Large as life and glimmering in the sunshine, Los Angeles is the vibrant city at the heart of America’s film industry. Known as The City of Angels, Los Angeles boasts year-round Californian sunshine on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.
With its iconic Hollywood sign in the hills and huge film studios, such as Universal, Paramount Pictures and Warner Brothers, you are sure to fit in a lot of sightseeing in Los Angeles. From behind-the-scenes tours and movie-led theme parks to beautiful nearby national parks, this famous city is will take your breath away.
As the holiday destination for dreamers, Los Angeles offers you long sandy beaches to soak up the West Coast sun. With a nickname like ‘La La Land’ it’s easy to see why so many holidaymakers fall for this city, especially the impressive Hollywood Walk of Fame. Treat yourself to a trip of a lifetime and book your 2017 holiday to Los Angeles.
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- Currency: United States Dollar
- Language: English
- Time Zone: GMT +-8
- Average flight time: 11h 0m
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As a fast-paced cosmopolitan city, Los Angeles has a wealth of exciting attractions. From star-studded tours and big stadium sport games to luxury shopping trips and cultural sights, you will barely get a moment to stop in Los Angeles.
If you want to gaze at a real star on your Los Angeles holiday, pay a visit to the Griffith Observatory. This unmissable monument sits on the side of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park and is open to the public. You will get the chance to look through the giant telescopes and explore the exhibits, as well as watch live shows in the Planetarium. It’s also a great spot to take in the views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign.
Famed for its world-renowned shopping, the only place to be seen is on Hollywood Boulevard. Not only will you get to window-shop in designer boutiques, you’ll also come across the TCL Chinese Theatre that displays celebrities’ hand and footprints, as well as the Walk of Fame that honours thousands of stars in West Hollywood.
Wine and Dine
Although you’d assume that Los Angeles only offers hotdogs and steaks on their menus, you’ll be happily mistaken. This city has a diverse and multicultural food scene. Whether you want to check out a vegan restaurant, sit in a noodle joint, detox at a juice bar or grab a snack from a street food truck, the choice is completely yours.
With California’s proximity to Mexico, you’ll find fantastic Mexican eateries here, with a tacqueria serving tacos on every street corner. The brilliant mix of cuisines means you can eat at a completely different establishment every night of your holiday in Los Angeles.
If you want to keep it American, the classic diner chain, In ’n Out Burger provides fast food at its best. You must also order a fresh Californian orange juice from any of the street cafes or juice bars to get the true taste of the region’s most famous fruit.
With warm summers, sandy beaches and countless attractions, holidays to Los Angeles are made for families. The main attraction for the kids will be at least one of the three famous theme parks: Universal Studios Hollywood, Six Flags Magic Mountain in Santa Clarita and Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. The kids will love the rides and simulators, while you can enjoy the movie sets and tours.
Want the little ones to absorb some culture? Don’t worry, there are plenty of museums around including the Natural History Museum, the Getty Centre and the Automobile Driving Museum, where you can take a spin in a classic car.
If you want to catch a soccer game, get tickets to watch the famous Los Angeles Galaxy team at the Home Depot Centre. Get in the spirit of the game and buy the family some LA Galaxy souvenirs to show your support. You can also tuck into a corn dog, the traditional snack at sports games.
Action and Adventure
Blessed with enviable year-round weather and masses to explore, Los Angeles has some of the best outdoor activities in the States. With over 100km of coastline that includes world famous beaches from Malibu down to South Bay and San Pedro, you must try some of the water sports on offer in Los Angeles.
Not only can you play in Los Angeles’ waters, you can also explore the city’s great network of hiking and biking trails. On the Sara Wan Trailhead at Corral Canyon you will see where the mountains collide with the ocean and experience a 4km hike that takes you on a gentle, tranquil route.
If you’re keen to get on the green and improve your swing, you have a choice of 19 golf courses. Or if you are taking a holiday to Los Angeles during the winter, the slopes are only a short drive away so you can enjoy skiing and snowboarding in the nearby mountain resorts.
Life's a Beach
California’s warmest waters lie along the coast from Los Angeles to San Diego. So you have to make the most of your Los Angeles holiday – and those warm L.A. summers - and hit the beach with your towel and some sunscreen.
The beautiful beaches of Los Angeles have glorious soft sand that glows in the sun. From family-friendly shores to a surfer’s paradise, there is something for everyone.
El Matador State Beach, although small, makes up for its size in beauty and location. The rocky outcrops that rise up from the sand sit on the western Malibu beach and are only accessible via a steep gravel path. If you stick around for sunset you will definitely be in awe.
Probably the most famous beach in Los Angeles is Venice Beach. Packed full of amusements, with everything from a skate park, workout equipment, bike paths and bars, the beach is teeming with life. If you want to see the fittest work out, then head Muscle Beach or take time to walk on Venice Boardwalk past the roller-skaters.
Nightlife on a Los Angeles holiday is overflowing with exciting entertainment. With the glamour of Hollywood influencing many clubs, you’ll need to be dressed to impress to enjoy a night out in the city. Some of the bars in Hollywood are the city’s oldest drinking establishments, allowing you to step back in time for some old-school glamour.
For something a little different, make your way into Downtown Los Angeles where you can sip on some inspired concoctions in the area’s cocktail bars or find your singing voice at the Palmtree karaoke. In the east of Los Angeles, in the up-and-coming neighbourhood of Elysian Valley, you will find the recently-opened Frogtown Brewery close to the L.A. River.
To the south of Los Angeles in San Diego, a host of amazing venues come alive at night. FLUXX Nightclub is known for its funky grooves, whilst Side Bar has a legendary happy hour that you won’t want to miss.
Los Angeles holidays are made for couples who want a bit of everything. With the breath-taking Pacific coast as a backdrop, you may find the need to hire a Mustang and explore the coast with the roof down. There are plenty of spectacular viewpoints all the way down the coastal road to San Diego.
To the north of Los Angeles is Runyon Canyon Park, covering 160 acres that reach the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains. Popular with dog walkers, it’s one of the most popular hiking destinations in Los Angeles and a romantic spot at sunset. If you’d rather take it easy, you can also unwind in one of the free yoga classes that take place in the park each day.
There’s nowhere more romantic than the beach, so take a trip down to Hermosa Beach and relax in one of the outdoor seaside cafés. The Pier Plaza is great place to end the evening over a delicious meal with views of the ocean.
As a fairly young city, dating back to the Mexican settlers in the 18th century, Los Angeles is surprisingly full of history and culture. From the cultural towns of Little Korea and Little Armenia to the wealth of museums dedicated to the city’s history, you will definitely enjoy the cosmopolitan feel on your Los Angeles holiday.
The performing arts play a major role in Los Angeles’ culture today, so why not catch a show and head south to the Broadway Theatre District, which boasts California’s biggest collection of theatres and galleries. Little Tokyo Historic District is also nearby and is the best place for a pre-show meal of sushi and sake.
Elsewhere, history-lovers will enjoy attractions like the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and the USS Iowa, on display at the maritime museum at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro.