We undertook a road journey from Sanfrancisco to Hollywood capital Los Angels. This journey helped us to see USA’s amazing infrastructure. While on the bus, I felt that as if I am riding on rails. The journey was so smooth, we did not even got tired after seven hours of travel.
We reached Los Angels in the evening. Spent few hours at Santa Monica beach before going to our hotel. The beach is located along Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica. I came to know that many hollywood movies were shot here on this beach. We enjoyed our time here. We walked around the beach leisurely and saw lot of interesting things including few dance performances and a magic show. On seeing the cheering faces of the people at the beach I realised that beach brings spontaneous happiness to the humanity no matter wherever they are !
Next day we proceeded for Universal Studio tour. This was the first time in our life to enter into a film studio. We were thrilled to see a big rotating globe bearing the name of Universal studios at the entrance.
The tour was so exciting . We were going around the beautiful movie sets and amazed to see a replica of big ravaged air craft. It looked so real and we felt that as if we are seeing a real plane accident. They also showed us how artificial rains and floods have been created for the movies.
Ride along with the all-star cast from the hit movies on an exhilarating high-speed chase that exceeds 120 miles per hour and catapults you into the high-stakes underworld of fast cars and international crime cartels. They have plenty of such a movie based rides.
You’ll be engulfed in a world of cutting-edge, hyper-realistic special effects, including 3D-HD imagery projected onto the world’s most expansive 360-degree screens!
They took us to the climax scene of the movie Fast and Furious and find ourselves in the middle of the fierce gun battle between hero and gang of villains . When they shoot each other the bullets crossed over our heads and we tried to stoop our head to avoid bullets hitting us. That was the unique feeling that we never forget.
Next they took us to Jurassic Park ride , we were completely bowled over to see the Dinosaurs fighting in front of us and when they turned their face towards us we became scary as it appeared to us that it is going to pounce on us any moment !
In Transformer movie ride where Robots were engaged in a battle and we felt that as if we were virtually at the middle of the two Robots. When the Robot moved towards us we shouted as if it is going to lift our vehicle and throw us away. What an experience ! We were excited over the creativity that brought the real life and the virtual life so close and actually a thin line exists between them. Great salute to the Universal Studio for this once in a life time experience.
After our studio visit, we proceeded for Beverly hills, the land of Hollywood celebrities. We walked down on the streets of Beverly hills and got an opportunity to see few homes of top hollywood stars. I have seen the streets of Beverly hills in so many movies, but never imagined that one day we would walk on the streets of Beverly hills. What a memorable moment !
After the hollywood walk, we also visited the famous Dolby Studio where Oscar award function being held every year. From there we could able to see the Hollywood sign board. Here we got an opportunity to walk on the lobby where hollywood stars walk during the Oscar award function. we have also seen the foot and hand prints of few celebrities on the floor of the hall.
Our next destination was Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world. Awesome city. Two eyes are not enough to see the colourful and vibrant city. We got a nice snap at welcome board of Las Vegas. Vegas is full of theme based hotels with casinos everywhere. It look like a mini world. All the hotels are interconnected and we can just stroll around and enjoy the life as Vagans do !
You can find replicas of Eiffel Tower, Liberty Statute and other important monuments of the world. It is a night city. During night it look like a dream land. After seeing people sitting at the casinos hours together, we wondered at what time the people of Las Vegas go to sleep and what they do in day time !
We also went to Freemont to enjoy the street experience in a pedestrian mall. This is a major attraction here. We were amazed to see a giant canopy at the top. They conduct a show on the canopy after switching off lights on all the buildings including the casinos under the canopy. The venue has become a major tourist attraction for downtown Las Vegas .