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Hidden Gems of Los Angeles
Hidden Gems of Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a major city located in the state of California, United States. As of my last update in September 2021, Los Angeles is the second-most populous city in the United States after New York City. Los Angeles is often referred to as the "Entertainment Capital of the World" due to its strong association with the film, television, and music industries. Hollywood, a neighborhood within the city, is the center of the American film industry. The city is home to iconic landmarks such as the Hollywood Sign, the Griffith Observatory, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Getty Center, and the Santa Monica Pier.

The city boasts a vibrant arts scene with numerous museums, galleries, theaters, and live music venues. Los Angeles has multiple professional sports teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers (NBA), Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB), and Los Angeles Rams (NFL), among others. Los Angeles enjoys a Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers. Some of the hidden gems of los angeles are:

Universal Studios Hollywood : A theme park and a studio of Universal, one of the biggest film studios of the world. The studio is a huge tourist attraction of Los Angeles, and called "The Entertainment Capital of LA". When you visit Universal Studios, you will come across exhibits, rides, games, and interactive displays from all your favourite movies, shows, stars and what not. 

The studios are the real life representation of nearly every film or show Universal has ever produced, like the Springfield area from Simpsons, a themed area dedicated to Despicable Me and the famous Minions, or the recently opened Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where you can literally walk through all the things you've seen in the Harry Potter movies, and a ride that takes you through the entire Hogwarts Castle.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame : The Walk of Fame is an iconic LA landmark, consisting of more than 2,500 stars on the pavements across the Hollywood Boulevard, containing names of various superstars of the entertainment business. Attracting a staggering 10 million visitors every year, the Walk of Fame is a permanent tribute to those who have achieved greatness in the entertainment industry.

From actors and directors to musicians and producers, as you walk along this 2 km long stretch on the famous Hollywood Boulevard, you will find all the popular names in these terrazzo and bronze stars. There are also some additions outside the entertainment industry, such as the basketballer Magic Johnson and the Apollo 11 astronauts, and the most unique star of the entire walk is that of boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

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Disneyland : Is one of the biggest Disneylands in the world, and was designed and constructed under the instructions of Walt Disney himself. Opened way back in 1955, the Disneyland Park is perhaps one of the best Disney theme parks in the world, if not the best. This park in particular was the first physical manifestation of Walt Disney's idea of a Disneyland, an idea that hit him after he visited various parks with his daughters.

The park is absolutely massive, spread across 8 huge lands, with the first being - as usual - the Main Street, USA. Just like you'd expect, it's like revisiting every single Disney show you've ever seen.  one of the largest in the world, and among the busiest theme parks globally. The resort is also home to the Disney California Adventure Park, so you can be sure that your entire day is going to be one packed with joy and energy.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art :  The LACMA is a huge art museum with the largest collection in the western United States - more than 150,000 works of art from the ancient to the modern times. The LACMA, which became an independent entity in 1965, is home to a hugely extensive collection of art. The museum has a host of permanent exhibitions, and a series of temporary art exhibitions, keeping the affair always lively.

The museum has several buildings housing it's array of permanent exhibitions. These collections include Modern art, American and Latin art, Greek and Roman art, Asian art and Islamic art. These works range encompass all sorts of arts, like paintings, sculptures and statues, manuscripts, and intricate works in ceramic and metal among many others.  The size of the collection makes sure that every form and culture is extremely well represented, in terms of styles as well as periods. 

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Griffith Park :  Is an iconic urban park in Los Angeles, one of the largest in North America and home to many attractions. The Griffith Park was constructed initially on land bequeathed by Colonel Griffith J. Griffith to the people of Los Angeles, and has since expanded greatly due to donations and acquisitions. Today, it is one of the most popular and an important landmarks of LA. The Griffith Park is home to several attractions.

The "Hollywood" sign is perhaps among the best known signs in the world! Then comes the famous Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. This sprawling campus has tons of exhibits of animals and gorgeous collections of gardens. To be more precise, the zoo is home to nearly 250 species of animals, and the garden has over 800 species of plants. The park is home to a famous open concert area, the Greek Theatre. 

Los Angeles Music Center :  The Music Center is the biggest and grandest centre of performing arts, and one of the best in all of the US, also home to the famous Walt Disney Concert Hall. The LA Music Center is the hub of all the performing arts in the city. It is a place amazingly vibrant and diverse.

It hosts hundreds of performances throughout the year by it's 4 resident companies Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Center Theatre Group. Apart from these, there are several festivals and concerts, and also workshops for people to form a relationship with the performing arts and the people from different communities. The Music Center has 4 venues for all these varieties of performances - the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theatre and the recently opened and absolutely striking Walt Disney Concert Hall. 

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