WHAT TO DO LOS ANGELES
Los Angeles offers plenty to do, you will be spoiled for choice; Kanoa advises not to miss the visit of the most iconic places like: Beverly Hills, Hollywood Hills, Sunset Boulevard, Rodeo Drive.
Bring on the coast, move in Skateboard or rollerblades for the fascinating Boardwalk, Segniamo among many; Santa Monica, Venice, Redondo, Long Beach, Orange County.
Los Angeles is above all fun, in fact; offers a wide choice of theme parks of international importance, suitable for all ages.
Hollywood ... hunting for stars!
Hollywood is the place of World fame, which perfectly embodies the American dream, these hills for years cuddle and protect the Star System World.
Anyone who is passionate about Cinema will want to visit Hollywood and take an unforgettable selfie under the most famous writing in the world.
The Hollywood Sign (pictured above) is written on Mount Lee and dominates the Hollywood neighborhood in Los Angeles; initially the writing was built for promotional purposes, today it represents Los Angeles all over the world!
Artists, directors, producers, actors, singers, sportsmen, financial magnates; reside in the quiet of these hills, Los Angeles hosts the most important American film studios; as well as recording studios such as CBS, which produces many successful TV series.
Once you have climbed to the top where the famous writing stands out, after taking a myriad of photos and having gone hunting for stars; Kanoa advises to take the famous Hollywood Boulevard.
Like in a movie ... Hollywood Boulevard is the most visited street in Los Angeles.
The most important stretch of road measures just over 1 km, lights at the nenon, hordes of tourists, street artists and many shops.
The main attractions are the TCL Chinese Theater; inaugurated in 1927, Very particular the fact that inside, you can see the concrete blocks; on which, many world-famous stars have left their hand and footprints.
Hollywood Boulevard also houses the famous Dolby Theater; that every year hosts the Oscar ceremony of the Cinema, an event followed all over the world and that attracts tourists from all over the world.
Hollywood Boulevard hosts the most famous sidewalk in the world; the Walk of Fame (photo below), adorned by more than 2000 stars with the names of celebrities from the entertainment and cinema world.
Info on how to reach Hollywood Hills and Hollywood Boulevard:
If you are equipped with auto, from Santa Monica, the journey to Hollywood Boulevard takes about 30 minutes.
Con i mezzi pubbliciinstead, from Santa Monica, it will take a little more than 1 h, you will have to take the bus n.7 and change to Pico EB & FAIRFAX FS with another bus, the n.217, you have to get off at Hollywood Whitley.
As far as the Hollywood Sign is concerned, getting there by public transport is almost impossible, while with the car you have to take the road to Hollywood Boulevard and start the climb up to the Griffith observatory.
The Griffith Park is the extended city park of Los Angeles, which has about 80 kilometers of trails, surrounded by greenery, you can admire the typical vegetation of California from a unique point of view.
The Greek Theater is a marvelous amphitheater that hosts numerous concerts and theatrical performances; while the Griffith Observatory, with its splendid art deco style structure, overlooks the three large copper domes (picture above).
In our opinion this is an unmissable hill in Los Angeles, as it offers one of the most beautiful Skyline in America!
Inside the Observatory, you can access the three permanent exhibition rooms, to discover the secrets of the space; the powerful refractive telescope will be made available to you; so as to peek the planets in space, remember that the files for the observatory close in the evening to reach a congruous number of visitors.
We recommend if you are interested in this attraction to take in the early afternoon to visit the park and stand in line at the entrance.
Kanoa remembers that the visit of Griffith Park is free.
Official Website: www.laparks.org
Downtown Los Angeles
Downtown is the financial center of Los Angeles, where there are shops and restaurants; this is the center, but in Los Angeles; in reality, everything takes place along the coast; Our recommendation is to stay on the ocean and not spend too much time at LA Financial Heart.
Do not miss El Pueblo, a small and picturesque district with Mexican influences where you can find a market, many Souvenir objects and taste some good Tacos; although a little tourist, a visit at least fast, it's worth it.
Always in Downtown do not miss the MOCA (museum of contemporary arts).
Official website of the MOCA: www.moca.org
Now Kanoa presents one of the most popular museums in the United States.
In the United States are very famous Mall (shopping centers), where you can find not only big brands but also many other brands more affordable for everyone ... or almost, Kanoa now presents one of the most popular in Los Angeles.
The Grove Mall & Farmers Market
The Grove Mall is not only a shopping center but also one of the most popular places in Los Angeles, where you can spend a day of shopping, relaxation and fun for young and old.
Built at the beginning of the new millennium, the complex immediately began to attract visitors and curious people from all over California.
With its over 40 stores, the central square is occupied by a beautiful dancing fountain, which is activated every hour thanks to the music that resounds from the speakers of The Grove, an unmissable appointment.
A stone's throw from The Grove, you can visit the Farmers Market, symbol of Los Angeles that was inaugurated in the distant 1934.
Among the market stalls you can find fruit, vegetables and other fresh local products of the day, what attracts many people?
