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Hollywood, Santa Monica Rank Among Los Angeles' Popular Attractions

From the bright lights of Hollywood to the sunny shores of Malibu, Los Angeles is a city comprised of dozens of distinctly different experiences. The city underwent rapid expansion during a golden era of architectural history at the pinnacle of the art-deco movement of the 1920s and 1930s. As a result, Los Angeles is blessed with some of the most impressive and interesting buildings in the United States. A city built to entertain, it also boasts a seemingly limitless supply of cafes, bars and world-class restaurants that cater to even the most extravagant tastes. The sheer number of attractions and activities  can be overwhelming, but here are three areas that most deserve your attention.HollywoodHollywood is an essential part of any Los Angeles experience. Many of the sights will already be familiar, but none more so than the iconic Hollywood sign that overlooks the district. Take a stroll down Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame to see the stars on sidewalks that commemorate famous personalities throughout the ages or explore a piece of living Hollywood history at the nearby Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.Hancock Park is a small oasis within this bustling district, built around a cluster of tar pits collectively known as the La Brea Tar Pits. The preserved skeletons that populate these pits provide glimpses at the city’s prehistoric past. Culture vultures can walk along Wilshire Boulevard’s Museum Row, where the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Petersen Automotive Museum and the California Craft and Folk Art Museum all stand within a few blocks of each other.DowntownOnce known for crowds and congestion, downtown Los Angeles has become an increasingly trendy location, featuring some of the city’s most unmissable attractions. Thanks to an enormous redevelopment project, there are chic cafes, bars and restaurants that attract a young, hip clientele.Catch a symphony by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and admire the spectacular architecture of the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall. Marvel at the  Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels or for a remarkably diverse cultural experience, take a tour of Little Tokyo, Chinatown and Olvera Street to haggle with vendors and sample exotic cuisine.Santa Monica and VenicePerhaps nothing encapsulates the Southern California lifestyle better than beaches, and nestled next to the Santa Monica Bay are two of the city’s most iconic. Santa Monica is a charming neighborhood spanning the coastline. This picturesque area is characterized by Mediterranean-style architecture, palm trees, a vibrant community of artists, writers, retirees and, of course, a spectacular beach.Just south of Santa Monica is the legendary Venice Beach. Named after the namesake Italian city, its sandy shore is the most popular attraction. The area is best known for its beach-side promenade, where scores of street performers, artists, palm readers, belly dancers and roller skaters take center-stage.