When to Visit
There's plenty to do all year round and the Southern California weather deserves its reputation, but even so, summer is the best time to enjoy the immense city beaches.
It is pretty much impossible to get around Los Angeles without a car: the city is huge and many of the avenues are unsuitable for walking and not served by public transport.
Where to stay
The Beverly Wilshire is where the characters stay in the film. Other hotels for cinephiles include the exclusive Millennium Biltmore, where scenes were filmed for such classics as Vertigo, New York, New York and King Kong, Westin Bonaventure Hotel featured in Rain Man with Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, and Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, where scenes were filmed for Internal Affairs, also with Richard Gere, and Almost Famous.
Where to eat
The Cicada restaurant, where Julia Roberts' character send the snail flying across the table in Pretty Woman is in Downtown, the city's historic centre. Another film-related option, this time Memoirs of a geisha, is Yamashiro in Hollywood Hills, where the delicious food is complemented by spectacular views of the city.
The movie trail
The company Starline Tours offers guided tours of movie locations, movie studios and tours of the mansions of the famous actors.
There's more to Los Angeles than Hollywood, so don't miss visiting the Downtown area with it monuments, museums and city parks, as well as Long Beach, home to the Aquarium of the Pacific, the port and community of San Pedro, and the Griffith Observatory in the vast GriffithPark.
Tourism in Los Angeles
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