The sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles is a truly fascinating place to visit. Affectionately known as the ‘City of Angels’, this is a rollercoaster of a destination that sends you on a whirlwind adventure in glorious Californian sunshine. Whether you travel to do some shopping, hit the beach or try to spot some big-name celebrities, this is a vibrant location that also offers relaxation.
Tinseltown stretches for 75 miles along the west coast of the United States and is comprised of 88 different towns and cities. But, don’t worry, it is easy to navigate and attractions are accessible. From the revitalised Downtown to Hollywood and Beverly Hills to Santa Monica, this is a fun-filled holiday sure to please all the family.
Iconic tourist sights mixed with funky bars and gastropubs make for a wonderful getaway while the crisp sandy coastline is the perfect retreat for anyone looking to hit the beach. You can see why so many people flock here every year.
There are so many sights to see in Los Angeles that you may struggle to see them all. Head to Hollywood Boulevard first and see the Walk of Fame as you take a stroll, passing the imprints of celebrities in the cement on this route near to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. The tree-lined avenues still play host to many movie legends and you can pick up a map to see which ones live where – although don’t expect to see many! Get a further taste of the history of Hollywood as you take a tour through Universal Studios, drive up Sunset Strip and the Pacific Coast Highway for a glamorous introduction to LA and take in the museums and culture that are found in the diverse Downtown.
From the huge family-friendly complex at The Grove to the stores of the super rich at Rodeo Drive to the LA Fashion District that is filled with fashionistas hunting for the next bargain, you can quite easily spend the day pounding the pavement doing a bit of shopping.
There is plenty to do down by the beach. Rent a bike and cycle down the beautiful coast, get some roller-skates and skate down the pathway or swim out into the Pacific Ocean and try your hand at surfing. And, when all that gets too much, simply lie down on the sand and take in some of the soothing Californian sun rays down at the home of Baywatch – Malibu Beach.
Orlando is often pictured as the destination for enjoying theme parks but Los Angeles also has an embarrassment of riches in this department. Knott’s Berry Farm was the first of this kind in America and is well worth a visit, although it is the huge movie-themed Universal Studios Hollywood and Disneyland in Anaheim that are the main attractions. Other options include Sea World, as well as the Shark Lagoon and Sea Otter Habitat, while the Endeavour space shuttle is a great experience for all the family.
As night falls, there is still plenty more in the tank as far as Los Angeles is concerned. With cuisine that ranges from hot dog stalls and street food trucks to Chinese and a champagne dinner cruise, you have a plethora of options at your fingertips. If you fancy some clubbing and live music then LA has you covered with the best scene on the west coast.
Nightclubs range from the mainstream club Mayan in the Downtown district to the star-studded options of Greystone Manor and Supperclub. Other popular options include King King and Lure while you can get live jazz in the Jazz Bakery and Catalina Bar and rock bands in the Viper Room.
A great destination for couples or families, Los Angeles has so much in store that you will doubtless want to return. From getting some sun on the beach to trying a diverse selection of food to brushing shoulders with the stars, it is a glamorous place filled with character.
Locations like Santa Monica, Malibu Beach, Rodeo Drive, Hollywood and Disneyland are all fun-filled spots sure to give you an unforgettable experience. Enjoy some of the SoCal lifestyle here in the City of Angels and soak up some of the wonderful Californian sun as you travel round this breathtaking city that is sure to give you an unforgettable experience.
Things to do in LA
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Los Angeles is great for shopping, so if you have forgotten anything then you can soon find a replacement within the various stores in the city. The most popular tourist season is seen during the summer months but as the sun shines everyday, your suitcase might not change too much.
Light coloured clothing is the best way to go during the day because of the sunny weather in Los Angeles. When the heat is reflected you really won’t want the dark colours soaking in the heat. Due to the nature of an action packed city, you want to make sure that you have comfortable clothes for walking around so shorts, t-shirts, blouses, skirts, tops, casual button shirts, jeans, trainers and flip flops should all be packed for day to day wearing.
Of course, there are some areas where you will encounter a dress code, particularly at night. For this, you should look to have packed a collared shirt, smart trousers, dresses and appropriate shoes, particularly if you are looking to enter some nightclubs.
Other essentials include beachwear, sun cream, sunglasses, a sun hat, a light jacket for the day time and sweater for the evening.
Los Angeles has a dry summer and a rainy winter season across the year, although the temperatures don’t vary all that much.
While April and May are warm, with daily averages towards the 20ºC mark, it is in early June when summer really begins to kick as the daily average high hits the 25ºC plus mark. This temperature pattern lasts until late October or early November most years before the winter season takes over. During summer you can expect little rainfall when you are in Los Angeles.
There isn’t much of a spring or autumn as the temperatures don’t drop enough to see a change in plant growth. During the months of December through March, you will see some rainfall and whilst the daily average doesn’t drop to much less than 15ºC, the temperature does drop off at this time.
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