Los Angeles holidays

Los Angeles is a sprawling and complex metropolis, famous for its star-studded streets, iconic beaches, and fun-filled theme parks. Whether you’re a movie buff, a thrill-seeker, or someone who loves to bask in the sunshine, L.A. has something to suit all tastes.

Holidays to Los Angeles will transport you straight to La La Land. Stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame, sunbathe on Malibu Beach, and get lost in the magic of Disneyland Resort. And if you want to witness the full expanse of this lively city, head up to Griffith Observatory, where you’ll experience the best view in town of that iconic Hollywood sign. 

 

Things to do

Los Angeles is home to breathtaking beaches where you can relax, unwind and take in the scenery. But beyond sun-soaked Malibu Beach, there’s a wealth of things to do in the City of Angels.

Suppose you want to indulge in a spot of retail therapy. In that case, you’ll be captivated by the numerous shopping malls dotted around the city. And when you’ve finished exploring, you’ll be ready for a slap-up meal. Los Angeles’ food scene is as diverse as it comes, featuring everything from restaurants run by celebrity chefs to humble street food trucks. 

If you’re travelling with the kids, there are lots of great attractions to explore. Treat your little ones to a fun-filled day at Universal Studios Hollywood, or have a hands-on educational experience at the California Science Center. And don’t miss the Griffith Observatory, where you’re sure to be impressed by the breathtaking views and fascinating exhibits.

 

Best areas to visit

Los Angeles is brilliantly varied, home to diverse districts that offer their own unique features and attractions. Whether you want to experience the thrills of Downtown L.A. or spend a day relaxing on Santa Monica beach, discovery awaits you with Los Angeles holidays.

 

Hollywood

Home to film studios, the namesake boulevard, and opulent abodes of the rich and famous, Hollywood is a must-visit for those who wish to experience the sheer thrill of Tinseltown. Located north-west of Downtown Los Angeles, this area is the central hub of the American entertainment industry.

 

Walk in the shoes of film stars with a tour of the Paramount Pictures studios, where you can go behind the scenes and learn about the renowned productions that were filmed here. Or take a trip to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where you’ll witness over 2,500 brass stars embedded along the pavement, symbolic of the accomplishments of past and present actors, directors, and producers.

 

Beverly Hills

From luxurious estates and lavish hotels to a vibrant art scene and galleries, it’s no wonder that Beverly Hills has gained a reputation for luxury. With plenty to discover, a visit to this glorious district certainly won’t disappoint. Spend your day strolling along the cobblestoned Rodeo Drive and peeking into the windows of the glistening designer boutiques that line this iconic street.

 

Enjoy a Pretty Woman moment at the Beverly Wilshire, where you can visit one of the iconic locations featured in the hit 90s film. Or, to experience this glamorous location in all its glory, join a Beverly Hills Trolley Tour and see all the sights in one sitting!

 

Santa Monica

With a thriving local culture and over four miles of coastline, Santa Monica city has kept its place as one of Los Angeles’ most trendy beach locations for decades. Down on Santa Monica Beach, runners, walkers, and sunbathers come to lap up the glorious Los Angeles weather and relax on the soft sands.

On the Third Street Promenade, the atmosphere is abuzz with street performers and busy shoppers flitting between the many bookstores and cafés. For a laid-back atmosphere and picturesque views of the ocean, head to Palisades Park situated along Santa Monica’s northern coast.

 

Downtown

Downtown Los Angeles is an intricate maze of busy streets, towering skyscrapers, and historic buildings. Featuring an electric cultural buzz and a rich blend of old and new, it’s the home of many iconic venues such as the Staples Center and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Offering an abundance of outstanding restaurants and cocktail bars, Downtown Los Angeles boasts an incredible nightlife scene with lots to keep you occupied after the sun goes down.

 

Stunning beaches

While California’s nickname of the ‘Golden State’ may refer to the region’s 19th-century gold rush, it could also have come from the golden beaches that stretch along the coastline. Renowned for its relaxed outdoor lifestyle, Los Angeles is home to a fair share of spectacular beaches.

From lounging around on iconic Malibu Beach to soaking up the unique vibe of Venice Beach, this city offers plenty of picturesque locations to spend your days in the sun. If you’d like to enjoy a secluded stroll after a busy day of exploration, head to El Matador State Beach to experience picture-perfect views and a tranquil atmosphere. Don’t forget to pack the camera!

 

Vibrant culture

The global capital of the entertainment industry, Los Angeles, boasts a vibrant culture heavily influenced by the film industry’s introduction in the 20th century. The city is also home to world-class art collections, sports venues and museums, all of which have contributed to its proud title as the ‘Creative Capital of the World’.

Whether you’re wandering along the Hollywood Walk of Fame or watching a baseball game at Dodger Stadium, sample the best of Los Angeles’ culture on your holiday. Shop ‘til you drop in the L.A. Fashion District before refuelling in a classic American diner and putting the city’s international cuisine to the ultimate taste test. Whether it’s an action-packed family getaway or a break with your partner, nothing can compare to a Los Angeles holiday.

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Sun-seekers: You’ll have no trouble finding soft sandy beaches to stretch out on, including the famous Malibu Beach and Santa Monica Beach.

Sports fans: Cheer on the world-famous Lakers at a basketball game or the Dodgers baseball team in their home city.

Movie buffs: You might be lucky enough to spot an off-duty A-lister, and see a real-life working film studio down at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Fast facts for Los Angeles

Language: English.

Currency: American Dollar ($).

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

Fly to: LAX. The transfer time to Los Angeles is around 1 hour.

Flight time from UK: The Los Angeles flight time is 12 hours.               

Tourist information: Find further tourist information here https://www.latourist.com/.

Visa / health: Visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice for visa and health recommendations before your holiday.

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Getting around Los Angeles

By Metro Rail: You’ll find rapid transit metro services running in LA, but it’s worth remembering that there tends to be a 10-minute or so wait between trains.

By hire car: This place famously has a car-centric culture, and if you want to see places in parts of the city the metro can’t reach, hiring a car will give you the freedom you need. Make sure to check parking before you go anywhere, and avoid the freeways at rush hour, as LA’s traffic jams are legendary!

By bike: You might not think of LA as a bike-friendly city, but there are some fantastic cycle tours on offer to take you around the main sights, and along the beach fronts. 

Events in Los Angeles

The Oscars: Los Angeles is the home of the Academy Awards (AKA the Oscars), and every spring this world-famous event comes to town. Most events and parties are closed to the general public, but there’s a real party atmosphere around the city. And with a bit of luck, you might spot a celebrity or two checking into a glamorous hotel. 

Music festivals: Love music? Take your pick from the ultra-cool Coachella music and arts festival in April, to the Playboy Jazz Festival in June, and the rock-centred Sunset Strip Music Festival in early August.

Halloween: It’s widely celebrated in the US, and this Californian city is no exception. The Halloween fun starts in early October with pumpkin carving events, and ramps up to a spectacular carnival on October 31st. As you might expect from such a vibrant city, locals and visitors love to go all out and (fancy) dress up for the occasion.

Los Angeles weather

Temperatures: Up to 32°C in August.

Best time to visit Los Angeles: Looking for guaranteed sunshine and a warm weather? Book a Los Angeles holiday for the summer season.

In August, temperatures tend to range from 26-32°C, which is ideal beach weather. If you’re up early on a summer morning, you’ll see the ‘June Gloom’, the seasonal morning fog that melts away to reveal the sun. Thinking of visiting in winter? You’ll be pleased to hear that, even at this time of year, weather here is mild (15-23°C in January). 

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