Los Angeles, CA

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Relax on the beaches, be thrilled at the theme parks and experience culture in the museums and art galleries of this sprawling Southern California city.

Los Angeles offers amazingly varied casual and cultural appeal. Spend a week enjoying different theme parks or dress up for a Hollywood premiere. Hike in the Hollywood Hills and surf in Pacific waves.

Visit some of the world’s favorite theme parks, including Disneyland® Park, which originally opened its magical kingdom with kids’ rides and exciting roller coasters in Anaheim in 1955. Disney California Adventure® Park offers themed attractions tied to Pixar animated films. Universal Studios Hollywood is both a film studio and a theme park, with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and other kid-friendly attractions. Find additional thrilling rides at Knott’s Berry Farm® and Six Flags® Magic Mountain.

Downtown Los Angeles has a unique attraction, La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, with reassembled remains from over 650 species and active excavation of Ice Age fossil deposits. Next door, explore the 150,000 works in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The Getty Center, overlooking the city, displays medieval to contemporary art while the Getty Villa offers a sense of ancient Greece and Rome in a beautiful setting along the Pacific Ocean. For a more modern cultural treat, stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame to find your favorite actor’s star. Bend down to compare your hands to the handprints formed in the sidewalk.

The California Science Center features tours of the actual Endeavour space shuttle, a living kelp forest and a shake table for building and testing earthquake-resistant structures. Near the iconic hillside Hollywood sign is the Griffith Observatory. Study its exhibits and use its telescopes to scan the night skies.

Los Angeles is bordered to the west by an endless stretch of beach with separate named sections. Bodybuilders and skaters line the boardwalk of Venice Beach. Ride the waves at Manhattan Beach or Malibu’s Surfrider Beach. Enjoy the tranquility of Cabrillo Beach. Relax on the sands of Santa Monica Beach and stop at the nearby pier for shopping and refreshments.

Where to stay in Los Angeles

Sonesta Los Angeles Airport LAX
Sonesta Los Angeles Airport LAX
4 out of 5
5985 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90045
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $118 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Los Angeles. Enjoy free WiFi, 4 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4/5 Very Good! (3,807 reviews)
"Staff was professional. Hotel was classy. The taproom was an added bonus. Ready to return"

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Sonesta Los Angeles Airport LAX
Loews Hollywood Hotel
Loews Hollywood Hotel
4 out of 5
1755 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90028
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $248 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Los Angeles. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,591 reviews)
"Great friendly staff."

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Loews Hollywood Hotel
The Westin Los Angeles Airport
The Westin Los Angeles Airport
4 out of 5
5400 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90045
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $130 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Los Angeles. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4/5 Very Good! (2,432 reviews)
"Easily assessable to other dining places, and to relatives. Didn't care for not having microwave in room, construction across the main street, and not having access to a hotel computer to print out boarding passes for air travel. I know most use our smart devices for that purpose, but I prefer a ..."

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

The Westin Los Angeles Airport
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.
Sonder Lüm
Sonder Lüm
3.5 out of 5
3900 West Century Boulevard, Inglewood, CA, 90303
The price is $106 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Inglewood. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Popular attractions SoFi Stadium and Los Angeles Forum ...
3.7/5 Good! (20 reviews)
"The ambiance, amenities, location, look and feel."

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Sonder Lüm
Sonesta ES Suites Torrance Redondo Beach
Sonesta ES Suites Torrance Redondo Beach
3 out of 5
19901 Prairie Ave, Torrance, CA, 90503
The price is $147 per night from May 24 to May 25
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Torrance. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,474 reviews)
"Thanks for a wonderful few days!. Customer service and breakfast were great! Loved having the laundry facilities and pool available. Will stay again :)"

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2022

Sonesta ES Suites Torrance Redondo Beach
Venice Breeze Suites
Venice Breeze Suites
3.5 out of 5
2 Breeze Avenue, Venice, CA, 90291
The price is $279 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 3.5-star beach apartment in Venice. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,344 reviews)
"It was the best experience ever! The boardwalk was quiet after about 1030pm most nights and we came on a Friday.. clean and very easy to get to from Uber or just from walking."

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2022

Venice Breeze Suites
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.

Getting around Los Angeles

The best way to see Los Angeles is to rent a car. The streets are generally long and wide, with large distances between attractions. Walking won’t get you far. However, there are various public transportation options available. You can get to the majority of popular attractions using a combination of the subway, Metro buses, DASH buses and Metro Rail Trains. Look for a taxi to get somewhere fast. Visit the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority website. Browse Los Angeles rental cars.

Best time to visit

With year-round sun, any time of year is a great time to visit Los Angeles. However, the periods between March and May and September to November are far less busy. Pack for pleasant temperatures that are unlikely to dip below 50 F (10 C) or rise much above 85 F (29 C). The summer months get far hotter. Visit in October to participate in all the Halloween fun with a Hollywood twist that runs throughout the month.

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Reviews of Los Angeles

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3/5 - Okay

Taz

Jun 6, 2020

Los Angeles is extremely filthy, but I enjoyed the restaurants in the city.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Jun 4, 2020

It was nice but the price they are charging for the small room wasn't. Door to balcony was extremely hard to open room 703 i believe.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

Only because of the riots in the city.

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

everyone was looting and rioting

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Nice

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 31, 2020

The scenery was beautiful

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