Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles (or LA for short) is the most populous city in southern California, in the United States of America.
In San Pedro itself you can walk through Old San Pedro where you’ll find plenty of shops and restaurants or visit the American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial on South Harbour Boulevard, the historic Angel’s Gate Lighthouse or the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, California’s largest maritime museum.
Ports O’ Call Village is an authentic New England-style seaside village, with cobblestone streets and plenty of cafes and speciality shops. From here you can also take a harbour cruise or helicopter tour.
Long Beach – The Queen Mary was converted to a troop ship named the Grey Ghost during WWII. It’s now a floating museum, hotel and conference centre.
Aquarium of the Pacific is home to 550 species from three Pacific Rim regions. It also features Lorikeet Forest, a huge outdoor aviary and the Plexiglass underpass in the Soft Coral Lagoon.
The Hollywood CityPASS gets visitors half-price admission to four attractions: Red Line Tours Hollywood Behind-the-Scenes, Madame Tussauds Hollywood, Starline Tours of Hollywood and Kodak Theatre guided tour or the Hollywood Museum. The Southern California CityPASS gives visitors a special price to several attractions: a three-day ticket for Disneyland Resort (including California Adventure Park), and one-day tickets to Universal Studios, SeaWorld and a choice between the San Diego Zoo or San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
Take a 40 minute Trolley Tour through Beverly Hills to see some of that city’s best sights including Rodeo Drive.
Wander through the Farmer’s Market shops and stalls at 6333 W. 3rd St. at Fairfax, Hollywood.
The best view of the famous Hollywood sign is from Sunset Boulevard and Bronson Avenue, but if you want to get up close, you can take a 5 mile hike along the Brush Canyon Trail near the end of Canyon Drive in Griffith Park or drive up Beachwood Drive.
The Getty Center in Brentwood, is well known for its architecture, gardens and views overlooking Los Angeles. The museum specialises in “pre-20th century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, decorative arts and 19th and 20th century American and European photographs”.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has a permanent collection of 110,000 works that includes American, Asian and European art ranging from ancient art to the 21st century.
The Norton Simon Museum of Art houses masterpieces from Degas, Picasso and Rembrandt as well as sculptures from artists like Moore and Rodin.
Stroll along Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills to see the most elegant and exclusive shops in the world. Note: Only cross roads at designated crosswalks unless you want to incur big fines.
Visit Hollywood Boulevard and the Hollywood Walk of Fame’s 2,000-plus stars.
Take a Warner Bros. Studios VIP Tour for a behind-the-scenes view of a working studio.
Experience Venice Beach in Santa Monica where you’ll see many sights including street performers and tattooed weight lifters. Rent skates, bike or a scooter and don’t forget to stop by Muscle Beach.
The disabled cruiser visiting Los Angeles
Where You’re Docked
The Port of Los Angeles World Cruise Centre in San Pedro is where most ships dock. It is around 25 miles to downtown Los Angeles from here.
Carnival Corporation’s new Long Beach Cruise Terminal is were most Carnival ships depart and arrive to. LA is around 35 miles away.
Los Angeles is huge and very spread out, most visitors tend to hire cars or taxis, take a ship excursion or use the many different public buses to get around. No-one walks here!
Good to Know
Currency & Best Way to Get Money
The official currency is the US Dollar.
The official language in Los Angeles
There is a vast amount of opportunities for shopping here, from expensive boutiques and specialty stores to huge shopping malls.
You won’t be stuck for something to eat in LA, choices range from the usual American fayre such as burgers and fries, Mexican, Chinese and steaks to Italian, seafood and upscale restaurants such as The Ivy and Nobu Malibu.
Points of Interest
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Los Angeles Accessible Excursions
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Los Angeles Accessible Guided Tour
This 4 hour accessible