From stunning beaches to beautiful high rise buildings, Los Angeles is the land of sunshine and wonder. Named the entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles is home to dreamers, actors, locals and tourists 24-7. With over 47.3 million tourists a year to Los Angeles, there are many attractions to see on your visit.
Los Angeles - Before You Travel
Located in California, USA, Los Angeles is a great place to travel by yourself, as a couple or with your family. No matter your interests, there is something for everyone in La-La Land.
Although Los Angeles is located in Southern California, the weather often changes drastically from day to night. It is recommended that you bring a jacket with you as the wind can pick up quite quickly. Depending on the time of year you travel, the weather can be super hot to chilly so always check the weather before packing or heading out to see the sights.
Along with the weather, it is important that you take care of yourself and your travel partners while being out in the sunshine all day. Regularly reapplying high SPF sunscreen, staying hydrated and taking a break when you need it is a great way to take precaution while being outside all day. Many restaurants and cafes will refill reusable water bottles to keep you hydrated throughout your adventures.
Credit cards, cash and debit cards are all acceptable forms of payment. You will find that not many places will accept a cheque. Double check with your credit card provider to determine if there may be additional charges while using it in Los Angeles.
The last thing you need to know before you land in Los Angeles is that the traffic in Los Angeles is as bad as they say it is. Make sure to plan enough time to get where you are going - even if it is just down the street. You can get around using public transit, a rental car, walking or a taxi/uber, but you will be sitting in traffic at any time throughout the day. Check with Google Maps or a local to see how your transportation time may be affected by traffic.
Los Angeles Tourism
Los Angeles welcomes tourists throughout the year although there are peak seasons. It is recommended that you travel to Los Angeles between March and May and September and November as you are able to enjoy the warm weather without the extreme heat and large crowds.
Los Angeles Heritage
Los Angeles is home to many historic places and buildings throughout the city. Dating back to 1781 when Los Angeles was first settled, Los Angeles’ history is spun with individuals of many backgrounds. Los Angeles adopted the name Land of Sunshine in the 1880’s and invited others to come for the positive benefits of sunshine. Who knew sunshine could be profitable and healthy!
Los Angeles - Highlights and Attractions
There are many sights to see in Los Angeles from beaches to the Hollywood sign to lots of arts and culture areas. Pack your day bag and get ready to hit the sights for the full day!
Our top five highlights and attractions for Los Angeles are a blend of new and old. Our first recommended stop is the Hollywood Sign.
From the roads around Hollywood, you can always look up and see the iconic sign in person. Visiting at sunrise or sunset will add a beautiful colourful sky background to your photograph.
Take a stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame and see the stars in the ground of the Stars you see on the big screen. While visiting you may even spot a star in real-life!
After visiting Hollywood, if you are up for a bit of magic you can visit Disneyland and/or Universal Studios. Both theme parks have attractions for the whole family, places to eat inside and outside of the parks and magic to discover.
Our fourth recommendation for your adventures in Los Angeles is taking some time to enjoy the beaches. Head down to the Santa Monica Pier or Manhattan Beach for stunning views, beautiful water to swim in and lots of restaurants to eat along the shoreline. Bring a towel and a camera to enjoy your visit.
Finally, before you take off back home, we suggest that you go and visit Griffith Park home to the observatory and the LA Zoo. Coupled with public telescopes, art deco architecture and amazing city views, this park will not disappoint.