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Los AngelesUnited States of America

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.

Los Angeles Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Los Angeles

Hollywood which includes signage and night scenes

Hollywood

3.5/5Good!(3,891 area reviews)

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

Hollywood
Downtown Los Angeles showing a city

Downtown Los Angeles

4/5Very Good!(6,555 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
West Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

West Los Angeles

4/5Very Good!(200 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!(20 area reviews)

Bel Air is well-liked for its restaurants. You can also take some time to explore sights in the surrounding area like Getty Center and J. Paul Getty Museum.

Bel Air
University of California, Los Angeles, as the sun sets near Royce Hall.

Westwood

4.5/5Wonderful!(488 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
The Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, Los Angeles
The Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, Los Angeles
4 out of 5
404 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA
The price is ¥17,620 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2

Located in Downtown Los Angeles, this romantic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Walt Disney Concert Hall, Staples Center, and Microsoft Theater. L.A. Live and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,129 reviews)

"It was ok. I don’t think I would stay there again."…"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

The Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, Los Angeles
Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Hilton Los Angeles Airport
4 out of 5
5711 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
The price is ¥13,092 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 29

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Hollywood Park Casino and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Los Angeles Forum. Loyola Marymount University and ...

3.8/5Good! (4,467 reviews)

"It was very nice and clean I will definitely be coming back"…"

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2020

Hilton Los Angeles Airport
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham LAX
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham LAX
3 out of 5
5249 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
The price is ¥9,913 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 8

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Hollywood Park Casino and 2.5 mi (3.9 km) from Los Angeles Forum. Loyola Marymount University and ...

3.8/5Good! (3,961 reviews)

"Overall the stay and hotel was great. Very clean. The only thing I disliked was the surrounding area that gives you a first bad impression of the hotel."…"

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2020

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham LAX

Vacation Rentals in Los Angeles

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Breeze Suites
3.5 out of 5
2 Breeze Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is ¥21,172 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 29

With direct access to the beach, this Venice apartment building is on the boardwalk and within a 5-minute walk of Venice Beach Boardwalk, Venice Beach, and Abbot ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,122 reviews)

"The rooftop and location are amazing. The room with partial view was SO adorable. The staff are the icing on the cake. Loved it here."…"

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020

Venice Breeze Suites
TENTEN Wilshire - Official
TENTEN Wilshire - Official
4 out of 5
1010 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
The price is ¥44,268 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 30

Located in Downtown Los Angeles, this residence is within a 15-minute walk of Good Samaritan Hospital, Pershing Square, and Grammy Museum. Staples Center and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (41 reviews)

"It felt just like home. I loved it and will definitely be returning soon"…"

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2020

TENTEN Wilshire - Official
Ginosi Metropolitan Apartel
Ginosi Metropolitan Apartel
3 out of 5
5825 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
The price is ¥14,359 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

Located in Hollywood, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hollywood Palladium and Pantages Theatre. Melrose Avenue and Hollywood and Vine are also ...

3.8/5Good! (190 reviews)

"Don’t let the outside fool you. The rooms are nice and the layout is amazing. Especially the rooms with the view of the city."…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

Ginosi Metropolitan Apartel

Popular places to visit in Los Angeles

Universal Studios Hollywood
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Universal Studios Hollywood

4.5/5(3,923 reviews)

Get ready for the ultimate Hollywood experience!

Venice Beach
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Venice Beach

4/5(3,597 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(1,867 reviews)

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

Santa Monica Pier
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Santa Monica Pier

4.5/5(6,622 reviews)

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

Los Angeles Convention Center
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Los Angeles Convention Center

4.5/5(1,413 reviews)

Find out what's happening at Los Angeles Convention Center during your trip—a top convention center in Los Angeles. Experience the acclaimed art scene and fascinating museums in this vibrant area.

Six Flags Magic Mountain
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Six Flags Magic Mountain

4.5/5(631 reviews)

Have a fun-filled day at Six Flags Magic Mountain and see why people love this theme park in Stevenson Ranch. Attend a sporting event or discover the mountain views in this family-friendly area.

Top things to do in Los Angeles

Go Los Angeles All-Inclusive: Over 35 Attractions on 1 Pass
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Go Los Angeles All-Inclusive: Over 35 Attractions on 1 Pass

¥10,577
Per adult
Grand City Tour of LA's Top Sights
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Grand City Tour of LA's Top Sights

¥7,211
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Citadel Outlets with VIP Lounge & RT Transfers to LAX
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Citadel Outlets with VIP Lounge & RT Transfers to LAX

¥14,307
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
7-Hour Grand LA Tour
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7-Hour Grand LA Tour

¥9,092
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
#1 Griffith Park Experience: Hollywood Hills Hike
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#1 Griffith Park Experience: Hollywood Hills Hike

¥5,555
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Los Angeles, Airport, and Cruise Port Private Transfer To Anaheim Resort.
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Los Angeles, Airport, and Cruise Port Private Transfer To Anaheim Resort.

¥10,483
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Los Angeles

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
4281
5 - Excellent 33.437475591658206%
4 - Good
5445
4 - Good 42.52909474341951%
3 - Okay
2426
3 - Okay 18.94868390221042%
2 - Disappointing
404
2 - Disappointing 3.1555104272436147%
1 - Terrible
247
1 - Terrible 1.9292353354682497%

3/5 - Okay

Taz

Jun 6, 2020

Los Angeles is extremely filthy, but I enjoyed the restaurants in the city.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Jun 4, 2020

It was nice but the price they are charging for the small room wasn't. Door to balcony was extremely hard to open room 703 i believe.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

Only because of the riots in the city.

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

everyone was looting and rioting

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Nice

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 31, 2020

The scenery was beautiful

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