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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!(203 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 Pantages Theatre and Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Hollywood
Downtown Los Angeles featuring a city

Downtown Los Angeles

4/5Very Good!(132 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
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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)

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

Bel Air
Westwood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
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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
Crowne Plaza Los Angeles - International Airport
Crowne Plaza Los Angeles - International Airport
4 out of 5
5985 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
£113
per night
Mar 7 - Mar 8

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. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (8,512 reviews)

"Lady at check in was very nice her name was Bernadette"…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb 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
£159
per night
Mar 8 - Mar 9

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! (2,799 reviews)

"Convenient to everything around the city. Nice and clean rooms"…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb 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
£74
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! (7,614 reviews)

"The hotel was very clean and the staff was pleasant. Only downfall is that the elevators stopped working for a majority of the stay"…"

Reviewed on 18 Feb 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(108 reviews)

Get ready for the ultimate Hollywood experience!

Venice Beach
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Venice Beach

4/5(142 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(24 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(10 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(230 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(90 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
£195
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
£21
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
£52
Per adult
Knott's Berry Farm Tickets
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Knott's Berry Farm Tickets

86% of travellers recommend
£39
Per adult
Discover Los Angeles & Hollywood: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Discover Los Angeles & Hollywood: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

74% of travellers recommend
£31
Per adult
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament with Transport from Los Angeles
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Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament with Transport from Los Angeles

£81
Per adult

Reviews of Los Angeles

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
98
5 - Excellent 30.434782608695652%
4 - Good
137
4 - Good 42.546583850931675%
3 - Okay
73
3 - Okay 22.67080745341615%
2 - Disappointing
12
2 - Disappointing 3.7267080745341614%
1 - Terrible
2
1 - Terrible 0.6211180124223602%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Jan 30, 2020

As it says in the song ' LA is a great big freeway'. No further comment.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 28, 2020

Perfect city to understand the extreme highs and lows of American and Western culture. The extremes of wealth and privilege sit alongside horrific poverty and destitution.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Jan 27, 2020

Too many homeless people with mental/drug issues. Feeling unsafe

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 19, 2020

Different to what i expected

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 18, 2020

Great experience but watch out for the rip offs on venice beach tried to charge 5 dollars for a bottle of water when up the street it was q dollar

3/5 - Okay

Rh

Jan 5, 2020

Public transport is not good

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