Los AngelesUnited States of America

The beaches of Santa Monica, boutiques along Beverly Hills’ tree-lined boulevards, and Universal Studios’ movie sets set the scene for a perfect West Coast break.

Beneath the iconic “Hollywood” sign, Los Angeles sprawls out over 4,061 square miles (10,518 square kilometers). More than 80 neighborhoods spread up into the mountains, through bustling city blocks and down to the ocean.

Wealth and glamour reign in upscale areas like Bel Air and Beverly Hills, while eccentricity rules in Venice Beach. In the hills high above the city, art and architecture are on display at the Getty Center. For science and history buffs, there’s astronomy at the Griffith Observatory, prehistoric remains at the La Brea Tar Pits and a naval monument at the USS Iowa. A carnival atmosphere pervades Santa Monica Pier, and life beneath the water is the ticket at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Universal Studios is a good place to see big names in film and television hard at work. You might also see a celebrity practicing retail therapy at the designer boutiques of Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive. Take a stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where the biggest stars of stage and screen have been immortalized with brass plaques on the sidewalk.

Despite the red carpets, velvet ropes and shiny limousines that seem synonymous with the city today, LA has lived through many guises since Mexican settlers founded it in 1781. Once a dusty cattle settlement, the city was at the heart of the gold and oil rushes in the 1840s and ’50s. In the early 1900s, major film studios arrived and the outback town began its evolution into the entertainment capital of the world.

To get a true sense of the city’s past and present, try and cover all bases with studio tours and beach trips, museum visits and fine dining. Even if you don’t sight a major celebrity, you’ll find Los Angeles a star in its own right.

Where to stay in Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles
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Downtown Los Angeles

Known for Live Music, Theaters, Entertainment

3.5/5(5,504 reviews)

Once a hardworking industrial neighbourhood, today’s Downtown LA is a destination reborn with an emphasise on culture and green spaces.

Hollywood
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Hollywood

Known for Entertainment, Theaters, Opera Houses

3.5/5(3,324 reviews)

Spot movie stars and experience the glamour of show business at the legendary home of the American motion picture industry.

West Hollywood West
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West Hollywood West

While West Hollywood West isn't home to many top sights, Beverly Center Shopping Mall and Whiskey a Go Go are some notable places to visit nearby.

Koreatown
Eat all you can korean barbeque for $11.99
Yes eat all you can
Including kimchi dishes
Brown and white rice included..
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Koreatown

Known for Dining, Entertainment, Live Music

This trendy neighborhood is known for its diverse cultural heritage, 24-hour nightlife and eclectic entertainment options.

West Los Angeles
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West Los Angeles

Known for Dining, Running, Shopping

3.5/5(164 reviews)

Restaurants, shopping, and beaches are some highlights of West Los Angeles. You might stop by Westwood Village or Westfield Century City while you're in the area.

Westwood
Royce Hall at UCLA
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Westwood

Known for Sports, Dancing, Basketball

4.5/5(407 reviews)

Museums, bars, and art galleries are some highlights of Westwood. Make a stop by Westwood Village or Fowler Museum while you're exploring.

Top Hotels in Los Angeles

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Crowne Plaza Los Angeles - International Airport
Crowne Plaza Los Angeles - International Airport
4 out of 5
5985 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
NT$3,150
per night
Nov 23 - Nov 24

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Hollywood Park Casino and within 6 mi (10 km) of Los Angeles Forum and Loyola Marymount University. ...

4/5Very Good! (7,844 reviews)

"I stayed one night for early flight in the morning. Great"…"

Reviewed on 2019/11/17

Crowne Plaza Los Angeles - International Airport
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham LAX
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham LAX
3 out of 5
5249 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
NT$2,610
per night
Dec 1 - Dec 2

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Hollywood Park Casino and 2.5 mi (3.9 km) from Los Angeles Forum. Loyola Marymount University and ...

3.6/5Good! (7,540 reviews)

"Comfortable. Breakfast was excellent. Shuttles were extremely efficient!"…"

Reviewed on 2019/11/16

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham LAX
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
NT$2,906
per night
Nov 29 - Nov 30

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Hollywood Park Casino and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Los Angeles Forum. Loyola Marymount University and ...

3.9/5Very Good! (9,542 reviews)

"Close to airport and free shuttle service. Provided late check out at a cost"…"

Reviewed on 2019/11/15

Hilton Los Angeles Airport

Popular things to do in Los Angeles

Universal Studios Hollywood™
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Universal Studios Hollywood™

4.5/5(3,576 reviews)

Get ready for the ultimate Hollywood experience!

Santa Monica Pier
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Santa Monica Pier

4.5/5(6,017 reviews)

You'll find beachside kitsch, boardwalk ambiance and carnival fun at this sunbaked LA attraction that’s more than a hundred years old.

Hollywood Walk of Fame
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Hollywood Walk of Fame

4/5(5,702 reviews)

Tinseltown’s star-studded tribute to the artists, global icons, producers and directors who’ve made significant contributions to entertainment.

Warner Brothers Studio
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Warner Brothers Studio

4.5/5(1,074 reviews)

Enjoy a trip to Warner Brothers Studio, a well-known attraction in Burbank. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

Hollywood Sign
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Hollywood Sign

4.5/5(2,362 reviews)

Hollywood Sign is a well-known landmark worth seeing in Los Angeles. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

RMS Queen Mary
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RMS Queen Mary

4/5(742 reviews)

Browse the exhibits at RMS Queen Mary, a popular museum in Long Beach. Experience the acclaimed art scene or attend a sporting event in this walkable area.

Reviews of Los Angeles

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 33.23753013165214%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 42.98164287038754%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 18.783608381234934%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 3.1800482106434265%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.817170406081958%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Nov 18, 2019

There are amazing things to do. Negative like any big city traffic and sad homeless situation. Smell of pee walking down the streets.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 18, 2019

Los Angeles is a beautiful place to visit and the weather is great.. it’s a peaceful and relaxing city where everything is nice and up to date.

5/5 - Excellent

GuestfromCanada

Nov 18, 2019

We love it here. An annual thing :)

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 17, 2019

Love LA

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

Nov 17, 2019

LA is a very dirty place. A lot of homeless and people trying to get over on the tourists. Overall it didn’t feel safe. Will not be going there again.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 16, 2019

Los Angeles is a glamor city, wide roads choked with traffic, smog in the air, love the place nevertheless

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