Los Angeles

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Visit Los Angeles

From celebrity-spotting to clothes shopping, the fabled heartland of the film industry offers substance as well as style.

Los Angeles started out as a dusty, rural Mexican cattle station situated between the mountains and the ocean. The gold rush of the 1840s and the oil rush a decade later brought the first wave of wealth to this undeveloped part of the American West Coast. Then the film studios arrived with the new century, drawn by the availability of cheap parcels of flat, scrubby land on which to build their extensive backlots. From the Wild West to Hollywood, LA had suddenly transformed itself into the showbiz capital of the world.

The city today takes in over eighty districts, each with its own character. The glamour of the golden age lives on in upmarket residential areas like Bel Air and the shoppers’ paradise of Beverly Hills. Enjoy the al fresco workouts and carnival atmosphere of bohemian Venice Beach and go autograph-hunting in the exclusive celebrity hangouts on Rodeo Drive.

Take the easy route to the stars by following the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which immortalises famous actors and musicians in pavement plaques, or book a tour of Universal Studios for an action close-up of your favourite cinema characters. For family fun, plan a trip to Disneyland Resort.

LA boasts an impressive cultural pedigree, with world-class venues such as the stunning Walt Disney Concert Hall, home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and fascinating museums housed in landmark buildings. The Getty Center owns a priceless collection of artworks including masterpieces of French impressionism. Families will love the interactive exhibits at the Aquarium of the Pacific, where you can stroke sharks and watch penguins feeding.

Travel to the far corners of the universe at Griffith Observatory and go back in time to the Ice Age among the skeletons at the La Brea Tar Pits. Learn about the part played by the USS Iowa in many important US Navy campaigns, then visit some of the vintage rides on historic Santa Monica Pier, where Route 66 meets the Pacific Ocean.

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Where to stay in Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles
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Downtown Los Angeles

Known for Live Music, Theatres, Entertainment

4/5(116 reviews)

LA’s sprawling central district has reinvented itself as a cultural and leisure destination with a real heart.

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
€108
per night
22 Dec-23 Dec

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

4/5Very Good! (8,029 reviews)

"Location and staff were superb! I would stay here again!"…"

Reviewed on 10 Dec 2019

Crowne Plaza Los Angeles - International Airport
Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Hilton Los Angeles Airport
4 out of 5
5711 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
€99
per night
22 Dec-23 Dec

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 ...

3.9/5Good! (9,688 reviews)

"Everything & everyone was amazing! If I come back, I’ll definitely be staying here!"…"

Reviewed on 10 Dec 2019

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
€93
per night
22 Dec-23 Dec

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 ...

3.6/5Good! (7,660 reviews)

"This property offers excellent amenities and is well located for those, like us, who need to catch an early flight. The only negative we have is that the airport shuttle was so full (of both passengers and luggage) that there was hardly standing room. Probably we chose a "popular" time but then if ..."…"

Reviewed on 9 Dec 2019

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham LAX

Popular things to do in Los Angeles

Universal Studios Hollywood™
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Universal Studios Hollywood™

4.5/5(104 reviews)

Go behind the scenes of one of Hollywood’s oldest studios and give yourself a starring role in the action adventure of a lifetime!

Santa Monica Pier
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Santa Monica Pier

4/5(223 reviews)

This beachside playground has been a local favourite for more than a hundred years.

Hollywood Walk of Fame
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Hollywood Walk of Fame

3.5/5(218 reviews)

It’s not enough to have your name in lights – in Hollywood it has to be set in concrete too!

Top activities in Los Angeles

Disneyland® Resort Tickets
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Disneyland® Resort Tickets

€254

Magical kingdoms and storybook fairy tales come to life before your eyes at Disneyland® Resort Theme Parks. Discover for yourself why Disney's enchanting Disneyland® Park is one of the happiest places on earth, and see your favorite stories become reality at Disney California Adventure® Park.

Six Flags Magic Mountain One-Day General Admission
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Six Flags Magic Mountain One-Day General Admission

€63

Six Flags Magic Mountain is known as the “Thrill Capital of the World,” the 260-acre theme park features 19 world-class roller coasters and over 100 rides, games and attractions for the entire family.

OUE Skyspace LA General Admission plus Skyslide Ride
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OUE Skyspace LA General Admission plus Skyslide Ride

€25

Take LA to New Heights! OUE Skyspace is the perfect starting point for guests to the Los Angeles area providing a stunning overview of the city’s layout, allowing you to map out other various options to be explored on your trip.

Knott's Berry Farm Tickets
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Knott's Berry Farm Tickets

€50

This Holiday Season there’s only one place that’s bursting with adventures; and that place is California’s original theme park, Knott’s Berry Farm. Holiday spirit shines even brighter at Knott’s Merry Farm this year, taking place November 22 - January 5.

24 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Tour of Los Angeles
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24 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Tour of Los Angeles

€36

See the best of Los Angeles on a hop-on hop-off tour aboard an authentic, open-air, double-decker bus. Discover LA from downtown to the beaches of Santa Monica and disembark at your leisure to visit charming sites, restaurants, shops, and parks.

LA Brewery Yoga
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LA Brewery Yoga

€14

We will take a yoga class in a brewery!

Reviews of Los Angeles

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Top Destination

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3 - Okay 21.724137931034484%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Dec 2019

People friendly calm pace

4/5 - Good

J.

24 Nov 2019

A 1 day car rental is a great experience, 405 highway traffic was clogged, so we drove lax to hollywood on streets in 40 minutes. Up the coast to Malibu, back down to Santa Monica, back to La Quinta lax pleasant driving.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

18 Nov 2019

Recommend Warner brothers studio tour and seeing the Hollywood sign from the shopping centre 5 minutes down the road.

4/5 - Good

Cj

9 Nov 2019

Use metro during day

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

7 Nov 2019

An interesting city, like nowhere else I have been. Definitely need a car or an Uber account to get around as the vibe across areas can change quite quickly .

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

7 Nov 2019

Big city with lots to see and do. The Griffith Observatory is worth a visit.

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