In addition to its fabulously mild year-round climate, greater Los Angeles is known for such famous attractions as Disneyland, Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica Pier, the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame, and much more. Visiting these star-studded landmarks is easy when you vacation at Crowne Plaza Beverly Hills. Located in the heart of Southern California's most glamorous address, Crowne Plaza Beverly Hills is minutes from local attractions and fun things to do under the California sun.
Rodeo Drive -
Located less than a mile from Crowne Plaza Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive is the most famous upscale shopping district on the West Coast. The palm tree-lined street is home to the world's most famous luxury brands ranging from CHANEL and Giorgio Armani to Dolce & Gabbana and Tiffany Co. Rodeo Drive is also famous for its starring roles in Hollywood films such as Pretty Woman, Beverly Hills Cop, and Sex and the City. Visit www.rodeodrive-bh.com.
Hollywood Walk of Fame -
The Hollywood Walk of Fame is the most famous sidewalk in the world that immortalizes the entertainment industry's icons. Since its groundbreaking in 1960, the Hollywood Walk of Fame has inducted over 2,000 people. The Walk of Fame is marked by bronze stars embedded in pink terrazzo. Stars are awarded in five categories: live theater, motion pictures, radio, television and recording. The Hollywood Walk of Fame encompasses five acres lining Hollywood Boulevard on both sides from Gower to La Brea, and each side of Vine Street from Sunset Boulevard to Yucca. Visit www.hollywoodchamber.net.
Grauman's Chinese Theatre -
Since opening its doors in 1927, Grauman's Chinese Theater has epitomized Hollywood glamour and today remains among the most sought-after venues for hosting movie premieres. In addition to its Chinese temple façade, Grauman's Chinese Theater is recognized for its famous celebrity hand and foot prints embedded in concrete, including those of Marilyn Monroe, Gene Autry, John Wayne, and Steven Spielberg. Grauman's Chinese Theatre is located on Hollywood Boulevard. Visit www.manntheatres.com.
Hollywood Bowl -
Not only is the Hollywood Bowl one of the top concert venues and home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil), but it's the largest natural outdoor amphitheater in the country. The Hollywood Bowl and LA Phil have been staples in Southern California summers since 1922. Classical music summer concert series are time-honored traditions in Los Angeles. The Bowl has also welcomed other famous musicians throughout history including The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Ella Fitzgerald, Garth Brooks, and Elton John. Visit www.hollywoodbowl.com.
The Getty Center -
The Getty Center in Los Angeles is an expansive museum campus situated on a hilltop overlooking the city, Santa Monica Mountains and Pacific Ocean. Visitors to The Getty will find an extensive collection of Western art from the Middle Ages to present day, celebrated in various mediums. Exhibits feature sculptures, paintings, photography, drawings, decorative arts and historic manuscripts. The Getty is also renowned for its remarkable modern architecture and landscaping. Admission to regular museum exhibits is free. Visit www.getty.edu.
Experience the magic of the "Happiest Place on Earth" during your California vacation. Disneyland had been welcoming guests of all ages to the Magic Kingdom since it opened in 1955. Disneyland features a variety of attractions for kids and families, including famous rides such as It's a Small World, Space Mountain, The Matterhorn and the new Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. Disney's California Adventure, located next to the original Disneyland features thrilling adventure rides, shopping and dining. Visit www.disneyland.disney.go.com.
Venice Beach Boardwalk -
Venice Beach Boardwalk is one of the most famous beach boardwalks in Southern California. Home to Muscle Beach, the "anything goes" Venice Beach Boardwalk yields countless attractions such as street performers, quirky shops and boutiques, local characters, art galleries, and cafes. Visit www.venicebeach.com.
Santa Monica Pier -
The oldest pleasure pier on the West Coast, Santa Monica Pier is a must-see attraction when visiting Los Angeles. Santa Monica Pier features an amusement park, including a solar-powered Ferris wheel and a historic carousel. The Pier is the site of numerous festivals and special events throughout the year. Santa Monica Pier is celebrating its 100 year anniversary in 2009, and is open daily. Visit www.santamonicapier.org.
Beverly Center -
Beverly Center is the quintessential L.A. shopping mall. Bordering Beverly Hills and Hollywood, Beverly Center features the top names in world fashion, and up-and-coming designers. Beverly Center is home to 160 trend-setting stores such as bebe, Diesel, Custo-Barcelona, and H&M, and Macy's and Bloomingdale's department stores. A 13-screen theater features the latest Hollywood film sensations, while a variety of restaurants whet any appetite. Visit www.beverlycenter.com.
Universal Studios Hollywood -
Universal Studios Hollywood is the headquarters for entertainment in the downtown Los Angeles. This action-packed theme park offers exciting rides like Shrek 4-D and Revenge of the Mummy, working movie and TV studios, and CityWalk, the bustling center for dining, shopping, and entertainment including movie and IMAX theaters and an amphitheater for live concerts. Behind-the-scenes tours of movie and TV sets are popular activities at Universal Studios Hollywood. Visit www.universalstudioshollywood.com.