Destination Guide

Los Angeles, United States

If you're going on a holiday to Los Angeles, you can expect the unexpected. It is the land of Hollywood and movie magic, after all.

See Los Angeles attractions like Warner Bros Studios and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Take one of the famous Los Angeles tours, maybe even visit the home of your favourite movie star. How about exploring the six square miles of upscale LA district Beverly Hills?

After dark, check out the fabulous array of Los Angeles dining options, including restaurants owned by some of the best-known chefs in the world: LA is home to CUT by Wolfgang Puck, and La Cachette by Jean Francois Meteigner.

There are so many things to do in Los Angeles. Let our Los Angeles travel guide help you sort out an itinerary based on your interests and budget.

Getting in and around Los Angeles

Los Angeles Airport (LAX)

In LA, even the airport is famous. The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the scene of regular celebrity sightings, so it's always ready to impress.

Perfectly situated on the coast, the Los Angeles Airport is the fourth busiest passenger airport in the world, making it a popular destination for international visitors. It boasts frequent flights from Air New Zealand, Qantas, and dozens of other airlines. Among the transportation options available at LAX: car rentals, a shuttle service connecting travellers to the METRO, taxis, and buses.

Los Angeles Transport

While in LA, you'll notice that most people have their own cars, but taxis and buses are also a common sight. There's also a subway system (Metrolink) which can get you around to the places you want to go as a visitor as well as into the surrounding area.

Los Angeles Car Hire

If you plan to hire a car in Los Angeles, the easiest way to do so is at the airport, where you can choose from about 40 car rental companies.

Many travelers planning road trips also choose LA to shop for used cars to get them into and around the nearby Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, and beyond.

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Los Angeles accommodation

From some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts in the U.S. to some incredible bargains for those on a budget, it's easy for travellers to find the perfect accommodation in Los Angeles.

Luxury
  • Avalon, in Hollywood, is a contemporary, stylish hotel that offers poolside dining, in-room spa treatments, and a fitness centre.
  • The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa in Pasadena sits on 23 acres and provides award-winning dining, outdoor pool, tennis courts, and an exclusive spa.
Mid-range
  • Hollywood Hills Hotel is located on top of a mountain, giving its rooms a panoramic view of downtown LA.
  • Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel is intimate and sophisticated. This Los Angeles airport hotel offers free shuttle service, heated outdoor pool, and four restaurants and bars.
Budget
  • Bevonshire Lodge Motel in the heart of the Beverly-Fairfax district has great access to tourist destinations while offering budget-friendly prices.
Backpackers
  • USA Hollywood Hostel is rated the best hostel in Los Angeles. It offers make-your-own pancakes, tours and activities, linens, and more.
  • Venice Beach Cotel sits on the famous Muscle Beach & Venice Beach and offers private or shared rooms, linens, coffee and tea, and boogie boards.
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Things to do in Los Angeles

  • Disneyland. Near Los Angeles in Anaheim, is fun for the whole family. You can experience thrilling rides, see live shows celebrating Disney movies, run into your favourite Disney characters, play games, and even stay in the Disneyland Resort.
  • Universal Studios Hollywood. If you love movies, don't miss the action-packed adventure of a visit to Universal Studios in Hollywood. Tour real movie sets, experience thrilling rides and shows featuring movies such as Jurassic Park and Shrek, go through a working studio, and much more.
  • Warner Bros. Studios. For even more Hollywood insider scoop, plan to tour Warner Bros. Studios, where you'll get an exclusive peek at backlot streets, sound stages, and sets. You can also visit the museum, featuring memorabilia from Hollywood past and present.
  • Los Angeles Beaches A trip to the shore is a must-do experience if you're in LA. Head to Laguna Beach, California, with six miles of coastline and 30 beaches, or Huntington Beach, known as “Surf City” for its killer waves and ideal surf environment.
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    Day trips in and around Los Angeles

  • Marina del Rey. If you love boating, this is the side trip for you. Marina del Rey is built around the largest small-boat harbor on the west coast, and the white sands of famous Venice Beach, California, are within walking distance of area hotels.
  • Santa Monica. Santa Monica is the quintessential beach community, complete with upscale shopping and dining, art and culture, and, of course, beaches. The Santa Monica Pier is a great draw, and a throwback to the days of beachfront carnivals.
  • Malibu is all about the water: from catching rays on one of the most famous beaches in California to sports such as surfing, snorkelling, fishing, and scuba diving. And since lots of stars live in this beautiful area, you just might spot one during your visit.
  • Orange County From zoos and museums to whale watching and theme parks, Orange County—the fifth largest country in the United States, comprised of 34 incorporated cities—is a great family destination. You can also slip over to beautiful Catalina Island, a popular day trip by ferry, boat or helicopter, for a few hours of hiking, biking, or simply taking in the tranquil beauty of the island.
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