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Los Angeles, is the second largest city in the United States and best known for it's cultural diversity, entertainment and good weather. In this city you will never be bored because there are so many attractions to see.
We stayed there for 4 days. I think that it's enough time to see all the attractions but maybe not enough, to relax one day on the beach or something like that.
The best way to travel around in LA, is in my opinion a rental car because the public transport is not the best. But for those who travel with public transport, there are 6 metro lines and several buses available.(click here)

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Half a year before we started our trip to America, we decided to book the first hotels, the flight and the rental car.
It was very important for us to visit the national parks on the west coast and so we made the decision to rent a second car during the week in the parks.
To ensure that there will be no problems with the car, we booked it at the nearest travel agency.
Usually our generation book all online, but in this case we wanted a contact person in case of an accident or something else.

9020 Aviation Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301

A huge amount of different cars to choose and the price-performance ratio is the best. I really recommend this company. The price also included the second rented car that we picked up in Las Vegas.


715€

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I think that in our special case the travel agency found the best rental company for us (age under 25, 4 weeks one car, 1 week second car). The company is called Alamo.
At the same time we booked the flight online. Over the flight search engine we found a cheap flight at US Airways.

Flight with one layover in Philadelphia. The crew was very friendly and brought us so many drinks as we wanted.


779€

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We got a flight with a flight time of 9 hours from Munich (Germany) to Philadelphia. After waiting 5 hours on the airport, we flew 5 hours and 30 minutes to Los Angeles.

DAY 1

After arriving at the airport in LA, we stayed for one night at The Concourse Hotel.
We choose this hotel because it's only 10 minutes away by walking and we don't wanted to catch a taxi at midnight.

6225 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

The hotel was not bad, but i would not recommend it for a longer stay. The rooms are okay and the airport is only 10 minutes away by walking.
Update: The hotel has now been renovated and is no longer called Concourse Hotel.


31€

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On the next day we wanted to pick up our rented car from Alamo. The company is only 15 minutes away from the Concourse Hotel, so we decided to walk.
The first steps outside and you can already feel the flair of America.
After we arrived at Alamo's office, we got the permission for the car very fast. But at first we were a little bit confused about the system to pick up the car. Then we realized that we can test all cars from the booked category.
Now we drove with our lovely minivan to our booked Airbnb accommodation.

Greater Wilshire / Hancock Park, Los Angeles, CA 90036

This Airbnb accommodation was amazing. We stayed in a own floor, could use the pool and Janna was very friendly. I will come back next stay in LA.


41€

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The location is in the middle of Los Angeles so it's a good starting position for explorations.
After the inspection of the whole accommodation, we decided to explore the surroundings. Our host (Janna) gave us some advices where we can go.
So we went to the Grove. This is a shopping street, which invites you to stroll around or to eat something in the restaurants.

189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Nice shopping street in the middle of LA. The Farmers Market and a big cinema are next to it.

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At night we decided to go to Venice Beach. The small lightened houses looks very nice at night and you can make a walk on the wharf to have a good view on the city.

1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291

During the day a very nice beach and on the evening a good location for bars or restaurants.

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There are in additional a lot of restaurants and bars which you can visit.

DAY 2

On the second day we visited the big attractions of LA like Hollywood, Hollywood Sign, Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica.
So we started early in the morning, cooked breakfast and drove with our minivan near the Hollywood Boulevard.

7018 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

It's one of the famous attraction in LA, but i think that the Walk of Fame itself is not so spectacular.

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After arriving, we made a walk on the famous Walk of Fame. On this street you can also find the Dolby Theatre (famous for the oscar nomination) and the Chinese Theatre (famous for finger prints of the stars).

6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

When you go inside the Dolby Theatre, you can feel the flair of the Oscar nomination.

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6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

In the front of the Chinese Theatre you can see a lot of hand- or footprints of the stars on the street.

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After a short break in the Hard Rock Coffee we drove to the Hollywood Sign. To get to a good viewing point, you had to drive some small streets up to the hill.

HOLLYWOOD SIGN

3114 Canyon Lake Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068

One of the "must have seen" on your stay in LA.
Tipp: follow the Link from the address to come to a good viewing point.

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In combination with the Sign, we visited the Griffith Observatory, where you can have a perfect view over all of Los Angeles.

2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

The Griffith Observatory is a nice Building and you can get a perfect view over all LA.

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Next stop was Beverly Hills, which can be reached via the Sunset Strip. The best way to explore this area is to drive by car through the streets and have a look at the large villas.

Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA 90210

Luxury neighborhood with many villas and avenues with palm trees.
Tipp: In the internet you can find adresses of some stars.

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There is also a bus available, which brings you to some homes of famous stars but we explored it on our own.
In Google you can find some lists with addresses of stars and so we found the house of Eddie Murphy. This was a very funny experience because the guardian opened the door for us for a short picture.
After this excursion we drove to Rodeo Drive. It's a very luxury district of the city, so everything is very expensive.

N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Luxury district with a lot of expensive shops and restaurats. Nice to walk around and watch people and cars.

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This was the reason that we walked some minutes away for having dinner.
Last stop that day was Santa Monica.

Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Beautiful clean beach, close to the pier and lots of stuff to do in the area.

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It was already very late, so we could see a wonderful sunset at the beach.

DAY 3

That day we decided to visit the Universal Studios. You should keep in mind that you nearly need a whole day to visit this attraction. But i think it's worth the time.
The best decision we made, is to start very early in the morning (8:30AM). Because later, more and more people came and the waiting times grow exponentially.

100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

It is a very good place to enjoy the day. Amazing attractions and the shows were great too.


95€

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The first tour that we have seen, was the Studio Tour, with a fantastic live demonstrations how outdoor scenes will be filmed.
The next point on our list was the Simpsons 4D-Cinema in Krustyland where you can see a really good animated rollercoaster.
As next we visited the Shrek attraction but we didn't know that this was also a cinema and in this case a boring one.
Then we saw the special effects show, where you can see how animations or some effects will filmed.
Now it was already lunchtime and we went to an restaurant in the studio.
After lunch we wanted to drive with the Jurassic Park rollercoaster, but the line of people became such long (wait 1,5h) that we decided not to wait.
The same situation at the transformer attraction and so we went to Waterworld. This is a great live demonstration of effects with a funny animation crew.
Unfortunately, the Harry Potter world was still under construction at our visit, which is very sadly because it should be quite good.
After the whole day in the Studio we relaxed on our own pool and went again to the Groove to have dinner.

DAY 4

The last day in LA has come and so we checked out of the accommodation.
Our destination for that day was Las Vegas and so Los Angeles Downtown lies on our route.

Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Beautiful district with a lot of small attractions.
Tipp: If you arrive by car, park in one of the many parking garages.

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The first we visited was the Angels Flight railway, which connect only two blocks together.
Next to the railway is the Grand Central Market.

351 Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Short historic railway in the center of LA Downtown.

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317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

You will get a great experience at this location. Some of the most delicious food in Los Angeles!

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After a small snack break we walked along the Broadway trough the historic theater and cinema district.
We also made a short detour to the Los Angeles Times where you can read the best headlines of the company's history.
The last attraction on our list was the City Hall.

200 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

You will get on the top of the building a amazing view over LA.

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After registration at the reception you can go on the top of the building, where you have a great view over Downtown.
So if you will visit downtown, i really recommend to go there.
Now we were on the road again, but not very long because we found a Outlet on our route named Citadel.

100 Citadel Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90040

There is a wide variety of shops to explore with a lot of different brands.

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After a short shopping tour, inclusive buying equipment for our week in wildness, we drove on.

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