Things to do in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Vacations

Los Angeles is a city which truly offers something for everyone. From the iconic Hollywood landmarks, world-famous nightspots and immense shopping opportunities for travelling couples to the film studio visits and beaches for families it truly has it all. With so much to see inside and just outside the city, car hire is a must in order to get the most out of your visit.

If flying into LAX Airport, the car hire desks here offer ample opportunity to pick your vehicle before setting off. Car hire Los Angeles is offered by many companies and finding a cheap deal online is not difficult. It is important to be aware that most U.S vehicles function with automatic transition, so be sure to familiarise yourself with this before booking and also be sure to book your hire car well in advance of your trip to ensure your vehicle is equipped to meet your required needs, which can be especially important if travelling with a family. Also bring a sat-nav along to help you navigate your way around this sprawling metropolis.

So where to start with the City of Angels? The Hollywood landmarks are a sensible suggestion, with the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard as good as anywhere to begin. Here you’ll see more than 2000 of those famous bronze stars lining the walkway celebrating the biggest icons of stage and screen over the decades. The nearby Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is equally iconic and is where to find the hand and footprints of stars cast in cement. From here, you will be able to book a tour of Hollywood stars’ homes, or if you pick up a map you can drive around them yourself. Also, with car hire, what better way is there to enjoy the nearby Sunset Boulevard and Sunset Strip as you pass through the mansions that reach into West Hollywood and on to Malibu to explore the famous coastline as well as Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach?

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As night falls you can busy yourself at one of the world-famous nightspots such as the Whisky A Go Go or Viper Room on the Strip or check out the listings to see which internationally famous superstar is performing at the House of Blues or at the Hollywood Bowl just along Highyway 110.

As mentioned, if travelling with a family there is also much to see and do. One of the most important visits has to be to Universal Studios, where you will find a multitude of themed rides and attractions and a one-hour tram ride around the 420 acre site where you can also visit working movie sets.

Shopping should also be on your ‘must-do’ list. Drive along the famous Rodeo Drive and into Beverly Hills’s ‘Golden Triangle’ where you will find designer boutiques wherever you look; from Tiffany to Cartier and Ralph Lauren to Armani – every high-fashion name is waiting for you!

Another notable drive is along Mulholland Drive and on to the San Fernando Valley where you will find the Warner Brothers Studios. As well as being able to tour the facilities on a golf cart, you are able to view working sets, movie sets, set craft workshops and tour the museum which features many iconic artefacts that have been used on the big screen throughout the ages.

Art buffs can also get their fix in L.A, most notably at the J. Paul Getty Museum and Centre. The immense art collection owned by Paul Getty will even interest those with only a passing interest in art, which includes Van Gogh’s and more. The exterior of the building will impress in its own right, with the building constructed using marble, surrounded by a wonderful landscaped garden.

You’ll need your car again for an early start to head for the Paramount Pictures Studio Tour. Found on Melrose Avenue (where even more designer boutiques can be found) this fascinating walking tour takes you behind the scenes, showing you live film and television sets in action, where you will more than likely be able to see a well-known celebrity at work!

Once you feel like you have seen all you have wanted to within downtown L.A (if this is ever possible!?), your car will come to the fore to take you to one of America’s most-loved attractionsDisneyland. Disney is around an hour’s drive south of downtown Los Angeles in Anaheim County, where both children and adults alike will be mesmerised by the attractions and world-beating rides on offer.

Also consider Berry Farm Theme Park in Orange County. Found in Buena Park, you’ll find one of the country’s oldest theme parks in America which features many modern thrill rides.

If all this sounds like too much for one holiday, then go and take time out on some of California’s most stunning beaches which are all easy to reach with the benefit of car hire. The names’ simply roll off the tongue; Newport Beach, San Clemente, Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach; all of these are at your disposal with the aid of a car allowing you to go when you want for as long as you want.

Best Places to Live in USA, Top American Cities to Live

October 5, 2009 by  
Filed under North America Vacations

If a town is ranked first in the best places to live list by CNNMoney, there is nothing much left to say about it. Still, we can reiterate why Louisville is one of the best places to live and why people choose to habituate in there.

