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Los Angeles Travel Guide
The city where people travel to realise their dreams, Los Angeles is brimming with possibility and sunshine. This is where the beautiful and talented pound the pavements, and the sights are familiar to all. Los Angeles neighbourhoods like Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Malibu, Venice Beach, Santa Monica and Bel Air are legendary and draw hordes of tourists to the sites of their favourite series. This star-struck city is a fabulous place for shopping, surfing and partying the night away, and if all the showbiz excitement and beach fun is not enough, endless entertainment is available in the many famous theme parks in and around the city.
Best time to visit Los Angeles
High season for travel to Los Angeles is during the hot, sunny months of July and August, but those who prefer to avoid crowds and high prices are better advised to choose the months either side of peak season to holiday in Los Angeles. Winter can be wet but temperatures are generally fairly mild.
What to see in Los Angeles
-Explore the LA beach communities of Venice Beach, Malibu and Santa Monica.
-Pay tribute to bygone stars at the many celebrity gravesites in Los Angeles.
-See long-extinct animals at the La Brea Tar Pits.
-Marvel at the Getty Center art collection, one of the most visited museums in the US.
What to do in Los Angeles
-Take the kids to Disneyland Resort.
-Trawl Hollywood Boulevard, visiting the many museums and landmarks.
-Mingle with the rich and famous in the upmarket neighbourhoods of West LA.
-Picnic, stroll or cycle in the lovely Griffith Park.
Beyond Los Angeles
Many tourist attractions await visitors just beyond city limits, including the many theme parks clumped nearby in Anaheim. A number of glorious state parks are also within reach for daytrips from Los Angeles; even Death Valley National Park is less than five-hours drive away.
Los Angeles International Airport is one of the busiest in the US, and indeed the world. Flights are available to LAX from major cities on all continents. The airport is situated 16 miles (26km) southwest of central Los Angeles.
Did you know?
-The iconic Hollywood sign originally read 'Hollywoodland' and was constructed as a real estate advertisement.
-On any given day more than 100 movie and television crews are shooting on location in LA.
-Los Angeles boasts more stage theatres and more museums than any other American city.