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Los Angeles Travel Guide

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For a city of billionaires and dreamers, the city of angels is wonderfully down to earth and takes its stereotypes firmly on the chin. Whether you're a lover of the sunny surf culture or a shopaholic, Los Angeles pretty much has you covered.

Top things to do in Los Angeles

Surfboard Hit the beach
Hit the surf, boutiques, bars and broadwalk of Santa Monica beach, people watch and lay on the warm sand of Venice beach or take a stroll through El Matador beach and watch the sunset.
Tote Bag Shop 'till you drop
Calling all fashion lovers! LA is the perfect location to go on a shopping spree like no other. From vintage markets to the legendary Rodeo Drive if you've got enough money to splash that cash.
Hollywood Film Sign Universal Studios
No visit is complete until you experience the magic of Universal Studios. Go behind the scenes of some of Hollywood's most iconic films and take on some  thrilling theme park rides!

Los Angeles neighbourhoods

There's so much more to the city of Angels than you'd expect. Home of the entertainment industry, this is a city of trendsetters and go-getters. Whatever your budget or travel style, this is a city filled with diverse neighbourhoods that are just waiting to be explored, we've picked our top places to visit below.
Santa Monica

Santa Monica

Did you know Santa Monica actually had eight of it's own mini neighbourhoods? This is the perfect location to enjoy the best local restaurants, bars and theatres or kick back and relax on some of California's most famous beaches. Lovers of art and surf vibes will enjoy Main Street whereas Downtown Santa Monica is the perfect place for shopping.
Long Beach

Long Beach

From coastal beaches to arts and culture, Long Beach is a relaxing way to explore Southern California in all its glory. Go on a Marine adventure with a visit to The Aquarium of the Pacific or visit the Museum of Latin American art before hitting the many local restaurants.
Downtown LA

Downtown Los Angeles

Most people might think of downtown Los Angeles as being a bit lacking in the activity department, but over the year's there's been plenty of things to see and do. Feast in Chinatown, Little Armenia or even Thai Town or pay a visit to the legendary Grammy museum and learn more about the history of recorded music and the award itself.
Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills

If you love the finer things in life, Beverly Hills is the place to go. Hop on a Starline Tour and celeb spot around some of Hollywood's most famous homes or wander through the iconic Rodeo Drive for the best in designer clothing.

Our favourite Los Angeles Hotels & hostels

Bright colored hotel in LA

Samesun Venice Beach Hostel

• Swim, party and live it up at this classic travellers' hostel
• Situated on Venice Beach Boardwalk with ocean views
Bright colored hotel lobby in Santa Monica

HI Santa Monica Hostel

• Perfect location to explore Santa Monica
• Watch a movie, play a game of pool or relax in the courtyard in front of fountains
Bright colored hotel lobby in LA

Banana Bungalow

• Social butterflies will love this super friendly, laid-back hostel
• Grab a mic and sing up a storm at the karaoke bar
• Clean, comfy and colourful with funky furnishings

Top tours and activities in LA

star on hollywood walk of fame

Go Los Angeles card

The Go Los Angeles Card is your ticket to the best LA has to offer! You'll have access to over 40 of the most popular LA attractions! 
Aerial view of Universal Studios in Hollywood California

Universal Studios Hollywood

Go behind the scenes of the world's largest working studio and join King Kong, Optimus Prime, The Minions and more. Learn about the secrets of film-making and go on some of the studios most thrilling rides!

Frequently asked questions about travelling to Los Angeles

When is the best time to visit Los Angeles?

LA's pretty much known for its clear skies and sunny weather, so no matter when you travel you can almost always be sure to catch the sunshine. However, if you're looking for slightly cooler temperatures the best time to visit is between March to May or September to November.

How do you get around in LA?

LA has easy-to-use public transportation available for getting around including: Metro Buses Metro Rail, and Dash Buses. Getting around by car is the most convenient way to explore LA and the surrounding areas. View car hire options here

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