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Introducing Los Angeles
Welcome to LaLaLand! A land of sunshine, promise and wealth beyond the dreams of avarice. Squeezed into a 1,000-square-mile basin encircled by picturesque mountains and the Pacific Ocean, this vast urban megalopolis is home to movie stars and Mickey Mouse, richly endowed art museums and scantily clad beachcombers. LA (locals never spell out "Los Angeles") is balanced on the cutting edge of cool, where restaurants, cars, pets, and people blister in and out of fashion in the blink of an eye.
If genuine stars are in short supply, there is nothing to prevent you from hamming it up in a dozen familiar-from-the-big- (or small-) screen locations, from Union Station (Blade Runner) and the Griffith Park Observatory (Rebel without a Cause) to Malibu (Baywatch, The Rockford Files). LA is definitely the place to indulge fantasies. Rent a limo for an evening out, wear sunglasses around the clock, hobnob with Goofy at Disneyland, and dress up for window shopping in Beverly Hills, then flounce into the Regent Beverly Wilshire (the Pretty Woman hotel) for a cocktail.