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Lights, camera, action! Los Angeles, California, is home to movie-making magic, stardom — and this year, SIGGRAPH 2023! Its vibrant culture and iconic history draw in millions of visitors each year. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a long-time resident, “The City of Angels” never fails to captivate and inspire.
Aside from the premier conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques, what else does Los Angeles have to offer? Endless entertainment? Beautiful beaches? All the above? Read on and find out!
Hike the Hollywood Sign
Hiking the Hollywood sign is a bucket list item for many visitors to Los Angeles, and for good reason — it’s a one-of-a-kind experience that offers incredible views and a chance to get up close and personal with one of Hollywood’s most iconic landmarks. But let’s be real, hiking up a steep hill in the hot California sun is no easy feat! As you make your way up the trail, you might start to wonder if you’re really up for this challenge. But fear not, fellow hikers! Just think about all the Instagram-worthy photos you’ll be able to take at the top, and suddenly the uphill battle won’t seem so bad. And who knows, you might even spot a celebrity or two along the way! So grab your water bottle, put on your sunscreen, and get ready to hike your way to the top of Tinseltown!
Tour Your Favorite Studios
Going to Universal Studios, Warner Bros. Studio, and Disneyland is like stepping into a whole new world of movie magic and excitement! And they are the perfect stops for computer graphics professionals. Universal Studios Hollywood is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Los Angeles, and for good reason. It’s a combination of a working movie studio and a theme park, so visitors get to experience the behind-the-scenes action of their favorite movies and TV shows while enjoying exciting rides and attractions. Warner Bros. Studio is another must-see destination for movie lovers. This iconic studio has been the backdrop for countless Hollywood classics. Visitors can take a VIP tour that includes a visit to the costume and prop department, as well as soundstages where popular TV shows like “Friends” and “The Big Bang Theory” were filmed. And of course, no trip to Los Angeles would be complete without a visit to Disneyland, the happiest place on earth. Many of our SIGGRAPH presenters have shown us the behind-the-scenes aspects of their films that are part of these fabulous studios, so why not step foot into the magic itself? Get the inside scoop on the production of films at SIGGRAPH 2023 and then head over to the respective studio to immerse yourself in the movie magic fun!
Visit the Griffith Observatory
The Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles is a must-visit for anyone interested in astronomy and science. Situated atop a hill overlooking the city, the observatory offers stunning views of the LA skyline and the surrounding mountains. Inside, visitors can explore a range of exhibits and displays covering topics such as the solar system, the cosmos, and space exploration. The highlight of any visit to the Griffith Observatory is undoubtedly the chance to look through the telescopes and observe the night sky. Whether you’re a seasoned astronomer or simply looking for a unique and memorable experience, the Griffith Observatory is a fascinating destination that’s sure to leave you awestruck.
Shop at The Grove
The Grove is a premier shopping and entertainment destination located in the heart of Los Angeles. The open-air mall features over 50 retailers, ranging from high-end fashion boutiques to popular chain stores, making it a shopper’s paradise. But The Grove is not just about shopping — it also boasts a beautiful outdoor space complete with a dancing fountain, cobblestone walkways, and charming architecture reminiscent of European cities. Visitors can catch a movie at the Pacific Theatres, enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants, or simply people-watch while sipping a latte from one of the cafes. With its unique blend of shopping and entertainment, The Grove is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for a quintessential LA shopping experience.
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