Los Angeles neighborhoods
Beverly Hills is west of Hollywood and east of UCLA. It's a glitzy area filled with large mansions and expansive estates. Rodeo Drive, famous for expensive retail shops, is part of the neighborhood.
Downtown Los Angeles, a mostly industrial area, is considered the epicenter of the city's main attractions. Here, travelers will find the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Los Angeles Convention Center and the Orpheum Theater.
Borders of the area are considered to be the Los Angeles River (to the east), the Harbor Freeway (110) to the west, Santa Monica Freeway (10) to the south and the Hollywood Freeway (101) to the north. Chinatown and Dodger Stadium are both north of Downtown.
Hollywood is made up of West Hollywood as well as the Hollywood Hills area. Universal Studios, the Kodak Theater and the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street are located here. Capital Records and the infamous white "HOLLYWOOD" sign accent the skyline.
Venice Beach is located about 10 miles east of downtown Los Angeles and is along the Pacific Coast. The boardwalk, also known as Ocean Front Walk, is famous for its pedestrian-only carnival-like atmosphere and and at various times can feature snake charmers, musicians, and other performers. Nearby Muscle Beach is a hot spot for body builders. Famous residents of Venice include actors Julia Roberts, Anna Paquin and Kate Beckinsale.
Wilshire is located north of I-10 (Santa Monica Freeway) and east of Beverly Hills and Hollywood. The center of the neighborhood is considered to be Wilshire Boulevard. Los Angeles' Miracle Mile and Museum Row are both located here. West of Downtown Los Angeles, Echo and MacArthur Parks are also found here.