Beyond the Marina
Considered one of Southern Californias top attractions and within a mile of the Marina, amusing, memorable Venice Beach is a magnet for both locals and tourists. It boasts a two-mile stretch of beach, with a constant carnival of colorful vendors, musicians and artists along Ocean Front Walk. For somewhat more sophisticated pleasures, Abbot Kinney Boulevard area is a popular creative hub, offering chic cafes, boutiques and people-watching.
Three miles north lies trendy Santa Monica, a great place to spend the day. The landmark Santa Monica Pier and Beach have been featured in many movies and TV shows, and palm- and cypress-lined Palisades Park that overlooks it all is a scenic place to stroll. Nearby Third Street Promenade, chic Montana Ave. and Main Street offer eclectic shops and entertainment, and the area is dotted with lively pubs, theaters and renowned restaurants.
Throughout the world, the mere mention of its name conjures an image of fame and wealth. Rent a convertible and head to Beverly Hills for bountiful shopping, dining and strolling. Glitzy Rodeo Drive is a perfect centerpiece for your visit, and the surrounding streets are replete with designer houses, world-famous restaurants and unique boutiques. You'll recognize the frequently filmed palm-lined streets and likely a celebrity or two.
Some of the most remarkable architecture in recent L.A. history stands on the hilltop at the Getty Center, an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visuals arts. Dominating 110 acres of the Santa Monica Mountains just 10 miles north of the Marina, the Museum features stunning views from its expansive Central Garden, and five pavilions exhibiting an extraordinary range of international art spanning many centuries.
For those intrigued by the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome and Etruria, the elegant Getty Villa, perched high on a hilltop above Malibu, is without compare. It's an educational center and museum dedicated to these antiquities, with rooms arranged by themes like Gods & Goddesses and the Trojan War. The architecture of the Villa is also Roman-inspired, and the lush gardens offer an unparalleled view of the coastline.
The birthplace of the film business and long a prime tourist attraction epitomizing L.A.'s dream of glamour, today's Hollywood showcases a multitude of historic landmarks, movie palaces and museums that pay homage to the magic of it all. Visitors love the famous sidewalk in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and newer-comers like the Hollywood & Highland entertainment complex, home to the Academy Awards.
This unforgettable museum invites guests to experience history while learning about racism and bigotry. Two main sections include the Tolerance Center, which focuses on prejudice and racial injustice in America, and the Holocaust section, which chronicles the history of the Holocaust. In addition, the museum houses a multimedia learning center, artifacts and documents of the Holocaust, survivor testimonies and special exhibits
One of Los Angeles' hippest cities-within-a-city, teaming with inventive restaurants and unparalleled nightlife, West Hollywood is cutting edge and a favorite spot for fashion fanatics. It's brimming with design showrooms, dozens of art galleries, upscale eateries and trendy shops. Home to world-famous locales like the Sunset Strip and Melrose Avenue, the area entices L.A.'s trendsetters, a strong gay community, as well as visitors from around the globe.
To truly appreciate the greater Los Angeles area and all it has to offer, it takes more than one visit. We hope you'll come back again and again to explore our community and discover its very special treasures. For additional information on the Los Angeles area, contact Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board.