Los Angeles is as much a fantasy as it is a physical city. A mecca for face-lifts, film noir, shopping starlets, beach bodies, and mind-numbing traffic, it sprawls across 467 square mi; add in the surrounding five-county metropolitan area, and you've got an area of more than 34,000 square mi.
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Whenever I am in Los Angeles I have only one culinary goal: Get to an In-N-Out Burger. Those meaty bundles wrapped in wax paper are a fast-food dream.
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I love watching the amazing acrobatics of modern-day Tarzans as they swing, flip and spin on The Flying Rings. It’s a free circus in the sand.
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MOCA is the only art museum in Los Angeles dedicated to showing works from 1940 to the present. Their exhibits are often challenging, and always ambitious.
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Pack your camera, and take a stroll amongst the palm-reading body-building hacky-sacking roller-skaters of Venice Beach. There’s always something going on.
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See the Hollywood Hills to the north, Downtown LA to the south, and everything else in between, at Griffith Observatory. Admission, and parking, is free!
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The malodorous muck has yielded more than a million Ice Age fossils. They’re displayed at the Page Museum, where you’ll see how they were excavated.
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Conjure up Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman as you stroll from Louis Vuitton to Chanel. You’ll feel fancy even if you’re just window-shopping.
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Formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, it’s the spot where Hollywood’s elite have left their mark — literally. Pick up a map and find the hand- or footprints of hundreds of film stars.
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