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Heavy school holiday traffic is expected from Friday 23 September. Plan your journey to the airport.
The sun-drenched, celebrity-filled ‘City of Angels’ is often the first city Australian travellers embark upon in their American adventure, but it’s much more than just a tourist gateway. Surrounded by mountains, valleys and desert, Los Angeles is a geographically diverse city. It’s also the second-largest city in America based on population. Beaches, shopping, celebrity sighting, and a laid-back , love-life attitude make Los Angeles a must-see city for many tourists. More than just Hollywood and theme parks, take the time to explore the urban, hidden culture of Los Angeles to truly discover this Californian icon.
One Perfect Day Upper East Side New York
There are perfect days and not-so-perfect days when traveling. Kerry Widdup went in search of classic New York dining and drinks venues for a perfect Upper East Side day.
Beverly Hills and Hollywood
Postcode 90210 is the number one destination for celebrity spotting and admiring the luxurious lifestyle of Hollywood stars. The renowned shopping strip of Rodeo Drive will make you feel like a movie star, even if you can’t afford any of the designer brands for sale here. For a welcome change from celebrity mania, visit the Hollywood Bowl for a live performance. The largest natural outdoor amphitheatre in America, Hollywood Bowl hosts live music, particularly during the Summer months.
In-N-Out Burger is a Californian fast-food institution, although now also available in other surrounding states. Known for its simple, customisable menu, In-N-Out Burger first opened in California in 1948. The menu has evolved for a cult following, and now offers ‘Protein Style’, ‘Animal Style’ and ‘Monkey Style’ burgers. If you have adventurous tastebuds, try the ‘Animal Style’ fries. That’s the animal style patty and sauce right on top of the fries! Photo from in-n-out.com
Santa Monica and Venice Beach
Santa Monica is a beautiful beach-side resort city filled with surprises. The Santa Monica Pier is a bustling, historic hive of activity right by the water of Santa Monica Bay. The 100-year-old landmark has a unique carnival-esque vibe, with a historic merry-go-round, carnival rides and souvenirs on offer. Visit the brand new ocean-front park ‘Tongva’, which is a family-oriented open space perfect for beachside relaxation with music, crafts and urban food trucks. Just south of Santa Monica lies the hip Venice Beach community, originally designed to bring a touch of European Venice to California through its architecture. The Venice Beach boardwalk and its associated ‘Muscle Beach’ waterside gym are key icons of the town. Live entertainment, hippy culture and shopping aside, Venice Beach is home to the famous Jody Maroni sausage kingdom, which offers ‘haute cuisine in a casing.’ Try the wagyu-beef hotdog and the garlic fries to see what the fuss is all about!
The Getty Centre
The Getty Centre is a campus of the J Paul Getty Museum overlooking Los Angeles city. With free admission and beautiful views, it provides a welcome cultural escape to the media and celebrity focus of downtown LA. Inside you will find a large collection of Western art, in various mediums. There is also a ‘sketching gallery’ in which budding artists can get creative.