore Vegan Cuisine

    3818 Sunset Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90026
    United States
    Tel. +1 323/953 06 11
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    A vegan restaurant with a deli counter, this place stocks a small range of raw food salads plus lots of cold-pressed juices, smoothies and shakes.

    Grassroots Alchemy

    8500 Melrose Ave Suite 106
    West Hollywood, CA 90069
    United States
    Tel. +1 424/30 20 47
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    Grassroots Alchemy sees itself as “The New World Social Lounge” and believes that healing foods bring health, happiness and longevity. The meals to be found in the Raw Living Foods section of the menu include Yin Yang Zucchini Pasta, The Caliente Raw Tacos and Thai Wrap.

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