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Where you don’t need an observatory to get star-struck

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.

If you drive inland from Santa Monica beach you’ll hit Beverly Hills, then West Hollywood, and finally Hollywood – where cruising with the top down is the best way to sight-see at speed. If you drove inland from Huntington Beach you’d be in Anaheim, the site of the world’s original Disneyland© Resort.

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.

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LA insiders: dos and don’ts

Hendo Bayer

Do

  • Go to In-N-Out, and try the animal-style fries. I like to think of it as a boutique fast food place, that uses really fresh ingredients. The animal fries have cheese with Thousand Island dressing, grilled onions… really good.
  • Feel free to ask people on the streets for directions. Everyone in LA will be happy to help you out.

Don't

  • Don’t call California ‘Cali’ if you want to fit in. Don’t call San Francisco ‘San Fran’ either.

Lilly Dong

Do

  • Use Wayze to get around as it takes you through neighbourhoods to avoid traffic. Every drive becomes fun
  • Always tip 20 per cent.
  • Try the Mexican food – it’s the best here.

Don't

  • Don’t be over adventurous – plan your days to do things in the same area.
  • Don’t travel on Friday afternoons, traffic is the worst.

Diana Gomez

Do

  • Be as extravagant as you like here

Don't

  • Don’t be afraid of some small talk with strangers

Jana Devino

Do

  • Wear layers – it can get pretty chilly here, especially in the evenings and nighttime.
  • Try catch a free concert on the beach – it’s typical LA.
I love the diversity of experiences in LA, from nightclubs and dive bars, to beaches, to mountain hikes, there’s always something different to do and a lot of it, particularly the outdoorsy stuff, is free

Hendo Bayer

As a photographer, I love that you can make anything in this town – the best people in the industry are here. If you can dream it you can do it here

Lily Dong

LA insiders: seasonal tips

Spring

“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

Summer

“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

Winter

“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

Prepare to go

Country code

+1

Best time to go

All year round

Tipping

15-20% of your bill

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