About Los Angeles
Otherwise known as the ‘city of 88 cities’, Los Angeles is a sprawling and complicated metropolis famed for star-studded streets, iconic beaches, and fun-filled theme parks. Whether you’re a movie buff or love getting buff on the beach, there’s something for everyone to love here. Holidays to Los Angeles will take you to La La Land, where you can stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame, sunbathe on Malibu Beach, and experience the magic of Disneyland Resort. And if you want to see the full expanse of this lively city, you can head up to Griffith Observatory, where you’ll get the best view in town of that iconic Hollywood sign.
32 °C, You’re guaranteed to get sunshine and warm weather in the summer.
12 hours from the UK to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Hollywood is the diverse beating heart of L.A. and the entertainment industry. Look up at the iconic ‘Hollywood’ sign from Sunset Boulevard, and movie premieres at the grand old movie theatres. Known to locals as ‘WeHo’, West Hollywood is noted for being walkable in a car-centric city. There’s nightlife and ‘daylife’ galore, from the exclusive clubs and bars on Sunset Strip to family-friendly shops, cafes and parks. A little further west is the money-drenched Beverly Hills (which is actually flat), home to the celebrated 90210 zip code. Your average household name megastar can be spotted browsing one of the local boutiques.
Hollywood’s hotels put you in the heart of the action – this is where the grit and the glamour of L.A. sit side by side. The stylish Hollywood & Highland Centre is an elegant shopping mall, dotted with tributes to Hollywood’s beginnings. Practise your acceptance speech as you’re guided around the Kodak Theatre, home to the Academy Awards ceremony.
The best family resort in central L.A., West Hollywood is a mix of the friendly and the fabulous. Stop off for lunch on Sawtelle Boulevard, then saunter down Melrose Avenue or the Sunset Strip. Feel like a true local ‘Angeleno’ - coolly pretend you didn’t just see the star of your favourite show or movie bustle past, paparazzi in tow.
Just six miles square, this tiny Beverly Hills district has a huge presence. Take in the sights of elegant palatial homes and the unmistakeable air of money on a trolley tour, and go window-shopping in the Golden Triangle - three blocks of platinum card-melting designers and jewellers, which also includes the famous Rodeo Drive.
If you’re longing to relax on the beach during, you’ll be spoilt for choice. But even beyond the likes of sun-soaked Malibu Beach, there’s a wealth of things to do during your stay in the City of Angels. Families won’t want to miss out on the magic of Disneyland, while film buffs will want to head straight for Universal Studios Hollywood. And if you want to indulge in a spot of retail therapy, you’ll love the shopping malls dotted around the city. By the end of the day you’ll be ready for a slap-up meal. Los Angeles’ food scene is as diverse as they come, featuring everything from restaurants run by celebrity chefs to humble street food trucks.
Eat and drink
Los Angeles’ diversity is reflected in its vibrant and ever-changing food scene, which is known as the starting place for many food trends that have swept the US. World-class chefs have restaurants in the city, and then you’ve got superb street food at the other end of the scale. Vegan food, noodles, juice bars and hot dog stalls; this city has something for every taste.
Shop ‘til you drop
If shopping were an Olympic sport, Los Angeles would be a gold medallist! Beverly Hills is one of the most glamorous retail destinations on the planet, and Rodeo Drive is brimming with designer stores. Price tags are high, but there’s nothing stopping you from window shopping. And you could simply watch the world go by at a café on Via Rodeo. You’ll find lots of malls dotted all over the city, including The Grove. It’s a popular complex filled with high street shops, restaurants and entertainment.
See the sights
When you’re travelling with little ones in tow, holidays to Los Angeles aren’t complete without a trip to the magical world of Disneyland Resort in Anaheim (it’s a short car ride from the city). Watch the kids’ faces light up as they hug their favourite characters from the movies. They’ll also enjoy the filmed-themed rides over at the Universal Studios Hollywood, where you can also take a studio tour and see real-life film set for yourself. Want to learn something new? Head over to the California Science Centre or the Getty Centre. And if you want to most incredible view over the city, take a trip uphill to the fascinating Griffith Observatory.
