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Visit Los Angeles

The pretty Santa Monica beaches, upmarket Beverly Hills boutiques, and Universal Studios all make for the perfect holiday on the West Coast.

There are few places on the planet with more iconic visage than Los Angeles. Whether it’s the spectacular golden sands of the beaches of Santa Monica, the lavish boutiques of Beverley Hills, or the epic, tree-lined boulevards that are so synonymous with the city, so much of the Los Angeles cityscape is already familiar to us from television and cinematic images alone. Los Angeles is so frequently used as a backdrop for television programmes and files, and with very good reason. This city has a glamorous beauty all of its own.

LA is truly a sprawling metropolis, spreading out over 10,518 square kilometres, with the famous Hollywood sign visibly looming over the city. The city features more than 80 different neighbourhoods that vary in character. Perhaps the most famous of these neighbourhoods are Bel Air and Beverley Hills, both of which blend wealth, glamour and some of the coolest cars that you could hope to encounter. Elsewhere, the Venice Beach region is known as one of the most eccentric regions of the city.

Other areas are more defined by their cultural aspects. The Griffith Observatory is one of the world’s top astronomy locations, while there are vast prehistoric remains located at the La Brea Tar Pits. If you want to find out more about US naval history, you should check out the monument at the USS Iowa. Santa Monica Pier is known for its riotous, party atmosphere, while animal lovers will relish the impressive Aquarium of the Pacific, which houses a multitude of marine life.

If you want to take in the most famous LA haunts, and taste a little celebrity culture, then Universal Studios is the obvious place to start. You can also go celeb spotting at the designer boutiques that are prevalent in Beverley Hills and Rodeo Drive. If you can’t spot any real life celebrities then having a wander along the Hollywood Walk of Fame will at least get you in touch with some of the stars, whose names are immortalised in a series of brass plaques on the sidewalk.

Los Angeles is synonymous with glamour and wealth today, but the city was originally a Mexican settlement. Historically, the city was central to the 1840s and 50s gold rush, but eventually became dominated by the film industry when major film studios moved into the city at the turn of the twentieth century.

The city of Los Angeles offers varied attractions and culture, and if you take the time to touch every base, you will be rewarded with an unforgettable trip.

Los Angeles Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Los Angeles

Hollywood featuring night scenes and signage

Hollywood

4/5Very Good!(265 area reviews)

Spot movie stars and experience the glamour of show business at the legendary home of the American motion picture industry.

Hollywood
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Downtown Los Angeles

3.5/5Good!(106 area reviews)

Once associated with the sort of hustle and bustle common to most urban areas, today the emphasis is firmly placed on a vibrant culture and green spaces.

Downtown Los Angeles
Koreatown, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Koreatown

This trendy neighborhood is known for its diverse cultural heritage, 24-hour nightlife and eclectic entertainment options.

Koreatown
Bel Air - Westwood

Bel Air

When it comes to affluent residential neighbourhoods, Bel Air takes the cake. 

Bel Air
Chinatown showing signage

Chinatown

If you have a hankering for authentic Chinese food or want to see a lion dance, this is the place to go in southern California.

Chinatown

Top hotels in Los Angeles

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham LAX
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham LAX
3 out of 5
5249 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
AU$159
per night
Feb 9 - Feb 10

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Hollywood Park Casino and 2.5 mi (3.9 km) from Los Angeles Forum. Loyola Marymount University and ...

3.7/5Good! (7,833 reviews)

"Nicely updated! Much cleaner than before. Great location near LAX. Reasonable price."…"

Reviewed on 19 Jan. 2020

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham LAX
Crowne Plaza Los Angeles - International Airport
Crowne Plaza Los Angeles - International Airport
4 out of 5
5985 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
AU$196
per night
Feb 9 - Feb 10

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Hollywood Park Casino and within 6 miles (10 km) of Los Angeles Forum and Loyola Marymount University. ...

4/5Very Good! (8,283 reviews)

"Close to airport. Parking is not properly disclosed in their expedia add"…"

Reviewed on 20 Jan. 2020

Crowne Plaza Los Angeles - International Airport
Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
4 out of 5
6101 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Free Cancellation
AU$184
per night
Jan 31 - Feb 1

Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Hollywood Park Casino and within 6 miles (10 km) of Venice Beach and Loyola Marymount ...

