Los Angeles, California, United States

Having stayed here recently while attending the Emmy Awards, I thought it only right that I shared my views on such an amazing place. There are 10 regions in Los Angeles County and here I explore Downtown LA, as well as some of the neighbouring areas - as they're too good to miss out! Sunny Los Angeles, 'The City of Angels', is a shimmering haven of ambition, talent and confidence. There are no limits - you can play, party, shop, eat and drink like nowhere else on earth.

Hang around on the Gymnastics Jungle Gym at Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica

Power hike up Runyon Canyon - with 160 acres, right in central LA, there's plenty of space to keep fit!

Take a walking tour around the historic Echo Park Lake

Eat out during LA restaurant week, July 15th - 26th, 2013

Head to 3000 Canyon Lake Drive to get the very best view of the Hollywood sign

Take a stroll down Hollywood Boulevard to see more than 2,400 'stars of the stars' embedded in the pavements

Spend an evening with the stars in space, plus catch a good movie at Clark Planetarium

Be wowed by the LA Phil at the Walt Disney Concert Hall

If you're game, head to Dodger Stadium and check out some All Stars

Prepare to scream at one of California's best amusement parks, Knott's Berry Farm

Catch a wave at Malibu Surfrider Beach

For a romantic early evening stroll, head to Griffiths Observatory and surrounding grounds for breathtaking views of LA by night.

Around four million people live in LA. It is the second most populated city in the US, after NYC. There are over 200,000 small businesses, which is double the amount of anywhere else in North America and the city moves eastwards a quarter of an inch every year! Hold on tight...

Dubbed the world's entertainment centre, everyday there are over 100 movie and television production crews shooting for their soaps and films.

Chinatown
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El Pueblo
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Venice Beach
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Sunset Boulevard
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Universal Studios
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I love the developing Koreatown in LA, which is in the Miracle Mile area, just outside Downtown. The Korean Cultural Centre is the main focus and houses a beautiful art gallery and historical information. Embryonic in comparison to Chinatown, but the events are not to be missed, currently (summer 2013) you can win a trip to Korea in the K-Pop talent contest!

Rodeo Drive - baby! The excitement of remembering that famous line spoken by Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman is nearly as great as shopping on the street itself - the global epicentre of luxury fashion.

Los Angeles Farmers Market
- thriving since the mid-1930s, this is now classed as an LA landmark and offers international style fresh produce. Amid the hustle and bustle of local food stalls are TV execs and screenwriters grabbing their lunch at the various eateries.

LA Fashion District - Now this is a place to get your fashion fix. Also known as the Garment District, it is said to be the largest concentration of fashion-related businesses on the west coast. Located in the eastern section of downtown Los Angeles you can find menswear, womenswear, accessories, shoes... you name it!

Beverley Hills Hotel - if you'd like to live like a celebrity in the heart of celebritydom then this is the place for you. Set within 12 acres of lush tropical gardens with the world's best shopping on the doorstep and with a choice of luxury suites and bungalows, this place will not fail to impress.

Shutters on the Beach - situated right on the beachfront promenade in Santa Monica, which is possibly one of the most beautiful beach locations around Los Angeles, this 'Nantucket-style' hotel offers more relaxed accommodation and complimentary morning yoga on the beach.

Magic Castle - this great boutique hotel right in Hollywood offers good value accommodation and is known for it's excellent service and exceeding expectations of all who stay.

Chinatown

Steeped in culture and history, Chinatown LA is a huge hub of unique and eclectic shops, restaurants, services and cultural centres. Late legend, Bruce Lee was honoured at Chinatown LA's 75th anniversary in June 2013.

El Pueblo

Visit this ancient monument where Los Angles was founded by settlers in the 1700s. Now a living museum reflecting the myriad of cultures that formed the beginnings of the city, El Pueblo is at the symbolic heart of the Los Angeles.

Venice Beach

Spend time at this hang out for creative, arty (and famous!) folk. Home to Muscle Beach and various sports courts, you can also shop, eat, drink or simply relax and see how many celebrities you can spot!

Sunset Boulevard

Linking downtown Hollywood with Beverley Hills, Sunset Boulevard boasts 20 miles of attractions, TV studios and theatres - it's worth a drive down if even to say you've been on the street which has inspired countless TV shows, movies, plays and songs.

Universal Studios

We can't ignore this one! One of the region's most prominent attractions, this is everybody's chance to 'be in the movies'.