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Holidays in Los Angeles

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 Hollywood. At Griffith Observatory, you can look beyond L.A.’s 24-hour bustling streets and see stars of the celestial kind.

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

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Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Recommended holidays in Los Angeles

Elan Hotel Los Angeles

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Residence Inn Los Angeles L.A. LIVE

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  • With a stay at Residence Inn Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, you'll be centrally located in Los Angeles, steps from Grammy Museum and Microsoft Theater. Thi...

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Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

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  • With a stay at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills in Los Angeles (Beverly Hills - West Hollywood), you'll be close to Museum of the Academy ...

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Hotel Bel-Air

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Courtyard Long Beach Downtown

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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’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.

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.

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.

Eating and watching the world go by is one of the top things to do in Los Angeles. The diversity shows in its food; alongside the vegan restaurants sit noodle joints, juice bars, street food trucks and hot dog stalls. You can even get kosher Mexican, Italian or Chinese food. After dark, you’ll get a sense of true Los Angeles life when you see the variety of people queuing up for fast food, hungry after a night out at the clubs and bars. For classic American food, the In’n Out Burger chain is the go-to for proper diner-style fare.

If shopping were an Olympic sport, L.A. would be teeming with gold medallists. Take the family to The Grove, a huge complex filled with restaurants, entertainment and shops, so fuel up before wandering around the mall or simply chill out over a long lunch. Fashionistas and bargain-hunters in the know flock to the LA Fashion District, known for its huge and up-to-the-minute selection. Window-shop on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hill’s Golden Triangle, then have a refreshing cocktail or coffee at a café on Via Rodeo, the playground for the equally popular sport of people-watching.

Not only is the city steeped in history and culture, but there’s no shortage of things for kids to do in Los Angeles. Drive out to the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, and watch the kids’ faces light up as they get to hug their favourite characters. They’ll also love the movie-themed rides at the Universal Studios HollywoodSM, and spotting celebrities in WeHo (we know you will, too). There are plenty of museums around, from the Automobile Driving Museum – which lets you take a spin in a classic car – to the Natural History Museum, the California Science Centre, and the Getty Centre.

If you thought that Los Angeles was all about fame and glory, you’re mistaken. It’s also home to over 120km of beautiful coastline, with great sea views of the Pacific Ocean and miles of soft golden sand. For a romantic stroll, head to El Matador. This secluded beach is home to hidden coves, robust waves and crystal clear waters. If you’re looking for a more vibrant experience, the Santa Monica Beach is the one for you. Enjoy an exciting bike ride along the coast and head to the entertaining amusement park at Santa Monica Pier for an evening of fun and games. It’s also close to the award-winning seafood restaurant, The Lobster. Here, you can enjoy fresh seafood made by the most talented chefs in LA.

Explore the original bat cave and wander through the scenic spot where countless sci-fi movies and westerns were filmed. It’s located in Griffith Park and surrounded by beautiful rugged wilderness. From here, you can see the iconic Hollywood sign and you might even be lucky enough to meet a few famous actors on production day. Batman once called this dark tunnel his home and the area is still hugely popular with production crews searching for the perfect barren location for their movies. It’s a great place to visit if you’re a cinema fan and want to an authentic behind-the-scenes Hollywood experience.

Fans of iconic literature will love a visit to The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles. Despite its name, it’s not actually the ‘last’ opened bookstore in the city, but it’s definitely the most unique. The bookshelves have called this abandoned bank their home for over a decade and display a great selection of vintage books, vinyl records, graphic novels and thousands of cherished novels. Keep a look out for hidden nooks in the walls that contain all sorts of great finds and enjoy a traditional treasure hunt through the store. Leave the kindle at home and fall in love with literature all over again at this beautiful authentic bookstore.

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.


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.


Weather and 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.


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.


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