Reasons for the being best include demographic, economic, cultural and social facts. Louisville is situated under the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, which makes the town have mild and dry weather. Population of the city is almost 19.000. This fact absolutely indicates that it is a place where you can find a peaceful environment.

Louisville doesn’t get affected from the recent economic turmoil as much as entire United States does. Since there are numerous plants in the sectors of high technology, energy and solid health care industry in the town, Louisville preserving its well being, which can be proven by the fact that the town’s  per capita income is estimated to be approximately $31,830. Besides, employment rate is quite high due to such a solid economy.

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History of Louisville begins in 1877 when the first coal mine was established. This is followed by the construction of series of mines. Therefore, the town’s population used to include a plenty of miners and there were several mining companies controlling the coal reserves. However, that is not the case currently because mines were shut down in 1950’s due to insufficient coal reserves. Since then, the town has turned out to be a suburban residential city.

In addition, one of the most striking features of Louisville is the fact that the city has great opportunities for outdoor sports like hiking, trekking and cycling because there is a pathway with the length of 32 kilometers. Also, Rocky Mountain National Park is very close, namely almost an hour. And, a person can reach one of the eight reputable ski resorts within two hours. Education in Louisville is pretty good too due to high ranking public and private schools. The city also has a $9 million worth of public library.

Habitants of Louisville are so sincere that they try to help you in any case. Other than the reasons mentioned above, low taxes, low crime rates, good health care and high life standards make Louisville best place to live not only in State of Colorado but also in entire United States.

You can detailed information about Louisville at their official web site.

CNNMoney.com’s Top 10 “Best Places to Live”:

1. Louisville, CO.
2. Chanhassen, MN
3. Papillion, NE
4. Middleton, WI
5. Milton, MA
6. Warren, NJ
7. Keller, TX
8. Peachtree City, GA
9. Lake St. Louis, MO
10. Mukilteo, WA

Surfing in California, Surfing Resorts In California

September 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Best Beach Resorts

The all-American sport of surfing has become increasingly popular and is the ultimate Southern California activity for “kids” of all ages.  Now, guests of all ages can now learn the true art of surfing – the Billabong way – at California’s premier resort, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.

Whether you are a first time surfer or an experienced wave rider looking for tips from a pro, you will receive quality individual instructions at one of Southern California’s legendary surf beaches. Surf lessons include individual instruction from a Billabong professional surfer and all wetsuits, surfboards, leashes, wax and equipment needed for a fun-filled day. Lessons are provided at Thalia Beach in the heart of Laguna. 

The Billabong Surf Experience is valid through December 31, 2009 with rates starting at $495 USD per night.  The package includes:

· Overnight accommodations
· Individual instruction from a Billabong professional surfer (3 hours for half day; 5 hours for full day and overnight)
· All wetsuits, surfboards, leashes, wax and equipment
· A Billabong “swag bag”
· Resort fee and valet parking

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For every Billabong Surf Experience that is booked, a donation is made to organizations such as Reef Check and the Ocean Institute who protect surf spots and keep our beaches and oceans pristine and healthy and provide environmental education.

Dana Point has a surfing history to rival anywhere outside Hawaii. Hobie Alter opened the very first retail surf shop in Dana Point in 1954.  Surfer Magazine began in Dana Point, and to this day, still calls it home. The Surfer’s Journal is also based in Dana Point. Dana Point was also once home to a very special wave. That wave broke at the Dana Point Cove and was known as the “Killer Dana.” The break got its name because it came out of deep water and broke close to the rocks which lined the beach. In the days before leashes, wipeouts were sure to bring at least a few dings – if not worse. Although the waves in Dana Point, especially at Salt Creek Beach, remain some of the best in Southern California, the “Killer Danas” were reduced when a breakwater was installed when the Dana Point Harbor was built in 1966.

