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Los Angeles
Travel Guide

Los Angeles

Relax on the beaches, be thrilled at the theme parks and experience culture in the museums and art galleries of this sprawling Southern California city.

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.

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Where to stay in Los Angeles

Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
4 out of 5
6101 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$191 per night from 30 Jun. to 30 Jun.
Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Toyota Sports Center and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Hollywood Park Casino. Los Angeles Forum ...
4.1/5Very Good! (3,328 reviews)
"Great location for an overnight at LAX waiting for a COVID test. Staff were friendly and professional and the room was large, clean, well-lit, and welcoming. Next time I have to overnight at LAX this will be my go-to location."

Reviewed on 23 Jun. 2021

Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
Loews Hollywood Hotel
Loews Hollywood Hotel
4 out of 5
1755 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
The price is AU$357 per night from 7 Jul. to 7 Jul.
This family-friendly Los Angeles hotel is located in the historical district, just steps away from Hollywood Wax Museum and Hollywood and Highland Center. Dolby ...
4.4/5Excellent! (2,569 reviews)
"This hotel was amazing and I loved that there were a lot of young POC staying here. Can't wait to return!"

Reviewed on 23 Jun. 2021

Loews Hollywood Hotel
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
900 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Free cancellation
The price is AU$308 per night from 30 Jun. to 30 Jun.
Located in Downtown Los Angeles, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Bloc and Pershing Square. Grammy Museum and Staples Center are also within ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (2,370 reviews)
"Everything is good besides the neighborhood. It smells like pee on streets. Elevator system is not good."

Reviewed on 23 Jun. 2021

InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
TownePlace Suites Los Angeles LAX/Manhattan Beach
TownePlace Suites Los Angeles LAX/Manhattan Beach
2.5 out of 5
14400 Aviation Blvd, Hawthorne, CA
The price is AU$196 per night from 18 Jul. to 18 Jul.
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Lakes at El Segundo and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Manhattan Beach Pier. Toyota Sports Center is ...
4.1/5Very Good! (286 reviews)
"Good clean safe place to stay with good restaurants within walking distance."

Reviewed on 21 Jun. 2021

TownePlace Suites Los Angeles LAX/Manhattan Beach
Ayres Suites Diamond Bar
Ayres Suites Diamond Bar
3 out of 5
21951 Golden Springs Dr, Diamond Bar, CA
The price is AU$210 per night from 18 Jul. to 18 Jul.
Located in the heart of Diamond Bar, this golf aparthotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Steep Canyon Trailhead and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Royal Vista Golf Club. California ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,387 reviews)
"Rooms was spacious, clean and quiet."

Reviewed on 17 Jun. 2021

Ayres Suites Diamond Bar
HYATT house Los Angeles LAX/Manhattan Beach
HYATT house Los Angeles LAX/Manhattan Beach
3 out of 5
810 S Douglas St, El Segundo, CA
The price is AU$340 per night from 12 Jul. to 12 Jul.
Located in Lairport, this aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Redondo Beach Pier, Los Angeles Forum and SoFi Stadium. Sony Pictures Studios and Venice Beach ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,006 reviews)
"The property comfortably accommodated my family. Overall, the room and property was clean and in a nice convenient area to shopping, food, and access to highway. The hotel needs to upgrade a few things like the carpet in the rooms."

Reviewed on 4 Jun. 2021

HYATT house Los Angeles LAX/Manhattan Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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