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From skimpy bikinis and fast-food picnics to sanctuaries
in the northern end of Santa Monica Bay, Bay watch to Disneyland
rides to coastal hikes, tide-pool gazing, swimming, surfing, diving,
fishing, sunbathing, LA has it all.
If you like adventure, coastal hikes, and rock climbing to the cliffs
at Point Dume can be interesting. Apart from these, you can watch
the whale at the nearby Westward Beach and take a nature trail that
leads to Zuma Beach County Park, a couple of miles to the north.
This section provides you with helpful information.
The US Visa Waiver Program allows citizens of certain countries
to travel to the USA for tourism or business for up to 90 days without
obtaining a visa. A return ticket must be held. You cannot study
or work on the Visa Waiver Program, nor extend your stay beyond
The United States Government has announced a major change to access
to the Visa Waiver Program. From 26 October 2004, citizens of eligible
countries will require a valid, machine-readable passport.
Around the Corners
L.A.'s extensive system of toll-free, high-speed freeways connects
the city's patchwork of communities. The system works well to get
you where you need to be, although rush hour (roughly 7-9am and
4-6pm) traffic can be bumper-to-bumper.
The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau is the city's main
source for information. Tel No is 800/366-6116 or 213/689-8822.
In addition, the bureau provides a walk-in visitor center at 685
S. Figueroa St., downtown (open Mon-Fri from 8am-5pm, and Sat 8:30am-5pm).
Many Los Angeles-area communities also have their own information
centers, and often maintain detailed and colorful websites that
are loaded with timely information:
When it comes to entertainment, LA people assure every bit of entertainment
from Cinemas, multiplexes including Cineplex Odeon, Mann, United
Artists, Edwards, General Cinema, Pacific Theaters, and AMC to Yelling
nightlife at the Bar and restaurants catering to everyone's tastes
and expectations, from pale-faced college-age ravers to designer-chic
yuppies and ex-hippie baby boomers.
Posing as a health nation, California lifestyle often pays attention
to healthy food. Pioneers like Berkeley-based Alice Waters and LAs
own star chef Wolfgang Puck created gourmet concoctions revolving
around fresh seasonal ingredients, unusual flavor fusions, and artistic
presentations. A typical dish would be a serving of grilled mahi
mahi with a side of sautéed spinach greens and wild rice
A good place to try classic California cuisine is Puck's own Spago
For the budget travelers, It's cheap, delicious and filling.
There are several 21st-century funk and cutting-edge shopping arcades.
Melrose Ave between La Brea and Fairfax Aves has a great concentration
of quirky and hip boutiques. Silver Lake and Los Feliz have a flurry
of funky club-wear stores as well as thrift and vintage clothing
shops. Check out Los Feliz Village along Vermont Ave as well as
the 3000 and 4000 blocks of Sunset Blvd.
While cheap and junk goodies can be found along the Ocean Front
Walk in Venice Beach. During weekend afternoons, ambulatory vendors
display their wares on the ocean side of this beachfront promenade;
permanent shops and cafes line the city side. Whatever it is, this
is where you will find it.