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Head for the Hollywood Hills

Head for the Hollywood Hills

Got an itch to see Los Angeles and the Hollywood ? If you’re planning on travelling this September or October, you could bag yourself direct flights from Dublin to LA for €322 return, flying with Ethiopian Airlines.

The list of things to do and sights to see in LA is almost endless, so take a few days to explore what the City of Angels has to offer.

Universal Studios Hollywood

One of the most well known and visited attractions in LA, Universal Studios Hollywood is a film studio and theme park that is a must-see for film buffs. Attractions include a tour of the studio, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (complete with Hogwarts and Hogsmeade), and the chance to explore the post-apocalyptic world of The Walking Dead.

Museum of Jurassic Technology

Located on Venice Boulevard, the Museum of Jurassic Technology is a strange and interesting experience, described by The Smithsonian Magazine as being “unlike any other museum you have been to.” Despite its name, the collections and exhibits don’t appear to bear any relevance to the Jurassic period, including curiosities such as folk remedies from different cultures in an exhibition entitled Tell The Bees: Belief, Knowledge & Hypersymbolic Cognition. Certainly a unique experience.

Walk of Fame

One of the more mainstream attractions, the Hollywood Walk of Fame features more than 2,500 actors, musicians, directors, producers and others in recognition of their contribution to and success in the entertainment industry. Among the Irish names along the walk are Pierce Brosnan, Maureen O’Hara and Rex Ingram. Guided tours are available, or you could simply take a stroll on your own.

The Getty Center

One of two locations of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Getty Center contains a fantastic collection of art, architecture and stunning views over the city. Among the collection is Van Gogh’s Irises, Claude Monet’s The Portal of Rouen Cathedral in Morning Light and An Old Man in Military Costume by Rembrandt.

Little Tokyo

A Japanese-American district in downtown Los Angeles, Little Tokyo is home to a range of attractions in and of itself, from the Museum of Contemporary Art to two beautiful Japanese gardens. You won’t be short of places to eat either – the district features numerous restaurants, many of which are dedicated to a particular type of Japanese cuisine. For the history buffs, stop by the Go For Broke monument dedicated to Japanese-Americans who fought in the US military during World War II.

When not writing about all things personal finance, You & Your Money's editor Conor Forrest enjoys reading, football and getting lost in an ocean of Wikipedia articles.