So this is a challenge of monumental proportions: how to summarize the many pleasures of a state with eight national parks, three compelling cities – Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego – and also two fascinating but different cultures represented in the northern and southern parts of an enormous state? The best we can do is to rely on some basic info you already have and to bring together a whole lot of shorthand. Let's start with Los Angeles.
A Fascinating City
Los Angeles – or just L.A. to most – is an ethnically diverse hodgepodge of neighborhoods, more than 80 of them. Here are a few highlights: Hollywood, the center of the country's motion picture industry. Consider a trip to nearby Universal City for the tours at the Universal Studios.
To your tour at Universal Studios, include heart-stopping special-effects rides – gaze at the 50-foot-high (15.25-meter-high) Hollywood sign, wander by Grauman's Chinese Theater, and take a tour at the array of hand indentations in the nearby sidewalk Walk of Fame.
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There is also the Los Angeles Museum of Art and the enormous Getty Center, just two of the 841 museums and art galleries in L.A. county.
You find the ultimate in upscale shopping on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills
It is such a diversity of attractions, indeed. For instance, take a spin out to Malibu with gorgeous, elegant homes on the Pacific coast. Also, a swim on one of the lovely beaches in Santa Monica; West Hollywood, with its iconic Sunset Strip, fabulous entertainment venues such as House of Blues, the Comedy Store, and a vibrant gay community. The attractions are endless.
Rent a classic convertible and just drive around the city, along the coast, up in the hills. The climate is awesome, the sunshine is plentiful, the people are beautiful. You may find yourself taking on a little of Southern California's legendary laid-back attitude.