Los Angeles is a city filled with history and culture, a veritable feast for the eyes that assaults the other senses as well. Nestled at the northeast end of the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles is topographically diverse, featuring mountains, valleys, rivers, and the Pacific Ocean.
Amid all of the natural beauty, there is a vast array of museums, landmarks, natural wonders, and restaurants to explore.
Los Angeles owns many titles, but it is most widely known as the entertainment and motion picture capital of the world. As the second most populous city in the United States, Los Angeles is also a major economical and financial hub. These elements contribute to the cultural diversity and excitement that make a visit to the City of Angels an adventure like no other.
Where to Stay
From cozy bed and breakfast inns to historic coastal bungalows to luxury Beverly Hills hotels, there are accommodations for every taste and budget in the Los Angeles area.
For the ultimate in luxury, the Four Seasons Hotel offers top notch comfort, service, and beauty. The price is on the high end, but so are the accommodations!
For something a little fun and budget-friendly, The Farmer’s Daughter Hotel features lots of country charm and rustic appeal. Located near the Los Angeles Farmer’s Market, they serve up comforting country cooking that even the locals love.
For those who love the nightlife, The Redbury puts you in the heart of Hollywood’s club scene. bohemian in style, the suites are Moroccan-inspired, and also feature the convenience of kitchenettes and cozy comfort.
The country club atmosphere of the Hotel Bel-Air will appeal to the most discriminating tastes. The Spanish-Mission style accommodations are surrounded by lush, immaculate gardens and feature 4-star dining and views.
What to Do
Thanks to its diverse landscape and cultural credentials, Los Angeles is not short on things to see and do. It is a city for nature lovers, art enthusiasts, celebrity gawkers, and eager shoppers.
Visit the Getty Center, an architectural wonder that is home to priceless works of art by artists like Van Gogh, Gaugin, and Rigaud. Stroll is beautiful gardens and enjoy its beautiful vistas as well. There are numerous art galleries along Gallery Row to explore, featuring the works of local artists. If you time your visit right, you can join the thousands of locals who visit the monthly Downtown Art Walk.
As the capital of the motion picture industry, Los Angeles features many historic landmarks that are open to the public, including the famed Hollywood Sign, the Capitol Records building, and the Griffith Observatory. Take a stroll along Hollywood Boulevard and visit Grauman’s Chinese Theater and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Take is one of the many sporting events available in the city. Go to a Dodgers baseball game, a Kings hockey game, a Lakers basketball game, or a Galaxy soccer game. Rent a convertible and take a drive along the renowned Pacific Coast Highway for breathtaking ocean views. Or cruise Mulholland Drive to enjoy the mountain vistas. Or hit the shops and boutiques along Rodeo Drive!
Nature lovers and outdoorsmen can hike the trails of the Santa Monica mountains, Topanga State Park, or the Angeles National Forest. And of course, there is the beach! Enjoy the sun and surf of the Pacific Ocean in world-famous Malibu!
Where to Eat
Los Angeles is an ethnically diverse city, and that is reflected in its wide variety of dining options. From local favorites like Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles to elegant French bistros and Italian osterias, there is something for every palate. There are so many dining options, you need only to walk a bit to stumble upon something delicious in every corner of the Los Angeles area.
The Apple Pan is an affordable burger joint loved by locals in west Los Angeles. Cube Cafe and Marketplace in Hollywood is a cozy Italian place that offers a wide variety of cheeses, meats, and homemade pastas. And located in Beverly Hills, Urasawa is a once in a lifetime sushi experience.
When to Visit
There is never really a bad time to visit Los Angeles. Fall and winter are temperate and sunny, and spring and summer are comfortably warm and sunny. Peak travel months are July through September, and prices will reflect that. Los Angeles has something to offer every type of traveler, from the most budget conscious to the most discriminating!