Los Angeles: the endless entertainment city

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Today’s featured post was sent over by James, and is all about Los Angeles, the City of Angels, in California. I spent a few days here way back in the day, and loved my time there, particularly on the Santa Monica beach. Join James as he takes us on a tour of some more highlights from this endlessly entertaining destination!

Los Angeles, the most highly-populated city in the US state of California, is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world, and has a wide range of attractions to please all tastes and all ages.

Looking first at pleasing the younger travellers, the city has a brace of theme parks, most famous of which must be Disneyland, possibly with Universal Studios Hollywood running it a close second. For a more cultured approach, you can find a number of zoos, aquariums and museums, including The Aquarium of the Pacific, at Long Beach, and the Los Angeles Zoo, located in Griffith Park, which is also home to the Griffith Park Observatory.

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The elevated location here offers outstanding views over the downtown area of the city, and of the famous Hollywood sign. Lots of these attractions, will, of course, be equally suitable for the adults in the party, and it’s worth noting that Los Angeles has more museums and theatres than any other US city. Many television network shows are produced in Los Angeles, including a number of children’s shows, and there are sometimes opportunities for older children to get tickets for the live studio audience for these productions.

In terms of music, Los Angeles is the home of Capitol Records, with their distinctive ‘layered LP’ building, and many other record companies. With this background, it’s not surprising that the city is awash with live music venues. Starting with some of the smallest, jazz and rock fans could look to visit The Baked Potato on Cahuenga Boulevard, a mile or so North of The Hollywood Bowl. With live music virtually every night, The Baked Potato allows you to get up close and personal with the cream of the city’s jazz, fusion and session musicians.

At the top of the music tree, there are the venues which accommodate the larger touring bands and productions; The Hollywood Bowl and The Greek Theatre amongst them. Whilst the Bowl was inaugurated as a classical music venue, and still plays host too many classical concerts, as well as featuring the work of Hollywood composers, it’s also a regular haunt for touring bands. The balmy Californian climate virtually guarantees dry nights for these open-air venues, and the Greek, in particular, has a fine view over the city. Just south of these venues on Sunset Boulevard, are smaller club venues such as The House of Blues and The Troubadour.

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As the applause dies away after the last encore, you might look toward LA’s clubs, bars, and comedy clubs for on-going entertainment through the night. Downtown, you’ll find the likes of Club Nokia and The Conga Room, where you can dance until the small hours. Many of Los Angeles’ bars offer microbrews and craft cocktails, and the likes of Richard Pryor and Jay Leno started their careers at the Hollywood Improve Comedy Club, on Sunset Boulevard.




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