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Biking the beaches (1 day)
Renting a bike is a great way to explore the bike paths along most of the 80 miles of LA beaches. Bike rental locations are available at most Southern California beaches. A great bike path to follow is from Santa Monica to Redondo Beach and back (or vice versa). You will pass Hermosa beach, Manhattan Beach, Venice Beach and many more great places.
At the Santa Monica pier you’ll find several rental services. At Redondo there’s a bike rental in front of the pier. These bike rentals are open all day. It is best to rent a bike for a full day so you can enjoy your ride, the beaches and the great restaurants along the ride. Just follow the track, you won’t get lost. Renting a bike will cost you about $30 a day.
Whale watching (3 hrs)
Most tourists come to LA to watch Hollywood and the house of the rich and the famous. But California has great nature as well. So why not board a ship and watch the amazing Gray Whales.
Voyager Whale Watching departs twice daily for a 3 hours tour, at 10 am and 1:30 pm. The tours depart daily from December 31st through mid April from Redondo Beach Sports Fishing Pier in Redondo Beach Marina. This located on the picturesque coastline of the Santa Monica Bay. For directions, click here.
At weekdays the tour costs $15 for an adult and during weekends the price is $25 per person. You can buy your tickets here online.
Walk of fame (1 hr)
LA is the world’s capital of movie industry and that’s why you have to visit Hollywood Boulevard. Walk the stairs of the Kodak Theatre, where the annual Academy awards are presented. Feel like a celeb that’s coming to collect his Oscar.
And of course you have to do the Walk of fame, which was created as a tribute to artists working in the entertainment industry. If you want to see every star here, it would take you three or more hours. That’s how many stars have received the honour.
But you should start at Graumann’s Chinese Theatre (6952 Hollywood Boulevard), where the Oscar festival was held in the old days. There are a lot of celebs, which have their hands and feet immortalized in concrete, in respect to founder Sid Graumann.
Plane Spotting (½ day)
People who love spot airplanes should go to Mojave Airport and Space Port. This airport has been the venue of choice for major blockbuster movies, hit television shows, music videos, and history making events.
It is also the place where airlines park their redundant planes. It is a ‘plane cemetery’ and most of them will be demolished here. And you can see Virgin Galactics Spaceship at this airport as well.
Every day at 2 pm there is a tour at the airport. You will see a lot of old and dismantled airplanes. This tour costs $5 per person.
Mojave Airport is approximately two hours drive from LA. The address is: Mojave Air and Space Port, 1434 Flightline Street, Mojave. It’s best to call them first to check the tour and availability: 661 824 2433.
Rockwalk at Sunset Boulevard (1 hr)
Of course you go to Sunset Boulevard while visiting Los Angeles. And you have to visit the Guitar Center at this 39 kilometres long boulevard.
The Sunset Boulevard location in Los Angeles hosts Hollywood's RockWalk, a hall of fame honouring musical artists. It is something similar to the walk of fame but this one is for music artists. The stars are invited to place their handprints into cement blocks that are put on display at the Guitar Center.
So even if you don’t want to buy something at the Guitar Center, it is great to see the hands of all these great rock stars. You will find the Center at 7425 West Sunset Boulevard. You can only see the Rockwalk during opening hours of the shop, which are: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 9 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm and on Sunday from 11 am to 8 pm.
Beverly Hills tour (2 hrs)
If you like to see some houses of the rich and the famous you should go to Beverly Hills. But if you expect to see the celebs, you might be disappointed. Most of the houses are walled and to be honest, you don’t really see much. But it’s still fun to do.
You can book an organised tour. There are several operators, Star Line Tours for example, or Beverly Hills Tours.
If you have your own car you can buy a Beverly Hills Star Map at many tourist offices, or even in the street and do it yourself. Driving around in Bel Air is also great. Watch the famous and expensive houses in this chic neighbourhood as well.
J. Paul Getty Museum (3 hrs)
Without a doubt the best museum in Los Angeles is the J. Paul Getty Museum. The Getty Center which contains a collection from Western art and the Middle Ages to the present. Its estimated 1,3 million visitors annually makes it one of the most visited museums in the United States.
Besides the Getty Center, there’s also the museum at the Getty Villa, located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. This museum contains art from ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria.
The J. Paul Getty museum is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive nearby UCLA in the direction of Beverly Hills. Please note that access to the Getty Center is only via the main gate on N. Sepulveda Boulevard.
Information about the opening hours and admission for both museums can be found here.
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Language of the world
Of course you like to speak a few words of the local language onboard the plane or at your destination. Here you find some simple basics of the main language spoken in Los Angeles.