About The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
Situated atop a 150-foot bluff in picturesque Dana Point, California, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel has catered to the world’s most discriminating guests for more than 20 years.  Whether guests are looking to get away for a second honeymoon, try surfing for the first time, or just relax on the beach, this seaside retreat boasts luxuriously appointed guestrooms, casual and upscale dining options, a recently renovated spa and access to several local golf courses.  With nearly 400 rooms and oceanfront views, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel offers guests refined elegance, a graceful atmosphere and impeccable oceanfront service.

About Billabong
Billabong produces active lifestyle clothing, accessories and related products designed and distributed to a worldwide customer base of board riders. The products are developed in the authentic environment of the surf culture and sold primarily through surf and specialty retailers. Billabong-branded products are tested and improved by the best board sport performers across the globe. Active enthusiasts in every department from marketing and sales, to design and merchandising, bring an unmatched authenticity and unique quality to both the innovative products and related events produced by the Billabong brand.

Consistently ranked among the best resorts in the world, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel offers a variety of recreational activities, award-winning dining and personalized service. For more information or reservations call 800/241-3333, the hotel directly at 949/240-2000, a travel professional or visit The Ritz-Carlton website at www.ritzcarlton.com.

Best Beach Vacations for Kids, The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

September 11, 2009 by  
Filed under Family Vacations, World's Best Destinations

Escape to one of the world’s finest luxury resorts – The Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Consistently ranked among the world’s premier travel destinations, this alluring Southern California vacation spot provides the perfect getaway for the discriminating guest. Restore your spirit in the cleansing waters of our brand-new spa. Enjoy innovative seafood cuisine in our ocean-view restaurant. Treat yourself to a romantic California coast vacation in our richly appointed accommodations in a striking oceanfront setting. 

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Ca. – At The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, the Ritz Kids program combines learning and exploring the resort surroundings with interactive games and sports coordinated by their experienced counselors.

The program is for children between the ages of five and 12 and both full-day or half-day sessions are available. The full day program starts at 9 a.m., includes lunch and ends at 4:30 p.m. Half-day sessions are available from 9 a.m. to 12 noon or 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Daily Activities may include:
 
• Nature walks
• Beach combing
• Shell collecting
• Soccer
• Volleyball
• Basketball
• Swimming and tennis
• Board and card games
• Arts and crafts
• Movies and Nintendo

Additionally, a Kids Night Out is offered on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. which includes dinner and a movie.

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Safety-conscious families checking into The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel will want to check out the toddler-proof precautions introduced through the Protect Our Little Ones (P.O.L.O.) program.  Upon arrival, guests traveling with children under five are escorted to their room by a specially-trained bellman who will install the safety features and explain other precautionary measures intended to protect youngsters from injuries.  Contents of the P.O.L.O. kit include:

• A night light
• Tub spout cover
• Electric outlet plugs
• First aid kit (Children’s Tylenol, Band-Aids, thermometer, diaper rash ointment)
• Emergency safety card with a list of local emergency telephone numbers

“Anyone who has ever traveled away from home with a two-year-old knows that before they can relax their first concern is safeguarding their toddler from hotel room accidental injury.  The P.O.L.O. program is an effective step toward easing parents’ minds and, most importantly, protecting our youngest guests,” said Bruce Brainerd, general manager.

A variety of fun seasonal activities are also offered for our younger guests.
• Summer Poolside Movies (June-August)
• Teddy Bear Tea (December)
• Holiday Story Telling (December)
• Top Hat and Tiara Ball (New Year’s Eve)

Consistently ranked among the best resorts in the world, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego and sits on a 150-foot bluff with panoramic white-water views of the Pacific Ocean and two-miles of sandy beach.  For more information or reservations call 800-241-3333, the hotel directly at 949-240-2000, a travel professional or visit The Ritz-Carlton Web site at www.ritzcarlton.com.

Top 3 Restaurants for Brunch in New York City

August 14, 2009 by  
Filed under New York Vacations

Finding a perfect place for a brunch in New York is not a difficult task. All that you need is to know every niche and corner of the city. A native of this city will obviously not find any problem looking for best restaurants in New York, but tourists and visitors will definitely face some problems. But if you are among the tourists who wish to know about the best 3 restaurants for brunch in New York City then this write up will provide you every detail required for the same purpose.

