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The Los Angeles Airport Hilton is just a five-minute drive from the Los Angeles International Airport and only 30-40 minutes away from glamorous Beverly Hills, Hollywood, the Sunset Strip, movie studios, and other famous attractions.

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Citadel Outlets
The only outlet center in the greater Los Angeles Area. Find many of your favorite name brands at up to 70% off retail prices.

100 Citadel Drive Suite 480
Los Angeles, CA 90040
323.888.1724
Website: citadeloutlets.com

Montana Avenue
Browse, dine, and shop in 150 charming boutiques, restaurants, and cafés, and get to know Santa Monica.

1202 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Website: montanaave.com

Plaza El Seguendo
Located only 5 minutes away from the LAX Hilton, Plaza El Segundo is your one stop destination for shopping, dining and recreation.

760 South Sepulveda Blvd
El Segundo, CA 90245
(310) 414-5280
Website: plazaelsegundo.com

Rodeo Drive
It is here that the rich & famous do their shopping, and where tourists window-shop while trying to spot movie stars on the fabled street.

212 Rodeo Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Website: seeing-stars.com/Shop/RodeoDrive.shtml

South Coast Plaza
Orange County’s equivalent of Rodeo drive.

3333 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Website: southcoastplaza.com

The Beverly Center
The Beverly Center features more than 160 trend- setting, specialty stores and restaurants plus a 13-screen theater showing Hollywood’s hottest new releases.

8500 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Website: beverlycenter.com

The Galleria
Made famous in the immensely popular 80’s flick “Valley Girl”, the Glendale Galleria has become a Southern California shopping must.

100 West Broadway
Suite 700
Glendale, CA 91210
818-246-6737
Website: glendalegalleria.com

Catalina Island
People come to escape the monotony of everyday life, and the opportunities for escape are endless.

Website: visitcatalinaisland.com

Malibu Wine Safaris
Explore the 1,000 acre Saddlerock Ranch and vineyard in Malibu. Your trusty guide and driver team will lead the adventure on custom-built open-air Safari vehicles. You’ll make stops along the way to take in the scenery, taste local wines, and get up close and personal with animals you never knew were Angelinos too: zebras, camels, alpacas, bison, and even Stanley the Giraffe – all just 30 minutes from LA.

32111 Mulholland Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
8184972206
Website: malibuwines.com

Southern California Hot Spots 
Enjoy the open-air view inside our vintage Double Decker Buses from England as the narrated tour points out landmarks from Downtown Los Angeles to the beaches of Santa Monica, with Hollywood and Beverly Hills in between.

6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Website: starlinetours.com/los-angeles-tour-1C.asp

The Queen Mary
A floating city awash in elegance, the Queen Mary in Long Beach, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, remains one of the most famous ships in history.

1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802
Website: queenmary.com

TMZ Tour
See the hottest spots in Hollywood, Beverly Hills and the Sunset Strip where celebrities go to play!

Hear inside information and never revealed details about Hollywood celebs, and the stories that TMZ made famous! Tour guides direct from TMZ on TV, on the look-out and ready to film celebrities!

6925 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
1-855-4TMZ-TOUR
Website: tmz.com/tour

Huntington Gardens
History: Henry Huntington’s superintendent, William Hertrich, was instrumental in developing the various plant collections that comprise the foundation of the Botanical Gardens. Together, they molded the working ranch into a botanical collection of rare and exotic plants. They searched local nurseries and visited other plant collectors in the area to find mature and unique specimens. Mr. Huntington imported plants from many parts of the world to experiment with their cultivation in Southern California.

The Lily Ponds were developed first. They were heated at the time to maintain the giant-leafed Amazon water lily during the relatively cool Southern California winters. Huntington and Hertrich also worked together on the Palm, Desert, and Japanese gardens and planned the North Vista and the landscaping around the mansion.

