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Los Angeles, California, USA
Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles, L.A. and City of Angels are all names for this gigantic Southern California mix of glamour, urban sprawl, ethnic diversity, oceanfront playground and unlimited energy. The largest city in the state of California and the second largest in the United States, Los Angeles is interestingly a very young city. Just over a century ago it was a bicultural community of American immigrants and wealthy Mexican ranchers, with a population of less than 50,000. On completion of the transcontinental railroads in the 1880s it began to grow. The old ranches were subdivided; the symbol of the city became the family-sized suburban house, set amidst the orange groves in a glorious land of sunshine. The real boom came after World War II in the mushrooming aeronautics industry. Until the post-Cold War military cutbacks, the industry accounted for one in four jobs.
L.A.'s colourful melange of shopping malls, palm trees and swimming pools is at once bafflingly strange and startlingly familiar thanks to the celluloid self-image that has spread all over the world. Los Angeles is glitz and glamour, but also rich culture and artistic creativity. You can see it in the architecture, from Mission Revival and Art Deco to the latest in post-modern designs. You can see it in the visual arts, paintings and sculptures. It is also visible in a wealth of performing arts that extend well beyond the city's international fame for film, television and recorded music. Add fine dining, iconic beaches and countless attractions, and you have found the appeal of this great destination.
Guests in-transit to the following voyage may check with the Shore Concierge Office on-board for private arrangements on the turnaround day. Silversea's expert Shore Excursion professionals are available to assist with knowledgeable suggestions, personalised planning, and hassle-free coordination of all private, independent touring.
Going Ashore in Los Angeles
The ship is scheduled to dock alongside the World Cruise Centre in San Pedro, approximately a one-hour drive from downtown Los Angeles, Beverly Hills or Hollywood. Taxis are generally available at the pier.
The best shopping areas around Los Angeles are at Rodeo Drive, Melrose Avenue, the Cooper building in downtown L.A., the Beverly Centre and the Santa Monica Promenade. Department store shopping includes Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, I. Magnum, Nordstrom and Macy's. The local currency is the US dollar.
One of the most popular restaurant choices of Hollywood stars is the world-famous Spago in Beverly Hills. If you choose to dine here, reservations are required two weeks in advance. For the finest nouvelle cuisine in Los Angeles, make reservations at Rex II Ristorante; for French cuisine try L'Orange. Gladstone's 4 Fish or the casual Mon Kee Restaurant offer the best seafood; for a great, inexpensive Mexican lunch try El Cholo. Some restaurants may not be open for lunch.
Hollywood Walk of Fame
More than 2,000 star-shaped plaques with famous and not-so-famous names are embedded in the sidewalk. Located at the west end of the walk is the famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre; its forecourt features the handprints and footprints of celebrities.
The J. Paul Getty Museum
The museum complex at the Getty Centre features beautiful European paintings, drawings, sculptures, manuscripts and photographs. On a clear day, its hilltop location offers spectacular views of the city.
Los Angeles Maritime Museum
Located close to the port in the former ferry terminal, this is the largest maritime museum in California. The 75,000-square-foot (6,968-square-metre) facility features more than 700 ship and boat models and a variety of navigational equipment. Exhibits include Native American artefacts, maritime arts and crafts, displays on commercial shipping, the U.S. Navy, and recreational sailing.
Ports O' Call Village
Adjacent to the Maritime Museum and overlooking the harbour is this New England-style seaside village featuring quaint shops and restaurants.
Universal Studios Hollywood
This theme park features special-effect rides and shows based around films produced by Universal, as well as a Studio Tour for a behind-the-scenes look at how your favourite movies and TV shows are made.
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