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Los Angeles

Overview

LA runs deeper than her blonde beaches, rolling hills and beemers-for-days would have you believe. She’s a myth. A beacon for countless small-town dreamers, rockers and risk-takers, an open-minded angel who encourages her people to live and let live without judgement or shame. She has given us Quentin Tarantino, Jim Morrison and Serena and Venus Williams; spawned skateboarding and gangsta rap; popularized implants, electrolysis and Spandex; and has nurtured not just great writers, performers and directors, but also the ground-breaking yogis who first brought Eastern wisdom to the Western world.LA is best defined by simple life-affirming moments: a cracked-ice, jazz-age cocktail on Beverly Blvd, a hike high into the Hollywood Hills sagebrush, a swirling pod of dolphins off Point Dume, a pink-washed sunset over a thundering Venice Beach drum circle, the perfect taco. And her night music. There is always night music.

Los Angeles may be known for its sunshine, beaches, movie industry, and shopping, but did you know there is a world of diverse landscapes, cultural riches, and quiet beauty in just a few hours’ drive? Spend a morning in the city and escape for an afternoon into coastal environs, or head into the solitude of a forest—even sleep overnight in the cool mountain air. On a Los Angeles holiday, you can mix the cuisine of Chinatown, the clubs of Koreatown and shopping Downtown, before cooling off with a swim at Santa Monica and getting stars in your eyes in Hollywood.

Attractions:

The sprawling city of Los Angeles, in Southern California, is one of the most famous cities in the United States.The warm climate and beaches are another of the city's big selling points, with nearby Venice Beach offering a laid back beaching experience like none other.You probably already know all about Disneyland, but another of the big-ticket things to do in Los Angeles is Universal Studios. Mixing a movie theme park with behind-the-scenes studio tours, it's a winner for anyone wanting to feel like part of Tinseltown.Sports fans will appreciate the chance to see the Lakers, Dodgers or Galaxy in action in their iconic stadia while, for a broader cultural experience, you won't want to miss The Getty Centre and the oh-so-classy Museum of Contemporary Art. While a visit is incomplete without the obligatory tourist stops (we’re looking at you, Walk of Fame and Rodeo Drive), consider venturing off the well-worn path to find your own gems. Cycle Manhattan Beach, hike Runyon Canyon, admire ‘The Valley’ from Mulholland Drive – the choices are endless. Sports Game, theme parks and beaches are the main highlights of Los Angeles.

Things to Do:

Los Angeles has an exhaustive array of things to do. If you're a film buff, vintage Hollywood is a must-see. Some classic attractions in the area include TCL Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Paramount Pictures, the only television and film studio left in Hollywood. For a taste of stardom, window-shop along Rodeo Drive or cruise Sunset Boulevard. Do you prefer the sun? Tourists who opt for a day on the shore head to Venice Beach, Zuma Beach or the Santa Monica Pier and Beach. And after you've explored all L.A. has to offer, you may want to take a day trip south to Anaheim-Disneyland.

Some of the must things to do are:

Shopping in LA:

Los Angeles is a world-class premium shopping destination. Not only do we have a variety of stores to suit every taste and budget; we also have several different types of shopping venues. Here's a comprehensive and up-to-date list of LA-area malls, shopping districts (such as the Grove and Third Street Promenade) and open-air markets, organized by location. Money Saving Tip: You don't have to buy anything! "Window shopping" is a pastime that appeals to residents and tourists alike!

Amusement Parks:

Trips to Southern California Amusement Parks. Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knott's Berry Farm and more.

Tours of Los Angeles & Hollywood

The easiest way to see L.A.'s best attractions is to let a pro show you around. Here are a variety of guided tours of Los Angeles, from the time-tested Grand Tour to the brand-new helicopter tours. See beaches, movie star homes, downtown and all of the attractions through the eyes of an expert!

Hollywood:

Hollywood attracts millions of visitors each year who travel there to pay homage to their favorite stars and perhaps even catch a glimpse of a few famous personalities.

Museums:

Trip to Los Angeles  should include visit to museums like The Getty LA County Museum of Art, Natural History Museum and many more.

Places to Stay:

Santa Monica. Shops, fabulous restaurants, blonde beaches, and the famous Santa Monica Pier make this a natural magnet for tourists and locals alike. Easy access to Beverley Hills and Rodeo Drive are also a bonus for sightseers. The Viceroy and the eco-conscious boutique Shore Hotel are popular high-end accommodation options, and the stylish Shutters on the Beach exudes all the casual elegance of a family beach house. For those seeking a fantastic salt-laced location without breaking the bank, try the Ocean View Hotel.

Beverly Hills. Famous for the designer shops along Rodeo Drive, this exclusive celebrity enclave offers some plush hotels in a quieter setting than Hollywood, but still with easy access to all the movie-themed attractions. Top high-end hotels include the famous Beverly Hills Hotel on Sunset Boulevard, The Peninsula, the Beverly Wilshire, and the Montage. For those seeking the glamor without the price tag to match, the Beverly Terrace Hotel is a great option. Further north, the Hotel Bel Air pampers guests amid 12 acres of flower-flecked gardens.

Hollywood: Star struck travelers headed for the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Bowl, and Universal Studios should stay here in the heart of movie land. Close to Beverly Hills, Hollywood oozes with celebrity glitz and glamor without gauging the wallet. The Redbury Hollywood, The Hollywood Roosevelt, and the Hollywood Celebrity Hotel are all highly-rated options in the area.

Anaheim. Families headed to the theme parks with the kids in tow usually base themselves here in a whimsical Disney-themed hotel. Popular options include the Disneyland Hotel and Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, an easy stroll from the Disney theme parks. Staybridge Suites Anaheim is a more affordable option with convenient apartment-style accommodation.

Downtown Los Angeles. Bristling with new restaurants and art galleries amid the skyscrapers, Downtown LA is finally finding its soul. Sports fans catching a game at the Staples Center, hipsters, foodies, and business travelers often base themselves here and score cheaper hotel rates than at the typical tourist hotspots. Popular high-end hotel choices include the Omni Los Angeles at California Plaza near the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites. The Doubletree by Hilton is a popular mid-range option.

Best Time to visit:

Los Angeles is known for its year-round warm weather, so there's never a bad time to visit. However, being aware of peak periods and other such factors can help you tailor an L.A. trip to your needs, preferences, and budget.

When to go depends on what you want out of a visit. Trips to the beach will be most pleasant in the late summer, when ocean water temperatures rise a bit. Stargazing is more likely to be successful during the awards season, when celebrities flock to the area. Visitors looking for shorter lines at theme parks will want to steer clear of school holidays.

The best times to visit Los Angeles is from March to May or from September to November, when the air is more breathable and the crowds are less oppressive. Also it makes walking around and visiting outdoor attractions much more comfortable. During the summer the heat coupled with heavy smog levels often drive visitors and residents alike to the already crowded ocean side neighbourhoods. If you're looking for deals, consider a winter trip. Just make sure to pack an umbrella, since you're bound to encounter some rainfall in January and February.