Today, forty gardeners, a curatorial staff of seven, and more than 100 volunteers maintain the botanical collections, provide educational programs for visitors, and propagate plants that are often included in special sales.

The grounds also include the Huntington Ranch, a demonstration garden that holds workshops and classes focused on sustainable urban agriculture.

Did you know?

Mr. Huntington planted a few avocado seeds (a gift from the chef of Los Angeles’ Jonathan Club) that became a grove in what is now the main parking lot. These trees are considered the last surviving members of California’s first commercial avocado grove. The parking lot is now planted mostly with drought-tolerant trees, shrubs, and ground covers.

1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108
6264052100
Website: huntington.org

Beverly Hills
All of the glamour and opulence that anyone could reasonably hope for.

455 N. Rexford Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Website: beverlyhills.org/presence/connect/CoBH/

Disneyland & Disney’s California Adventures
Make all your childhood dreams come true in the whole new world of Disneyland Resorts.

1313 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 781-4565
Website: disneyland.disney.go.com/dlr/index

Los Angeles Zoo
A collection of more than 1,200 animals from around the world.

5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 644-4200
Website: www.lazoo.org

Melrose Avenue
A place to shop, a place to stroll outdoors, but most of all, a place to see and be seen.

5995 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Website: seeing-stars.com/shop/melrose.shtml

Santa Monica Pier
Fish day or night, view the wonders of the undersea world, dance under the stars, ride a carousel horse or a roller coaster, dine at an ocean view restaurant, entertain yourself at an arcade and shop for souvenirs.

Website: santamonica.com

Seeing Stars in Hollywood 
Where the stars are immortalized.

Website: seeing-stars.com/Immortalized

The Hollywood Sign

The global symbol of the glitz and glamour of the entertainment industry.

Website: hollywoodsign.org

The Magic Castle
The Magic Castle is the showplace for some of the greatest magicians from around the globe. We also take great pride in showcasing the magnificent building that houses the Magic Castle. Built in 1908, this storied mansion has watched Hollywood grow and change for almost 100 years while never losing its original charm.

7001 Franklin Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90028
323-851-3313
Website: magiccastle.com

Universal Citywalk 
With 65 cool things to do, Universal Citywalk is where L.A. comes to play!

100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 90608
Website: citywalkhollywood.com

Universal Studios Hollywood
World’s Largest Movie Studio and Theme Park. Universal Studios Hollywood puts you so close you can hear the cameras rolling.

100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
Website: themeparks.universalstudios.com

Call directly for course information & tee times.

Rancho Park – (310) 838-7373

Griffith Park – (323) 663-2225

Industry Hills Golf Club – (626) 810-4653

Brookside – (626) 796-0177

Catalina Island – (310) 510-0530

Palos Verdes – (310) 375-2759

Los Verdes Golf & Country Club – (310) 377-7370

Sepulveda – (818)-995-1170

LA County Department of Beaches & Harbors
Activities, Programs, Boating, Beaches & More…

Website: beaches.co.la.ca.us

Manhattan Beach
The Los Angeles Airport Hilton offers a shuttle to Manhattan Beach, $5 per person. Manhattan Beach is only 15 minutes from the hotel where restaurants, shopping and unique art galleries are located.

1400 Highland Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Website: ci.manhattan-beach.ca.us

Santa Monica
Nothing symbolizes the Southern California lifestyle more alluringly than the beach at Santa Monica.

Website: santamonica.com

Sea Grant’s Guide to L.A. Beaches
This website has a “clickable” map to provide information on access and facilities for beaches in Los Angeles County.

Website: usc.edu/org/seagrant/beach/beach.html

Southern California Coast’s Best Beaches
From moms with tots to hard core surfers find your best beach choices here.

Website: boomersint.com/pchwy/scalbch.htm

Venice Beach
Well known for its artists, street performers and funky atmosphere, Venice Beach is a virtual carnival running year-round with free admission.

