The beaches, the weather, theme parks and, of course, the pure red-carpet glamour. There are so many reasons to visit the City of Angels that you will be spoilt for choice on your trip to Los Angeles.
Whether you are a lover of animation, the arts, science or history, there is much more to Los Angeles than meets the eye. If you plan your trip well, you will be able to make the most of your time in this sparkling, vibrant city.
Direct flights to Los Angeles will bring you to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the world’s fifth busiest airport, situated about 24 miles from downtown LA.
Summer in LA can see temperatures reach over 30°C, which can be accompanied by increased pollution and high volumes of tourists. Spring (March-May) and autumn (September – November) are more pleasant, with temperatures in the low to mid 20s and fewer crowds. If you want to find cheap flights to Los Angeles and the best deals on hotels, head to LA in the winter. Although cooler and with more chance of rain, you will be able to experience the many delights that Los Angeles has to offer, unencumbered by busy crowds, overflowing restaurants, and long queues.
In Los Angeles, you will see the silver screen come to life. Film lovers can take a walk down the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where the careers of 2,500 icons from the entertainment world are immortalised in the pavement. The Chinese Theatre exudes the glamour and excitement of countless movie premiers and outside it, you can place your hand in the prints of over 200 stars, including Judy Garland, Jim Carrey and Shirley Temple.
Put yourself in Julia Roberts’ shoes and take a walk down Rodeo Drive. The fashion may have changed somewhat since the ‘80s but as you take a walk along the $200-million cobbles, you can still browse high-end designers alongside serious spenders and curious tourists.
You may think you are familiar with Disneyland from its huge exposure in the media, but nothing can prepare you for the exhilarating, reality-defying, sheer scale of experiencing it first-hand. Families and thrill-seekers may want to book a pass for a few days (or more). If you have other things planned for your trip to Los Angeles, visit for a day, where you can enjoy a spa and fine dining: don’t forget to keep an eye out for local Hollywood actors and their children.
With such a notable history, it is no wonder that Los Angeles is home to some world-renowned museums and galleries.
LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) is set in a massive 20 acres. The recently renovated complex kicks off with the spectacular entrance, the BP Grand Entrance Pavilion, which features Chris Burden’s Urban Light, an installation created from 202 cast-iron street lights from all over LA which have been reclaimed and restored to working order. This stunning exhibit is a good portent for the countless other collections available in the vast gallery, where you can see pieces from Sherman, Holzer, Picasso, Kandinsky and many, many more.
The most recent addition to Los Angeles’ prestigious collection of art galleries and museums is the Broad, which made an impression the moment it opened, due to its free entry, incredible architecture and jaw-dropping collections. The queue for Yayoi Kusama’s installation, the Infinity Mirrored Room can last hours, but the 45 second experienced is worth the wait. Lined floor to ceiling with mirrors, blinking LED lights seem to be suspended in the darkness, twinkling into infinity. The experience can make you feel simultaneously conspicuous and infinitesimal, as you find yourself in a world of endless stars. To try to cut down on queuing time, you can pre-book your tickets online; under the Broad’s new ticketing system, tickets are released at the beginning of each month.
There are so many museums and galleries in LA, catering to all preferences: check out the Getty Centre - the envy of museums all over the world, spend a few hours in the Griffith Observatory, or visit the Museum of Jurassic Technology where budding scientists will be amazed by incredible scientific phenomena.
Home to the beautiful people, LA’s culinary scene is no stranger to fad diets and green smoothies. Despite this, however, nowhere does food like Los Angeles. From Thai to tacos and traditional American fare served in kitsch cafes, street stalls, or five star restaurants, there is something for all tastes and budgets in LA. At Grand Central Market, you can choose from myriad small food stalls, serving everything from organic smoothies to stunning South American dishes. Head to Little Osaka, LA’s ramen capital, where there is a constant stream of new ramen bars purveying delicious, fortifying noodle dishes. The Chinese and Korean fare is authentic, plentiful and delicious, but nothing beats Los Angeles’ tacos, which, according to the city’s inhabitants, are the best in America.
The dining choices in Los Angeles are so vast and varied that each eatery will give you a mere snapshot of what is on offer. With plenty of delicious shellfish, vegan dishes and culinary delights from around the world, in Los Angeles you can eat and drink to your heart’s content.
Whether you want to rub shoulders with the rich and famous or gaze at the stars, Travangelo can help you to find cheap flights to Los Angeles.