Los Angeles: Planning your trip to the City of Angels

Los Angeles is a great and diverse city that offers an amazing number of attractions.

While people usually associate Los Angeles with Hollywood, there’s a lot more to it than that. There are lots of museums, great restaurants, places to hike in nature, and many diverse neighbourhoods to explore. Let’s look at some tips and ideas to help you plan the perfect trip to Los Angeles.

When is the Best Time to Visit Los Angeles?

There really is no wrong time to visit Los Angeles. With its warm climate, it’s sunny more than 300 days per year. Even in winter, the temperature typically range from 10-15 degrees Celcius. If you want to go into the ocean, spring and summer are the best times to come. For exploring the attractions, however, the best time to visit is whenever you can get there!

Attractions

Here are a few of the top attractions to see in Los Angeles.

  • Beaches – Beaches such as Santa Monica, Venice Beach, and Malibu are famous from TV shows and movies. In LA, you’re never too far from the water. Santa Monica has a small amusement park and a promenade for shopping and eating. Venice Beach is known for its street performers and eccentric characters.
  • Hollywood – The most iconic part of Hollywood is Hollywood Boulevard, where you’ll find the famous Chinese Theatre, lots of shopping, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with the names of stars embedded in the sidewalk. There’s also the iconic Hollywood Sign which is visible from many parts of the city.
  • Museums – Some of the city’s best museums include Getty Center, with its many exhibits, gardens, fascinating architecture, and panoramic views of the city. Los Angeles County Museum of Art is one of the largest modern art museums in the nation. The Natural History Museum, in beautiful Exposition Park, is known for its giant whale skeleton. You also don’t want to miss the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, which has millions of fossils, artefacts from early human history, and ancient cave paintings.
  • Entertainment – One of LA’s favourite family attractions is Universal Studios Hollywood, which has a variety of entertainment, shopping, and dining attractions at Universal CityWalk. If you want to treat your family to an insider’s view of the attractions, treat yourself to the VIP Experience. If you want to see a live concert or play in one of the country’s most historic theatres, head over to the Pantages Theatre, which has been entertaining audiences since 1930. Staples Center in downtown LA has a variety of shows and sporting events and is the home of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings.
  • Griffith Park – This is a great spot for hiking. It’s also the home of Griffith Observatory, known for its views of the city and the Hollywood sign. 

Where to Stay

Los Angeles offers accommodations to suit every budget. If you want to stay in a fashionable area such as West Hollywood or Santa Monica, you’ll have to pay a little more. If you want to save money, try downtown LA, near the airport, or North Hollywood. Here are just a few of the possibilities.

  • Budget – There are quite a few economy hotels and motels scattered around the city, including The Friendship Motor Inn, Best Western (there are many of these), and Comfort Inn Santa Monica.
  • Mid-range – Some mid-priced hotels that provide good value include Venice on the Beach Hotel, Hampton Inn & Suites Los Angeles/Sherman Oaks, and Royal Palace Westwood.
  • High-end – There’s no shortage of luxurious hotels in LA, such as The Beverly Hills Hotel, The Redbury Hollywood, Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel, and Casa Del Mar.

Restaurants and Nightlife

Los Angeles has a thriving culinary and nightlife scene. You can find restaurants of every description as well as some hot clubs where you may spot celebrities. When it comes to food, you can find good traditional food, especially Mexican and Asian. If you want to sample some of LA’s trendiest restaurants, try Kismet in Los Feliz, Delilah in West Hollywood, or Gjusta in Venice. Some of the most popular clubs include The Rooftop, The Vault, OHM, and Skybar. Most of the hottest clubs are in West Hollywood. 

Safety Considerations

Like any big city, it’s best to exercise caution in Los Angeles. Most areas with tourist attractions are safe, though it’s best not to walk around areas such as downtown or Hollywood very late at night. There are certain neighborhoods, such as Skid Row, that are best avoided at all times. 

Culture and Customs

The culture in LA tends towards the casual unless you’re heading to some high-end restaurants or clubs. It’s common to see people in shorts and t-shirts during the day, even in mid-range restaurants. Your budget will depend on the type of dining and entertainment you choose. You can find great casual dining and even street food for under $10, gourmet restaurants and everything in between. Tipping is typical for U.S. restaurants and is usually between 15 – 20%. 

Los Angeles is a great destination with so much to see, do and experience. Now you’ve got some great ideas for your trip to Los Angeles, don’t forget to arrange travel insurance as soon as you’ve made a booking. Get a quote today or call one of our friendly team on 1300 819 888 to discuss your requirements.

 

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