Website: westland.net/venice

The Troubador
Music served fresh since 1957.

9081 Santa Monica Blvd. West
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Website: troubadour.com

The Whiskey A Go-Go
As long as there has been a Los Angeles rock scene, there has been the Whisky A Go-Go.

8901 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Website: whiskyagogo.com

The Comedy Store
The Comedy Store has featured such greats as Richard Pryor, Gallagher, Howie Mandel, Robin Williams, David Letterman, Roseanne Barr, and more.

8433 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Website: hollywood.thecomedystore.com

The Improv
Where many of today’s stars were born and continue to shine.

8162 Melrose Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90046
Website: hollywood.improv.com

BUDGET
budget.com

ENTERPRISE
enterprise.com

HERTZ
hertz.com

MIDWAY CAR RENTAL (Luxury and Exotics)
midwaycarrental.com

FREE TV SHOW TAPING TICKETS

The Official Site Recommended by The Los Angeles Tourism Bureau

Website: tvtix.com/schedule.php

See your favorite dancing show LIVE while in town for the Emerald Ball Dancesport Championships.

CBS Television City – Genesee Gate
7800 Beverly Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90036
818-295-2700
Website: on-camera-audiences.com/shows/Dancing_with_the_Stars

BOA Steakhouse
BOA Steakhouse artfully combines a bold, colorful environment with modern-day steakhouse fare. Steaks and chops include a selection of prime Omaha beef such as the “40 Day” Dry Aged New York Strip and the “Bone In” Rib Eye, as well as Certified Organic Beef and Premium American Wagyu, all served with a choice of rubs and house made sauces, including BOA’s own J-1 sauce. A full complement of traditional steakhouse sides is offered, including the Classic Caesar Salad made tableside and Mac-n-Cheese. The menu also offers tempting poultry dishes and superb seafood options, a wide variety of Sandwiches and Salads at lunchtime, an extensive cocktail menu and a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list.

9200 West Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
310.278.2050
Website: innovativedining.com/restaurants/boa

Craig’s – An American Restaurant

(310) 276 – 1900
Website: craigs.la

Kanpai
Personally, recommended by the Emerald Ball staff! Great food and atmosphere!
From Kanpai’s website:

“Our restaurant is a fusion of traditional Japanese cuisine with California flair. We have over 40 premium sakes from different regions all over Japan. Seafood is flown in from the Atlantic, Pacific, and even Indian oceans depending on the migration of the fish during peak harvesting periods to ensure we have the best sushi. Our authentic Japanese dishes are prepared with subtlety and skills. We take great pride and personal satisfaction in knowing we have delivered an exquisite dining experience for you, your family and friends.

– Kanpai – “Cheers”!

Shoji Hijiya

Miho Okamura

8325 Lincoln Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045
310-338-7223
Website: kanpai-sushi.net

Mr. Chow
A combination of old authentic Beijing and Original Recipes. Chicken Satay, MR CHOW Noodles and Ma Mignon all were created by our passionate and skillful chefs. On the Menu is one of the best prepared Beijing Duck in the world.

344 North Camden Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 278-9911

Sur Restaurant & Bar
Looking to feel like you’ve traveled abroad without leaving the comfort of West Hollywood? Sur Restaurant, featuring eclectic cuisine, brings a taste of the exotic to the trendy corner of Melrose and Robertson. Sur offers guests friendly, attentive service and sumptuous international cuisine for a truly unique dining experience. Low lighting, candles, crisp white linen, and fresh cut flowers give an intimate touch. Sur has comfy indoor dining, a romantic patio, and a chic private room.

606 N. Robertson Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 289-2824

The Ivy

113 N Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
310-274-8303
Website: theivyrestaurants.com

Zpizza Tap Room
Located within walking distance of the LAX Hilton Hotel, Zpizza offers pizza, sandwiches, salads and more. Delivery is available to the hotel if need be!

310-342-0179
Website: zpizza.com