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Los AngelesUnited States of America

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!(208 area reviews)

Travellers love Hollywood for its popular shops, and you can see more of Los Angeles by jumping on the metro at Hollywood - Vine Station or Hollywood - Western Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Hollywood Walk of Fame and Dolby Theater.

Hollywood
Downtown Los Angeles which includes a city

Downtown Los Angeles

4/5Very Good!(134 area reviews)

Walt Disney Concert Hall and Staples Center are top sights in Downtown Los Angeles, and you should be sure to explore the great live music. Hop aboard the metro at Pershing Square Station or 7th Street - Metro Center Station to see more sights in the area.

Downtown Los Angeles
Koreatown

Koreatown

Travellers choose Koreatown for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Wilshire - Normandie Station or Wilshire - Western Station and check out top sights like Wiltern Theatre.

Koreatown
Bel Air - Westwood

Bel Air

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

You'll appreciate the restaurants during your time in Bel Air and you might want to plan a stop by Getty Center and J. Paul Getty Museum while you're in the area.

Bel Air
Chinatown featuring signage

Chinatown

Travellers choose Chinatown for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Chinatown Station or Union Station and check out top sights like Los Angeles State Historic Park.

Chinatown

Top hotels in Los Angeles

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, Los Angeles
The Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, Los Angeles
4 out of 5
The price is RM622 per night from 27 Sep to 28 Sep

Located in Downtown Los Angeles, this romantic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Walt Disney Concert Hall, Staples Center and Microsoft Theater. L.A. Live and Los ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,120 reviews)

"I loved the view and the cleanliness of hotel definitely will be my hotel from here out!!"…"

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2020

The Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, Los Angeles
Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Hilton Los Angeles Airport
4 out of 5
The price is RM490 per night from 25 Sep to 26 Sep

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Hollywood Park Casino and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Los Angeles Forum. Loyola Marymount University and ...

3.8/5Good! (4,484 reviews)

"Ty again Expedia for accommodating me I messed up on my dates I was happy & felt reassured she did her absolute best & stood on phone to til I was assured I was able to get another suite I was happy w great great customer service also the guest services were super nice I’m happy"…"

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2020

Hilton Los Angeles Airport
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham LAX
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham LAX
3 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM387 per night from 4 Oct to 5 Oct

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 ...

3.8/5Good! (3,962 reviews)

"Overall the stay and hotel was great. Very clean. The only thing I disliked was the surrounding area that gives you a first bad impression of the hotel."…"

Reviewed on 9 Sep 2020

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham LAX

Popular places to visit in Los Angeles

Universal Studios Hollywood
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Universal Studios Hollywood

4.5/5(110 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

4/5(149 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(25 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(233 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.

Hollywood Walk of Fame
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Hollywood Walk of Fame

3.5/5(237 reviews)

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

Santa Monica Beach
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Santa Monica Beach

4.5/5(94 reviews)

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

Top things to do in Los Angeles

Go Los Angeles All-Inclusive: Over 35 Attractions on 1 Pass
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Go Los Angeles All-Inclusive: Over 35 Attractions on 1 Pass

RM415
Per adult
Aquarium of the Pacific Timed Tickets
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Aquarium of the Pacific Timed Tickets

RM134
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Tour of Los Angeles
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Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Tour of Los Angeles

RM168
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
La Brea Tar Pits Museum Admission Tickets
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La Brea Tar Pits Museum Admission Tickets

RM59
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Experience the World Famous Madame Tussauds Hollywood!
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Experience the World Famous Madame Tussauds Hollywood!

RM105
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Los Angeles, Airport, and Cruise Port Private Transfer To Anaheim Resort.
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Los Angeles, Airport, and Cruise Port Private Transfer To Anaheim Resort.

RM411
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Los Angeles

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 43.03030303030303%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 22.424242424242426%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 3.6363636363636362%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.6060606060606061%

5/5 - Excellent

DrTariq

7 Mar 2020

Beautiful weather with a wide variety of beaches, Activities, entertaining, dinning, shopping and culture experiences available around you to keep you going on and on.....

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

30 Jan 2020

As it says in the song ' LA is a great big freeway'. No further comment.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Jan 2020

Perfect city to understand the extreme highs and lows of American and Western culture. The extremes of wealth and privilege sit alongside horrific poverty and destitution.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

27 Jan 2020

Too many homeless people with mental/drug issues. Feeling unsafe

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

19 Jan 2020

Different to what i expected

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

18 Jan 2020

Great experience but watch out for the rip offs on venice beach tried to charge 5 dollars for a bottle of water when up the street it was q dollar

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