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Los Angeles Visitor Guide
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Destination: Los Angeles, California
|Featured Hotel: JW Marriott Hotel|
Downtown Los Angeles has been completely transformed over the last few years and is now a vibrant hub for this enormous metropolitan area. We'll begin our tour at Staples Center, the home of the LA Lakers and the LA Kings. Staples is adjacent to the LA Convention Center and to LA Live, an entertainment complex featuring the Grammy Museum and adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles and JW Marriott hotels. The Standard Downtown LA is a few blocks away.
The University of Southern California (USC), the Los Angeles Coliseum, and Exposition Park (featuring the Calfornia Science Center, Rose Garden, and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles Country) are a short distance to the south, down Figueroa Street.
Downtown features a large number of attractions. Bunker Hill is where you'll find the Walt Disney Concert Hall (shown below, and home to the LA Philharmonic). Disney Hall, along with the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Mark Taper Forum, and the Ahmanson Theater, make up the LA Music Center.
Other downtown neighborhoods include Pershing Square and Olvera Street, which is adjacent to Union Station. Additional hotel selections include the Millenium Biltmore, the Westin Bonaventure, and the Hilton Checkers.
There's and enormous Asian community around downtown LA, including Chinatown, Koreatown, Little Tokyo, which is near the Arts District. Hotel selections in Little Tokyo include the Miyako Hotel and the Kyoto Grand Hotel.
A few blocks from Chinatown is Dodger Stadium, home of the LA Dodgers. The stadium sits at the intersection of the Pasadena Freeway (the first freeway of LA's massive Freeway System) and Sunset Boulevard.
Pasadena is home to the Rose Bowl, NASA/JPL, Caltech, the Old Pasadena shopping area, and the Huntington Library (see Pasadena hotel map).
Following Sunset Boulevard westward takes you past Griffith Park (home to the LA Zoo and Griffith Observatory) and through the heart of Hollywood (home to the Chinese Theater, Walk of Fame, Hollywood Bowl, Kodak Theater and a few miles from Universal Studios) (see Hollywood hotel map) and then through Sunset Strip, through Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Westwood and the UCLA campus, out to Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica.
We'll finish up our tour with another look at Staples and LA Live at night time. LA Live is home to the Conga Room salsa dancing club, ESPN Zone and Nokia Theatre as well as dozens of restaurants and other attractions.
Finally, here's a bottom-up view of the Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott, and another of the Los Angeles Public Library in front of the US Bank Tower.