Hollywood

It comes as no surprise that in 2014, Los Angeles was the third-most visited U.S. city by international travelers. With near-perfect weather, a vibrant mix of culture, and a multitude of entertainment and tourist attractions, it’s easy to see why “The City of Angels” attracts travelers from all over the world. For first-time international travelers, no trip to L.A. is complete without a visit to these popular destinations.

Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory

Sitting in the Hollywood Hills and visible from Loews Hollywood Hotel is the Griffith Observatory. Locals and tourists alike flock to here for scenic nature hikes as well as breathtaking sweeping views of Los Angeles. The observatory allows guests to explore outer space, discover a variety of space and science exhibits, and take in the beautiful art deco architecture of the building itself.

Universal Studios

Universal Studios

One of the oldest and most famous active movie studios in Hollywood, Universal Studios is known as “The Entertainment Capital of L.A.” and features a theme park, multi-screen theatre, working film studio and all the stores and restaurants of CityWalk®, a collection of stores and restaurants. Brand new must-see attractions like The Simpsons Ride and Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem are quickly becoming fan favorites, and visitors are eagerly awaiting the June 25 opening of Fast & Furious – Supercharged. To feel extra special, try the VIP Experience, which offers an exclusive behind the scenes peak into the theme park and Universal’s blockbuster movies.

Rodeo Drive

Rodeo Drive

L.A.’s most famous stretch of shops has appeared in countless movies, television shows and images the world over. The best of the very best designers and jewelers can claim a store front on Rodeo Drive, including Bulgari, Cartier, Chanel, Louis Vuittton, Burberry, Dior, Prada, Versace, and Valentino. No matter what you are looking for—diamonds, heels, a dress, or simply the city’s best window-shopping—Rodeo Drive has what you want.

Santa Monica

Santa Monica

No trip to L.A. is complete without a beach time. Santa Monica is famous for its beach, restaurants and lively outdoor recreational areas. After a morning strolling around the idyllic outdoor Third Street Promenade, beach-goers can enjoy swimming, surfing, biking and volleyball. The iconic Santa Monica Pier offers fun carnival games, a giant Ferris Wheel and event trapeze classes for the true adventurer. At night, hotspot Bungalow transports you to a relaxed beachside house party, and down the street, Harvelle’s Blues Club cranks out amazing live performances from up-and-coming acts. If you visit Santa Monica on a Wednesday, a visit to the country’s best Farmers Market is an absolute must, and you’ll likely see L.A.’s top chefs selecting their pick of the fresh produce for the week.

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