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Los Angeles

Los Angeles, the city, needs no introduction. Thanks to television and movies, the world-renowned metropolis has become something of a Mecca for tourists, with some 42 million visitors touching down in the City of Angels every year. The appeal of Los Angeles stretches from its sandy beaches to its bustling tourist districts, from its devil may care attitude to its celebrity-crammed restaurants. Yes, the freeway is a nightmare and LAX is a heaving mass of bodies, but that doesn’t stop anybody from seeking out the glitz and glamor that’s rife in this part of the world. Tourists visiting the city are presented with a cavalcade of attractions to choose from. Home to the entertainment industry, it comes as no surprise that Hollywood tops the list. From the iconic Hollywood sign and the film lots of Universal Studios to the Hollywood Wax Museum and Hollywood Boulevard, there’s plenty to see and do here. Check out the handprint timeline that is the Hollywood Walk of Fame before stopping by the historic Chinese Theatre. Still not sated your appetite for all things silver screen? Take a guided ‘Homes of the Stars’ tour. Be sure to keep your eyes open too; you can never be too sure who you might see on your travels. Visitors looking for some sun and surf will find no shortage of beaches in the region. Popular destinations include Santa Monica, with its world-famous pier; Venice Beach, with its muscle parks and walking oddities; and Malibu, home to none other than Baywatch. Surfing aficionados should seek out Huntington Beach, or ‘Surf City, USA’ as it’s known in these parts. In terms of general tourist attractions, the Los Angeles Zoo is a popular choice with families visiting the city, while nearby Griffith Park offers a scenic setting to while away an afternoon. Visit the observatory – another silver screen favorite – in the park but be sure to keep your eyes open for a wolf named Virginia. Rumor has it that Virginia escaped the zoo back in 1979 and hid out in Griffith Park. Nobody is sure if she was ever recaptured. Head to Beverly Hills to see how the other half live before indulging in a spot of window shopping on Rodeo Drive. Head out to the Hollywood Bowl to catch an outdoor concert, or visit Staples Center and L.A. Live for entertainment under a roof. Sports fans visiting L.A. are in luck too. The city is home to some of the most recognizable sporting teams in the world, including the Los Angeles Lakers (basketball) and Los Angeles Dodgers (baseball). With soccer, ice hockey, American football and much more on offer, there’s always some action to follow in the City of Angels. If you’re in need of a short break from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, the James Irvine Japanese Garden and the Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Garden both offer tranquil spots in which to unwind. Los Angeles is a year-round tourist destination thanks to its pleasant climate and its wealth of entertainment and attractions.