Simple, here you can eat all the foods of the world, in fact there are kiosks of the main culinary traditions, all at great prices to be in Los Angeles.
The Grove and Farmers Market are connected by the Grove Trolley, a distinctive two-storey electric train.
Both The Grove and Farmers Market are must-see places if you visit Los Angeles.
The Grove timetables:
Monday-Thursday: 10: 00-21: 00
Friday-Saturday: 10: 00-22: 00
Sunday: 10: 00-20: 00
Official Site: www.thegrovela.com
Now Kanoa presents one of the most popular museums in the United States.
The Getty Center in Los Angeles stands on a hill in the western part of the city, built by the famous architect Richard Meier; was commissioned to sound of billions by the oil magnate J. Paul Getty.
The Getty Center is a museum in the museum, as the building cost millions of dollars; the architect has used stone, glass and metal, in our opinion the Getty Center stands out among the most beautiful structures in the world.
The museum is free, besides this, what makes it very attractive, by travelers, is the spectacular observation point on which the Getty Museum is built; in addition, the buildings are among the most beautiful in the world, one afternoon we recommend it to everyone, those who love art and beyond.
What you will find inside:
The museum's collection is housed in 4 pavilions, north, south, east and west.
The exhibition includes works from Europe and North America, from the Middle Ages to today.
On the walls you can admire masterpieces of famous painters such as Van Gogh, Cézanne, Rembrandt and Renoir.
In addition to all this, in the various rooms, there are also exhibited decorative works of inestimable value.
We remind you that at the Getty Center there are; programs dedicated to families, such as workshops where children will be passionate about art.
How to get:
Kanoa recommends that you reach the Getty Center by car (25 minutes), since public transport takes around 1 and 30 minutes.
You can set the navigator for the Getty Center; upon your arrival, park the car under the Getty and take the dedicated Tram that will take you directly inside the museum for free.
Official Site: www.Getty.edu
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Known by the acronym of LACMA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is one of the most unique and popular museums in the United States.
Located at the end of the Miracle Mile, along Wilshire Boulevard; this encyclopedic museum houses a series of collections ranging from prehistory to the present day.
The LACMA preserves works from the extreme artistic / cultural value, Kanoa advises not to lose among other things:
Cima da Conegliano with his Madonna and Child; Petrus Christus with Portrait of a Man, Correggio with the Holy Family with Saint John.
Do not miss the American section with the pre Colombian age, this great museum, also houses works by world-renowned artists such as: Picasso, Kandinsky, Pissarro, Degas and Magritte.
Official Site: www.LACMA.org
Timetables: Monday - Tuesday - Thursday from 12: 00 to 20: 00
Friday from 12: 00 to 21: 00 - Saturday and Sunday from 11: 00 to 20: 00
How to get: take the bus n. 20 and get off at the Wilshire stop
Malibu is a lovely seaside town west of Los Angeles; This incredible place is crossed by the spectacular Pacific Coast Highway.
Home of the Serfisti, here you will find a much quieter and less chaotic environment; besides numerous movie stars, they chose the quiet and scenic Malibu to relax not too far from Hollywood Studios.
Do not miss:
Malibu State Beach, Topanga State Beach, Surfrider Beach (home of the Seraphists); volleyball fans will love Manhattan Beach so much; here in fact there are small pitches a few steps from the sea in a unique and exciting environment.
Kanoa it is advisable to reach it by car, the journey takes about 40 minutes, but a lot also depends on the traffic that you might find during peak hours.
Orange County, is a wonderful, lush Southern California county; located between the cities of Los Angeles (to the north) and San Diego (to the south).
The capital is Santa Ana while the most populous city is Newport Beach.
Here they shot the successful American TV series the OC; moreover, in this enormous language of the coast, lives a large part of the population with the highest per capita income of California.
Especially in the coastal towns where huge villas, golf courses, luxury car dealerships are located, which fully embodies the American dream.
In Newport Beach for shopping lovers; Kanoa recommends taking a trip to Fashion Island (401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach).
It is a large commercial village with hundreds of boutiques of the best brands of clothing, your ladies will thank you, you just have to prepare your credit card.
Kanoa remembers that in the town of Anaheim, you will find the Disneyland theme park.
Los Angeles Beaches
Santa Monica (pictured above) is a lovely coastal town of Los Angeles, the relaxed spirit; BoardWalk full of vitality, teeming with Skaters, Jogging lovers; attractive ladies on skates and lots of tourists and locals who are looking for fun in the many rides that offers America's most loved pier!
Santa Monica as well as having the famous pier (Pier) with the famous Ferris wheel; it also offers a very pleasant walk with many boutiques and shops of the most important brands in the world; you can also relax in one of the many outdoor cafes while admiring street performers, always very engaging.
In Santa Monica, we recommend staying, as it is perfect for the proximity to the beach and offers many attractions, restaurants and clubs.
Venice Beach or Venice as the Californians call it; It is the most important tourist destination and loved by tourists from all over the world.
Venice was founded by Abbot Kinney in 1905 on the Renaissance model of the city of Venice, thanks to the presence of many Canali; with the years of Venice only its name remained, giving full rein to Kitsch and American eccentricity.
