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Los Angeles, California

By all means enjoy the tour of Universal Studios in Hollywood, and window shop fashions on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills - then be sure to expand your explorations of Los Angeles to include urban hikes, yoga classes on the beach, 17th century El Pueblo Historic Core downtown, classic museums filled with great artwork, and farm fresh cuisine.

Discover sea caves and tide pools at the beach in Leo Carrillo State Park. Hike along hidden coves at El Matador Beach 10 miles northwest of Malibu. Walk or bicycle around Lake Hollywood Reservoir - you can see the iconic Hollywood Sign in the mountains across the lake. Pick up sun-ripe fruit at the Santa Monica Farmer's Market. Find city serenity in the Japanese Garden at Woodley Park in the San Fernando Valley.

Experience the Art Walk of small galleries just east of downtown. Then, stop by the Urban Radish on Imperial Street in the Art District for a Jambon Parisiene and fresh peach punch. Generations of Angelenos have savored Cuban roast chicken with garlic sauce and fried plantains at Versailles on La Cienega. For a Saturday night of live music, settle into the legendary House of Blues on Sunset Boulevard - then come back the next day for their soulful Sunday Gospel Brunch.