Los Angeles, CA

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Relax on the beaches, be thrilled at the theme parks and experience culture in the museums and art galleries of this sprawling Southern California city.

Los Angeles offers amazingly varied casual and cultural appeal. Spend a week enjoying different theme parks or dress up for a Hollywood premiere. Hike in the Hollywood Hills and surf in Pacific waves.

Visit some of the world’s favorite theme parks, including Disneyland® Park, which originally opened its magical kingdom with kids’ rides and exciting roller coasters in Anaheim in 1955. Disney California Adventure® Park offers themed attractions tied to Pixar animated films. Universal Studios Hollywood is both a film studio and a theme park, with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and other kid-friendly attractions. Find additional thrilling rides at Knott’s Berry Farm® and Six Flags® Magic Mountain.

Downtown Los Angeles has a unique attraction, La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, with reassembled remains from over 650 species and active excavation of Ice Age fossil deposits. Next door, explore the 150,000 works in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The Getty Center, overlooking the city, displays medieval to contemporary art while the Getty Villa offers a sense of ancient Greece and Rome in a beautiful setting along the Pacific Ocean. For a more modern cultural treat, stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame to find your favorite actor’s star. Bend down to compare your hands to the handprints formed in the sidewalk.

The California Science Center features tours of the actual Endeavour space shuttle, a living kelp forest and a shake table for building and testing earthquake-resistant structures. Near the iconic hillside Hollywood sign is the Griffith Observatory. Study its exhibits and use its telescopes to scan the night skies.

Los Angeles is bordered to the west by an endless stretch of beach with separate named sections. Bodybuilders and skaters line the boardwalk of Venice Beach. Ride the waves at Manhattan Beach or Malibu’s Surfrider Beach. Enjoy the tranquility of Cabrillo Beach. Relax on the sands of Santa Monica Beach and stop at the nearby pier for shopping and refreshments.

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Where to stay in Los Angeles

Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
4 out of 5
6101 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
The price is $139 per night from Dec 22 to Dec 22
Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Hollywood Park Casino and within 6 mi (10 km) of SoFi Stadium and Los Angeles Forum. ...
4/5 Very Good! (3,548 reviews)
"Everything is so nice. The staff was very helpful 24/7 and the place is really clean and neat."

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2021

Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
Loews Hollywood Hotel
Loews Hollywood Hotel
4 out of 5
1755 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
The price is $233 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 3
This family-friendly Los Angeles hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Hollywood Wax Museum, Dolby Theater, and TCL Chinese ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,688 reviews)
"Great customer service"

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2021

Loews Hollywood Hotel
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
900 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
The price is $227 per night from Dec 23 to Dec 23
Located in Downtown Los Angeles, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Bloc and Pershing Square. Grammy Museum and Staples Center are also within ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,406 reviews)
"Being in the center of Philadelphia is very convenient, the hotel is close to pretty much everything at walking distance, you have easy access to transportation and entertainment options as well. I recommend it for people looking to know the city or looking for convenience."

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2021

InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Ayres Suites Diamond Bar
Ayres Suites Diamond Bar
3 out of 5
21951 Golden Springs Dr, Diamond Bar, CA
The price is $129 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
Located in the heart of Diamond Bar, this golf aparthotel is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Royal Vista Golf Club and within 9 mi (15 km) of California State Polytechnic ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,484 reviews)
"This is a slightly above average place. Room was very nice, good size. Shower was good, need to clean the shower heads. Nice amenities: microwave, mini fridge, and a small wet bar. Ac/heat a little weird with a cryptic remote. Couldn’t get the heat to stop even with it showing off. Includes breakfast, ..."

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2021

Ayres Suites Diamond Bar
Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Breeze Suites
3.5 out of 5
2 Breeze Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is $177 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 20
Offering direct access to the beach, this Venice apartment building is on the boardwalk and within a 5-minute walk of Venice Beach Boardwalk and Venice Beach. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,303 reviews)
"Excellent location , very nice part menu like room , female host was very inviting and helpful , just a pleasant person to greet you when you first arrive"

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2021

Venice Breeze Suites
Homewood Suites by Hilton Los Angeles Redondo Beach
Homewood Suites by Hilton Los Angeles Redondo Beach
3 out of 5
2430 Marine Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA
The price is $152 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 3
Located in North Redondo, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Polliwog Park, Lakes at El Segundo, and Toyota Sports Center. Manhattan Beach Pier and Hermosa ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,083 reviews)
"I love the service!!! Everyone is so nice and friendly and helpful!! Only thing I didn't like was that they charge me for the parking lot, it should come with the room other than that everything was perfect for our family vacation"

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Los Angeles Redondo Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Los Angeles

The best way to see Los Angeles is to rent a car. The streets are generally long and wide, with large distances between attractions. Walking won’t get you far. However, there are various public transportation options available. You can get to the majority of popular attractions using a combination of the subway, Metro buses, DASH buses and Metro Rail Trains. Look for a taxi to get somewhere fast. Visit the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority website. Browse Los Angeles rental cars.

Best time to visit

With year-round sun, any time of year is a great time to visit Los Angeles. However, the periods between March and May and September to November are far less busy. Pack for pleasant temperatures that are unlikely to dip below 50 F (10 C) or rise much above 85 F (29 C). The summer months get far hotter. Visit in October to participate in all the Halloween fun with a Hollywood twist that runs throughout the month.

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