The reality of this sprawling metropolis is certainly more complex than its celluloid image, but it’s no less mesmerising without the special effects. The sheer scale of the city can be overwhelming, but explore the fabled neighbourhoods of Hollywood
, Bel-Air and Malibu, and you’ll find those flashes of movie magic unique to LA. Each part of the city has its own distinct character; a cross-city drive feels like a series of rapid set changes. How the plot unfolds is up to you – a day spent surfing on Venice Beach, shopping in Santa Monica
and rubbing shoulders with the stars in Beverly Hills
actually is real life for the lucky few. Los Angeles is a place where you can write your own storyline.
And if it's in-depth exploring you're after, see our Los Angeles SideStory experiences.