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A March 2006 trip to Los Angeles by cr008k

Santa Monica Pier Photo, Santa Monica, California More Photos
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This hotel is really conveniently located. Wilshire Boulevard is one of the main roads - it runs throughout the Westwood Boulevard / Santa Monica area (along with Santa Monica) giving you great access to the Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach, and the Grove shopping area. There is also an entrance to the 405 right on Wilshire Boulevard, and for those who are familiar with LA - once you get on the 405 you can merge onto pretty much any of the other freeways and get pretty much anywhere you want to go. If you stay here, you are pretty close to both Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, which are the two main places that you will probably want to spend your time visiting in Los Angeles.Wilshire Boulevard...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 14, 2006

Wilshire Grand Los Angeles
930 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90017
(213) 688-7777

Emporium Thai Cuisine

Hotel | "Emporium Thai Cafe"

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I discovered this restaurant on Westwood Boulevard in Los Angeles and it was absolutely fantastic! It's kind of a small place, with about 15-20 tables. It's not usually crowded in the restaurant though (except perhaps a bit at the dinner hour). I went at about 4 in the afternoon and did not have reservations and walked right in and got a table.The staff are friendly and the restaurant is clean (it got an A in its board of health inspection). The food is reasonably priced (entrées range from about $6-$10 depending on what you order). The portions are large (I had enough to take some of my meal home with me as did the person I went with). The food came pretty quickly, we did not have to wait a ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 14, 2006

Emporium Thai Cuisine
1275 Westwood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 478-2838

Grauman's Chinese Theatre

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Attraction | "Manns Chinese Theatre"

Grauman's Chinese Theatre Photo, Los Angeles, California
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Manns Chinese Theatre is a great place to visit in LA. It is a little smaller than it looks on TV, but is almost more tasteful—there is a beautiful Asian influence to the decor, and you can really imagine all the movie stars of yesterday and today, heading to movie premieres. It makes you feel like a star and like you are really having the Hollywood experience.Outside of Manns Chinese Theatre you can see all the footprints and handprints of the famous stars. This can be kind of crowded, especially if you go during prime tourist season or prime tourist time. It was a little crowded for us and we had to wait a little while to get our pictures taken with Marilyn Monroe's handprints. The more popul...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 6, 2006

Grauman's Chinese Theatre
6925 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, California
(323) 464-8111

Venice City Beach

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Attraction | "Venice Beach"

Venice City Beach Photo, Los Angeles, California
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Venice Beach is way more than just a beach. Sure you can go there and sit in the sun or frolic in the ocean. The water was reasonably warm when we went there in March—not too warm, but comfortable enough that you could stick toes in without it being freezing and you have to run away. The beach itself and the sand is nice and not rocky or anything and you can sit and watch the waves and the people and enjoy the surf.But Venice Beach is so much more than just a beach. You can walk the length of the beach and see great shopping and art galleries and entertainment and restaurants. The restaurants all seemed fairly reasonably priced, and we ate at a cute little place with delicious french fries that...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 6, 2006

Venice City Beach
1531 Ocean Front Walk
Los Angeles, California 90291
(310) 399-2775

Beverly Hills/Rodeo Drive Shopping District

Attraction | "Rodeo Drive"

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This technically could go under the shopping category, but I didn't go to Rodeo Drive to shop, mainly because I can't afford to buy anything in the super expensive super elite stores that line the beautifully landscaped street. I went there as a tourist attraction, and I think in part that is what Rodeo Drive has become, especially for anyone who has seen and loved the movie Pretty Woman.There are tons of really high end boutiques here, all the stores that she shopped in in the movie and all the stores you would expect to line the famous street: Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Armani. All high end stuff and if you want to shop here you better bring a lot of money with you. Of course, the stores don...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 6, 2006

Beverly Hills/Rodeo Drive Shopping District
Rodeo Drive (and surrounding area)
Los Angeles, California 90210
(310) 248-1000

Santa Monica Pier

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Santa Monica Pier Photo, Santa Monica, California
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I visited both Venice Beach and this beach at the Santa Monica Boardwalk. I far far preferred this beach. First of all it was less crowded and there were mostly families and other people swimming - there wasn't the same crowd as at Venice Beach at all. And where Venice beach has people selling this and acrobats doing tricks and stuff, this is just a nice quiet beach where you can walk along and put your feet in the water. When I say quiet though, I don't by any means mean to suggest that it is boring - it is not. Far from it. There is a great boardwalk there with tons to do. There are rides for kids including a merry go round. There are restaurants - a Mexican restaurant on the edge of the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 14, 2006

Santa Monica Pier
Ocean and Colorado Avenues
Santa Monica, California 90401
(310) 458-8900

Grove

Attraction | "The Grove"

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The Grove is one of the most amazing, elegant, upscale shopping centers I have ever been to. It's technically a mall but it's a mall Los Angeles style, unlike malls that I have ever been to anywhere else in the world. It's beautifully manicured, there is lush greenery and lovely palm trees. The floors are marble-like and there are some neat architectural details. Walking around here, you can feel the rich design and feel the wealth and prestige. The stores themselves are also wonderful. Everything is represented here - all the big name, big expensive designers. Most of this is out of my budget, but it's still fun to look at Prada Bags and drool over Gucci shoes. You can check out the big department...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 18, 2006

Grove
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, California 90036
(888) 315-8883

The Getty Center/J. Paul Getty Museum

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Attraction | "The J. Paul Getty Center"

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This is one of the most amazing museums I have ever been too. First of all, it is kind of like up in the hills/mountain overlooking the city so you can take this little tram and you get a really amazing view of Los Angeles (although it would be more amazing if you didn't have the 405 at your feet sort of marring your view as you look at all the traffic). The museum itself is beautifully designed - the architecture is amazing and there is tons of glass and modern and unique and amazing features of the museum. You really feel like it is awe-inspiring when you first see it and you feel like you are stepping inside an architectural masterpiece. Once you come inside you will not be disappointed ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 24, 2007

The Getty Center/J. Paul Getty Museum
1200 Getty Center Drive
Brentwood, Los Angeles 90049
(310) 440-7300

Little Tokyo

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Little Tokyo is a series of streets in downtown Los Angeles which consist of a lot of different Japanese restaurants. At first when I came here I was kind of disappointed because I was expecting something more like Chinatown in San Francisco—I was expecting tons and tons of shops selling merchandise from Japan, lively bustling streets filled with merchants, and tourists and an endless array of restaurants with people handing out flyers desperate to get you to choose their delicacies. It was not like that at all. It was just a series of streets with restaurants and one or two shops and mostly apartment buildings—it almost seemed more like a residential area, albeit one heavily populated with Japenes...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 25, 2007

Little Tokyo

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