Los Angeles is an incredible world city and a visit here is one you will always remember. The City of Angels has it all - stars, shopping, parties and beaches. Famous for its huge film and television industry, many people visit here hoping to get a glimpse of their favourite star and to visit the iconic Hollywood sign. The city is a melting pot of cultures and is particularly Latino influenced, and this combined with the beautiful glamour of Hollywood have made the city a place like no other.
Explore Los Angeles
L.A is the capital of California and the heartland of western culture - so there is a lot to do. It isn’t easy to get around L.A on foot, so a good way to see the key sites is to hop on a tour bus. As you drive through the city a friendly guide will point out locations such as the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Universal Studios and famous film locations. Other tours will take you through the Hollywood Hills and past the homes of celebrities! But one of the most exciting things about Los Angeles is the range of free activities on offer to suit all ages. There are always free outdoor concerts, performances, festivals and even live TV shows to enjoy. Be sure to check the local guides before you visit, particularly for the live TV shows as you often have to book in advance. Among the other attractions in Los Angeles are the excellent shopping opportunities, world-renowned restaurants and its stunning beaches including Venice Beach, famous for rollerbladers and featuring in Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’. It really is a city that can be as fast paced or as relaxing as you like. The choice is yours to design your own Los Angeles adventure.
Apartments and Accommodation in Los Angeles
Accommodation in Los Angeles is plentiful, and due to its size it is important that you do some research on where you would like to be based before deciding to book. Hotels are often quiet soulless and overpriced and better deals are usually finding an apartment or even villa to rent. Holiday apartments are to be found in most of LA’s most important areas. Hollywood is home to some great apartments, but these will usually come at a high price. If films and celebrities is your thing then it is wise to find a neighboring district with more realistic pricing. You will also get more of a sense of a the real LA, rubbing shoulders with real locals is a great way to work a city out and save money by avoiding the tourist traps.
- The city was originally called ‘El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reinade Los Angeles de la Porciuncula. Which translates to - Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angeles of the Small Portion – a bit of a mouthful!
- The City of Los Angeles moves approximately one-quarter of an inch to the east every year.
- LA has several curious laws – It is illegal to lick toads and also against the law to bathe two babies in a bath at the same time!
- The Los Angeles International Airport is considered to be the third largest airport in the world.
Getting out in Los Angeles
As you would expect from such a well-known and popular city, LA offers an abundance of activities. These are well spread across the city and it is wise that you plan your holiday well in order to find time to visit all the spots you would like to in your time here. Probably the largest attraction in LA at the moment is Universal Studios located just minutes from Hollywood Boulevard. Offering the ultimate Hollywood experience including thrilling theme park rides, top shows, and a real-life movie studio, this attraction really appeals to all ages. If you have still got the movie bug following that experience head back to the Hollywood Boulevard where you will find the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. 2,400 brass stars are embedded into the pavement, with each star representing the contribution to the entertainment industry of a range of actors, musicians, directors and writers. Also stunning is The Getty Centre, with its dramatic geometric architecture spread over a huge hilltop area. The Getty Centre is also a wonderful museum with European and American works from the Middle Ages to present day. The grounds on which it lies plays host to a stunning modern garden and the vantage point over Los Angeles is breathtaking.