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Los Angeles
Travel Guide

Palm-fringed neighborhoods and star-studded sights make LA one of America’s most stylish destinations. 

Los Angeles is the pinnacle of laid-back luxury. It’s no wonder this sprawling metropolis was the birthplace of American cinema; its gleaming beaches, sun-drenched streets, and mountain-dotted landscapes are enough to inspire a world of movie sets.

For the purest peek at the city’s silver-screen past, start your Los Angeles vacation in Hollywood. Here, you’ll be able to step into Marilyn Monroe’s footprints outside TCL Chinese Theatre, search for big names on the Walk of Fame or stroll through nearly 200 celebrity figures at the Hollywood Wax Museum. Tourists tend to focus their vacations on buzzy Sunset Boulevard, but in-the-know travelers make a beeline for the so-chic eateries and vintage boutiques lining both La Brea and Robertson. Los Angeles deals abound in this area, too, so consider booking a cheap hotel for easy access to the top sights.

You’ll find just as much California dreaming well beyond Hollywood’s borders, however. While you may not have time to explore each of the city’s nearly 100 neighborhoods, the best Los Angeles vacation packages let you cozy up to the cream of the crop. Venture to the newly revived downtown district to rub elbows with the trendy set at the Museum of Contemporary Art, or head to Beverly Hills to browse can’t-miss discounts at the chichi shops on Rodeo. Want a little inside advice? Check out off-the-beaten-path areas like Atwater Village and Silverlake. You’ll find the most innovative restaurants, cutting-edge art galleries, and alternative music venues perched along their palm-lined streets.

Of course, no trip to LA is complete without some beach time. Santa Monica is paradise for fun-loving families — the pier’s carnival games and sweet treats will keep even your littlest ones entertained — but there’s something especially magical about the eccentricity of Venice. Hop aboard a gondola for a ride through the canals, scope out Muscle Beach for some of the city’s best people watching, or explore the funky shops on Abbott Kinney Boulevard. The neighborhood is like a microcosm of Los Angeles travel itself; no matter where you base your holidays, there’s always something to see.

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Where to stay in Los Angeles

Top Hotels in Los Angeles

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 CA $137 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,358 reviews)

"This is where my boyfriend and I love coming to usually!!Love this place!"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 26, 2021

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
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $122 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Toyota Sports Center and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Los Angeles Forum. Hollywood Park Casino is 2.4 mi ...

3.8/5Good! (4,021 reviews)

"Great visit young lady at front desk was very friendly ! One small mishap, I was check into a dirty room ! Young lady at front desk very apologetic! Offered higher floor 13th !"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 23, 2021

Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza
Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza
4.5 out of 5
251 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $139 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Located in Downtown Los Angeles, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of The Broad and Walt Disney Concert Hall. Museum of Contemporary Art and Los Angeles ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,388 reviews)

"It was a nice hotel. We had an amazing view. But the hidden fees were very high. Had i know about them I would not habe stayed there. It cost me an additional $280 in hidden fees. Plus breakfast is not included and the coffee tast luke cardboard. So lets just say the mornings never started out very ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 25, 2021

Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza
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.

Vacation Rentals in Los Angeles

Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Breeze Suites
3.5 out of 5
2 Breeze Avenue, Venice, CA
The price is CA $200 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

With direct access to the beach, this Venice apartment building is on the boardwalk and within a 5-minute walk of Venice Beach Boardwalk, Venice Beach, and Abbot ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,168 reviews)

"Close to the beach. The staff is very friendly and keep everything very clean."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 18, 2021

Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Suites
Venice Suites
3 out of 5
417 OceanFront Walk, Venice, CA
The price is CA $176 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Nestled on the beach, this Venice apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Venice Beach Boardwalk and Venice Beach. Santa Monica Beach and Abbot Kinney ...

4/5Very Good! (905 reviews)

"really nice just wished I got the full ocean view not partial but still nice and fun. no parking! and hard to find spots blocks away."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 18, 2021

Venice Suites
HYATT house Los Angeles LAX/Manhattan Beach
HYATT house Los Angeles LAX/Manhattan Beach
3 out of 5
810 S Douglas St, El Segundo, CA
The price is CA $154 per night from Mar 17 to Mar 18

Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 5.5 mi (8.8 km) from Redondo Beach Pier and within 12 mi (20 km) of Los Angeles Forum and Sony Pictures Studios. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,949 reviews)

"The hotel was decent, you could tell it’s older, but it is well taken care of. I know this is during Covid, but many items in the room are missing and if you want something like a glass, you have to call the front desk for them to bring it to you."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 2, 2021

HYATT house Los Angeles LAX/Manhattan 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.

Popular places to visit in Los Angeles

Top things to do in Los Angeles

Reviews of Los Angeles

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 32.70564915758177%
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4 - Good 49.85133795837463%
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3 - Okay 14.66798810703667%
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2 - Disappointing 1.7839444995044598%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 16, 2020

We spent our time in Anaheim at Disneyland and Cali Adventure Park. It was a family vacation...our first time to Disneyland and DCAP. We would spend about 10 to 14 hours per day at the parks. Enjoyed both.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 10, 2020

Absolutely love Los Angeles. We r definitely coming again. We watched two games at staples center and did a tour

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

Mar 8, 2020

Overrated city. Despite good weather the city is overrun by cars, the homeless and scooters...and it‘s getting worse. Feel less safe in LA than in NYC, Chicago...in fact most every large city is better (except San Fran, which has similar issues).

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 7, 2020

Traffic is horrible. You don’t measure by how many miles but by how many minutes it’s going to take. Be prepared for a 5 mile trip at the wrong time of day to take 30 minutes

3/5 - Okay

Jason

Mar 5, 2020

Great except too many homeless folks around. The city needs to address this problem.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 29, 2020

Traffic during our sightseeing tour.

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