Los AngelesUnited States of America

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.

Known for

Entertainment, Live Music and Museums

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Where to stay in Los Angeles

Hollywood
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Hollywood

Known for Entertainment, Theatres, Opera Houses

4/5(210 reviews)

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

Downtown Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles featuring a city

Downtown Los Angeles

Known for Live Music, Theatres, Entertainment

3.5/5(80 reviews)

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

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

Bel Air
Bel Air - Westwood

Bel Air

Known for Skyscrapers, Romantic, Luxury

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

Chinatown
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Chinatown

Known for Chinatown, Shopping, Dining

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

Top hotels in Los Angeles

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Hilton Los Angeles Airport
4 out of 5
5711 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
NZ$206
per night
1 Nov. - 2 Nov.

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! (9,422 reviews)

"The room is very nice and clean, It would be nice if the hotel have refrigerator & microwave."…"

Reviewed on 18 Oct. 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$172
per night
17 Nov. - 18 Nov.

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! (7,410 reviews)

"Alot of construction mase it a bit weird. But we managed just five."…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct. 2019

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham LAX
The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown
The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown
3.5 out of 5
333 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA
NZ$276
per night
7 Nov. - 8 Nov.

Located in Downtown Los Angeles, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Broad and Walt Disney Concert Hall. Grand Central Market and Pershing Square are ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,316 reviews)

"Stayed for one night. The room was clean, bed was comfortable and quick room service."…"

Reviewed on 18 Oct. 2019

The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown

Popular activities in Los Angeles

Universal Studios Hollywood™
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Universal Studios Hollywood™

4.5/5(126 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(213 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(196 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$442

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$110

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.

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

NZ$45

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.

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

NZ$87

This Fall, there’s only one place that’s bursting with adventures; and that place is California’s original theme park, Knott’s Berry Farm. Get ready for thrilling and wild adventures at Knott's Berry Farm.

24 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Tour of Los Angeles
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24 Hour Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Tour of Los Angeles

NZ$63

See the best of Los Angeles on a hop-on hop-off tour aboard an authentic, open-air, double-decker bus. Discover LA from downtown to the beaches of Santa Monica and disembark at your leisure to visit charming sites, restaurants, shops, and parks.

#1 Hollywood Sign Hike + Griffith Observatory Tour
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#1 Hollywood Sign Hike + Griffith Observatory Tour

NZ$76

Griffith Park is California's 2nd largest park, and we're excited to take you on one of the best Los Angeles experiences out there! Hiking to the Hollywood Sign is the ultimate LA tour bucket list item, and our Hollywood Sign Hike is an unbeatable combo of exercise and sightseeing.

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