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Visit Los Angeles

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.

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Where to stay in Los Angeles

Hollywood which includes signage and night scenes

Hollywood

3.5/5Good!(3,573 area reviews)

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

Hollywood
Downtown Los Angeles showing a city

Downtown Los Angeles

3.5/5Good!(5,968 area reviews)

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

Downtown Los Angeles
Wilshire showing a park

Koreatown

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

Koreatown
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West Los Angeles

3.5/5Good!(181 area 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.

West Los Angeles
Bel Air - Westwood

Bel Air

5/5Exceptional!(18 area reviews)

A grand hotel, an important university and exciting performing arts make these two neighborhoods popular destinations on a Los Angeles travel itinerary.

Bel Air
Royce Hall at UCLA

Westwood

4.5/5Wonderful!(437 area reviews)

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

Westwood

Top Hotels in Los Angeles

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
NT$2,829
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

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 ...

3.7/5Good! (7,833 reviews)

"Nicely updated! Much cleaner than before. Great location near LAX. Reasonable price."…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/19

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham LAX
Crowne Plaza Los Angeles - International Airport
Crowne Plaza Los Angeles - International Airport
4 out of 5
5985 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Free Cancellation
NT$3,593
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

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! (8,271 reviews)

"Stay at this hotel all the time It’s excellent Great location great staff great rooms great sushi"…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/17

Crowne Plaza Los Angeles - International Airport
Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
4 out of 5
6101 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Free Cancellation
NT$3,563
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

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 Venice Beach and Loyola Marymount ...

4.1/5Very Good! (10,096 reviews)

"Everything!!! Stay was extremely pleasant and made me feel at home."…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/18

Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel

Popular things to do in Los Angeles

Universal Studios Hollywood™
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Universal Studios Hollywood™

4.5/5(3,764 reviews)

Get ready for the ultimate Hollywood experience!

Santa Monica Pier
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Santa Monica Pier

4.5/5(6,274 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(5,963 reviews)

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

Six Flags Magic Mountain
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Six Flags Magic Mountain

4.5/5(575 reviews)

Enjoy the excitement at Six Flags Magic Mountain and see why people love this theme park in Stevenson Ranch. Attend a sporting event or discover the mountain views in this family-friendly area.

University of Southern California
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University of Southern California

4/5(1,440 reviews)

Walk around the campus of University of Southern California, a well-known college in Los Angeles. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

University of California Los Angeles
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University of California Los Angeles

4/5(1,938 reviews)

Walk around the campus of University of California Los Angeles, a well-known college in Los Angeles. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the lively bars while you're in the area.

Reviews of Los Angeles

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 20, 2020

An interesting city with Tons of activities to do and unique places to see. However the amount of homeless throughout the city is depressing.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Jan 20, 2020

Hollywood is packed with homeless people everywhere. I wouldn’t stay in Hollywood again. It didn’t feel safe for a woman to go there.

4/5 - Good

Del

Jan 20, 2020

Loved Malibu Wines Hike...……….Kurt is a top-notch guide!!!!

4/5 - Good

Del

Jan 20, 2020

Malibu Wine Hikes ……… our favorite part of the trip. Our hike guide Kurt

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 20, 2020

Korea town is a great place to visit. Has many great restaurants. One thing I didn't like about is too many homeless people everywhere. :(

3/5 - Okay

Bea

Jan 20, 2020

It's a dirty place filled with lots of homeless people.

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