EXPERIENCE LOS ANGELES LIKE A LOCAL
Past the Walk of Fame and the film studios, 'The City of Angeles' has plenty to offer to travellers in search of beyond tourist experiences
Words: Aleksandra Georgieva
Photography: Roberto Nickson, Logan Weaver, Patrick Tomasso
?? April 2020
Artists from all over the world make their way to Los Angeles every year with the dreams to make it big. The 'City of Angels' is not a home only to dreamers but to the Hollywood set too.
Travellers who seek to explore this iconic destination have plenty of activities to keep themselves occupied. While we make a stop at some of the most famous tourist spots, we also take you on a tour beyond the tourist areas.
Follow the footsteps of those, who worship the Hollywood sign, and continue road-tripping the streets and venues across LA like a true local. From cultural bits to surfing, food, film and music let yourself enjoy the glamorous, cinematic and above all cultural side of the city.
If you've done your research, you are already aware that you cannot explore LA to the fullest in a day or two. this is the time frame needed only for theme parks and studios such as the Disneyland Park, Universal Studios Hollywood and Paramount Pictures Studio. Yet, once you're done exploring these, the city becomes your playground with plenty of entertainment to offer.
At the south face of Mount Hollywood, the Griffith Observatory overlooks the Los Angeles basin. It offers scenic views and great exhibitions.
You will probably take a stroll down Sunset Boulevard - setting for countless films and a symbol of the Hollywood area. The palm-lined street connects downtown LA to Beverly Hills, Hollywood and the Pacific Coast Highway. The Walk of Fame is another street tourists put high on their bucket list when visiting Los Angeles.
The lovers of architecture, international culture and art head for the museums. The most famous ones include The Broad, The Getty Centre and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where the unique architecture stretches across 20 acres of land and appears in major film productions.
If you love the seaside, the Santa Monica Pier beach will definitely tempt you. it gathers all sort of tourists and locals alike. The culture in this region is skyrocketing as you can see people rollerskating, dog-walking, sunbathing, skateboarding, sightseeing. With over 200 days of sunshine a year, the "State Beach" is home to delicate sand and an abundance of nightlife venues and restaurants. If you wish to skip the most legendary beach of the United States, head over to Zuma Beach - a public coastline amid Malibu's private lavish exclusivity and wealth. Much cleaner from the Santa Monica and Venice beach, this spot is ideal for swimming and tanning.
If you hope to see fashion icons, head for Rodeo Drive. Private boutiques and designer stores are scattered across the legendary shopping street at the heart of Beverly Hills. The Third Street Promenade is also popular among shopaholics especially if you don't have a small fortune to spend on designer clothes.
Those of you, who wish to skip the shopping crowds, can catch a gig at LA's outdoor amphitheatre Hollywood Bowl, having hosted some of the biggest names in the music industry. Los Angeles is either the home or the career boost city for many music and film stars. If you ever find yourself visiting the area, make sure to pop your head in the little record and book stores hidden between the shiny shops.
Browse through collections of artistic and rare CDs, vinyl records, books and magazines. These are the names and faces that made it big from the very city you are visiting.
Retrace the footsteps of film legends and immortalised musicians, who left a legacy born in the glamorous Los Angeles. Apart from souvenirs, make sure to return home with works of art by some of the greatest creators in history.
Don't settle for the noisy downtown. Look up to the sky and the mountain hills where a couple of hours drive and a healthy dose of hiking elevates you above the tourist crowds. Sink into the serenity of nature at the Angeles National Forest. The San Gabriel Mountain trades dense forest for desert terrain. The forest is easily accessible and ideal for biking, camping, swimming, skiing, horse riding and hiking. You can also trade the busy downtown LA for the urban Runyon Canyon Park. A popular exercise route for celebrities, the canyon is just outside of Hollywood Boulevard, offering great views and palm tree-lined hiking trails.
Explore the coastline in the area for good surf spots. Adventure lovers can catch some sun alongside great waves, which brings that note of memorable activity while travelling. Los Angeles is much more than celebrity homes and film sets. Beyond the theme parks and film studios, locals keep active. Whether your thing is swimming, surfing, running, skating or hiking, in this American city locals do it all.
Foodies can tour LA's Grand Central Market, located just by Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Visitors praise it as a true food heaven. The market has been in operation since 1917. It has high ceilings and open layout with stalls offering cuisines from all over the world.
Try to shop locally. Apart from the open markets, LA is full of little independent shops such as the Compartes artisan chocolate stores.
Another must-visit foodie venue is The Original Farmers Market and The Groove, sounded in 1934 south of West Hollywood. Ready-to-eat snacks and fresh produce greets tourists and locals past the creamy-coloured building facade. Make sure to bring your appetite and some cash.
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