Fodor's Citypack Los Angeles the Ultimate Key to the City A Complete Pocket Guide plus a Full-Size Map (1999)

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These ingenious city guides package a concise full-color miniguide together with a full-size color map in a sturdy plastic sleeve. This convenient two-in-one travel resource is perfect for the on-the-go traveler who only needs the highlights in brief.

The Mini-guide

  • Color photos throughout
  • The top 25 attractions
  • Itineraries, walks, tours and excursions
  • Capsule reviews of key hotels, restaurants, shops, nightlife, and more
  • Concise travel facts about getting there and getting around

The Foldout Map

  • Detailed city coverage in full-color
  • Fully indexed
  • Neighborhood blowups
  • Public transport, hotels, points of interest, parks, and more—all listed on map
  • Easy to store in durable plastic sleeve
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679002499
  • Publisher: Fodor's Travel Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/26/1999
  • Series: Fodor's Citypacks Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 4.27 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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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 surfer dudes. 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. Tinseltown is also a master of illusion with a pedigree stretching back to the dawn of the Hollywood movie era. Behind the palm trees and the power lunches, there are earthquakes, mud slides, and grinding poverty -- all part of the deal, and they lend LA an uncompromising edge far more realistic than the vicariously reported low-life dabblings of the Hollywood set.

Despite all that, the statistical likelihood of being caught in a major earthquake is remote. You are far more likely to suffer financially from valet parking, a legalized form of daylight robbery in a city that is landscaped by the combustion engine, where everybody drives everywhere.

Since 1781, when LA was founded by missionary farmers, the Downtown area has moved only a couple of blocks from the original site. Bounded by freeways, it remains the hub of the city, a highrise corporate ghetto where all eyes are focused on the burgeoning Pacific Rim market over the horizon. Beyond Downtown is Los Angeles County, made up of 88 incorporated cities and dozens of individual neighborhoods. On paper, it all looks like a cultural melting pot with the largest Hispanic and Asian/Pacific populations, and fourthlargest African-American population in the United States. In reality, many neighborhoods are anything but a melting pot, and racial and ethnic tensions are always just below the surface.

Cut a broad swath west of Downtown to the Pacific shore at Santa Monica, and you will find the majority of the city's top sightseeing attractions, shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities. Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and West LA are the fickle heart of LaLaLand, where star-struck celebrities come out at night to watch each other in Spago or the Sky Bar, at the Viper Room, or the Improv. Of course, if you go and look for them, they are never there. The only way you can be sure of spotting celebrities in Tinseltown is to get a ticket for the Tonight Show.

However, 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.

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Table of Contents


Introducing Los Angeles

A Day in the Life of an Angeleno

Los Angeles in Figures

A Chronology

People & Events from History

How to Organize Your Time



Evening Strolls

Organized Sightseeing


What's On

Top 25 Sights
Santa Monica & Venice Beach

The Getty Center

Armand Hammer Museum of Art

Beverly Hills

LA County Museum of Art

Petersen Automotive Museum

Hollywood Boulevard

Universal Studios

Griffith Park

Autry Museum of Western Heritage

Hollyhock House

Natural History Museum

Wells Fargo History Museum

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Grand Central Market

Bradbury Building

Little Tokyo

El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Park

Long Beach & the Queen Mary

Rancho Los Alamitos

Gamble House

Norton Simon Museum of Art

The Huntington

LA State & County Arboretum




TV & Movie Buff Stuff


Historic Buildings

Gardens & Green Spaces

Attractions for Children

Free Attractions


Where to ...

American Restaurants

Contemporary Restaurants

French & Italian Restaurants

Asian Restaurants

Mexican & Southwestern Restaurants

Miscellaneous Selection

Cafés & Coffee Shops

Grab a Bite to Eat

Shopping Districts

Shopping Centers &Malls

Men's & Women's Clothing

Retro & Secondhand Clothing

Antiques & Art

Books & Music

Movie Memorabilia & Souvenirs

Specialty Stores & Gifts

Be Entertained
Classical Music & Performing Arts

Rock, Jazz, & Blues



Other After-Dark Ideas

Gyms, Spas, & Sports

Luxury Hotels

Mid-Range Hotels

Budget Accommodations

Travel Facts

Arriving & Departing

Essential Facts

Public Transportation


Media & Communications


Credits and Acknowledgments
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