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Los Angeles

It's possible that Los Angeles is a figment of its own imagination. No other city studies itself so intently - on film, television or in glossy magazines. LA is a monster of a city, a tangle of freeways and sprawling suburbs where anyone without a car is considered intellectually impaired. This is where the American Dream is manufactured, and if you're not prepared to embrace the dream you'll doubtless find LA filthy, irritating, frightening or just plain dumb. But if you long to stand in the footsteps of stars and breathe their hallowed air, you've come to the right place. In this town, chefs are household names and nobodies erect billboard shrines to themselves. LA is a feast of fame-associated sights - cruise Sunset Strip, walk Rodeo Drive or Hollywood Boulevard, be seen on Melrose or Venice Beach, gawk at babes in Malibu or poke your nose through the gates of Beverly Hills. No one does a theme park like the Angelenos: Disneyland is the mother of them all, and Universal Studios turned its back lot into a thrill ride years ago. When the glitz starts coming out your ears, head for the almost-reality of Little Tokyo and El Pueblo de Los Angeles or Pasadena's Huntington Gardens.

Santa Monica Pier Santa Monica Pier
Perched over the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica, "The Pier" feels more like a carnival than a place to shop. Cirque du Soleil pitches their tent on the beach here annually, and there are concerts and dances on the weekends in the summer. In addition to the many restaurants and souvenir stands, there is a full-service amusement park with a roller coaster, ferris wheel, merry-go-round and arcade. The pier's end provides one of the best sunset views in Los Angeles County.
Universal Studios Universal Studios
The Universal Studios tour is one of Hollywood's famous must-sees. With a slate of ever changing attractions, the park is a great outing for the whole family and can easily take up an entire day. After the guided tour, you can wander around the park, get something to eat (at one of the 16 restaurants and cafes), take in the various shows, like the new Spiderman Rocks musical and Waterworld or board one of the numerous thrill rides including Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, and Terminator 2:3D.
Mount Wilson Observatory Mount Wilson Observatory
The Mt. Wilson Observatory was established in 1904 by astronomer George Hale (1868-1938) in the suburb of Pasadena. It was the first observatory in the western United States and the largest in the world.
Knott's Berry Farm Knott's Berry Farm
This exciting theme park is one of the main tourist attractions in Southern California. The park consists of six themed areas, including Camp Snoopy, Ghost Town, the Boardwalk and more. Besides dozens of rides and attractions, the park also features special live music and theater performances, great restaurants and many shops. Seasonal attractions include the world famous Knott's Scary Farm at Halloween.


    
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