InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown
There are countless things to do in downtown Los Angeles, so indulge in a delectable breakfast at Dekkadance before stepping out into the hustle and bustle of the city. Begin your day by passing by the Walt Disney Concert Hall and marveling at the building designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry. Continue to The Broad Museum, one of the most popular new museums in the city, where you can admire contemporary art exhibits. Next, go to Grand Central Market to sample unique treats. Later, tour the beautiful campus of the University of Southern California or take a relaxing stroll through Grand Park, a 12-acre civic park that stretches from The Music Center to City Hall. Los Angeles is known as the epicenter of the entertainment industry, so no visit is complete without exploring Paramount Pictures, seeing the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, or touring TCL Chinese Theatre. Music enthusiasts should also make it a point to visit the Grammy Museum at LA Live, where they can learn about the history and significance of American music.
In the afternoon, venture to Griffith Park. Hike up to the renowned Griffith Observatory to delight in fabulous views of the Hollywood sign and the entire city. Explore the Art Deco Observatory, which has been featured in myriad well-known films and is considered Southern California's gateway to the cosmos. Make sure to enjoy a show at the Samuel Oschin Planetarium and look through the 12-inch Zeiss Telescope. Baseball aficionados can make their way to Dodger Stadium for a tour where you'll be invited to walk on the field, visit the renovated centerfield plaza and pavilions, catch a glimpse of the 2020 World Series trophy, and explore the Dugout Club. If you happen to be in Los Angeles during the season, make sure to cheer on the Dodgers as they take on their opponents. For luxury shopping, visit Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and The Grove Shopping Center, just a few miles away from the hotel. Also, make sure to browse the countless stores located in the Fashion District. End your afternoon with the inspiring views of the Pacific Ocean at Santa Monica's beach' Palisades Park or enjoy some snacks and games at the popular Santa Monica Pier.
There are always things to do near InterContinental® Los Angeles Downtown once the sun goes down. To round out your day in Los Angeles, sports fans can see the Los Angeles Lakers or Los Angeles Clippers in action at Crypto.com Arena. Live entertainment enthusiasts can head to the Microsoft Theatre at LA Live, where they'll enjoy concerts, comedy shows, dance performances, and more. Once you've worked up an appetite for dinner, find your way to La Boucherie, which is located on the 71st floor of InterContinental® Los Angeles Downtown. Savor premium steaks and seafood as you bask in magnificent views of the glistening city. To end the evening, enjoy hand-crafted cocktails at Spire 73, the highest rooftop bar and lounge in the Western hemisphere.
The Hollywood sign originally said “Hollywoodland"
The Hollywood sign originally said “Hollywoodland,” as it was an advertisement for Tinseltown’s latest real estate development. In 1949 it changed to "Hollywood."
Gateway to the Cosmos
The Griffith Observatory is known for its spectacular views of Los Angeles and stunning Art Deco architecture. It is no wonder it has played a pivotal role in many films, including Rebel Without a Cause, La La Land, and The Terminator. However, the Griffith Observatory is vastly important to public astronomy. More people have looked through the 12-inch Zeiss Telescope than any other telescope on Earth. The Griffith Observatory still offers live planetarium shows—one of only a few major facilities in the world to do so.
The Hollywood sign is perhaps the most famous landmark in Los Angeles and has become the worldwide symbol for the U.S. movie industry. However, when it was built in 1923 as a billboard for a real estate development, it initially said "Hollywoodland" and was only meant to stay standing for 18 months. It wasn't until 1949 that the sign was restored and changed to Hollywood. Then in the 1970s, the landmark was rebuilt.
While Los Angeles is known today as the home of the U.S. film industry, that wasn't always the case. The entertainment industry was originally located in Atlantic City. However, filmmakers moved out west to California in the early 20th Century to evade Thomas Edison, who held most of the country's film patents and monopolized all aspects of filmmaking. By the 1930s, Hollywood was producing more than 600 films a year and was affectionately known as "Tinseltown."