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Los AngelesUnited States of America

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!(294 area reviews)

Travellers love Hollywood for its popular shops, and you can see more of Los Angeles by jumping on the metro at Hollywood - Vine Station or Hollywood - Western Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Pantages Theatre and Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Hollywood
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Downtown Los Angeles

3.5/5Good!(119 area reviews)

Walt Disney Concert Hall and Staples Center are top sights in Downtown Los Angeles, and you should be sure to explore the great live music. Hop aboard the metro at Pershing Square Station or 7th Street - Metro Center Station to see more sights in the area.

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

Koreatown

Travellers choose Koreatown for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Wilshire - Normandie Station or Wilshire - Western Station and check out top sights like Wiltern Theatre.

Koreatown
Bel Air - Westwood

Bel Air

You'll appreciate the restaurants during your time in Bel Air and you might want to plan a stop by Getty Center and J. Paul Getty Museum while you're in the area.

Bel Air
Chinatown showing signage

Chinatown

Noted for its shopping and live music, there's plenty to explore in Chinatown. Top attractions like Los Angeles State Historic Park and Olvera St are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Chinatown Station or Union Station to see more of the city.

Chinatown

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
The price is NZ$159 per night

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! (8,600 reviews)

"Clean property. Lobby was always busy, couldn’t really get in or out without walking through people."…"

Reviewed on 27 May 2020

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham LAX
Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport
Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport
4 out of 5
6225 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$221 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Loyola Marymount University, Venice Beach and Los Angeles Forum. Manhattan Beach Pier and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (3,805 reviews)

"As a general the place was great. Room was really nice and comfortable. It is what you would expect from a 4-5 Star hotel. The only issue we had was that the TV reception was bad but they sent someone to check it. Unfortunately the were not able to fix it at the time. We told them to just leave it ..."…"

Reviewed on 28 May 2020

Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport
Sheraton Cerritos Hotel
Sheraton Cerritos Hotel
3.5 out of 5
12725 Center Court Dr S, Cerritos, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$144 per night

Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Cerritos Center for Performing Arts and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Los Cerritos Shopping Center. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,610 reviews)

"What I love about this place how clean everything is, quiet, non smoking hotel, due to all this covid19 we had best experiences, close shopping retails, if your a coffee lover like me trust me starbucks just around the corner, sushi, many food places... I would definitely book here again"…"

Reviewed on 27 May 2020

Sheraton Cerritos Hotel

Popular places to visit in Los Angeles

Universal Studios Hollywood™
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Universal Studios Hollywood™

4.5/5(153 reviews)

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

Venice Beach
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Venice Beach

4/5(215 reviews)

Top up your tan while you watch body builders and colourful performers doing their stuff along Los Angeles’ quirky urban shoreline, a great escape from the city.

Staples Center
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Staples Center

4.5/5(68 reviews)

This multipurpose sports arena has hosted some of the world’s biggest musical acts and is home to two National Basketball Association teams.

Santa Monica Pier
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Santa Monica Pier

4.5/5(286 reviews)

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

Santa Monica Beach
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Santa Monica Beach

4.5/5(117 reviews)

Located just west of downtown Los Angeles, this iconic southern California beach is a haven for swimmers, surfers, beachcombers and fitness enthusiasts. 

Hollywood Walk of Fame
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Hollywood Walk of Fame

4/5(279 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

Aquarium of the Pacific Tickets
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Aquarium of the Pacific Tickets

90% of travellers recommend
NZ$53
Per adult
Hollywood VIP Day Tour from Las Vegas
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Hollywood VIP Day Tour from Las Vegas

86% of travellers recommend
NZ$392
Per adult
Discover Los Angeles & Hollywood: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Discover Los Angeles & Hollywood: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

74% of travellers recommend
NZ$66
Per adult
Experience the World Famous Madame Tussauds Hollywood!
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Experience the World Famous Madame Tussauds Hollywood!

90% of travellers recommend
NZ$34
Per adult
Grand City Tour of LA's Top Sights
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Grand City Tour of LA's Top Sights

88% of travellers recommend
NZ$109
Per adult
7-Hour Grand LA Tour
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7-Hour Grand LA Tour

90% of travellers recommend
NZ$139
Per adult

Reviews of Los Angeles

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
129
5 - Excellent 25.748502994011975%
4 - Good
236
4 - Good 47.10578842315369%
3 - Okay
113
3 - Okay 22.55489021956088%
2 - Disappointing
19
2 - Disappointing 3.7924151696606785%
1 - Terrible
4
1 - Terrible 0.7984031936127745%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 May 2020

Was only at the airport and the Hyatt Regency during a transit from New Zealand to Honolulu but it was a positive experience!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

29 Feb. 2020

Alot of homeless everywhere.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

12 Feb. 2020

Be carful of the crackheads. Especially at night. Also drinks when bars close.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

8 Feb. 2020

Plenty to do for 2 was

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Jan. 2020

Transport Good & great shopping

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

18 Jan. 2020

There’s a few options for shopping including outlet shopping. Santa Monica is nice but in the winter it doesn’t seem like theres too much going on in LA. It seemed pretty quiet. The weather was also not very wintery - 23 Celsius and sunny.

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