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Los Angeles – Local Attractions

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Theme Parks

Universal Studios Hollywood offers behind the scene tours looking at how special effects are made and other movie making techniques. Rides and attractions are based on movies produced by Universal Studios. Check out Jurassic Park or Transformers – The Ride, or the Studio Tour which is 13 city blocks of sets from Wisteria Lane to the Bates Motel.

Pacific Park is an amusement park located on the Santa Monica Pier, ride the Ferris wheel to see the spectacular view of the Santa Monica Bay, the Pacific Ocean, the city and Venice Beach.

I don’t need to mention Disneyland, but I will. Themed attractions, amusement rides, and of course Mickey Mouse, plan on spending a couple of days at the happiest place on earth.

Raging Waters is the west coast’s largest water park. This park boasts 50 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, 36 rides and attractions and a sandy beach.

Knott’s Berry Farm is a themed attraction and amusement park based off of the Peanut characters. This farm, once an actual berry farm, is a great stop for families, especially those with young children as Camp Snoopy is geared towards younger children.

 

Other Stops

The kids will love to spend a day at the Los Angeles Zoo, with 250 different species of animals the Los Angeles Zoo is known for its conservation efforts with over 40% of the animals being on the threatened or endangered species list.

For a fun and education stop visit the Aquarium of the Pacific. Whether you want to feed the birds or touch a shark you’ll want to visit this Los Angeles aquarium.

Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Tom Cruise, the list goes on. Who is your must see on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? With over 2400 stars you are sure to find more than one favorite.

Griffith Observatory gives you amazing views of the planets, stars and the city of Los Angeles. This stop is completely free, including parking.

Runyon Canyon offers hiking trails with breathe taking views of the city of Los Angeles, an amazing dog park for Scruffy, free daily yoga classes with professional instructors and you may even see a celebrity or two.

 

Los Angeles – About the City

Friday, May 24th, 2013

 

Geography

Los Angeles hosts a wide variety of geographic landscapes. While Los Angeles is mostly a desert basin, it is also surrounded by the San Gabriel Mountain range and split by the Santa Monica Mountains. This makes for some great hiking and mountain biking terrain. LA also has over 75 miles of coast line along the Pacific Ocean with some of the best surfing in the world, but don’t worry if you are not a seasoned pro when it comes to surfing there are lots of mellow waves to test out.

Weather

Los Angeles boasts 292 days of sunshine, that fact alone makes Los Angeles a top destination on my list. With an average high of 75 degrees and an average low of 57 degrees, there is no wrong season to visit Los Angeles. The average yearly rainfall in Los Angeles is 15 inches.

Multicultural LA

Los Angeles is one of the most cultural diverse cities in the world, being one of only two cities in the US without a majority population. Boyle Heights is a must stop for Mexican food with a predominately Hispanic/Latino culture. Chinatown has something for everyone, great food, farmers markets, galleries and walking tours. Try the “Undiscovered Chinatown” tour to uncover history, treasures and great shopping. Little Tokyo is home to the Japanese American National Museum, and the Nisei Week festival. Leimert Park is the African-American cultural mecca of Los Angeles, stop to visit the art galleries and the eateries. Koreatown host the highest concentration of restaurants and nightlife in all of Southern California. From dive bars to high end cocktail lounges Koreatown is a city that never sleeps.

 

 

 

Coachella Festival

Monday, April 1st, 2013
    • When? 12 to 14 April and 19 to 21 April
    • Where? Empire Polo Field, 81-800 Avenue 51, Indio, California
    • What? A two-day, alternative, hip hop, and electronic music and arts festival in a desert setting. Very popular.
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    Official Website: Coachella

Tournament of Roses Parade 2013

Thursday, March 8th, 2012
  • When? Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 8:00 am.
  • Where? Parade starts at Green Street & Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, California
  • What? The 124th Rose Parade is themed Oh, the Places You’ll Go! A wildly popular televised event to celebrate New Year’s Day.
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Official Website: http://www.tournamentofroses.com/TheRoseParade.aspx

Los Angeles Marathon 2012

Thursday, March 8th, 2012
  • When? March 18, 2012, Starts between 6:55 am and 7:24 am
  • Where? Starts at Dodger Stadium (1000 Elysian Park Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012), Ends at Ocean Avenue and California Ave. in Santa Monica, California
  • What? A 26.2 mile-long marathon that draws in more spectators every year than any other marathon.
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Official Website: http://www.lamarathon.com/

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach 2012

Thursday, March 8th, 2012
  • When? April 13-15, 2012
  • Where? The Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, 300 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, California
  • What? America’s #1 street race.
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Official Website: http://www.gplb.com/

Coachella Festival 2012

Thursday, March 8th, 2012
  • When? 2 weekends in April. April 13-15 and April 20-22
  • Where? Empire Polo Field, 81-800 Avenue 51, Indio, California
  • What? A two-day, alternative, hip hop, and electronica music and arts festival in a desert setting. Very popular.
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Official Website: http://www.coachella.com/

Twilight Dance Series 2012

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
  • When? July 7 – September 8, 7:00 pm
  • Where? Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California
  • What? Free dance and music concerts on the Santa Monica Pier.
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Official Website: http://www.santamonicapier.org/twilight/

Sawdust Art Festival 2012

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
  • When? June 29- September 2
  • Where? Laguna Beach, California
  • What? See the wonders of 200 Laguna Beach artists under eucalyptus trees and waterfalls in a canyon setting.
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Official Website: http://www.sawdustartfestival.org/

Sweet & Hot Music Festival Canceled 2012

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

The Sweet & Hot Music Festival is sorry to announcement that the 2012 Sweet and Hot Music Festival has been cancelled.

“This hurts….. It hurts a lot …

I  am sorry to announce that the 2012 Sweet and Hot Music Festival scheduled to be held over the Labor Day Weekend- August 31, September 1-2-3 has been cancelled.

It has been a wonderful ride-  sixteen years– great music– great fans– the best of times.

Thanks to all the gifted, incredible artists who made the music happen for all those years.

Thanks to the loyal, dedicated fans who kept the flames burning.

Thanks to all the volunteers whose contribution was so welcome and so necessary.

I know that the talent and dedication will keep the music happening around the world for a long time to come.

It doesn’t matter if it’s Sweet or Hot – keep the Music swinging with all you’ve got.”

Wally Holmes
Executive Festival Director

http://www.sweethot.org/