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Visit Los Angeles

You’ll be spoilt for choice in LA with its pretty beaches, upmarket boutiques and Universal Studios where you can see film sets from your favourite films.

Beneath the iconic “Hollywood” sign, Los Angeles stretches out over an impressive 10,518 square kilometres. Its 80 neighbourhoods spread right up into the mountains, via bustling city blocks that run all the way down to the coast.

Wealthy Bel Air and Beverly Hills both ooze glamour and sophistication, while Venice Beach has a more eccentric vibe. Nestled high in the hills above the City, you’ll find the Getty Center, which has both art and architecture on display. If science and history are your thing, Griffith Observatory is a must-visit, as are the La Brea Tar Pits, where you can see the preserved prehistoric remains of the creatures that became entrapped in the sticky bubbling tar. Alternatively, visit a naval monument at the USS Iowa or enjoy the carnival atmosphere of Santa Monica Pier. For something more peaceful, see the calm life beneath the water at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Universal Studios is a working film and TV studio where you can see stars of stage and screen at work. If you’re lucky, you may get a glimpse of a celebrity enjoying a spot of retail therapy in the designer boutiques in Beverly Hills and on Rodeo Drive. Stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame and gaze down at the marble and brass stars inlaid in the pavement that give eternal life to the stars of stage and screen and mark their achievements.

LA isn’t all red carpets, glitz and glamour. It was once at the heart of the gold and oil rushes of the 1840s and ‘50s. It was only in the early 1900s that major film studios arrived and the once dusty cattle settlement began its transformation to the entertainment capital of the world that we know today.

To get a real feel for LA, plan a mix of studio tours, museum visits, beach trips and fine dining. Don’t be disappointed if you don’t get to spot a celebrity. Los Angeles itself is the real star of the show.

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Where to stay in Los Angeles

Hollywood featuring night scenes and signage

Hollywood

4/5Very Good!(253 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 featuring a city

Downtown Los Angeles

3.5/5Good!(99 reviews)

Once synonymous with smog and traffic, today, Downtown LA is a destination known for its culture and green spaces.

Downtown Los Angeles
Koreatown, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Koreatown

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

Koreatown
Bel Air - Westwood

Bel Air

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

Bel Air
Chinatown showing signage

Chinatown

Spend an afternoon wandering around this historic ethnic neighborhood, which is home to diverse restaurants, a thriving art scene and quirky grocery stores.

Chinatown

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
NZ$183
per night
24 Dec. - 25 Dec.

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

4/5Very Good! (8,040 reviews)

"Very convenient to reach from/to the Airport. Good location. The carpet in the corridor to the room was musty smelling."…"

Reviewed on 12 Dec. 2019

Crowne Plaza Los Angeles - International Airport
Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Hilton Los Angeles Airport
4 out of 5
5711 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
NZ$167
per night
24 Dec. - 25 Dec.

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 ...

3.9/5Good! (9,690 reviews)

"Very clean and the view was nice and also customer service was excellent"…"

Reviewed on 11 Dec. 2019

Hilton Los Angeles 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
NZ$156
per night
22 Dec. - 23 Dec.

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! (7,672 reviews)

"Newly remodeled clean comfortable room with convenient location to LAX. 24 hour shuttle service."…"

Reviewed on 11 Dec. 2019

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham LAX

Popular activities in Los Angeles

Universal Studios Hollywood™
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Universal Studios Hollywood™

4.5/5(140 reviews)

A star-studded venue which is part film and TV studio, part entertainment complex and part amusement park for three-times the fun.

Santa Monica Pier
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Santa Monica Pier

4.5/5(260 reviews)

Head to this century-old sun-baked attraction which has plenty of quirky beachside kitsch, a boardwalk ambience and a heady carnival atmosphere.

Hollywood Walk of Fame
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Hollywood Walk of Fame

4/5(241 reviews)

A trip to LA wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Tinseltown’s star-studded tribute to the movers and shakers of the entertainment industry.

Top activities in Los Angeles

Disneyland® Resort Tickets
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Disneyland® Resort Tickets

NZ$435

Magical kingdoms and storybook fairy tales come to life before your eyes at Disneyland® Resort Theme Parks. Discover for yourself why Disney's enchanting Disneyland® Park is one of the happiest places on earth, and see your favorite stories become reality at Disney California Adventure® Park.

Six Flags Magic Mountain One-Day General Admission
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Six Flags Magic Mountain One-Day General Admission

NZ$109

Six Flags Magic Mountain is known as the “Thrill Capital of the World,” the 260-acre theme park features 19 world-class roller coasters and over 100 rides, games and attractions for the entire family.

Knott's Berry Farm Tickets
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Knott's Berry Farm Tickets

NZ$85

This Holiday Season there’s only one place that’s bursting with adventures; and that place is California’s original theme park, Knott’s Berry Farm. Holiday spirit shines even brighter at Knott’s Merry Farm this year, taking place November 22 - January 5.

OUE Skyspace LA General Admission plus Skyslide Ride
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OUE Skyspace LA General Admission plus Skyslide Ride

NZ$43

Take LA to New Heights! OUE Skyspace is the perfect starting point for guests to the Los Angeles area providing a stunning overview of the city’s layout, allowing you to map out other various options to be explored on your trip.

Go Los Angeles All-Inclusive: Over 35 Attractions in 1 Pass
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Go Los Angeles All-Inclusive: Over 35 Attractions in 1 Pass

NZ$144

Take on the rides at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, uncover silver screen secrets on a Warner Bros. Studio Tour, or build your own creations at LEGOLAND® California. Access over 35 of the most popular attractions in LA and save on admission.

Hotel pick up
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Hotel pick up

NZ$47

Pick up from your hotel

Reviews of Los Angeles

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
108
5 - Excellent 24.71395881006865%
4 - Good
206
4 - Good 47.139588100686495%
3 - Okay
105
3 - Okay 24.02745995423341%
2 - Disappointing
14
2 - Disappointing 3.203661327231121%
1 - Terrible
4
1 - Terrible 0.9153318077803204%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

1 Dec. 2019

Was in Downtown only for business. Didn't do much else.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 Nov. 2019

LA Architectural Tours are always of a first class standard. I can highly recommend them for a local and professional into local history for the interested visitor.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

25 Nov. 2019

I would probably avoid L.A. with kids. Although there is lots to see, it is hectic busy everywhere and not that enjoyable with a 3 year old.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 Nov. 2019

It’s a fun place to visit, full of energy and things to do day and night.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

25 Nov. 2019

Not a fan of LA, not much there interested me. Should have allocated this time to New Orleans.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

17 Nov. 2019

Lots to see and do but traffic is super busy. Overall enjoyable

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Free Things to Do in Los Angeles with Kids
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