Also known as "Valley of the Stars" or simply "the Valley" San Fernando Valley offers an incredible array of fine dining, shopping, lodging and recreational opportunities. Also considered a major media center of Hollywood, the Valley has more than 100 sound stages producing everything from "Jurassic Park" to "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno".
"The Valley " is also home to the Walt Disney Company, NBC Universal Studios, Warner Bros., CBS Studio Center as well as NBC and ABC Television Studios.
Among the top tourist destinations in the Valley is the magnificent Getty Center, the Hollywood Bowl and the Los Angles Zoo, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and the tallest, fastest roller coasters in the world at Six Flags Magic Mountain, just to name a few.
Enjoy a visit to Universal Studios Hollywood, the largest film and television studio in the world. You'll see where the real movie making action takes place. Rides, attractions and shows will bring your favorite movies to life, like in Shrek 4-D, proudly presented in OgreVision! Scare yourself silly in the all-new Van Helsing: Fortress Dracula, or see the spectacular show Spider-Man Rocks! and not forgetting the ever popular Studio Tour!
Adjacent to Universal Studios is L.A.'s hottest entertainment, dining and shopping destination. A dining and shopping promenade featuring 65 entertainment-themed restaurants, clubs, shops and movie theaters. Universal City Walk in Universal City a tourist attraction in itself. A fun place to hang out in the evening after your day inside the park or people watch at daytime.
There is no shortage of things to do. Enjoy the Gospel Brunch at B.B. King’s or rock out at the Hard Rock Cafe; Andrew’s Panda Inn is new. Hear a concert at the Gibson Amphitheatre or see a first-run film on one of 18 floor-to-ceiling screens of the AMC theater, which also boasts SoCal’s largest IMAX 3-D theatre. Shop at retailers from Abercrombie & Fitch to Zen Zone. New iFly Hollywood offers simulated skydiving.
Take the VIP Studio tour and get a behind-the-scenes looks at the historic Warner Bros Studios. See sets from your favorite films and TV shows. The 2 hour guided tour takes you through the exterior sets, sound stages and you get a glimpse into how movies are made.
NoHo Arts District is a one-square mile community filled with an eclectic array of entertainment options for the artist and arts lover. Located in North Hollywood (NoHo) at the end of the Metro Red Line, the NoHo Arts District has an eclectic mix of indoor & outdoor art galleries, professional dance studios, music recording venues and the home to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the world-famous Emmy Statue.
With more than 4,210 acres of natural terrain, landscaped parkland and picnic areas, Griffith Park is one of the nation's largest municipal park.
Griffith Park is home to the Griffith Observatory, the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage, the Greek Theatre, the Travel Town railroad museum, horseback riding, hiking trails, pony and train rides.
Griffith Observatory is one of southern California's most popular attractions and the most visited public observatory in the world —its mission is “astronomy for everyone”—
Admission to the Observatory building and grounds is FREE. There is a nominal charge to see shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium. Free public telescopes are available each evening the Observatory is open and skies are clear. Knowledgeable telescope demonstrators are available to guide visitors in observing.
A vast array of wildlife awaits you at the Los Angeles Zoo. Dedicated to wildlife conservation, the L.A. Zoo has created a program in which volunteers work with keepers to find ways to promote natural behaviors in animals. The L.A. Zoo is home to more than 1,200 animals and 7,000- plus plants.
Special programs and events throughout the year help children and adults better experience the wonders of the plant and animal kingdoms.
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