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Endless sunshine, family-friendly theme parks, some of the best shopping in the world and miles of sandy beaches: sunny Los Angeles really is the golden girl of the Golden State.
Cinephiles, adventure-seekers, road-trippers, wellness-worshippers: whoever you are, you’ll find your people in Los Angeles. California’s busiest, largest city is one of the most creative places in the world, with more writers, actors and musicians making their way here than anywhere else on earth.
Los Angeles doesn’t have one city centre – instead, it’s full of fun neighbourhoods. Your job as an adventurous tourist is to take them all in on your holiday. When your flight touches down, pick up your hire car and start on the coast, from Santa Monica beach, with its famous pier-top Ferris wheel, to Venice Beach, where outdoor gyms provide muscle-bound spectacles. Follow the surfers down to Huntington beach for some of the best waves on the coast. And if you want to drive further out – well, what’s stopping you? Use our multi-centre trip builder to plan a bigger adventure. Chase the coastline to San Diego: it’s sunny all the way down. From this massive city, the possibilities are endless. You’ll never see all of Los Angeles – but you’ll have fun trying.
The LA hotel scene has seen its fair share of celebrity guests. Discover which hotel put up Marilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplin (not at the same time) and find the best place to stay if you’re doing Disneyland. Edmund Vallance picks his top six hotels in the city.
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Hit the hills of Hollywood and look out for A-listers at the The Hollywood Roosevelt, Los Angeles. Located on the Walk of Fame, this four-star hotel played host to the first Academy Awards and bursts with iconic movie glamour. Are you ready for your debut? Visit ba.com/hollywoodroosevelt #hollywood #losangeles #california #hotelroosevelt #celebrityspotting #travel #britishairwaysholidays
Whether you’re looking to have your own La La Land moment, have a Pretty Woman-style shopping spree, catch the latest underground art exhibitions or chill with the beach gods and goddesses, you’ll find it all in our local’s guide to four of LA’s most-loved districts.
LA insiders: seasonal tips
“Go to Venice Beach and have Sushi in Abbott Kinney, the weather is usually the perfect temperature.” – Diana Gomez
“Spring is the ideal time to see at concert at Hollywood Bowl.” – Diana Gomez
“Dress in layers as there can be a 20 to 30-degree difference in temperatures in various parts of the city and at night.” – Lilly Dong
“Always go out with water, sunscreen, and sunglasses – you’ll regret it later if not. Avoid walking round the East Side in the heat too.” – Lilly Dong
“Checkout the festive ice rink at Pershing Square Downtown. Also, a lot of people go snowboarding in Big Bear, Mammoth, or Tahoe for most of the weekends during winter. It’s such a beautiful place with clean mountain air, a few casinos, and a decent amount of nightlife.” – Hendo Bayer
“Go to Big Foot Lounge. This bar on Culver City is super-cosy, curl up on a couch in the living room-like bar and drink a warming whisky cocktail.” – Jana Devino
“Go for a sunrise hike – the light and fresh air are both wonderful.” – Jana Devino
LA insiders: dos and don’ts
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