Yes, the stars live in Los Angeles - Demi Moore eating at The Ivy, Jack Nicholson cheering at a Lakers basketball game, Jennifer Aniston on the beach - and they live here for the same reasons you visit: great leisure opportunities, exciting events and camera-ready ocean sunsets. Original artworks by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Monet at The Getty Center, the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall, a night on the Sunset Strip, global cuisine: it's easy to see why everyone who visits here is star struck.
Los Angeles freeways can be challenging, but you don't need a car everywhere. LA's beaches are ideal for walking, as is shopping nirvana of Beverly Hills, which you can tour on a city trolley. Ride a double-decker bus through Hollywood and downtown LA, stopping at museums, shops and Universal Studios' CityWalk.
For more ideas, stop by the Downtown Los Angeles Visitor Information Center at 685 South Figueroa St or the Hollywood & Highland Visitor Information Center at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard.
Star-studded opportunities Take a tour of the stars' mansions in Beverly Hills and Bel Air. Walk the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with over 2,300 celebrity names engraved on bronze stars imbedded in the pavements along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine St. See locations and sets from old and new movies and television shows, from the legendary Psycho to Desperate Housewives, on a Universal Studios Hollywood tour. Enjoy famous music acts and the new Grammy Museum at the Nokia Theatre LA Live. Sunbathe on the beach at Malibu's Paradise Cove and watch for stars bodysurfng in the waves.
Shopping hotspots. True, the loftiest international names in retail - Prada, Versace - have boutiques on Rodeo Drive, but Beverly Hills is also a great place to check out hot, new designers on nearby Beverly Drive and Canon Drive. Trendsetters head for West Hollywood, and Sunset Boulevard's upmarket Sunset Plaza, eclectic Santa Monica Boulevard and the chic Avenues of Art & Design. The LA Fashion District has big bargains - up to 70 percent off retail.