Los AngelesUnited States of America

The beating heart of Southern California, the City of Angels is known the world over for its glamorous sunshine lifestyle and galaxy of stars.

Home to not only movie stars, but the movie industry itself – millions visit Los Angeles every year, many in the hope that they have that special something that’ll help them make it big in Hollywood.

Whilst there’s certainly more to LA than simply movies, it is hard to deny that the industry – and everything that comes with it – is not a major part of the city’s legendary mystique. Of course, Hollywood is just one part of the city, but few visitors can honestly say that their first sighting of the famous sign on the hilltops is not a memorable one. After all, this is a town where you could find yourself stood next to a global celebrity whilst queuing for a cup of coffee – not least if you find yourself on the A-lister’s favourite spot, Sunset Strip.

When it comes to exploring Hollywood, there’s no better place to start than the Boulevard. Home to the incredible Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Boulevard is a fantastic opportunity to share a moment with over 2,300 of the industry’s greats from both today and yesteryear. Movie lovers will no doubt also want to visit Grauman’s Chinese Theatre – scene of countless movie premieres – and, of course, tour the Dolby Theatre which annually hosts the Academy Awards. Get an expert perspective with a guided Hollywood Tour.

The Dolby Theatre is also at the very heart of the Hollywood and Highland Centre – a huge entertainment centre packed with shops, restaurants and even a nightclub. The brand new Madam Tussaud’s and fabulous Hollywood History Museum can also be found at the centre. If it’s even more fun you’re looking for, Universal Studios with its incredible tour and the CityWalk Hollywood entertainment complex are just a short distance away.

With so many of the rich and famous being based in LA, it should be no surprise that the city is home to some of the best shopping in the world. From designer boutiques to quirky, independent stores reflecting the California lifestyle, Los Angeles is the West Coasts must visit destination for lovers of fashion and entertainment. Ranging from the world famous Rodeo Drive in Beverley Hills and Melrose Place in Hollywood, to The LA Fashion District in Downtown, the city truly is a fashion paradise.

Given its incredible position on California’s southern coastline, LA is also fantastic for families and those who just can’t get enough of the sunshine lifestyle. In some respects, LA’s beaches are just as iconic as the Hollywood sign – and with over two dozen to explore, including the legendary Venice Beach – even the most ardent sun lover is sure to be satisfied. Who knows, you might find yourself topping up your tan right next to the next big star.

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Where to stay in Los Angeles

Hollywood which includes signage and night scenes

Hollywood

4/5Very Good!(208 area reviews)

Travellers love Hollywood for its popular shops, and you can see more of Los Angeles by jumping on the metro at Hollywood - Vine Station or Hollywood - Western Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Hollywood Walk of Fame and Dolby Theater.

Hollywood
Downtown Los Angeles featuring a city

Downtown Los Angeles

4/5Very Good!(134 area reviews)

Walt Disney Concert Hall and Staples Center are top sights in Downtown Los Angeles, and you should be sure to explore the great live music. Hop aboard the metro at Pershing Square Station or 7th Street - Metro Center Station to see more sights in the area.

Downtown Los Angeles
Koreatown, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Koreatown

Travellers choose Koreatown for its abundant 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

1/5(1 area review)

Visitors to West Los Angeles love its ample dining options, and if you want to check out some more things to do around town, jump on the metro at Expo/SepulvedStation.

West Los Angeles
Bel Air - Westwood

Bel Air

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

You'll appreciate the restaurants during your time in Bel Air and you might want to plan a stop by Getty Center and J. Paul Getty Museum while you're in the area.

Bel Air
Westwood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Westwood

4.5/5Wonderful!(11 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 neighbourhood.

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 £120 per night

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 Los ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,061 reviews)

"Everything and everyone there was great. Super clean and staff was friendly!"…"

Reviewed on 13 Jul 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 £110 per night

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! (4,627 reviews)

"The stay was good. Great location. As far as the pool area is concerned. Only one hot tub worked. And with 4 hot tubs they all should be working."…"

Reviewed on 13 Jul 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 £85 per night

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! (3,929 reviews)

"I had 2 rooms, one for myself and another for someone who has accessibility issues. The staff were extremely helpful and allowed me to view the accessible room in advance. It is well planned out with wide doors and a very spacious area for wheelchairs/walkers. The bathroom was also well equipped ..."…"

Reviewed on 9 Jul 2020

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham LAX

Popular places to visit in Los Angeles

Universal Studios Hollywood™
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Universal Studios Hollywood™

4.5/5(110 reviews)

Get ready for the ultimate Hollywood experience!

Venice Beach
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Venice Beach

4/5(149 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(25 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(14 reviews)

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

Santa Monica Pier
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Santa Monica Pier

4/5(233 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(13 reviews)

Find out what's happening in Los Angeles Convention Center during your trip – a top convention centre in Los Angeles. Experience the fascinating museums and acclaimed theatre scene in this vibrant 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

£78
Per adult
#1 Griffith Park Experience: Hollywood Hills Hike
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#1 Griffith Park Experience: Hollywood Hills Hike

£30
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Discover Los Angeles & Hollywood: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Discover Los Angeles & Hollywood: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

£32
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Experience the World Famous Madame Tussauds Hollywood!
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Experience the World Famous Madame Tussauds Hollywood!

£16
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Grand City Tour of LA's Top Sights
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Grand City Tour of LA's Top Sights

£51
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Catalina Island Day Trip from Los Angeles with Optional Upgrades
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Catalina Island Day Trip from Los Angeles with Optional Upgrades

£120
Per adult

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