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, Theatres, Opera Houses

Hollywood is a neighbourhood that welcomes all visitors. You can experience the local theatre scene and opera houses, or enjoy the natural beauty of the sunsets.

Downtown Los Angeles
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Downtown Los Angeles

Live Music, Theatres, Entertainment

Downtown Los Angeles is a welcoming neighbourhood. The neighbourhood’s architecture and skyline are just a couple of its charming qualities. For a taste of local culture, you can visit the live music and theatre scene.

West Los Angeles
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West Los Angeles

Dining, Running, Shopping

The West Los Angeles neighbourhood welcomes visitors, with its convenient options for restaurants. In addition to its natural features, the neighbourhood has many charming qualities. Many visitors come to enjoy the natural beauty of the beaches, while others visit for the local shopping.

Koreatown
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Koreatown

Dining, Entertainment, Live Music

Koreatown is a welcoming neighbourhood that’s popular for its restaurants and cafes. For a taste of local culture, you can visit the live music and theatre scene.

Westwood
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Westwood

Sports, Dancing, Basketball

The Westwood neighbourhood welcomes visitors, with its convenient options for bars. The neighbourhood’s charm comes through in its university culture. You can satisfy your cultural palate with museums and art scene.

Hollywood Hills
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Hollywood Hills

Hills, Scenery, Sunsets

Hollywood Hills is a neighbourhood that welcomes all visitors. The neighbourhood has many appealing features, among them its skyline.

Top hotels in Los Angeles

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport
4 out of 5
6225 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles
RM591/night
18 Aug-19 Aug
4.4/5Wonderful! (2,547 reviews)

"The staff were very helpful with an oversized package that needed labeling for my flight."…"

Reviewed on 20 Jul,2019

Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport
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La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham LAX
3 out of 5
5249 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles
RM448/night
11 Aug-12 Aug
3.6/5Good! (6,894 reviews)

"One of the best breakfasts and the sliding doors in the room were pretty cool."…"

Reviewed on 21 Jul,2019

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham LAX
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Hilton Los Angeles Airport
4 out of 5
5711 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles
RM490/night
11 Aug-12 Aug
3.9/5Very Good! (9,050 reviews)

"umbrellas by the pool would have been nice. had a drink at the bar. very casual, friendly and reasonably priced"…"

Reviewed on 22 Jul,2019

Hilton Los Angeles Airport

Popular things to do in Los Angeles

Universal Studios Hollywood™
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Universal Studios Hollywood™

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

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

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

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

RM322

Take on the rides at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, uncover silver screen secrets on a Warner Bros. Studio Tour, or build your own creations at LEGOLAND® California. Access over 35 of the most popular attractions in LA and save on admission.

Universal Studios HollywoodTM Admission
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Universal Studios HollywoodTM Admission

RM514

Get ready for the ultimate Hollywood experience, and enjoy all of the thrills, laughter and wonder with a 1-day General Admission Ticket to Universal Studios HollywoodTM! With General Admission, you can check out the world-famous Studio Tour in California and explore the largest working movie studio in the world! Cast spells throughout The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM, and soar over HogwartsTM castle in Harry Potter and the Forbidden JourneyTM.

SharedShuttle: Los Angeles to Anaheim
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SharedShuttle: Los Angeles to Anaheim

RM173

Enjoy convenient and cost-effective shared transportation between Los Angeles and Anaheim aboard a motor coach. For transfers to and from Los Angeles and Anaheim, the areas include: Los Angeles Area Hotels: Hollywood/West Hollywood Best Western Sunse

Los Angeles Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Los Angeles Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour

RM181

On your tour through Los Angeles— home to Hollywood’s legendary movie industry—see all the city has to offer via a double-decker bus and boat tour. Relish 360-degree views and unlimited rides as you hop on and off to explore this buzzing SoCal hub of entertainment, media, fashion, technology, and culture.

Madame Tussauds Hollywood Tickets
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Madame Tussauds Hollywood Tickets

RM86

Want to shoot hoops with Kobe Bryant, sing with Justin Timberlake, or shake your hips with Elvis Presley. Now you can visualize these experiences at Madame Tussauds Hollywood Celebrity Wax attraction as you stand next to these stars.

Guided City Tour with Hollywood Walk of Fame & Beverly Hills
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Guided City Tour with Hollywood Walk of Fame & Beverly Hills

RM329

Make the most of your time in Southern California during a guided tour of Los Angeles, with stops at a handful of metropolitan hotspots. Soak up sights of LA's star-studded boulevards and sun-drenched beaches, and visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Griffith Observatory, and Beverly Gardens Park.

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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

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