Originally founded by the Spanish in 1781, Los Angeles, together with the rest of California became part of the United States in 1848. The laying of railroads several decades later led to a population explosion, while oil generated wealth for the city. Today however, Los Angeles is known as the centre of America's entertainment industry and boasts beautiful beaches and incredible shopping opportunities.
Cruise ships dock at the World Cruise Centre in San Pedro, approximately 23 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.
Sights to See
To experience movie magic, take the family to the world-renowned Universal Studios. Also check out Kodak Theatre where the Academy Awards are held, experience the bizarre at Ripley's Believe it or Not and take drive along Mulholland Drive for the city views. Also take a trip through Beverly Hills before stopping off at the obligatory Rodeo Drive for the exclusive shopping opportunities. The beaches along the coast are world famous including Santa Monica with its historic pier and famed Venice Beach. If you prefer cultural pursuits, enjoy browsing the art collections in the Getty Centre, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
What's for Lunch
While it may not be the healthiest option, experiencing one of America's chain restaurants, such as TGIF is a great way to enjoy modern American culture.
If you see only one thing...
Stroll along Hollywood Boulevard to find the star of your favourite actor along the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Don't let the June Gloom effect your holiday. In summer, locals refer to the fog that rolls onto the beaches as a June Gloom.
As the home city of many household names, consider purchasing an autographed photo of a movie star from Star World.