Los Angeles

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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.

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Where to stay in Los Angeles

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Hollywood

4/5Very Good!(205 area reviews)

Hollywood
Downtown Los Angeles which includes a city

Downtown Los Angeles

4/5Very Good!(132 area reviews)

Downtown Los Angeles
Koreatown

Koreatown

Koreatown
Bel Air - Westwood

Bel Air

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

Bel Air
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Chinatown

Chinatown

Top hotels in Los Angeles

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Crowne Plaza Los Angeles - International Airport
Crowne Plaza Los Angeles - International Airport
4 out of 5
5985 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
RM466
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Hollywood Park Casino and within 6 miles (10 km) of Los Angeles Forum and Loyola Marymount University. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (8,562 reviews)

"The staff members were awesome! We forgot toothpaste and they were quick to give us three packs of toothpaste. We also arrived early, due to a funeral of one of our relatives; our early check-in fee was waived. We felt safe in the area, both day and night. There is some construction currently happening ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb,2020

Crowne Plaza Los Angeles - International Airport
The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown
The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown
3.5 out of 5
333 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA
RM746
per night
Mar 5 - Mar 6

Located in Downtown Los Angeles, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Broad and Walt Disney Concert Hall. Grand Central Market and Pershing Square are ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,814 reviews)

"It was a good central business hotel. The staff our friendly and courteous. The room lacked a kettle and tea and creamer for two people staying."…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb,2020

The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown
Wingate by Wyndham Los Angeles International Airport LAX
Wingate by Wyndham Los Angeles International Airport LAX
3 out of 5
10300 S La Cienega Blvd, Inglewood, CA
RM427
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Situated in Inglewood, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Hollywood Park Casino and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Los Angeles Forum. Loyola Marymount University and Manhattan ...

3.9/5Good! (7,636 reviews)

"Close to airport , Free Breakfast, Good Pricing, Free Shuttle to Airport."…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb,2020

Wingate by Wyndham Los Angeles International Airport LAX

Popular things to do in Los Angeles

Universal Studios Hollywood™
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Universal Studios Hollywood™

4.5/5(108 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(143 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(24 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(230 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.

Santa Monica Beach
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Santa Monica Beach

4.5/5(90 reviews)

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

Hollywood Walk of Fame
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Hollywood Walk of Fame

3.5/5(229 reviews)

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

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

80% of travellers recommend
RM276
Per adult
Knott's Berry Farm Tickets
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Knott's Berry Farm Tickets

86% of travellers recommend
RM203
Per adult
OUE Skyspace LA General Admission plus Skyslide Ride
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OUE Skyspace LA General Admission plus Skyslide Ride

84% of travellers recommend
RM114
Per adult
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

RM374
Per adult
Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Tour of Los Angeles
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Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Tour of Los Angeles

76% of travellers recommend
RM163
Per adult
Quest Tavern Escape Room
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Quest Tavern Escape Room

RM122
Per adult

Reviews of Los Angeles

4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
99
5 - Excellent 30.65015479876161%
4 - Good
137
4 - Good 42.414860681114554%
3 - Okay
73
3 - Okay 22.60061919504644%
2 - Disappointing
12
2 - Disappointing 3.7151702786377707%
1 - Terrible
2
1 - Terrible 0.6191950464396285%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Jan 30, 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 28, 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

Jan 27, 2020

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

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 19, 2020

Different to what i expected

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 18, 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

3/5 - Okay

Rh

Jan 5, 2020

Public transport is not good

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