Los Angeles is one of those destinations that suddenly open up on you; to become a whole series of must-visit places. Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, Venice Beach, Malibu – even the names are so famous they sound like they’re in a movie.

If you were making a movie of your journey, Los Angeles would demand a starring role. In fact, like a lot of the United States of America, you’ve already seen it in the background of countless films. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a fresh, inspiring, exhilarating place to visit in real life.

Cruise down Sunset Strip in an open-topped Cadillac and you’ll automatically have a drive-by role in its sizzling nightlife. Take a tour of Beverley Hills – the exclusive district that has become the home to world famous stars - and you’ll be ‘on the set’ with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Wander around the massive studios like Universal or Disneyland and you’ll be one of the cast in ‘Your Thrilling Day Out’. Eat out in a restaurant and you’ll more than likely meet one of the stars of tomorrow – he or she will be bringing your food! It’s difficult to escape ‘Tinsel Town’ glitter if you make the City of Angels part of your luxury, tailor-made holiday to the USA. But browse places like the Getty Museum or visit J Paul Getty’s old villa and you’ll see an alternative side to this very movie-focussed city.