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Launched on Hol­ly­wood Boule­vard at Vine Street in 1958, this con­stel­la­tion of coral-pink ter­razzo and brass side­walk stars hon­ors film leg­ends past and present. Among the first hon­orees were Burt Lan­caster and Joanne Wood­ward—in 1994, Sophia Loren be­came the 2,000th star. To­day there are more than 2,600 stars, with typ­i­cally two added monthly to the 15-block stretch of the boule­vard. Mil­lions of vis­i­tors come ev­ery year to find their fa­vorite ac­tors, di­rec­tors, mu­si­cians and other en­ter­tain­ment lu­mi­nar­ies.

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Sa­vor a Will Rogers Hot Fudge Brownie Sun­dae, ride a vin­tage carousel, view the area from the Fer­ris wheel (a movie celebrity in its own right) and ex­plore the theme park on this cen­tury-old pier. Snap a selfie by the End of the Trail sign on the pier for the leg­endary Route 66, which ends its 2,450-mile jour­ney here.

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Known as the birth­place of Los An­ge­les, this sec­tion of LA was the town cen­ter dur­ing the colo­nial era un­der Span­ish and Mex­i­can rule through most of the 19th cen­tury. Some ven­dors are the de­scen­dants of the orig­i­nal mer­chants in this mar­ket­place, es­tab­lished in 1930 to pre­serve and bring back “old Los An­ge­les” and its cus­toms. Ab­sorb the scent of tacos and sounds of mari­achi mu­sic amid the street stalls and old struc­tures. Browse lucha li­bre (Mex­i­can wrestling) masks, Day of the Dead fig­urines, piñatas and other sou­venirs in this block-long Mex­i­can mar­ket­place lo­cated in Los An­ge­les Plaza His­toric District.

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This 1.5-mile path­way par­al­lels the Pa­cific Ocean and is like a nev­erend­ing car­ni­val of LA’S most out­ra­geous char­ac­ters. Stroll past ven­dors, and street per­form­ers try­ing to im­press you with their break­danc­ing or jug­gling. Oth­ers may dress up as if ev­ery day is Hal­loween. When you’re ready for a break, visit a restau­rant or juice bar, or sim­ply walk down to the beach and soak up some sun. And if you need sou­venir T-shirts or trin­kets, or an af­ford­able paint­ing or pho­to­graph, you’re bound to find it here.

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So many great co­me­di­ans came out of the clubs of Los An­ge­les, and you can still catch ris­ing stars hon­ing their craft or leg­endary veter­ans try­ing out new ma­te­rial. Notable clubs and im­prov troupes in­clude The Groundlings, Hol­ly­wood Im­prov Com­edy Club, Laugh Fac­tory, Up­right Cit­i­zens Bri­gade and Com­edy Store.

the­com­e­dy­bu­reau.com/los-an­ge­les-com­edy-show­cal­en­dars

dis­cov­er­losan­ge­les.com/blog/com­edy-clubs-los-an­ge­les 2018

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