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

Sonesta Los Angeles Airport LAX
Sonesta Los Angeles Airport LAX
4 out of 5
5985 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
The price is $122 per night from Jan 11 to Jan 12
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Hollywood Park Casino and within 6 mi (10 km) of SoFi Stadium and Los Angeles Forum. Loyola Marymount ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (4,135 reviews)
"The hotel was beautiful. The staff was great and helpful with questions I had. I didn’t like that there was a musty smell in room but I’m assuming it’s an old building and carpet. The surrounding area was a bit sketched. Other than that I had a comfortable stay"

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2022

Sonesta Los Angeles Airport LAX
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 18 to Jan 19
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! (2,676 reviews)
"Nice room. Pretty nice view. Valet was really nice. Definitely would use this place if i went back to that area again."

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

Loews Hollywood Hotel
Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
4 out of 5
6101 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
The price is $159 per night from Jan 6 to Jan 7
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! (3,505 reviews)
"The best thing about this property is that it is very close to LAX,"

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2022

Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
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Ayres Suites Diamond Bar
Ayres Suites Diamond Bar
3 out of 5
21951 Golden Springs Dr, Diamond Bar, CA
The price is $139 per night from Jan 6 to Jan 7
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! (1,492 reviews)
"Front desk person was great. Was able to check in just a little early. The room was clean and had a lot of space. Beds were comfortable. The breakfast was fantastic!"

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2022

Ayres Suites Diamond Bar
Homewood Suites by Hilton Los Angeles International Airport
Homewood Suites by Hilton Los Angeles International Airport
3 out of 5
6151 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
The price is $175 per night from Jan 6 to Jan 7
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Loyola Marymount University, SoFi Stadium, and Manhattan Beach Pier. Venice Beach and Santa ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,052 reviews)
"Staff was super friendly. Breakfast was a good bonus. I liked our room it was very comfortable for four people."

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Los Angeles International Airport
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 $139 per night from Jan 11 to Jan 12
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! (1,107 reviews)
"The staff, especially the lady doing the breakfast, was excellent. Munoz was the best."

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2022

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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