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About Los Angeles
Movie minds and beach bodies

L.A. is a sprawling metropolis and the only way to tame it is by car. Rent one at the airport and do as the locals do, cruise this quirky city’s never ending avenues and massive network of freeways.

L.A.’s warehouse district is home to its vibrant contemporary art scene, while downtown is the place to go to experience one of the cities legendary night’s out. Hike the purple hills that embrace the city, brave the wild Pacific waters in iconic Malibu, or hang with the cool kids on Venice Beach. L.A. is a film set and you are the star.

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L.A.’s original name was El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora Reina de los Angeles sobre el Rio Porciuncula.

Weather

How’s the weather in Los Angeles in July?

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Temperature

12-21
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Dry days

25
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Avg. Rainfall

17 mm
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Snow Days

0

Life

Demographics

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Population

3.8M
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Local time

11:26
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Currency

US dollar

What does Los Angeles cost?

RESTAURANT MEAL

13.42

in average restaurant

TRAIN TICKET

1.5

is the common price

Transport

Getting around Los Angeles

Although most people in LA choose to travel by car, there is an extensive, well-established public transport network in the city. As well as a bus service, there is a train line, Metro Rail, which includes a pair of subways lines and light railway lines too. A Metro TAP card covers trips on the bus and train and can be purchased, and topped up, at vending machines within Metro stations.

Public transport in LA is cheap with a single fare costing just $1.75. Although buses cover a wide area in and around the city, the subway train is much quicker.

Taxis are best booked ahead. Fares start at $2.85 with a charge of $2.70 per mile added as the journey proceeds. This is a fixed rate no matter which taxi firm you decide to go with. Other services like Uber and Lyft are also prevalent in the city.

Despite the threat of traffic, driving is the best way to get around LA. Road signs are fairly easy to navigate and, with the city being do widely spread out, driving is the most convenient option. Freeways, large, multi-lain highways, can appear daunting at first, but once you master them you’ll find them a pleasure to drive on – as long as you avoid rush hour that is.

Some areas, including Downtown and Sunset Boulevard, are great for walkers but many cater far more for drivers. It can be hard to avoid the relentless flow of traffic in LA’s more cosmopolitan neighbourhoods.

Cyclists and skate boarders should try to stick to the paved, beach front tracks that run from Santa Monica to Hermosa Beach. However, pop the bike in the car and head to the mountains if you want enjoy some of California’s famous scenic trails, just a stone’s throw from the city.

Destinations

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Eat like a king

Foodie heaven

With its hugely diverse collections of communities and some of the world’s best chefs in residence, L.A. is a mecca for food lovers. From high-end restaurants to understated diners, L.A. has it all.

The Philippe diner is the reported home of the world-famous French dip sandwich.

Thanks to L.A.’s vast Hispanic population Latin American cuisine is huge in the city. Do not leave before tucking into a hearty burrito from one of the many Hispanic food trucks dotted around the city.

Rodeo Drive

Shop till you drop

Rodeo Drive is where the rich and famous of Beverly Hills head to shop. From high-end fashion outlets, to exquisite jewellers and purveyors of luxury goods, Rodeo Drive exudes fabulous.

House of Bijan is the most expensive shop in the world – you can only visit if you make an appointment.

If shopping isn’t your thing fear not, Rodeo Drive is a fantastic place to go people watching. Enjoy a glass of wine or L.A. super salad in one of the areas many fantastic restaurants whilst taking in the sights.

Cruise along Mulholland

An iconic route

Famous for classic Hollywood chase and make-out scenes, Mulholland Drive is a winding mountain road synonymous with the movies. Enjoy amazing views of the Hollywood sign, downtown L.A., the San Fernando Valley and more.

In its entirety, Mulholland Drive stretches for over 21 miles.

Famous director David Lynch, whose film Mulholland Drive captures the essence of the area, once said “you can feel the history of Hollywood” on the Mulholland, and he wasn’t wrong.

Galleries galore

A city awash with art

It may be thronging with tourists, but that’s no excuse not to visit Hollywood. It’s L.A.’s most famous neighbourhood and a place where dreams are made, and broken.

  • Studio tours
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Chinatown

Embrace the seediness, explore the studios that gave that Hollywood its legendary status and bask below the looming sign perched high in the hills. Hollywood is awash with attractions, the only problem is finding the time to fit them in.

Theme parks

Fun for all

Walt Disney may have started L.A.’s theme park craze over fifty years ago, but since then it’s boomed. Disneyland is still the most popular, but other great parks are catching up fast.

  • Disneyland
  • Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain

With some of the most impressive roller coasters on the planet and parks geared towards wild water rides, L.A.’s theme parks really do offer something for everyone.

Art galleries

A cultural paradise

Vibrant and progressive, L.A. is a fiercely cultural city. As well as opera houses and theatres, there are many art galleries to be found across the city showcasing the amazing contemporary and historic works from the US and beyond.

  • William Turner Gallery
  • Hauser Wirth and Schimmel
  • L.A. Louver

Keep an eye out for artist talks, which usually take place around the opening of a new exhibition, for a chance to meet artists and art lovers and find out what inspired the works on show.

DAY 1

1 Santa Monica Pier

A well-known seaside area complete with amusement park and refreshments.

2 The Getty

Free museum showcasing American art and architecture and landscaped gardens.

3 Walt Disney Concert Hall

Home to the La Philharmonic and world-class performances year round.

DAY 2

1 Tcl Chinese Theatre

An Iconic movie theatre with celebrity hand and footprints outside.

2 The Venice Beach Boardwalk

A famous beachside boardwalk with bodybuilders, performers, cafes and shops.

3 Los Angeles County Museum

Dedicated to art from the pre-Columbian era to the present.

DAY 3

1 Universal Studios Hollywood

A Vast amusement park with roller coasters, rides, shows and restaurants.

2 La Brea Tar Pits

Ice Age fossils have long been excavated from this famous site.

3 Hollywood Forever

Entertainment venue and graveyard for Hollywood’s great and good.