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Weekend Breaks to Los Angeles

Planning a short break to Los Angeles? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Los Angeles. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Los Angeles. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Queen Mary

At 1126 Queen’s Highway. This magnificent ocean liner was the finest of the Cunard White Star Line, and served England well, first as a luxury liner for the rich and famous, then as a troopship from 1939 to 1946, and, at the end of the war, transported more than 22,000 war brides and children to the US.

Today it continues to serve, now as a luxury hotel and tourist attraction at Los Angeles Long Beach.

For more information phone for more information phone 562.435.3511.

E - mail queenmry@gte.net or go to web site www.queenmary.com

Los Angeles Coastline

The beaches along the sunny coastline of Los Angeles afford great surfing, swimming, and volleyball, and are perfect for families with small children as they have shallow waters and wide stretches of sand for safe paddling and sandcastles. Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach have the cleanest and clearest waters, and Alamitos Bay is a haven for sea-kayaks, windsurfers, and jet-skiers.

Huntingdon

Located at 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, the Beaux-Arts mansion that houses the Huntingdon was built between 1909 and 1911, and is set in a complex of beautiful botanical gardens such as the Camellia Garden, Ikebana House, Herb Garden, Japanese House, Zen Garden, Rose Garden, and Subtropical Garden. The art collection housed in the Huntingdon Art Gallery is one of the most important of the world’s 18th century British works, and such magnificent paintings as the Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough is displayed. The library houses the Gutenberg Bible, printed on Vellum circa 1450, and is the oldest printed book in the Huntingdon Library.

For more information phone (626) 405-2100, email publicinfo@huntington.org or go to www.huntington.org

Universal Studios

Located at Universal Studios Hollywood, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608. Take a tour of the place where fantasy comes to life by the creators of Jurassic Park, Jaws, and E.T., and see the soundstages and movie sets where the magic of these and other films were created. On the tour guests are conveyed in trams equipped with state-of-the-art audio and video systems, with narration by celebrities such as Ron Howard, or Jason Alexander, explaining the inner workings of the industry. For Prices, Directions and Park Info phone 1-800-UNIVERSAL

For more information visit: themeparks.universalstudios.com/hollywood/website/index.html

El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument

Located in historic Olvera Street, which was named after the first County Judge, Agustin Olvera in 1877, and transformed into a lively Mexican market place in 1930 by Mrs Christine Sterling, it is the scene of festivals and Mexican style dancing and music. It is now part of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument and is a major tourist attraction. The Monument is made up of twenty-seven historic buildings, of different architectural styles, and four of which have been restored as museums.

For more information, please call (213) 628-3562 or go to www.cityofla.org/ELP/

Los Angeles Children’s Museum

www.lacm.org This museum functions on the principle that the best learning experience is hands-on, and there are some amazing experiences for children in the 20 or so activities in the ‘Discovery Maze’. Designed by the master architect, Frank Gehry, children follow a series of ramps that lead them to different points such as the Videozone, where children perform in front of a video camera, singing dancing or telling stories. Another favourite is the Sticky City, where they can build tunnels, skyscrapers, or whatever takes their fancy, from huge brightly coloured blocks of foam and Velcro that stick together, to the walls, and even to the children.

Griffith Park

Located at 4700 Crystal Springs Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90027, this great chunk of land at the east end of Santa Monica Mountains, was donated by Griffith J Griffith, who was a miner and made his fortune in gold. The park features Golf Courses, the Griffith Observatory and Planetarium, Los Angeles Zoo, the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round, (with 68 ornately crafted and decorated horses), Pony Rides, and Train. Also in the park is a natural amphitheatre at 2700 N Vermont Ave, known as the Greek Theatre, which holds summer concerts. (Phone 213-665-1927)

For more information on Griffith Park phone 213-913-4688, or go to www.caohwy.com/g/grifpark.htm

Hotel Bel-Air

Located at 701 Stone Canyon Rd, in Bel Air, this hotel is considered one of the finest in the US. It is situated in a heavily wooded canyon and built in the 1020’s Mission Revivalist style on 11 acres of gorgeous gardens, with fountains and intimate courtyards. The trees and shrubs on the property that give the place such an air of peace and tranquility are white-flowering bird of paradise, coastal redwoods, and a floss silk tree. The gardens are filled with the scent of roses, jasmine, orange-blossom and gardenias.

For details view www.hotelbelair.com/

Cinco de Mayo

Held in Los Angeles and San Francisco on May 5, every year, this is the states biggest and most colourful Mexican festival, celebrated with folk dancing and mariachi music. Crowds throng the streets to watch the festivities as girls in brightly coloured traditional costume perform the intricate and energetic steps of dances that are steeped in history, while the mariachi singers and musicians play their time-honored music.

Rodeo Drive

Who has not heard of the most celebrated and exclusive shopping streets in the world, and it is here, in glitzy Los Angeles that it is situated. Apart from its world-class jewelers, Italian designer boutiques, French fashion houses, like that of Christian Dior, it is also the most likely place in the world to spot celebrities spending their bucks on trinkets like Lalique’s Art Deco glassware.

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Hornblower Cuises Sunday Brunch - Restaurant or Cafe

Take in the sites of the Marina del Rey harbor, linger in the sun and visit the Captain while enjoying a lavish brunch buffet. It features a savory slelection of all your favoristes and includes complimentary champagne. Leaves form Fisherman's Village with boarding at 11:30a.m. for a 2-hour cruise. Or enjoy a by-the-water brunch at any of five other Marina del Rey restuarant locations.

Activities around Marina del Rey - Local Interest

Looking for outdoor activities is a snap in Marina del Rey, from boating -- sailing, motor boating, kayaking -- to biking, nature hikes/bird watching, fishing and more all in a lovely waterfront area. Not into the outdoors? No problem because Marina del Rey also offers great restaurants, hotels and spas as well as shopping.

Creative Chakra Holistic Health & Fitness Spa - Select Activity!

Treat yourself to an indugence fit for a movie star with none of the hassle -- and easier on the pocketbook! Creative Chakra Spa, 3401 Pacific Ave., 310/823-9378 offers fitness, health and beauty in a relaxing beach location. Massage & spa treatments, for sure, but also holistic therapies such as acupunture, biofeedback, yoga and Pilates classes.

Habor Kayaking - Sporting Activity

Spend an afternoon kayaking on the calm, clear waters of the Marina del Rey harbor. Rent a kayak, paddles and PFD from Marina Boat Rentals or UCLA's Aquatic Center (both in/next to Fisherman's Village) and enjoy the great scenery from the water -- watch pelicans dive for fish, admire the variety of pleasure boats and enjoy the sun and calm water.

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