Los Angeles is synonymous with glitz and glamour; when we think of L.A our minds leap to celebrity-spotting and the iconic Hollywood sign. It’s true that a trip to Los Angeles wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Walk of Fame or a quick snoop around the film star residences of Beverley Hills, but this lively city has a lot more to offer than its celebrity status.
The shopping opportunities are numerous, and the nightlife is exciting and varied with each district offering clubs and bars for all tastes. Disneyland Resort is easily accessible from the city, and when you need a break from the busy metropolis the laid-back coastal city of Santa Monica is just 30 minutes away.
Things to Do
Hollywood is the most famous district of Los Angeles, having made its name as the home of the Western film industry. Every year millions of visitors flock to the famous Walk of Fame to find the names of their favourite actors and actresses immortalised on brass stars embedded in the pavement, then head to Beverley Hills in the hope of spotting a celebrity. Of course you can’t leave without getting a photo of the famous Hollywood sign; head to the Hollywood & Highland Center or Griffith Observatory for the best views.
California is second only to Florida in terms of its theme parks; Disneyland Resort is just a 30-minute drive from Los Angeles and Universal Studios is even closer. Whether you want to relive your favourite Disney films or experience a ride based on your favourite blockbuster, Los Angeles has fun taken care of for children and adults alike!
With the Californian sun delivering enviable temperatures throughout the year, you’ll probably want to visit the beach at least once during your stay. Look no further than Santa Monica, a vibrant city lying just 30 minutes away on the Pacific Coast, boasting beautiful beaches and pleasant pedestrianized streets. To soak up the atmosphere, start at Santa Monica Pier and make your way along the boardwalk, passing Santa Monica Beach and the renowned Muscle Beach before ending up at Venice Beach, where street performers and quirky shops populate the streets.
Food and Drink
Los Angeles is not known for its culinary achievements, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of good food to choose from. The city has thousands of restaurants offering food from every corner of the globe and catering to every dietary requirement, with a remarkable range of vegan restaurants.
For a typically Hollywood touch of stardom head to the Rainbow Bar & Grill which was once frequented by famous rockers such as John Lennon, Jim Morrison and Elvis Presley, or go for drinks at the Viper Room, a club previously owned by Johnny Depp. Pink’s Hot Dogs is L.A’s most famous hot dog stand and has been visited by a number of film stars – the food is considered overrated by some but the stand is a Hollywood institution.