Flight and hotel Los Angeles
Introduction To Los Angeles
Los Angeles is a sprawling Southern California city with something for everyone. Whether you're ready to hit the beach in laid-back Venice, stroll around the revitalized neighbourhood of Downtown, or go celebrity-spotting and high-end shopping in tony Beverly Hills, you'll be spoilt for choice in this temperate, varied enclave. Not far off, you can even visit Disneyland, in Anaheim. You'll likely want to hire a car and get out your map, as city breaks in Los Angeles best reward visitors ready for a drive.
What To Know Before Visiting Los Angeles?
Most UK visitors choosing a flight and hotel in Los Angeles will be able to travel under the Visa Waiver Programme, which allows you to fill in a simple form online and travel to the US without a visa. There are some exceptions, so it is important to read the small print before you set off. The currency in Los Angeles is the US dollar, English is the main language, and the city is eight hours behind the UK.
When Is The Best Time To Visit Los Angeles?
This city is famous for its pleasant climate all year round. Even in the winter, you can enjoy temperatures of around 17°C during your package holidays in Los Angeles, and in the summer the temperatures regularly get as high as 27°C. The summers in Los Angeles are also incredibly dry, and the area can often go without rain for days or even weeks at a time in July and August.
What Is There to Do In Los Angeles?
- Make the most of being in a city by the sea on your weekend in Los Angeles, and head to Venice Beach, where you can share the boardwalk with colourful characters, join muscle-bound guys working out at the outdoor gym, or take surf lessons.
- A tour is a great way to get your bearings during city breaks in Los Angeles; Hollywood tours, which show you the homes of the rich and famous, are quite popular.
- Go window shopping on Rodeo Drive, home to designer stores and a regular haunt for the city's poshest denizens.
- Reenact Hollywood's glory days with a drink at the iconic Chateau Marmont's hotel bar, or go dancing at the famous club the Viper Room.
- For a day of shopping and amuseument park fun, head to Santa Monica. The pier is home to rides, while a nearby pedestrian shopping street offers many High Street brands.
What Places Must You Visit In Los Angeles?
Package holidays in Los Angeles with children will be all about Disneyland, although plenty of grown up visitors enjoy meeting Mickey Mouse too! The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim is itself the size of a town, and is home to two different parks: the original Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park. You can also visit Universal Studios for a glimpse behind the Hollywood curtain on the studio tour, as well for Harry Potter and Jurassic Park themed rides.
Visit Grauman's Chinese Theater, where iconic movie stars have immortalised their handprints in concrete over the years. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city by heading up to Griffith Observatory, an art deco building which houses a planetarium and telescopes, and offers great views of the city as well as a good view of the famous Hollywood sign.
The city is home to dozens of museums, including the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, where visitors can come face to face with a T-Rex skeleton, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which features works by Matisse, Picasso, and David Hockney. Sports fans should check out one of the ten professional sports teams which play in the Greater Los Angeles area. Hometown basketball teams include the Clippers and the Lakers, while L.A.'s baseball team are the Dodgers.
Where to Eat and Drink In Los Angeles
A weekend in Los Angeles lets you take advantage of this incredibly diverse city's culinary advantages!
- Head to Chinatown for an authentic meal, or to Little Tokyo if you'd prefer fresh sushi (after all, you're on the coast).
- Burgers can be had at all manner of places, but In-N-Out is California's signature fast food joint.
- Enjoy a slice of Hollywood glamour at the iconic Musso & Frank's on Hollywood Boulevard, once frequented by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Raymond Chandler. Most people visit to try their signature Martini.
- Don't be put off by the name or the long line, which moves quickly: Eggslut, in the Grand Central Market, serves delicious, beloved egg sandwiches for breakfast and lunch every day.
- Clifton's Cafeteria in Downtown is the last man standing of a collection of classic 1930s cafeterias. Enjoy a cocktail or a meal next to lifesized wild animal dioramas. There's also a hidden tiki bar!
What To Bring Back From Los Angeles?
Take home a little piece of Hollywood with a souvenir clapperboard or your very own Oscar statuette, both of which are available in souvenir shops in central areas. If you'd like a good book, check out the sprawling Last Bookstore in Downtown. The Los Angeles County Store on Sunset Boulevard is a treasure trove of decorative and functional items, all made in L.A. by Californian artists. For something different, visit Skeletons in the Closet, a shop located within the L.A. County Coroner's Office, and pick up a model skull or a welcome mat with a chalk outline—perfect for fans of abundant U.S. crime dramas!