The city of the rich and famous: it feels fancy just being there and breathing the air. Following the footsteps (and handprints…) of anybody-who-was-ever-anybody, you feel what it’s like to be a celebrity and can enjoy living it up for a few days.
The bus tour I was took us around the city, and drove us past Beverly Hills (large bus tours aren’t allowed into the actual area!) and then up to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I could have spent hours there, looking at all the famous hands that were cemented into the stone, and the famous stars on the pavement gained by some of my biggest influencers.
Along the street, there’re plenty of places to pick up merchandise, including personalised Oscar awards and other Hollywood themed gifts to take home to your friends.
We then went inside the TCL Chinese theatre quickly to get a view of the Hollywood sign. Unfortunately, it was cloudy so the view wasn’t fantastic, but on a clear day it’s a good photo opportunity if you can’t get any closer to it!
Of course, another big attraction of Los Angeles is Universal Studios. Our bus tour took us there to wander around for a few hours. Despite not actually going into the park, the shopping opportunities there are fantastic. You can still get all the Universal merchandise (Minions. Everything Minions!) and there’s also some quirky stores similar to and including Hot Topic.
For nerds, there’s lots of fandom merchandise, and I left with a lot of Game of Thrones stuff I didn’t really need (oh well!) If you do go to the actual park, there’s a lot of exciting new rides, and it’s worth considering that the new Harry Potter park is opening there April 2016.
Another vital part of visiting Los Angeles is going to Venice Beach. For me, it was nice at the end of a long sight-seeing trip to relax on the sand. On the pier, there’s an aquarium to have a look around, but the best part is watching the surfers being engulfed by the waves (they’re not like you see them on TV!)
One of my favourite parts of visiting Los Angeles was our evening trip to Santa Monica pier. We ate at Bubba Gump’s – which is an especially fun experience for fans of Forest Gump – and had a walk on the pier. The fair there is beautiful at night when everything is lit up, and it’s fun to explore the stalls and get candy floss for the perfect seaside experience.
The main thing to do in Los Angeles is relax! Make sure you bring a good book for when you’re relaxing next to the pool at your hotel, or are on the beach.