Los Angeles & Anahiem Attractions
This old-school amusement park is small but its spectacular location on the Santa Monica Pier along the ocean makes it worth a visit. There's a rickety roller coaster and a slew of arcade games, and the park's perch allows it to feature the best view in Los Angeles - from the top of its tall Ferris Wheel riders can see up and down the beautiful Pacific Coast. For those seeking lunch or dinner, The Lobster at the top of the pier serves delicious seafood. For more information, call (866) 488-4858.
An elegant floating city, the Queen Mary (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) is one of the most famous ships in history. Queen Mary offers 80,000 square feet of space in 14 remarkable salons, each decorated with warm wood paneling, a tri-level Exhibit Hall original paintings and large murals, brass and nickel-silver fixtures, and etched leaded glass accents, Paranormal researcher Peter James presents an exciting dinner and Ghost Tour to paranormal hot spots. Visit www.queenmary.com.
Rodeo Drive/The Golden Triangle
The so-called Golden Triangle holds more wealth and fine stores than small countries. At its center is the renowned Rodeo Drive, the street on which Julia Roberts had her shopping spree in "Pretty Woman." It is the street that sports designer stores such as Tiffany's, Cartier, Chanel, Bally, Gucci and other well-heeled notables. On nearby Wilshire Blvd., there is Niketown, Barneys, and the "Winona" Saks Fifth Avenue.
Rose Bowl Stadium
Constructed in 1921 to host the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, the Rose Bowl is famous for its sight line-enhancing elliptical shape and large seating capacity - now at 92,542. Known for the New Year's Day football game, the Rose Bowl has hosted five NFL Super Bowl Games, the 1994 Men's World Cup, and the 1999 Women's World Cup, and is home to UCLA football, Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy, Fourth of July celebrations, concerts and the world's largest flea market. See 100 varieties of rose bushes situated between the stadium and the fence. The Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl Game on New Year's Day feature an exciting match between championship collegiate football teams. Visit www.rosebowlstadium.com.
South Coast Plaza
South Coast Plaza is an exclusive shopping center resort andone of the largest shopping centers in the country. Located in beautiful Costa Mesa, South Coast Plaza features 322 stores - major department stores, such as Macy’s and Nortsrom, and well-known designer stores and boutiques - restaurants and events and exhibits. New additions include Ralph Lauren, New Balance and Barneys New York. South Coast Plaza offers a multitude of unique dining options throughout the Center. Visit www.south-coast-plaza.com.
SpeedZone, a park built around speed and competition, incorporates real racing action, indoor interactive entertainment and great food to create a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience. Situated on approximately 12 acres of land in Los Angeles, the park offers guests a chance to get behind the wheel of four types of cars, including custom-built, ¾-scale grand prix cars and 18-foot-long, 300-horsepower dragsters racing on tracks designed by top racing industry experts. For more information, visit www.speedzone.com.
The Staples Center is downtown Los Angeles’ spectacular, big-league sports and entertainment arena. Staples Center is home to the hockey Kings, the basketball Lakers and Clippers, the Sparks and the Avengers professional sports teams. The Staples Center also hosts entertainment shows, concerts and events, and features an array of top musical concerts, pre-season events, competitions and athletic events. Enjoy great entertainment and food - from hot dogs to lobster - at the Staples Center Arena Club. Visit www.staplescenter.com.
Sunset Blvd./Sunset Plaza
Eurotrash, tourists, and celebrities populate this chi-chi stretch of Sunset Blvd. that is dotted with outdoor cafes and boutiques. Many of the top boutiques, such as Madison and Anna Sui can be found here, as well as new kids on the block, like O, which features Ann Cherico's stunning accessories. Or just grab a seat at one of the many European cafes and let your eyes focus on all the beautiful people. Nearby at the hip Standard hotel, you can get low-cost, cutting-¬edge salon services.
Wineries of Temecula Valley
Visit Southern California's finest wine producing area, the Temecula Valley, where fifteen wineries welcome you to taste their award-winning wines. Enjoy a bottle of your favorite Temecula Valley wine while you savor the panoramic views of vineyard and countryside from one of the scenic picnic areas. Visit www.temeculawines.org.