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Los Angeles holiday

Star-studded, sun-kissed and a beacon of fame and fortune, Los Angeles is the embodiment of glitz and glamour.

Star-studded, sun-kissed and a beacon of fame and fortune, Los Angeles is the embodiment of glitz and glamour.

However, there is more to this town than paparazzi and a famous collection of white letters on a certain green hillside.

From Universal Studios to Downtown LA through to the Hollywood Hills, this sprawling Californian city has something to offer every visitor.

Shoppers will be spoiled for choice in the boutiques, diners can pick between a whole range of cuisine and culture vultures will not be disappointed with LA's architecture and museums.

Although to book flights to this destination can be quite pricy, once out there many cheap hotels are available. Furthermore, food is dirt cheap and is served in king-sized portions.

Traditions and culture in Los Angeles

As the old Cole Porter song went 'Anything Goes'. A multi-cultural melting pot, visitors to LA can wear, see and do pretty much anything they like in this city – so long as it is legal.

LA has the third largest population of Mexican people of any city in the world and is home to many other nationalities and races, such as the Chinese, Jews and Iranians.

When getting around the city, tourists should be prepared for an uncomfortable experience. Its underground system is badly organised and its buses aren't much better.

Tourists are recommended to get themselves a bike or car.

Recommended in Los Angeles

There are several sites visitors to LA will be expected to tick off their checklist before leaving.

The first of these has to be a trip to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which runs along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street.

Over 2,000 golden stars are embedded on this sidewalk, featuring the name of celebs and fictional characters, such as Albert Hitchcock and Brad Pitt.

If celebrity-watching if your thing, then a guided tour around the homes of the rich and famous in Beverley Hills may also be recommended.

For those with kids, a trip to Universal Studios, which features a range of rides and shows based around some of the most-famous films of all-time, is another must-do.

Meanwhile, shoppers should head over to Rodeo Drive, which is LA's equivalent to the Kings Road in Chelsea, London. As well as picking up some delicious outfits, holidaymakers may also spot some celebs.

For the more adventurous, a trip to Downtown LA will reveal another side to this otherwise-glitzy city.

This area has gone downhill over the last few decades and is now a honey pot for the homeless, though a regeneration is underway, which has encouraged some funky bars and shops.

Destination checklist for Los Angeles

Los Angeles has a population of 3.85 million and its official language is English, though there is a significant Spanish-speaking community. A holiday guide may be helpful to enable visitors to get around.

The official currency is the US dollar and due to the current exchange rate prices can be work out very favourably for British travellers, with many cheap hotel rooms on offer.

Los Angeles is eight hours behind GMT and uses the international dialling code +1.