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Five Reasons To Visit Los Angeles For Spring Break

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Spring break in and around the City of Angels is like no other. While literally thousands of draws are on offer specifically for college students who are out to have a great time and even better experience, our list is limited. That's OK -- it is meant to be a motivator, the ideal way to start your hiatus from studies while getting your groove on in Tinseltown. Check out the following five extremely sensational places.

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The Redbury Hotel
1717 Vine St.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 962-1717

Picking a highly touted hotel that is undeniably hip is always the best way to launch the perfect spring break. This year, choose The Redbury, located in the heart of old Hollywood at the legendary intersection of Hollywood and Vine. Accommodations at this chill outpost are apartment style, perfect for when you've got a break from school and want to share your fun with friends who also have the opportunity to get their freak on in Hollywood. Extra special about The Redbury is the chance to indulge in walk-in rain showers, the chance to have a washer and dryer in your temporary place of residence, and the ability to live in a location that is so great that your mates will be glad to meet you there for a drink, a dinner or just a plain old meet-up that makes the beginning or end of your evening feel like the Tinseltown you only previously read about.

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435 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 782-9225

Los Angeles is packed with trendy restaurants and Animal is one on the lines these days. Stop by this cutting-edge outpost that puts all kinds of unrelated items on the menu. Thinking of dining on chicken liver toast? No problem, just order. How about that hankering you have for french fries topped with a light brown sauce and cheese curds, otherwise known as poutine? Go for it. Want some pork belly with kimchi? Yep, that dish is on the Animal carte, too. Oh, and don't worry if you don't get to sample enough of what's on offer during that first visit. Just make plans to return.

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Venice Beach Boardwalk
Venice Beach, CA 90291

Join the regulars -- all of them wild, weird and wacky in their own collective ways -- on Venice Beach Boardwalk for day-to-night experiences never to be forgotten if only for how crazy things can get here. Walk the area or grab a bike or a board and tool around to see what's happening on the day you drop by. Didn't get enough done during your first foray? Return whenever you can with the promise that something thrilling will be brewing on this internationally famous retreat running along the very edge of the often unpredictable Pacific.

Related: Best Spring Break 2015 Destinations Near Los Angeles for College Students

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Six Flags Magic Mountain
26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy.
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 255-4100

Los Angeles and environs has the distinction of offering every kind of theme park you can imagine. However, if you really want to rock out on extraordinary rides that have you screaming in fear and then laughing when you get to the finish, head directly to Magic Mountain. Twisted Colossus, called "the longest, most innovative hybrid coaster in the world," should be in place by this spring break when this thrilling enterprise opens on March 21, 2015.

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Thirsty Crow
2939 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 661-6007

When you hit Los Angeles, don't miss out on the east side of town where hipsters and hippies mix it up to provide madness all year long. This is especially true during spring break when students hit up the area made up partially of Silver Lake. A promising place in this area that's ideal for rabble rousing, Thirsty Crow is a bar to remember, not only for the crazy costumes some customers wear just to make a grand entrance but also for the liquid concoctions friendly barkeeps pour with ease. Meanwhile, classic rock envelops the revelry in this compact space that evokes the idea of a speakeasy brought to the future for your immediate fun and for your very particular boozing needs, too. Note: Try the Old Fashioned, a fabled rendition served constantly at the Thirsty Crow.

Related: Best Spring Break 2015 Destinations near OC for College Students

Los Angeles freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist. Check out her articles on

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