The land of movie stars, rock stars, sun, palm trees and the Dodgers. Join Matt Fisher for a star-studded (maybe) Key to the City!
Start in the Hollywood Hills at Griffith Park. Here you can catch a close-up view of the beautiful Hollywood sign. It’s visible from all around Los Angeles, and it’s a reminder of who runs this town.
Elsewhere in the park, check out the hiking trails, the Griffith Park Observatory and a beautiful view of downtown L.A.
Looking to experience the glamour of Los Angeles? You’ve gotta go to where fame lives: Hollywood Boulevard, baby!
Follow in the cement footprints and handprints of Nicolas Cage and other stars, pitch your movie idea to a wax Johnny Depp at Madame Tussaud’s or step into the Roosevelt Hotel and have a drink with Marilyn Monroe’s ghost.
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When it’s time for food, eat where the stars eat. You’ve got a lot of options. You can go to The Ivy. You can go to Spago. Or let your MapQuest app route you down the iconic Sunset Strip, home of the Chateau Marmot, Mels Drive-In, Whisky A Go-Go, the Laugh Factory and so much more, all the way down to the granddaddy of them all, In-N-Out on Sunset Boulevard.
In-N-Out is a family-owned business that puts its emphasis on taking care of its customers, its crew and its community. Put your emphasis on a Double-Double with fries. The key to In-N-Out is freshness–there are no freezers on premises.
Here’s a fun fact about Rodeo Drive: When you get there, you’re issued a $2 million Bugatti. Kidding! You can get issued a cupcake from the cupcake ATM at Sprinkles, though. Now that’s living.
You can’t go as far west as Beverly Hills and not see the Pacific Ocean, so head to the beautiful Santa Monica Pier. It has everything: shops, restaurants, Pacific Park amusement park, an aquarium and, of course, it’s right beside the ocean.
Once you’ve come all this way, you’ve got to at least dip your toes in the Pacific. And with so many things to do in and around Dodger Stadium, time to punch up the ballpark on your MapQuest App, and head back across town in time to grab a Dodger Dog and catch the first pitch.