From the early twentieth century and after a quick passage on the east coast of the United States, the big American studios settled in Los Angeles in the Hollywood quarter. California's ideal weather conditions and proximity to the sumptuous West American landscape provided perfect conditions for the realization of the westerns so popular in silent cinema time. Since then, Los Angeles has been able to impose its supremacy on world cinema and a Hollywood ride will allow you to dive into the heart of the 7 th American art, while trying to understand the keys to its success.
On the stars' tracks
You can start with the discovery of one of Hollywood's great studios, depending on your favorite films or series. If you're an unconditional Alfred Hitchcock, you can visit the scary Bates Motel of the movie Psycho by visiting Universal Studios. We also discover the scenery of the Desperate Housewives series and approach the famous film shark of the Steven Spielberg Sea… Consult the websites of each of the big studios (Universal, Warner, Sony, Paramount…) for the list of films and series to which you will have access, but also other activities that are offered (3 D projections, theme parks) so you can decide!
After visiting a studio, visit Hollywood Boulevard and its unmissable «Walk of fame». Created in 1958, this celebrities walk immortalizes the greatest names of the show by offering them a star. The majority of celebrities live there, but musicians and other stars complete the list of more than 2,000 names. The boulevard is still full of street artists who know how to make your visit festive. At the star level is also the wax museum Madame Tussauds, which is essential for the aficionados of American glamor. With figures of more than US $ 300,000, you will undoubtedly feel like meeting the celebrities of your dreams so much perfection. To you photographs with Beyonce, Quentin Tarantino or Jackie Chan; artists from all disciplines are represented there, in a city or cinema and contemporary art have never been so close.
The New Artist Eldorado
Since rents exploded in Manhattan's peripheral neighborhoods in New York, many artists and creative artists who had found refuge in Brooklyn now move to Los Angeles, where life is softer and cheaper. With them, a new dynamism has captured the city's artistic cultural scene. Some fifty art galleries have opened over the last two years, haute-couture houses have settled there, and concerts and evenings are no longer counted in clubs in the connected neighborhoods. So to say, if you want to have an overview of contemporary American creation, you've landed in the right place. First mandatory passage near West Hollywood, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), which offers permanent and temporary exhibitions to discover its collection of over 150,000 works of art from the pre-Columbian period to today. Renovated in 2008 thanks to the work of architect Renzo Piano, the LACMA comprises 7 buildings scattered in Hancock Park, covering a total area of 8 hectares. For lovers, it is necessary to provide at least a full day for exploring this kingdom of the arts.
In the city center, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) has also become one of the top places in the culture of "L.A." by offering exhibitions of emerging artists as already confirmed. The Getty Center, on the heights of the city, offers you a sumptuous setting with its botanical garden of all beauty and its view at 360 ° on the city, while offering an honorable collection of the great masters of the pre-twentieth century, as well as an interesting photographic background. These museums also offer concerts and shows that are worth a visit, so think about visiting their website before visiting.
For your evenings, Walt Disney Concert Hall can be an enchanting stopover through its architecture and programming. Designed by Frank Gerhy and opened in 2003, the establishment is renowned for its excellent acoustic system. We come to listen to classical music, it's the Los Angeles Philharmonie. For contemporary music concerts, rooms such as the Fonda Theater, the Hollywood Bowl or the Nokia club are safe values.
If you want to discover the warm nights of the city, the Avalon Club is a classic and will give you the opportunity to dance to the end of the night on electronic sounds. For the hardest, approximately two hours south of the city, the Coachella festival will be held in 2019 on weekends from 12-14 and 19-21 April and will propose as each year concerts of emerging artists like superstars. Now considered one of the most important American festivals, learn about its very diverse programming before you start (Major Lazer, Guns N 'Roses, Mbongwana Star, Ibeyi…), you could easily be tempted!
Nature at Hand
Whether in the city or on its surroundings, it is easy to enjoy nature in Los Angeles. We think immediately at Venice Beach and Santa Monica, their walks and their large sandy beaches where surfers come to unwind against the waves of the Pacific. The Griffith Park located north of the city stretches over 2,000 hectares and is also an ideal step. In love with the family, you can go on a horse's back to the sunset and enjoy an exceptional view of Hollywood. For a true immersion in American nature, California and its national parks are full of sublime landscapes within a few hours of Los Angeles. For example, approximately 4 hours of car is the Sequoia National Park to the unforgettable nature. The sequoias are gigantic and the largest tree in the world has been identified (83 meters high and 8 meters in diameter).
Not far from there is the famous Death Valley, which is more easily visited in the spring, with warmth reaching records in summer. The highest temperature on earth was recorded on July 10, 1913, with the thermometer displaying 56.7 ° C! 4 days are enough from Los Angeles to visit these two parks. For those who decide to leave longer, several choices are available. For example, go to discover the best American grape varieties along the California coast towards San Francisco, or test your chance by entering the Arizona desert, direction Las Vegas.
When is it? Spring and summer temperatures are ideal, with an average of 20 ° C in February rising gradually up to 30 ° C in August. Rain is very rare during both seasons. The city's tourist attendance is more important in summer, if you want to avoid crowds plan to travel in the spring.
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