Los Angeles is one of the most popular cities in the world. It’s the home of movie stars, reality show celebrities and all manner of Hollywood characters…If you’re willing to brave the anxiety inducing traffic that leads to the innermost parts of the city, than I suggest you make a stop at arguably the most iconic neighborhood in America – Beverly Hills.


Beverly Hills is inhabited by the rich and famous, as well as tourists hoping to get a peak into the glitz and glam of L.A. living. It’s a relatively small neighborhood but with a view on nearly every avenue. Rows of palm trees line the streets, and behind them stand million dollar homes. Most of these houses are owned by celebrities and thus hidden by large groves and other carefully placed obstructions; that being said there are a few in clear sight. There are also plenty of cute and trendy stores in the area — but of course the REAL place to go is Rodeo Drive. Rodeo is where you’ll find nothing but luxury brand stores, open to the public to browse. We took a look around Versace, the flag ship Gucci store and a few other top tier brand names. We also came across a cute art gallery with a variety of modern pieces curated by up-and-coming artists. It was a super fun time! Of course we could not leave Beverly Hills without a picture next to the infamous sign.


A trip to L.A. isn’t truly complete without visiting its Universal Studios. As the home of all things movie and television, the Universal Studios L.A. felt especially unique. Our tour guides pointed out actual lots and movie sets where the studios filmed movies such as Jaws and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. We also got a chance to overlook the L.A. valley, where (apparently) quite a few Hollywood big shots reside. Of course we enjoyed the rides, to include a Jurassic World attraction, a Mummy themed rollercoaster and a trip through the infamous Hogsmeade. 


Santa Monica Beach is one of the most interesting places in Las Angeles. It attracts all manner of characters: simple tourists looking for a good time, skater boys gathered at the Cove and young people singing on the crowded walk way hoping for a big break. Its wild energy reminded me a bit of Coney Island in New York City. The board walk is called Santa Monica Pier; it extends a long way down and is lined with small and trendy tourism shops and restaurants/cafes. Pacific Park is the local beachside amusement park, very conscientious and relatively inexpensive for anyone looking to enjoy ferris wheels, whack-a-mole and the like. 

Overall Los Angeles was a wonderful city with a plethora of different and fun things to do. For anyone even remotely interested in the shiny cars, beautiful houses and glitz and glam of Hollywood — the City of Angels is an absolute treat. 

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