What We Love About Los Angeles
Endless sunshine, amazing cities, best-in-class theme parks, incredible natural treasures—no matter what you want to do and see on your next vacation, California has it.
Yes, “something for everyone” might be a cliché, but this trip really is that kind of all-in-one trip. Visit iconic family destinations such as Disneyland Resort, SeaWorld San Diego, LEGOLAND California, the San Diego Zoo, and Los Angeles attractions including Universal Studios Hollywood. Get grownup fun in the big-city lights of L.A., Hollywood, and Palm Springs. Add natural splendor with stops in mountain and desert parks, plus a visit to unforgettable Mammoth Lakes. L.A. has nonstop action and things to do, but it can be a challenge to navigate, so planning your trip in advance is a big plus.
Start in the coastal city of Santa Monica, with a wide, uncrowded beach, a signature pier topped by carnival rides and restaurants, and outstanding shopping at Third Street Promenade and fancy Santa Monica Place shopping center (great for rooftop dining with ocean and city views). Follow the Santa Monica Boulevard northeast to visit legendary Beverly Hills, where cars with tinted windows pull up to Chanel and other deluxe boutiques along Rodeo Drive. Continue east to Hollywood to stroll the Hollywood Walk of Fame and visit TCL Chinese Theatre.
Drive east to visit hip and historic downtown Los Angeles (or simply DTLA). An influx of new residents has helped energize the area, and downtown’s re-emergence has also been spurred by such attractions as Grand Park, an urban oasis with views stretching from the Music Center (including Walt Disney Concert Hall) to City Hall. Vintage buildings have been transformed, including the ornate 1927 United Artists building on Broadway, where the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles offers stylish digs and a restaurant.
Crowds flock to the sports and entertainment combo of Staples Center and LA LIVE, where you can also see music artifacts (Elvis’s sheet music, Michael’s glove) at the Grammy Museum and catch concerts at the Nokia Theatre. Finish your L.A. experience with a visit to Universal Studios Hollywood, with movie-themed rides and back-lot tours. From Los Angeles, head southeast to visit a magic place that is hands-down one of California’s most popular destinations: Disneyland.
For the ultimate California travel guide and more on what to do in Los Angeles, visit: www.visitcalifornia.com