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Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles is a world center of entertainment, culture, fashion, technology, business and education. Often referred to as the “Entertainment Capital of the World,” Los Angeles provides much fun and entertainment to both residents and visitors. From shopping, beaches, amusement parks, museums, galleries, live music, fantastic culinary experiences and more – the question isn’t, ‘What should we do?’ But rather, ‘Where shall we begin?

If you’re looking for a place to see stars – the celestial type, that is – travelers should visit the Griffith Park Observatory. The popular tourist attraction has an extensive array of space and science related displays. The Griffith Observatory includes the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, which has a show that takes visitors on a cosmic journey of exploration and discovery; the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon, a 200-seat theater; Public Telescopes; Exhibit Halls inside and outside the building; Gottlieb Transit Corridor, a 150-foot long passageway that immerses visitors in the motions of the Sun, Moon and stars.  During the day, the views are phenomenal, both of the city and the Hollywood Sign; going at sunset, it is a sight to behold. Griffith Observatory provides extensive access for persons with disabilities. All levels of the building and grounds are accessible to all visitors. Each level has elevator access, and some are also accessible by ramp. The two theaters - Samuel Oschin Planetarium and Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon - offer assistive listening devices upon request. And the regularly scheduled film ("The Once and Future Griffith Observatory") in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon also has open captioning upon request. For additional accommodations for visitors with special needs, call (213) 473-0800.

Los Angeles has a couple of renowned streets for shopping and attractions. The most famous street for high end shopping is Rodeo Drive. Spanning across three city blocks, Rodeo Drive includes more than 100 world-renowned boutiques and hotels including: Versace, Tiffany & Co., Prada, Cartier, Fendi and Chanel. Most, if not all, of the shops are wheelchair accessible. Another famous street is Sunset Strip, the mile and a half stretch of Sunset Boulevard. The Strip has a variety of famous restaurants, boutiques, hotels and night clubs. The area is great for people-watching and is also wheelchair accessible.

For fans of American sports history, the Championship Tour at Dodger Stadium is a must-see. The third oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball has been home to some of the greatest players in the game. The Championship Tour gives visitors exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the Stadium, including the field, Dodger dugout, the Vin Scully Press Box and the Dugout Club, home of the Dodger’s two World Series trophies. The tour is approximately 80-90 minutes long and is wheelchair accessible.

Cruise Lines out of Port of Los Angeles: Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruise Line, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Line, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Seabourn Cruise Line, Silversea Cruises.

Interesting Fact: The first person to personally receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was actress Joanne Woodward. She received it in 1960.