7 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD TOUR LOS ANGELES
Coming only after New Yolk, Los Angeles is the second most populated county in the United States of America and the world’s most dynamic city. Over the years, it has attracted a plethora of tourists, with at least 50million of them visiting in 2018. Deciding on the best scenarios to visit is a bewildering task for anyone with so many competing sites. So, as you fly into LA with Cathay Pacific, what should you include in your must-to -visit list of destinations?
1. Disneyland Park
Disneyland is a magical kingdom that is divided into themed “lands”. This amusement park opened its doors in 1955. Since then, it has retained its spell on people who go for classic rides. Others, snap selfies in front of the striking beacon of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Disneyland offers a myriad form of entertainment and great dining. Among the must-visit sites are; the Galaxy Edge, Machine of Classic rides and, Play at Pixar Pier, among others. You will need to keep your map in your pocket or on your mobile phone to make sure you do not get lost.
2. Universal Studios Theme Park
Universal Studios Hollywood is the only one of its kind working movie studios. Found in the San Fernando Valley area in Los Angeles, this sprawling amusement park has a cinema theme that features park rides, restaurants, and shops. This world-famous universal studio gives you a feel of the behind-the-scenes movie-making experience.
At the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you will meet the dark villains and the daring heroes: the magical creatures and their spells. Explore a holiday of action-packed entertainment all in one place
3. Hollywood Celebrities
You are bound to meet the most illustrious titles in the entertainment industry if you stroll along the Walk of Fame in Hollywood. While in LA, you are never far from one or two of these entertainment idols.
It is at TCL Chinese Theatre Imax, where the best motion pictures and movies are revealed to the public for the very first time. It’s very likely to spot the stars on the red carpet of a film premiere here. Another possible place to bump into your idol is while taking a TMZ tour. This tour navigates through Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, a favorite socializing spot for these celebrities.
4. Venice Beach
Popularly known as Westside, Venice is an urban region of LA famous for its clean, expansive beach and Ocean Front Walk. As you take the two-and-half-mile pedestrian promenade, you will be entertained by artists, fortune tellers, performers and all sorts of vendors. On the other side of the boardwalk are specialty shops, restaurants and lavish residences.
Venice Beach has up to a 75 miles stretch of coastline and is famous for surf spots. Venice breakwater is the world-renown surf spot. This artificial barrier is the only place on the beach where waves break on either side. It’s sand, so subtle and beautiful that it creates sand sculptures. If you do not know how to surf, you shouldn’t miss the fun. Several service providers offer beginner and intermediate surfing lessons all year round.
Besides surfing, Venice Beach has several recreational centres. Children have play areas equipped with gymnastic apparatus. There are volleyball, basketball and handball courts where you can sweat away from the day’s heat. Some of the best NBA players have nurtured their prowess in the game on these courts. If you love cycling, take the bike paths along Horizon Avenue to the north, and North Venice Boulevard to the South. Here you can ride without checking over your shoulders for oncoming traffic.
5. The iconic Hollywood Sign
The Hollywood sign is a cultural icon and a scenic landmark in America. Situated on Mount Lee in the Hollywood Hills, the sign stands at 45-foot high and 350 feet long. ’HOLLYWOOD”, is spelled out in the Griffith Park at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains.
The sign is more than nine enormous white letters spelling a famous name. It’s a universal symbol for glamour and fame. It definitely announces the city where many have made it to stardom. This sign has a history spanning close to a hundred years.
This sign has a history spanning close to a hundred years. You can learn its history of advertising a real estate company to being what it is today. This sign that is synonymous with the city has been preserved and protected by Hollywood Sign Trust. It’s, thus, an ideal place to take your photos. You can do this on horseback or get a spectacular view from a helicopter. A hiking trail to the mountain will also give you a thrilling expedition.
6. Griffith Park
This park sits on 4,200 acres of land. It is one of the largest municipal parks that has become a significant cultural icon in LA.
Its terrain has a vast stretch of rough, hilly wilderness, making it ideal for hikes and trail rides. Whether you prefer zoo rides or forest rides, you will enjoy yourself as you snake around this park. With more than 50 miles of trails, you will relish the experience of sunny weather and scenic destinations.
Griffith Park has more train rides than any other recreational facility. This is a fun spot, especially for kids. Or, they can take pony rides as you take horseback riding in the two privately owned stables inside the park.
7. The Autry Museum
If you want to discover the art, history and culture of America West, Autry Museum is a must-visit. Created by a cowboy star, the museum holds the nineteenth and twentieth painting collection of the west. You will find CM Rusell and Edward Moran artwork here. Pottery, firearms and cowboy gear are the kind of display that adorns this museum.
Occasionally, unique plays known as Native Voices are staged. Old films and television serials that provide a touch of Native American life are screened. Annually, the museum holds Western art exhibits and sales at American Indian Arts Marketplace. This is notably the largest Native arts fair in Southern California.