Los AngelesUnited States of America

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The beaches of Santa Monica, boutiques along Beverly Hills’ tree-lined boulevards, and Universal Studios’ movie sets set the scene for a perfect West Coast break.

Beneath the iconic “Hollywood” sign, Los Angeles sprawls out over 4,061 square miles (10,518 square kilometers). More than 80 neighborhoods spread up into the mountains, through bustling city blocks and down to the ocean.

Wealth and glamour reign in upscale areas like Bel Air and Beverly Hills, while eccentricity rules in Venice Beach. In the hills high above the city, art and architecture are on display at the Getty Center. For science and history buffs, there’s astronomy at the Griffith Observatory, prehistoric remains at the La Brea Tar Pits and a naval monument at the USS Iowa. A carnival atmosphere pervades Santa Monica Pier, and life beneath the water is the ticket at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Universal Studios is a good place to see big names in film and television hard at work. You might also see a celebrity practicing retail therapy at the designer boutiques of Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive. Take a stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where the biggest stars of stage and screen have been immortalized with brass plaques on the sidewalk.

Despite the red carpets, velvet ropes and shiny limousines that seem synonymous with the city today, LA has lived through many guises since Mexican settlers founded it in 1781. Once a dusty cattle settlement, the city was at the heart of the gold and oil rushes in the 1840s and ’50s. In the early 1900s, major film studios arrived and the outback town began its evolution into the entertainment capital of the world.

To get a true sense of the city’s past and present, try and cover all bases with studio tours and beach trips, museum visits and fine dining. Even if you don’t sight a major celebrity, you’ll find Los Angeles a star in its own right.

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Where to stay in Los Angeles

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Hollywood

3.5/5Good!(3,738 area reviews)

Hollywood is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Pantages Theatre and Hollywood Walk of Fame. See more of Los Angeles by jumping on the metro at Hollywood - Vine Station or Hollywood - Western Station.

Hollywood
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Downtown Los Angeles

4/5Very Good!(6,324 area reviews)

Enjoy the great live music in Downtown Los Angeles. Walt Disney Concert Hall is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Pershing Square Station or 7th Street - Metro Center Station to see more of Los Angeles.

Downtown Los Angeles
Wilshire showing a park

Koreatown

Travelers choose Koreatown for its ample dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Wilshire - Normandie Station or Wilshire - Western Station and check out top sights like Wiltern Theatre.

Koreatown
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West Los Angeles

3.5/5Good!(190 area reviews)

West Los Angeles is known for its abundant dining options, and you can get around the area by hopping on the metro at Expo/SepulvedStation.

West Los Angeles
Bel Air - Westwood

Bel Air

5/5Exceptional!(19 area reviews)

Visitors to Bel Air enjoy its restaurants, and if you want to do some exploring, San Fernando Valley is worth a stop.

Bel Air
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Westwood

4.5/5Wonderful!(458 area reviews)

Museums, bars, and art galleries highlight some of the noteworthy features of Westwood. Make a stop by Westwood Village or Fowler Museum while you're exploring the neighborhood.

Westwood

Top Hotels in Los Angeles

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Crowne Plaza Los Angeles - International Airport
Crowne Plaza Los Angeles - International Airport
4 out of 5
5985 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
¥12,263
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Hollywood Park Casino and within 6 mi (10 km) of Los Angeles Forum and Loyola Marymount University. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (8,586 reviews)

"great location to airport roughly 1 1/2 miles from LAX"…"

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

Crowne Plaza Los Angeles - International Airport
The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown
The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown
3.5 out of 5
333 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA
¥22,938
per night
Mar 11 - Mar 12

Located in Downtown Los Angeles, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Broad and Walt Disney Concert Hall. Grand Central Market and Pershing Square are ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,820 reviews)

"Good location and very spacious lobby and restaurant/bar area. Rooms were clean and well appointed."…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown
Wingate by Wyndham Los Angeles International Airport LAX
Wingate by Wyndham Los Angeles International Airport LAX
3 out of 5
10300 S La Cienega Blvd, Inglewood, CA
¥12,185
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Situated in Inglewood, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Hollywood Park Casino and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Los Angeles Forum. Loyola Marymount University and Manhattan ...

