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Top 10 Los Angeles [With Map] (DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides) Paperback – 17 Mar 2014

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley); Fol Pap/Ma edition (17 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1465410104
  • ISBN-13: 978-1465410108
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.1 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 512,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Los Angeles will lead you straight to the best of this dynamic....

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Johnston on 12 July 2013
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I've recently come back from a trip to the USA and am very pleased I managed to visit this city. I was looking for a compact, easy to navigate, yet information packed guide to educate me on what to see/do/eat/drink/avoid, and this definitely didn't disappoint.

LA initially daunted me because it is huge and as there is so much to do I was worried that I wouldn't have time to see everything I wanted to and didn't want to leave with any regrets. Therefore it's worth having a read through before you go just so you have an idea of how to plan your trip, but once the bare bones are in place you can easily rely on this guide to fill in the gaps and make the most of every hour while you're actually there.

I only had four (very full) days in which to enjoy LA and I've come back feeling that I've not missed out on anything crucial - very important when you're not sure if/when you'll be back!
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Got this for my son who was going there for an holiday, Thought it was very good and usefull indeed.
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Anadara on 6 April 2013
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Bought this because I was going to LA.. But the trip gas been cancelled and I haven't read the book.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Great guide 11 May 2005
By Krislee - Published on
Format: Paperback
I took this guide book with me on my first visit to LA recently. I was interested in doing all of the typical tourist things. This book was indispensable. I also bought Frommer's guide book and I never opened it.

I rented a car and traveled through LA. I was driving alone and the maps in this book were a huge help. They are very detailed and held up through being thrown in the car and in and out of bags. The pictures are great. The decriptions are short and to the point. I also loved the size of this book. It is small enough to easily carry in a larger purse or backpack.

I didn't use the Top 10 book to plan my trip - only what to do and where to go when I got there. A more detailed book might serve you better if you need help decided where to stay and what hotels to use.

You can't go wrong with this guide book - it is really the only guidebook you need for LA.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Best Available General Purpose Guide 15 July 2006
By Diego Banducci - Published on
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During the past few years, I've become increasingly convinced that L.A. is one of the most interesting cities in America. Unfortunately, much of what is there is overshadowed by ersatz "attractions" like Disneyland and Universal Studios.

This guide overcomes that problem by focusing upon different areas of interest and then listing the top 10 attractions within each area. Yes, Disneyland and Universal Studios are still covered, but so are the numerous museums, architectural landmarks (this book first made me aware of the Bradbury Building), parks, restaurants and hotels.

Despite the enormous amount of material covered, the guide is compact enough to easily fit in a pocket or purse, yet still offers attractive graphics and intuitive organization. I bought Fodor's guide at the same time, but despite its greater amount of text, found that I used the Top 10 Guide virtually exclusively.

The 10 to 12 pages on Pasadena are quite good. Pasadena is a city worth a visit, especially the Norton Simon Museum which offers a fine collection of art in a peaceful, uncrowded setting. Highly recommended.

Since "The Loved One" has just come out on DVD, I especially wanted to visit Forest Lawn, the cemetery satirized in that film. Interestingly, none of the guide books I scanned provided directions, although the Top 10 Guide does provide directions to the Hollywood cemetery where some of the top stars are buried. As it turned out, there are six Forest Lawns scattered about the LA area, with the Mother Church being on the west side of Glendale along I-5 [Los Feliz exit]. Well worth a visit.

Since I visit LA on a regular basis, I plan to use this book a lot in the future, but to augment it with other, special purpose (e.g., architectural) guides.

If you can find a copy, there's a fine book about LA, L.A. Lore: A Scintillating Exploration of Los Angeles by Stephen Brook, that provides a narrative overview of the city. Brook is an English journalist who came to LA in 1990 with an excellent list of contacts, and visited virtually every section of the city. His observations are intelligent and generally unbiased.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Simply The Best compact guide to LA 19 Oct. 2005
By A's Fan - Published on
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We visit the LA area two or three times a year.

This is simply the best compact guide to LA that we've seen.

It's quite usefully organized around several different communities in the LA area. This is the only way that's useful in LA since, if you're staying in Santa Monica, reading about a great restaurant in Pasadena isn't all that helpful.

A very dense collection of useful information. It's introduced us to hotels (e.g. Magic Castle Hotel) and restaurants (e.g. Newsroom Cafe) that we've really enjoyed.

Hopefully they'll be able to keep this updated every couple years or so.

If you're going to LA, buy this. It's a steal.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Essential Pocket Guide - Maybe Even More! 17 April 2005
By davidmbfonz - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought this guide along with the Frommer's guide to LA and I must say, it's hard to say which is better. Obviously, there is less text in this version, but the essentials of a trip to LA are laid even more bare in this pocket-sized guide. And the pictures get you excited to go!

If you're interested in experiencing a typical LA tourist-style vacation, I can vouch for this guide as a must-have! Use it by itself, or supplement it with one of the larger guides.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not quite what I wanted 24 Aug. 2011
By Charles G. Bragg Jr. - Published on
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Being a fan of the Eyewitness Guide series, I was somewhat disappointed in this one, but it's my fault. It's not a complete guide to LA - it's exactly what it says it is: a guide to various Top Ten categories. That said, it's only partly my fault. Why should one buy a Top Ten book when you could have an ordinary city guide? But wait, Eyewitness doesn't have one for LA. They have one for California - what gives? I suppose there isn't enough in LA for its own guide. OK, New York wins again.

Pet Peeve: one of the alleged top ten restaurants named is Valentino's. Good grief. These guys have been paying off somebody. We went once 30 years when there weren't many Italian restaurants and it was good, if very overpriced. We went again last year and got a truly underwhelming meal - the special risotto of the night yet, undercooked and dry. This is unforgivable in *any* restaurant. And the prices are still stratospheric and the service cool at best. But even without this warning, one should not rely on *books* for restaurant recommendations in LA. Things change too quickly.

My recommendation - buy the California guide and limit your time in LA.
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