Few cities are truly how they're depicted in the movies, but LA comes as close as it gets. Maybe it's because the moviemakers live there or maybe it's because the city leaves such a strong impression. Palm trees, excellent beaches, warm dry weather and a fascinating mix of cultures combine to make LA a must-visit city.
While the standout activity for younger families is Disneyland, other attractions such as the Griffith Observatory up in the hills with its planetarium and excellent city views, Rodeo Drive with some of the best shopping in the world or the Santa Monica Pier with its 'nowhere but Southern California‚' vibe can't be skipped.
Santa Monica is the place to stay for those looking to spend plenty of time at the beach and try the local food. Hollywood is the tourist hub packed with attractions within walking distance. It also puts you in position to hike the iconic Hollywood Sign. West Hollywood is a hip spot with plenty of excellent accommodations options. If you have the cash and you're looking for something special, check out places in Beverly Hills or even out on the water in Malibu.
Los Angeles's climate is one of its greatest pulls and visitors can visit pretty much all year round and not have to worry about missing the sunshine. However, it does cool down in the winter months, so if you're looking to spend time at the bench, aim for April to October.
The huge city of Los Angeles in Southern California is the heart of the world’s television and film industry. The Hollywood sign, studios such as Paramount Pictures, Universal and Warner Brothers all add to the magic of this vacation destination.
Staying in a house rental here gives families and friends everything on their doorstep. Film-lovers can take behind-the-scenes tours as well as spotting celebrities and discovering iconic locations.
TCL Chinese Theater displays celebrities’ hand- and footprints on the Hollywood Boulevard alongside the world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. Taking a map from one of a thousand street vendors, fans can walk down streets and spot celebrity homes in the sun-soaked landscape.
Head to Beverly Hills to spot some stars. The area features the upscale shopping street of Rodeo Drive and is in the Los Angeles county. One of the most famous landmarks, and a must for every tourist to grab a selfie in front of, is the illuminated Beverly Hills sign.
Beverly Hills and the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Bel Air and Holmby Hills create what is known as the Platinum Triangle. Even though the area is called “hills” most homes are actually on flat land and businesses and government offices in Beverly Hills are located south of Santa Monica Boulevard.The Greystone Mansion, Beverly Hills Hotel and the Beverly Gardens Park are all must-see locations here.
For an iconic LA landmark, head to the Santa Monica Pier. The large double-jointed pier at the foot of Colorado Avenue is popular with tourists from all over the world. It has been delighting and entertaining visitors for more than 100 years and as the official end of Route 66, Santa Monica Pier is a great place to start or end an American adventure.
The buzzing resort of Venice Beach is ideal for free spirits and guests looking for unique shops, street performers and colorful murals. More active tourists can check out Muscle Beach or skate along the boardwalks.
As the film capital of the world, no visit to LA would be complete without seeing the 2,600 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Drew Barrymore, Sir Richard Branson and Snoop Dogg are among the names on this three block tourist spot.
Film fans must visit Universal Studios Hollywood which has been on the site since 1915. There’s attractions like Peter Jackson’s heart-pounding King Kong 360 3D, and the world’s largest 3D experience, which make it one of the best things to do in LA.
Staying short or long term, sports fans should pay a visit to the Staples Center. This multi-purpose arena in Downtown Los Angeles opened in 1999 and is home to the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL), the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Staples Center will also host the basketball competitions at the 2028 Summer Olympics.
Another great place to visit is Hollywood Boulevard. From the TCL Chinese Theatre to shopping at Hollywood & Highland and the famous Hollywood Wax Museum there’s plenty for vacationers to enjoy.
There are vacation rentals in Los Angeles in great locations which means visitors have all the best attractions, and home comforts such as restaurants and bars in Sherman Oaks, on the doorstep.
March to May and September to November are the periods when rentals in Los Angeles may be slightly cheaper.
This climate histogram shows you the weather patterns in Los Angeles. The hottest month in Los Angeles is March, when temperatures peak at 97 ˚F. The coolest month is December, when temperatures drop to 38 ˚F. The wettest month in Los Angeles is December with 5.95 inches of rain, while the driest month is September with 0.02 inches of rain.
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