3.9/5Good! (7,656 reviews)

"Nice place. Quiet and very friendly staff. The elevator was broken but staff did their best to help everyone. Would stay there again. Shuttle on time and friendly driver as well. Great experience"…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

Wingate by Wyndham Los Angeles International Airport LAX

Popular things to do in Los Angeles

Universal Studios Hollywood™
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Universal Studios Hollywood™

4.5/5(3,862 reviews)

Get ready for the ultimate Hollywood experience!

Venice Beach
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Venice Beach

4/5(3,502 reviews)

Bronze your body and rub shoulders with body builders and wacky performers at Los Angeles’ quirky urban shoreline, a colorful escape from the city.

Staples Center
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Staples Center

4.5/5(1,787 reviews)

This multipurpose sports arena has hosted some of the world’s biggest musical acts and is home to two National Basketball Association teams.

Long Beach Cruise Terminal
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Long Beach Cruise Terminal

4.5/5(1,022 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Long Beach with a trip to Long Beach Cruise Terminal. Experience the acclaimed art scene or attend a sporting event in this walkable area.

Santa Monica Pier
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Santa Monica Pier

4.5/5(6,479 reviews)

You'll find beachside kitsch, boardwalk ambiance and carnival fun at this sunbaked LA attraction that’s more than a hundred years old.

Santa Monica Beach
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Santa Monica Beach

4.5/5(3,079 reviews)

Located just west of downtown Los Angeles, this iconic southern California beach is a haven for swimmers, surfers, beachcombers and fitness enthusiasts. 

Top activities in Los Angeles

Disneyland® Resort Tickets
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Disneyland® Resort Tickets

90% of travellers recommend
¥30,761
Per adult
Six Flags Magic Mountain One-Day General Admission
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Six Flags Magic Mountain One-Day General Admission

80% of travellers recommend
¥7,384
Per adult
OUE Skyspace LA General Admission plus Skyslide Ride
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OUE Skyspace LA General Admission plus Skyslide Ride

84% of travellers recommend
¥3,076
Per adult
Knott's Berry Farm Tickets
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Knott's Berry Farm Tickets

86% of travellers recommend
¥5,493
Per adult
Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Tour of Los Angeles
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Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Tour of Los Angeles

76% of travellers recommend
¥4,394
Per adult
Hollywood Celebrity Bus Tour
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Hollywood Celebrity Bus Tour

¥3,845
Per adult

Reviews of Los Angeles

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
4091
5 - Excellent 33.216953556349466%
4 - Good
5264
4 - Good 42.741149723936346%
3 - Okay
2342
3 - Okay 19.015914257875934%
2 - Disappointing
394
2 - Disappointing 3.199090613835661%
1 - Terrible
225
1 - Terrible 1.8268918480025982%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 26, 2020

Being in downtown LA for the first time, it's a cool place. There were a lot of history and tons of shopping. Unfortunately, i didn't love it because it really felt like a bigger, more smelly version of Denver. People were rude and the food was okay.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 26, 2020

Traffic

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 26, 2020

LA is great. People were super nice.

4/5 - Good

Ali

Feb 26, 2020

Haha  clean up your homeless situation, then clean up your city and increase the flow of traffic or/and improve your metro/train system too large of a city for such sand insignificant rail system. Also unpopular opinion here improve “the broad”

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 25, 2020

Beach and Lakers basketball!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 25, 2020

I love Los Angeles and have been a visitor since the early seventies. I went to see a writer at the LAPL and had a wonderful time. Also visited Bottega Louie and the Bonaventure for drinks and appetizers. I generally don't go to tourist areas.

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