Bohemian-style buildings, murals, a boardwalk where unique characters are found, nonconformists, street performers and many souvenirs; in what is the most incredible beach in the world.
One of the peculiarities is "muscle beach", with outdoor gym and body builder throughout the show; you will rarely see so many people doing sport by the sea.
You will also find the opportunity to taste the excellent street food in the many kiosks that populate Venice, last recommendation, avoid this area at night; because it is not difficult to find unwelcome characters or drunks looking for trouble.
Redondo beach is located south of Los Angeles; and it is one of the most characteristic and quiet beaches of California, if you are with the car, a large car park awaits you; so you can start the visit comfortably on foot and in total relaxation.
This coastal location is less noisy and commercial than the most famous Venice or Santa Monica and retains that relaxed and typical California atmosphere.
Kanoa advised to explore the pretty marina (photo above); with on the sides a walkway where you can enjoy a meal or drink a cocktail; in one of the many restaurants of the Redondo Beach Pier.
Also in this area, the fishermen with their fishing boats, offer along the quay the catch of the day, you can choose it and make it cook before your eyes; in these parts, you can not taste the real crab soup.
Unmissable Theme Parks
The United States is the Mecca of theme parks, whether you visit the East or West coast you will find large parks; that satisfy the desire for lighthearted playfulness of everyone, young and old.
In California the unmissable parks according to Kanoa are:
Universal Studios and Disneyland.
Universal Studios in Los Angeles is a theme park that recalls all the films that have more or less marked the lives of everyone; from Jurassic Park to Transformers, from the famous Squalo to the Simpsons, in short you will be catapulted into a fantastic world!
In addition to the classic rides, you will be hit by a series of almost real characters, the attractions are all included in the admission ticket, which although expensive; will allow you to spend an unforgettable day.
Do not miss the famous Universal Studio Tour.
This unforgettable tour includes a picturesque ride aboard a train; that will accompany you along the film sets that have made the story of Hollywood; also some stops, they also provide performances in 3D and 4D, surprisingly including magnificent special effects.
The last attraction added is that of Harry Potter's Magical World.
The tour lasts about 2 hours, an English guide is also provided.
Address: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608 (north downtown Los Angeles area)
How to get: we suggest taking the Red Line of the Metro and getting off at Universal City and from here take the free shuttle that takes you directly to the Studios.
South of Los Angeles (30 miles) in the locality of Anahaeim, a few kilometers from Orange County, stands this huge and sparkling theme park; that from 1955 accompanies the childhood of millions of children in the world!
President Reagan in 1955 inaugurated this enchanted place, the dream of Walt Disney, who created the most loved cartoons for adults and children.
The parks are actually 2: Disneyland Park and Disney's California Adventure.
In fact, as soon as you park the car, take the shuttle to the parks; in a few minutes even if you have previously purchased the entrance ticket, 2 possibility will open before your eyes.
Disneyland Park and Disney's California Adventure, your ticket includes the entry of a single park; KANOA RECOMMENDS TO ENTER THE DISNEYLAND PARK LEAVING A SECOND MOMENT THE Disney's California Adventure.
As the latter, although very large and with very suggestive scenarios, typical of California; includes less rides, among which, we point out the adrenaline-filled races of: Twilight Zone Tower of Terror or the Radiator Spring Racers (Cars cardboard)
The Disneyland Park (recommended) instead; is in our opinion the best of the two, the entrance is placed in the fantastic castle of the sleeping beauty; where all the park's activities take place.
The children, we are sure that they will fade towards Fantasyland and Mickey's Toontown; where they can try their hand at the attractions inspired by the cartoons by: Pinocchio, Snow White; Alice in Wonderland, Dumbo and many others;
While in the Mickey's Toontown they will venture into the streets of Topolinia, home of Mickey Mouse, Minnie, also stopping by the famous Donald Duck.
Do not miss:
Tarzan's home and the Indiana Jones Jeep at Adventureland; Jack Skeletron's house and the Pirates of the Caribbean barques in New Orleans Square; Splitter Mountain by Critter Country.
Tomorrowland is another section of this fantastic park, with a part dedicated to science fiction; you will also find some of the latest cartoons; like Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, the famous submarine trips of "Finding Nemo" and last but not least ... Star Wars!
Since the park is very large, we recommend that you first decide which 2 / 3 attractions to really consider.
One of the options you will have is the Fast Pass; at the entrance you will be provided with maps of the park, on the map the main rides will be flanked by a logo with the initials FP; precisely Fast Pass.
The rides that provide for the Fast Pass, you will find machines, where, by entering your ticket, you can pick up a coupon, indicating a time slot.
If you present yourself at the entrance of the carousel with your coupon, at the appointed time, you will enter avoiding most of the row.
Finally we suggest to organize your day at the park for good; taking advantage of the lunch and dinner times, where everyone will go in search of fast food, to visit with less crowd the attractions that you want.
Kanoa's staff wish you a safe journey and remember that if you want to follow our advice, we are sure you will not regret it.