Holidays in Los Angeles take you to a mega city that is as vast, varied and multicultural as it is iconic. It actually comprises 88 small cities covering a 752 square mile area, each with its own distinctive charms and character, and all connected by a vast system of highways.
Los Angeles is famous as the home of Hollywood and its picture-worthy sign, glamorous Beverley Hills, and the hip beach resorts of Venice, Santa Monica and Malibu. It’s also well-known for its especially forgiving Californian climate, which sees over 3,000 hours of sunshine a year. It’s little wonder travellers flock here as a stop on their West Coast USA tours and road trips.
Los Angeles holidays: Hollywood and beyond
Be sure to stroll along the Hollywood Boulevard on your Los Angeles holidays. You can see the handprints on the Walk of Fame, pop into the historic TCL Chinese Theatre, and perhaps take one of the many bus tours of famous stars’ homes. We recommend one of the more interesting, darker ones, such as those run by Dearly Departed Tours.
Once you’ve ticked off all of the top line attractions, take some time to explore downtown LA. Here you’ll find Frank Gehry’s striking Walt Disney Concert Hall building, one of America’s most extensive and immersive Chinatowns, and Olvera Street. This pretty street is home to the oldest remaining part of the city, which hosts an excellent outdoor market full of Mexican food and gifts.
Great sample itineraries
Los Angeles is ideally placed for exploring the Californian coast. Browse our Los Angeles multi-centre holidays for inspiration.
West Coast America Escorted Tour
Los Angeles, Maui and San Francisco Multi Centre
Our favorite hotels
Browse our selection of Los Angeles hotels, which offer various board options to suit all travellers. Facilities include rooftop pools, world-class restaurants, spas, city views and five star suites.
Shutters on the Beach
The Resort at Pelican Hill
Sixty Beverly Hills
Explore Los Angeles
There are world-famous bucket list attractions in Los Angeles and its been named the third most photographed city by Instagram, so get ready to have the holiday of a lifetime. Ride the Ferris wheel on Santa Monica pier; also the end of famed Route 66, soak in the best views of the city from the Griffith Observatory or the Hollywood Hills and let's not forget the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where you can see the celebrity's names in stars and visit the landmark of movie premiers and Academy Award ceremonies at the TCL Chinese Theatre.
There are many beautiful beaches to explore along 75 miles of sunny coastline, from the celebrity homes of Malibu to watching acrobatics at Muscle Beach. Come and experience the endless summer at the beaches of the Los Angeles area.
Walk the Hollywood Walk of Fame and see more than 2000 stars embedded in quite possibly the most famous pavement in the world, step onto the red carpet and take a 30 minute VIP tour at the TCL Chinese Theatre and snap away at the iconic Hollywood sign. Interestingly, this sign was originally an advertisement for real estate back in 1923 and read HOLLYWOODLAND until the 70s when Hugh Hefner lead a restoration project to restore the sign. For a close up, head to the hiking trail that begins at the Griffith Observatory or get incredible views from above in a helicopter.
Griffith Park and Observatory
For some of the best views of Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean, visit this free landmark on the southern slopes of Mount Hollywood. Hike from here into the Hollywood Hills to get up close to the iconic Hollywood Sign and stay to watch the sunset where you will see day turn to night and the city lights fill the sky. The Observatory is one of L.A's most famous movie locations and a national leader in public astronomy.
Who doesn't love shopping? Head to some top shopping centres such as the Fashion District in Downtown LA, Santa Monica Place and the Beverly Center. You can hunt for a rare find in vintage stores or splash out on luxury goods. A visit to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills is of course a must-see, even if you don't want to buy - enjoy a delicious brunch at The Farm of Beverly Hills and you might even glimpse a celebrity or two and then for those with a sweet tooth, treat yourself to a Sprinkles Cupcake from an ATM. There are plenty of souvenir shops to choose from so you can bring home memories of your Los Angeles adventure.
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“Avoid the infamous LA traffic and high parking fees, and take an easy ride on the Metro system instead. We went from watching a basketball game at the Staples Center in downtown to Santa Monica Beach so easily.”
“LA’s Amtrak Union Station is more than just a handy transport hub, it’s a destination in its own right that’s well worth lingering in. The stunning Art Deco building is so photogenic it’s featured in many a Hollywood movie and you can even take a behind-the-scenes tour showing you the best spots.”
Events & Festivals
Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Los Angeles holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.
dineL.A. Restaurant Week
dineL.A. Restaurant Week is a 14 day dining extravaganza that is so beloved that it is actually hosted twice a year. Every January and July the city’s premiere culinary stars are showcased, with around 350 restaurants offering special prix fixe menus to tempt visitors to sample local dishes.
Over 500,000 revellers descend on the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval each October. It’s the largest Halloween street party anywhere in the world and is free. There’s something for all ages, including half a dozen stages featuring live music and entertainment.
Film Independent Spirit Awards
February is Awards season, and the Film Independent Spirit Awards (FISAs) is one of the lesser known pearls. Set up in 1984, the FISAs celebrates the best of independent film with a suitably irreverent ceremony held on the eve of the Oscars in a tent on Santa Monica Beach.
Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Los Angelese holiday. Here are a few of our favourite dishes.
French dip sandwich
The French dip sandwich is a succulent roast beef baton that has been dipped in gravy, giving it the name French dip. It’s a favourite with locals and just has to be tried.
Every Angelino has their own favourite pho joint. This traditional Vietnamese dish is hearty, with lots of vegetables, herbs and meat or tofu cooked in the warming broth.
Rattlesnake and Rabbit Bratwurst
All other hot dogs will inevitably seem a dime a dozen once you’ve sampled a rattlesnake or rabbit bratwurst in Los Angeles.
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