You’ve seen it on the silver screen more times than you can count, but a visit to the “City of Angels” reveals another side to the United States’ second-most populated city.
Los Angeles really is a city of dreams, combining the stunning Californian coast, the glamour of Hollywood and a thriving cultural and economic downtown precinct. Los Angeles is a sprawling city connected by a web of highways and bridges, some as much as eight lanes wide. Rent your own car upon arrival and you’ll have the keys to the city.
Most visitors to Los Angeles opt for one of three locales as home base. For central access to all the major sites, shopping and cultural destinations stay in one of the many high-rise hotels in the downtown precinct. From here you can easily explore the city streets on foot, reach the Museum of Contemporary Art
and the Japanese American Nation Museum
or hop on board a train from L.A.’s Union Station
. Visit Chinatown
to experience the flavours of Asia, take in a Lakers game at the cavernous STAPLES Center
or learn about the music industry that prospered in the city at the GRAMMY Museum
. There are a range of film museums for movie buffs and don’t forget you can tour some of the major studios.
Live it up like a movie star by checking into a luxury hotel or simply start your evening at the Beverly Hills Hilton or Chateau Marmont to get into the swing of things. The Hollywood Hills
overlook the city and are among the most recognisable in California thanks to its iconic Hollywood sign. Spend your days sipping cocktails at open-air bars, eating brunch with high-profile locals or visiting the stars on Hollywood Boulevard
. You’ll be close to the clubs and diners of Sunset Boulevard
and just a short drive from Griffith Park
and the prestigious Beverley Hills
Across town you’ll be met by the weird and wonderful sights of Los Angeles’ beaches. Visit Venice Beach
’s cosmopolitan shopping strip for a look at local designers, fashion labels, cafés and restaurants. Just a few streets away is the famous beachfront. Enjoy the walk along the oceanfront promenade for some of the city’s best people-watching from Venice to Muscle Beach all the way to the Santa Monica pier (also the end of route 66).
California bungalows and serviced apartments offer independence, great options for families in the area.
As you move between the coast, the city and the hills of L.A. you’ll stumble across other pockets worth a stop, including San Fernando Valley
in the north, the La Brea Tar Pits
and the once-troubled South Central District
, home to historic Exposition Park
The weather in Los Angeles is similar to Queensland. Summer is sweltering, with mild temperatures throughout the rest of the year and a slight chill in winter.
Los Angeles is serviced by LAX, one of the largest international airports in the world. Shuttle buses will deliver you directly to Union Station but car rental is available immediately outside the terminal. Group shuttles can also drop you at your accommodation for a very reasonable fee. Those coming from other North American cities will find Greyhound and Amtrak connections straight to the downtown area.