If you thought that Los Angeles was all about fame and glory, you’re mistaken. It’s also home to over 120km of beautiful coastline, with great sea views of the Pacific Ocean and miles of soft golden sand. For a romantic stroll, head to El Matador. This secluded beach is home to hidden coves, robust waves and crystal clear waters. If you’re looking for a more vibrant experience, the Santa Monica Beach is the one for you. Enjoy an exciting bike ride along the coast and head to the entertaining amusement park at Santa Monica Pier for an evening of fun and games. It’s also close to the award-winning seafood restaurant, The Lobster. Here, you can enjoy fresh seafood made by the most talented chefs in LA
The Bronson Cave
Explore the original bat cave and wander through the scenic spot where countless sci-fi movies and westerns were filmed. It’s located in Griffith Park and surrounded by beautiful rugged wilderness. From here, you can see the iconic Hollywood sign and you might even be lucky enough to meet a few famous actors on production day. Batman once called this dark tunnel his home and the area is still hugely popular with productioan crews searching for the perfect barren location for their movies. It’s a great place to visit if you’re a cinema fan and want to an authentic behind-the-scenes Hollywood experience
The Last Bookstore
Fans of iconic literature will love a visit to The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles. Despite its name, it’s not actually the ‘last’ opened bookstore in the city, but it’s definitely the most unique. The bookshelves have called this abandoned bank their home for over a decade and display a great selection of vintage books, vinyl records, graphic novels and thousands of cherished novels. Keep a look out for hidden nooks in the walls that contain all sorts of great finds and enjoy a traditional treasure hunt through the store. Leave the kindle at home and fall in love with literature all over again at this beautiful authentic bookstore.
RESORTS NEAR LOS ANGELES
Safety and Security
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Los Angeles is best for....
Sun-seekers: You’ll have no trouble finding soft sandy beaches to stretch out on, including the famous Malibu Beach and Santa Monica Beach.
Sports fans:Cheer on the world-famous Lakers at a basketball game or the Dodgers baseball team in their home city.
Movie buffs:You might be lucky enough to spot an off-duty A-lister, and see a real-life working film studio down at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Currency:American Dollar ($).
Local time:Los Angeles is 8 hours behind GMT/UK time.
Fly to:LAX. The transfer time to Los Angeles is around 1 hour.
Flight time from UK:The Los Angeles flight time is 12 hours.
Tourist information: Find further tourist information here Los Angeles Tourist Information, Attractions and Activities.
Visa & health:Visit Foreign travel advice - GOV.UK for visa and health recommendations before your holiday.
By Metro Rail:You’ll find rapid transit metro services running in LA, but it’s worth remembering that there tends to be a 10-minute or so wait between trains.
By hire car:This place famously has a car-centric culture, and if you want to see places in parts of the city the metro can’t reach, hiring a car will give you the freedom you need. Make sure to check parking before you go anywhere, and avoid the freeways at rush hour, as LA’s traffic jams are legendary!
By bike:You might not think of LA as a bike-friendly city, but there are some fantastic cycle tours on offer to take you around the main sights, and along the beach fronts.
Weather and climate
Temperatures:Up to 32°C in August.
Best time to visit Los Angeles:Looking for guaranteed sunshine and a warm weather? Book a Los Angeles holiday for the summer season.
In August, temperatures tend to range from 26-32°C, which is ideal beach weather. If you’re up early on a summer morning, you’ll see the ‘June Gloom’, the seasonal morning fog that melts away to reveal the sun. Thinking of visiting in winter? You’ll be pleased to hear that, even at this time of year, weather here is mild (15-23°C in January).
The Oscars: Los Angeles is the home of the Academy Awards (AKA the Oscars), and every spring this world-famous event comes to town. Most events and parties are closed to the general public, but there’s a real party atmosphere around the city. And with a bit of luck, you might spot a celebrity or two checking into a glamorous hotel.
Music festivals: Love music? Take your pick from the ultra-cool Coachella music and arts festival in April, to the Playboy Jazz Festival in June, and the rock-centred Sunset Strip Music Festival in early August.
Halloween: It’s widely celebrated in the US, and this Californian city is no exception. The Halloween fun starts in early October with pumpkin carving events, and ramps up to a spectacular carnival on October 31st. As you might expect from such a vibrant city, locals and visitors love to go all out and (fancy) dress up for the occasion.