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LOS ANGELES is best for...

Sun-seekers

Sunny L.A. is famed for its soft sandy beaches and lovely warm summers.

Sports fans

Cheer on the likes of the world-famous Lakers, Dodgers, Clippers and Galaxy in their home city.

Movie lovers

Rub shoulders with off-duty A-listers, and drop by one of the many film festivals.

Fast Facts

Language: The main language spoken in the USA is English.

Currency: The currency used in the USA is the American Dollar ($).

Local time: Los Angeles is 8 hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Flight time from UK: 11.5 hours.

Tourist Information: Further Los Angeles tourist information can be found here.

Visa & Health: Before you travel click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to the USA.

Weather & Climate

Temperatures: Up to 32°C in August.

Best time to visit Los Angeles: In the summer, when you’re guaranteed warmth and sunshine.

Weather in Los Angeles is mild in the winter (15-23 °C in January), and warm in summer (26-32 °C in August). If you’re up early on a summer morning you’ll see the ‘June Gloom’, the seasonal morning fog which melts away to reveal the sun.

Getting Around

By Metro Rail: Rapid transit metro services run in LA, but tend to have 10-minute waits between trains.

By hire car: LA famously has a car-centric culture. Hire a car to see the parts of the city the metro can’t reach. Make sure to check parking before you go anywhere.

By bike: LA’s not normally a bike-friendly city for day-to-day cruising, but there are great sightseeing bike tours on offer.

Events

The Oscars Like Christmas-come-early in Los Angeles, Hollywood is all about the Academy Awards – and little else – every spring.

Music festivals Get ready to rock out in and around L.A. Choose from the achingly cool Coachella in April, to the Playboy Jazz Festival in June, and the more rock-centred Sunset Strip Music Festival in early August.

Halloween Where else would you find the best of the fancy-dressed? The Halloween fun starts in early October with pumpkin carving events, and ramps up to a spectacular carnival on October 31st.

Holidays in Los Angeles

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Nicknamed ‘La La Land’, Los Angeles is a vast and complex city, famed for its red carpets and golden sands – think the Oscars and the iconic, Baywatch-inspiring Malibu Beach. Surrounded by beaches and mountains, it’s the ultimate destination for stargazers: stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame or enjoy a tour around Universal Studios HollywoodSM. At Griffith Observatory, you can look beyond L.A.’s 24-hour bustling streets and see stars of the celestial kind.

 

 

Hollywood is the diverse beating heart of L.A. and the entertainment industry. Look up at the iconic ‘Hollywood’ sign from Sunset Boulevard, and movie premieres at the grand old movie theatres. Known to locals as ‘WeHo’, West Hollywood is noted for being walkable in a car-centric city. There’s nightlife and ‘daylife’ galore, from the exclusive clubs and bars on Sunset Strip to family-friendly shops, cafes and parks. A little further west is the money-drenched Beverly Hills (which is actually flat), home to the celebrated 90210 zip code. Your average household name megastar can be spotted browsing one of the local boutiques.

Hollywood

Hollywood’s hotels put you in the heart of the action – this is where the grit and the glamour of L.A. sit side by side. The stylish Hollywood & Highland Centre is an elegant shopping mall, dotted with tributes to Hollywood’s beginnings. Practise your acceptance speech as you’re guided around the Kodak Theatre, home to the Academy Awards ceremony.

West Hollywood

The best family resort in central L.A., West Hollywood is a mix of the friendly and the fabulous. Stop off for lunch on Sawtelle Boulevard, then saunter down Melrose Avenue or the Sunset Strip. Feel like a true local ‘Angeleno’ - coolly pretend you didn’t just see the star of your favourite show or movie bustle past, paparazzi in tow.

Beverly Hills

Just six miles square, this tiny Beverly Hills district has a huge presence. Take in the sights of elegant palatial homes and the unmistakeable air of money on a trolley tour, and go window-shopping in the Golden Triangle - three blocks of platinum card-melting designers and jewellers, which also includes the famous Rodeo Drive.



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