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

Hollywood
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Hollywood

entertainment, theater, opera

4/5 (143 Ratings)

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

Downtown Los Angeles
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Downtown Los Angeles

liveMusic, theater, entertainment

3.5/5 (83 Ratings)

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.

Bel Air
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Bel Air

skyScraper, romantic, luxury

4/5 (1 Rating)

A grand hotel, an important university and exciting performing arts make these two neighborhoods popular destinations on a Los Angeles travel itinerary.

Old Pasadena
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Old Pasadena

dining, shopping, flower

3/5 (1 Rating)

The historic center of Pasadena in Los Angeles County offers alfresco dining, farmers markets, shopping and arts and crafts events.

Chinatown
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Chinatown

Known for chinatown, shopping, dining

Spend an afternoon wandering around this historic ethnic neighborhood, which is home to diverse restaurants, a thriving art scene and quirky grocery stores.

Top hotels in Los Angeles

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown
3.5 out of 5
333 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA
RM674
per night
6 Oct-7 Oct
4.1/5Very Good! (2,185 reviews)

"The hotel is clean and everything. The view is also nice."…"

Reviewed on 18 Sep,2019

The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown
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La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham LAX
3 out of 5
5249 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
RM434
per night
29 Sep-30 Sep
3.6/5Good! (7,217 reviews)

"It is very close to the airport and major highways"…"

Reviewed on 18 Sep,2019

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham LAX
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Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport
4 out of 5
6225 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
RM551
per night
6 Oct-7 Oct
4.4/5Excellent! (2,839 reviews)

"My chief complaint is that the bathroom door was designed not to close completely. Rather than a normal door, there was a sliding partition that did not cover the door opening. Apart from that, everything was fine."…"

Reviewed on 17 Sep,2019

Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport

Popular things to do in Los Angeles

Universal Studios Hollywood™
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Universal Studios Hollywood™

4.5/5 (84 Ratings)

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

Santa Monica Pier
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Santa Monica Pier

4/5 (169 Ratings)

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

4/5 (172 Ratings)

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

Universal Studios HollywoodTM Admission
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Universal Studios HollywoodTM Admission

RM458

2-Day, Limited Time Offer.

Universal Studios HollywoodTM - Universal ExpressTM Ticket
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Universal Studios HollywoodTM - Universal ExpressTM Ticket

RM787

Skip the regular lines all day long with the Universal ExpressTM Ticket. Receive all-day admission to the Park, along with one-time express access to each ride and attraction and seated show*.

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

RM292

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.

OUE Skyspace LA General Admission plus Skyslide Ride
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OUE Skyspace LA General Admission plus Skyslide Ride

RM117

Take LA to New Heights! OUE Skyspace is the perfect starting point for guests to the Los Angeles area providing a stunning overview of the city’s layout, allowing you to map out other various options to be explored on your trip.

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

RM230

This Fall, there’s only one place that’s bursting with adventures; and that place is California’s original theme park, Knott’s Berry Farm. Get ready for thrilling and wild adventures at Knott's Berry Farm.

24 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Tour of Los Angeles
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24 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Tour of Los Angeles

RM167

See the best of Los Angeles on a hop-on hop-off tour aboard an authentic, open-air, double-decker bus. Discover LA from downtown to the beaches of Santa Monica and disembark at your leisure to visit charming sites, restaurants, shops, and parks.

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Legendary vintage finds in Los Angeles
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Legendary vintage finds in Los Angeles

Shopping at top vintage L.A. stores

Soak up Los Angeles in just one day
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Soak up Los Angeles in just one day

Making the most of 24 hours in LA

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Family activities in two California cities

Road-tripping for fun from San Francisco to Los Angeles

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