4.1/5Very Good! (10,104 reviews)

"The room was great! Bar and food was awesome. Disappointed that nobody mentioned that the pool wasn’t open. Felt a bit silly walking through the lobby in my swim suit 😬"…"

Reviewed on 21 Jan. 2020

Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel

Popular things to do in Los Angeles

Universal Studios Hollywood™
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Universal Studios Hollywood™

4.5/5(148 reviews)

3-in-1 fun is to be had by all at this part TV studio, part entertainment complex and part amusement park.

Venice Beach
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Venice Beach

3.5/5(199 reviews)

A popular beach with visitors to Los Angeles, Venice beach offers an eclectic mix of golden sands, pumped up bodybuilders, street entertainers and mime acts.

Staples Center
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Staples Center

4.5/5(64 reviews)

This multipurpose sports arena has hosted some of the world’s biggest musical acts and is home to two National Basketball Association teams.

Santa Monica Pier
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Santa Monica Pier

4.5/5(271 reviews)

The Santa Monica Pier is one of the best places in Los Angeles to soak up some rays and enjoy all the fun of the fair at this popular destination.

Santa Monica Beach
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Santa Monica Beach

4.5/5(95 reviews)

Located just west of downtown Los Angeles, this iconic southern California beach is a haven for swimmers, surfers, beachcombers and fitness enthusiasts. 

Hollywood Walk of Fame
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Hollywood Walk of Fame

4/5(258 reviews)

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a world-renowned acknowledgement of the contribution of Tinseltown to the image and reputation of Los Angeles.

Top activities in Los Angeles

Disneyland® Resort Tickets
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Disneyland® Resort Tickets

AU$403

Magical kingdoms and storybook fairy tales come to life before your eyes at Disneyland® Resort Theme Parks. Discover for yourself why Disney's enchanting Disneyland® Park is one of the happiest places on earth, and see your favorite stories become reality at Disney California Adventure® Park.

Knott's Berry Farm Tickets
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Knott's Berry Farm Tickets

AU$72

Knott’s Berry Farm is a world-renowned theme park built from the humblest of beginnings. What started as a small berry farm soon grew into a family theme park destination now bursting with attractions and entertainment for all ages.

Discover Los Angeles & Hollywood: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Discover Los Angeles & Hollywood: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

AU$58

Discover the very best of Los Angeles on an unlimited hop-on hop-off bus tour and a choice of either 2 or 3 routes to explore. With a 24, 48 or 72 hour ticket, you can explore all of the key landmarks at your own pace.

Six Flags Magic Mountain One-Day General Admission
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Six Flags Magic Mountain One-Day General Admission

AU$101

Six Flags Magic Mountain is known as the “Thrill Capital of the World,” the 260-acre theme park features 19 world-class roller coasters and over 100 rides, games and attractions for the entire family.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood
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Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood

AU$99

NOW OPEN: See the real sets from The Big Bang Theory Explore where Hollywood is made. Go behind the lens and discover the secrets of movie making magic. Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood brings you closer to the entertainment you love.

Catalina Island Day Excursion
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Catalina Island Day Excursion

AU$329

Your guide will pick you up from Santa Monica, LA, Venice and Marina Del Rey hotels between 8am-8:15am and bring you to the Catalina Express Ferry Terminal in Long Beach. Here you will check in and board your 10am ferry to Avalon.

Reviews of Los Angeles

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
115
5 - Excellent 24.78448275862069%
4 - Good
223
4 - Good 48.060344827586206%
3 - Okay
106
3 - Okay 22.844827586206897%
2 - Disappointing
16
2 - Disappointing 3.4482758620689653%
1 - Terrible
4
1 - Terrible 0.8620689655172413%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 18, 2020

There’s a few options for shopping including outlet shopping. Santa Monica is nice but in the winter it doesn’t seem like theres too much going on in LA. It seemed pretty quiet. The weather was also not very wintery - 23 Celsius and sunny.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 6, 2020

DISTANCE WENT TO STAY IN THOUSAND OAKS SPAGO'S BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL WALDORF

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 31, 2019

Very entice city to visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 23, 2019

We went on a tour with VIP Tours. Abel was or your guide and he was amazing. His knowledge about the area, made the day extra special. There is so much to do in and around L.A.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 14, 2019

Loved Universal studios

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 1, 2019

Was in Downtown only for business. Didn't do much else.

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