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Los Angeles is now a regular stop for many travellers, both for those who want to visit California and for those who use it as a stopover before staying in Polynesia or Hawaii. A direct 11-hour flight from the UK might not sound like a quick getaway, but it sure is worth it!

Los Angeles is a sprawling city, it almost feels disjointed, yet connected at the same time, dozens of mini-cities coexisting (or struggling to coexist) in an oddly charismatic mixing pot of cultural and physical diversity. My advice to navigating this city is to organize a half-day driving trip on the first day, or maybe hop on an organised trip around the city to get an idea of ​​the distances and the multitudes of interests that a city like Los Angeles can offer.

One of the most popular guided excursions is a tour through the streets, locations and homes where many of Hollywood’s most famous films have been shot. From Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, to the church of the film “Sister Act” with Whoopi Goldberg, to the various cinematic scenes of films such as “Transformers” or “Spiderman”, to the Hotel of the movie “Pretty Woman”, where a very young Julia Roberts makes Richard Gere fall in love.

Just a stone’s throw from this hotel, the Regent Beverly Wilshire, is one of the most famous streets in the city: Rodeo Drive – home to the most famous boutiques and luxury brands, one of the most popular streets for local Hollywood residents to be wandering up and down – If you’re lucky, you might spot a well-known actor/actress.

Universal Studios

A day full of action and fun in one place: themed rides and breath-taking shows, a fully functioning film studio and City Walk with the best shops, restaurants and cinemas. Experience 3D and 4D reproductions of box office movie titles like Harry Potter and themed rides that will make you feel like a child again – It’s definitely worth a visit!

Santa Monica

An excursion to Santa Monica is easy to organize, in fact from most districts of the city, there are scheduled buses that offer a very affordable return ticket, and within less than an hour, leave you in the centre in Santa Monica, or on the boardwalk. A lovely town, especially the pedestrian area which is dotted with shops and attractions in the street. Then, of course, you have to amble your way to the seafront, and here you have to put on your swimming costume and take a dive in the Pacific Ocean,