Our bus ride to Los Angeles from Las Vegas took us a little over 6 hours, with two stops en route, i.e. Barstow, where we stopped for lunch and Tanger Oulets, where some people on our Tour wanted to shop.
Barstow, is of very strategic importance for transportation as several major highways converge in this town of over 22 thousands residents. There is a big Food Court at the Barstow station where all tourist buses running between Las Vegas and LA stop.
Tanger Factory Outlets Center is a real estate company that own these outlets not far from Barstow town. It is very popular with tourists traveling between Vegas and LA due to presence of some major International Brands, such as GAP, Banana Republic, Samsonite, Polo Ralph, Reebok, Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica, Abercrombie & Fitch and Nike etc.
We reached LA in the evening and were met with our local guide, who took us around. Los Angeles is the second largest city in US known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity and entertainment industry. It was a part of Mexico following the Mexican War of Independence. In 1848, it was however, purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and it then became a part of United States. After the discovery of oil the city grew rapidly. It is beautiful and has something or the other for everyone.
We also did a tour of Universal Studios in San Fernando Valley. It is one of the oldest and most famous Hollywood film studios still busy in producing movies. The tour includes explaining various techniques involved in film making, stunts and couple of shows. Overall it was very well spent day.