Los Angeles is a big city and there is lots to see so we decided to take the city 'hop on hop off' tourist bus. We started with Financial District which was was upscale with new contemporary office buildings. We also saw the Walt Disney Concert Hall which was unique in its design. Then we saw Little Japan, Korea and China town which was very distinctive.
Next we went to 'Hollywood' sign - the audio guide of the bus tour had interesting stories to each place we visited including how the name Hollywood and sign came about.
Then we went to Hollywood Boulevard. This is an energtic street full of visitors and tourists because of the many landmarks - famous Hollywood Walk of Fame (where thousands of stars -actors, producers, characters, musicians- names are embedded on the walk-way), Chinese Theatre, Hollywood and Highland Centre (shopping mall which has dancing fountains).
Then we saw the old district - the 1930s Los Angles; Rodeo Drive - chic shopping area; Beverly Hills - upscale residential area and my fav stop the Santa Monica Pier. I really liked the atmosphere here - music, games, food stall, shopping it had everything. Lots of people coming in and out of the pier. We then went down to the Santa Monica beach to see the beautiful sun set and added bonus we saw dolphins .. I could not believe it! I captured the view in my heart though camera ran out of battery.
Quick review of the bus tour:
• LA is a big city and so you have to plan how much of it you want to cover. Also consider the time it takes to go from one end to another because of traffic.
• The 'hop on and hop off' bus worked best for us because we just wanted to tour the whole city through day we did not have much time to explore each place.
• There are many tours - Hollywood tour, Beverly hills tour, Celebrity GPS tour, one can choose from.