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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Entertainment, Live Music and Museums

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Where to stay in Los Angeles

Hollywood
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Hollywood

Entertainment, Theatres, Opera Houses

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

Downtown Los Angeles
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Downtown Los Angeles

Live Music, Theatres, Entertainment

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

Bel Air
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Bel Air

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.

Old Pasadena
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Old Pasadena

Dining, Shopping, Flowers

The historic center of Pasadena in Los Angeles County offers alfresco dining, farmers markets, shopping and arts and crafts events.

Chinatown
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Chinatown

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
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La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham LAX
3 out of 5
5249 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
NZ$186/night
25 Aug. - 26 Aug.
3.6/5Good! (7,028 reviews)

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! (7,028 reviews)

"About the airport shuttle: make sure the shuttle stops at the terminal if you want to take the shuttle from airport back to La Quinta. I waited at the drop off spot that I was told to and the shuttle didn't stop. I ended up taking a Lyft."…"

Reviewed on 18 Aug. 2019

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham LAX
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Hilton Los Angeles Airport
4 out of 5
5711 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
NZ$214/night
8 Sep. - 9 Sep.
3.9/5Very Good! (9,166 reviews)

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! (9,166 reviews)

"Did not have much time to enjoy the amenities as the visit was for a sad occasion. It’s convenient location to the airport was great!"…"

Reviewed on 12 Aug. 2019

Hilton Los Angeles Airport
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The Queen Mary
3 out of 5
1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA
NZ$189/night
2 Sep. - 3 Sep.
3.7/5Good! (8,990 reviews)

Located in Harbor, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of RMS Queen Mary and Long Beach Cruise Terminal. Aquarium of the Pacific and Pike at Rainbow ...

3.7/5Good! (8,990 reviews)

"I LOVED the location, and the chance to do History Tourism. The Bar and Restaurants were fabulous. Good food and good service. We attended a "Seance" which was fun. It took a long time to get Lukewarm water to our cold shower. The bedrooms did not have needed comforter or extra blankets. We had to ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Aug. 2019

The Queen Mary

Popular activities in Los Angeles

Universal Studios Hollywood™
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Universal Studios Hollywood™

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

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

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$433

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.

Universal Studios HollywoodTM Admission
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Universal Studios HollywoodTM Admission

NZ$185

Limited Time Offer Buy a Day, Get a 2nd Day Free Summer Special. Take an adventure with an exclusive offer now thru Sept. 26, 2019. Both visits must be completed by 9/26/19. All Saturdays blacked out for 2nd visit. Restrictions apply.

Universal Studios HollywoodTM - Universal ExpressTM Ticket
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Universal Studios HollywoodTM - Universal ExpressTM Ticket

NZ$323

Skip the regular lines all day long with the Universal ExpressTM Ticket. Receive all-day admission to the Park, along with one-time express access to each ride and attraction and seated show*.

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

NZ$92

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$39

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$72

This summer, there’s only one place that’s bursting with adventures both day and night, 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.

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Legendary vintage finds in Los Angeles

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Soak up Los Angeles in just one day
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Soak up Los Angeles in just one day

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Family activities in two California cities

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