Los Angeles is one of those places. People are constantly talking about it, and it’s a feature of most travel bucket lists. If you’re heading to LA with dreams of living the high life, you won’t be disappointed. A-listers may flock here in droves, but you don’t have to be an Oscar winner to appreciate the wonders of the City of Angels. If you’re desperate to soak up the atmosphere and follow in the footsteps of the icons, here are some highlights to include in your itinerary.

Hollywood Boulevard and the Walk of Fame          Hollywood Boulevard is a fantastic place to start your stay in LA. Here, you’ll find all the neon lights and a constant buzz of excitement and anticipation. Celebrity sightings are ten a penny. If you’re not lucky enough to bump into your real life heroes, don’t worry. You can always pose by their stars. Take a leisurely walk up the star-strewn street, visit Madame Tussauds, and take photos outside the Chinese Theatre.


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The Hollywood sign       Few people go to LA without getting that all-important snap with the iconic Hollywood sign in the background. This is one of the most photographed landscapes in the world, and it will also give you the chance to enjoy a quiet walk away from the city. Once you’ve got the shot, take a little time to look around the Griffith Observatory.


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Universal Studios       Are you a film fan? If so, there’s no better way to spend your time than a visit to Universal Studios. Check out the sets, recreate the famous roles, and learn all about the multi-million dollar US film industry.


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Venice Beach       If you’re looking to escape the skyscrapers and get some fresh coastal air, make for Venice Beach. Hire a car and turn heads as you drive down the tree-lined promenades, or make like the locals and grab your skates. People like to stay in shape here, so don’t be shocked if you witness gruelling beach training sessions and weightlifting duels. You can also try watersports, or embrace the healthy LA lifestyle with a superfood smoothie. If you’re interested in car hire, take a look at sites like http://www.exoticcarrentalguide.com/los-angeles-ca/. Everyone drives in LA, so be prepared for frantic multi-lane highways and heavy traffic.


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Disneyland       Strictly speaking, Disneyland isn’t in LA. However, it’s only a very short drive away in Anaheim. Most visitors are willing to make the trip to relive their childhood years, and enjoy all the magic of the enchanted kingdom. You can reach the world-famous theme park in around half an hour.


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Rodeo Drive       Fans of Pretty Woman and those fond of retail therapy shouldn’t board their flight home without visiting Rodeo Drive. Even if you’re only window-shopping, this is an unforgettable experience. Browse the pristine rails or simply marvel at the beautifully presented window displays. For more LA shopping tips, check out https://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/shopping.


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A trip to Los Angeles will stay with you forever. This is no ordinary city break destination, and it offers everything from chilled out beach living to the ultimate in city slicking. If you’re visiting the City of Angels, hopefully, this dreamy itinerary has given you food for thought.


Written by The Urban Sophisticate

The Urban Sophisticate

Jacqueline Chambers is a Los Angeles based content creator, event planner, online marketing strategist, wardrobe stylist and founder of TGIFguide.