A divine cuisine can brighten up the mood but a restaurant with nice surroundings and tasty food is like an icing on the cake. One such place in The New York city is 540 Park Restaurants. If you are working in the Upper East Side then locating this restaurant is not at all a big deal. Ask any one and you will be directed to this place with a smiling face. This place is famous for its power divine breakfasts, brunches and fast food. You will find the food rich in taste and beautifully presented. The delightful taste of food can be thoroughly enjoyed with lively surroundings. As the sun rises and shines over your head, this popular restaurant becomes completely packed.  

Therefore book your place before visiting 540 Parks. For tourists the following address detail of this popular restaurant will prove beneficial. Its address is 540 Park Avenue, New York, 10021
     
River Cafe New YorkIf you want enjoy a brunch by enjoying the beautiful skylines then River Café is the perfect destination for you. If you wish to enjoy a river side brunch with soothing breeze blowing up your air then this is the place for you. The surroundings and delicious food ranks the river café as top three restaurants for brunch in the New York City.  You need to reserve your seat if you plan to eat at the river café. You can complete reservations at http://www.rivercafe.com/. You will return feeling completely satisfied from the River Café.

The Eleven Madison Park is the next best restaurant which tops our list of the top 3 restaurants for brunch in New York City.  No visitor has ever underrated this exuberant restaurant. This restaurant is the result of the desire of the famous restaurateur named Danny Meyer. You can enjoy the stereotypic New York style in this restaurant and off course eat some divine delicacies. You may not find any glossy and shimmery decorations but true New York style can be witnessed all over in this restaurant. It is recommended to reserve your seats before going in this restaurant.  Reservations can be done easily at http://www.elevenmadisonpark.com/

Best Adventure Vacations in US, Trip in the Canyon

June 18, 2009 by  
Filed under Adventure Travels

Adventure has been a matter of curiosity for years in which age or status people are not important. People may get bored of the routine life, so they want to try new experiences. This is why there are many people who want to spend time in adventure vacations. Once they try these excellences, they want to do it one more or so. They not only experience only themselves, but they also suggest and bring their family members to adventure vacations.

There are many types of adventure vacations. You can have an access to whichever you prefer. The organizations prepare all the details for a good vacation for all ages. You can participate in water, mountain activities, wildlife tours, and cave activities with any of your friend whichever ages he is in.

In these activities teenagers have their first experience of an exact freedom. Parents are also have great times in the activities they have not tried for a long time. As it is well known, modern life caused people to forget the natural life and the perfect attraction of the nature. Additionally, it provides you to spend fruitful time with your family which you do not share in modern life.

Adventure VacationsWhere can you experience these activities? Known as the address for adventure, United States is the best place to go by means of having an access to many water and land activities. But, the heart of adventure is beating in the Grand Canyon located on Arizona.

The Grand Canyon is known as the most popular adventure land as culture, history, and nature are in combination in this place. Their perfect harmony attracts many families and teenagers to find what they are looking for.

You can understand the real beauty of the canyon by reaching the canyon’s rim in which vastness attracts your attention to the value of the natural life. Another opportunity the canyon provides is the travel through a watery path. Colorado River presents you to taste the fresh smell of the water, and walking by watching its movements to the canyon’s walls. If you are keen on the geological beauties, then you should visit the Colorado River. The Canyon provides not only geological taste but also side hiking, an awesome scenery and many bodies of water. All of these activities are available for all members of the family.
 
On your trip in the Canyon, you will have the experience of seeing the Lake Mead. In this lake you see the bigger picture of the canyon and hear the relaxing voice of the water. When you are travelling along the canyon, you will coincide with the Lower Granite Gorge, the Hurricane Fault Zone, the Grand Wash Cliffs, and the Lake Mead.

In the canyon, you have an access to the ranches in the state in which you can experience hiking, horseback riding, skeet shooting, and ATV riding. You can visit the Bar 10 Ranch which is the oldest ranch of the state. As it provides many activities, the Bar 10 Ranch is the mostly preferred ranch in the state.

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