What to see and do in Los Angeles
Universal Studios Hollywood
Visit the famous film and TV studio where iconic shows and blockbusters have been shot for over a century. Take a one-hour behind-the-scenes studio tour and see where the magic happens.
There are also high-octane rides in the theme park, alongside attractions from your favorite TV shows and movies, including Harry Potter, Despicable Me and The Simpsons.
Santa Monica Pier
LA’s famous waterfront pier combines food, fun and special events, all with amazing views of California’s golden coastline.
Take a relaxed spin on the giant Ferris wheel, ride the classic carousel and gaze at the wildlife living in the marine education center aquarium. Parking is ample, too, available on the Pier Deck and two lots you can reach via Appian Way.
Visit the home of sports, music and entertainment in Los Angeles when you catch an event at the Staples Center.
Home to two NBA teams, the Lakers and Clippers, the city’s NHL franchise, the LA Kings and the WNBA’s LA Sparks, the arena always has something going on. There are more than 13,000 spaces to park your rental car.
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Boulevard is home to several iconic landmarks, including the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Madame Tussauds Hollywood and the Dolby Theatre. But it’s best-known attraction is the star-studded sidewalks of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Wander past silver screen, small screen and musical icons, past and present, and spot your favorites along the way.
Los Angeles’ best hotels
Loews Hollywood Hotel
Located one block off Hollywood Boulevard, Loews Hollywood Hotel is a stone’s throw from silver screen royalty, and overlooks the beautiful surrounding streets. It has more than 600 luxury guestrooms, a rooftop pool, and great food at their H² Bar.
Crowne Plaza Los Angeles International Airport
Catching an early flight and need a comfortable place to stay close by LAX? Crown Plaza at Los Angeles International Airport boasts tiers of modern suites, an on-site sushi restaurant, as well as a complimentary 24/7 airport shuttle bus.
For the traveler who wants picturesque sea views and sustainable accommodation, look no further than the Shore Hotel. Located right by Santa Monica’s beachfront, its breathtaking location is made all the better by a solar-heated swimming pool, water-saving shower heads and rooms designed to showcase natural light – saving electricity.
Los Angeles’ best places to eat
Mixing French and Californian cuisine, République serves up some of LA’s best food and offers a unique dining experience – it’s in the same building once occupied by Charlie Chaplin’s film company.
Located in the Downtown fashion district, Sonoratown has gained fame after being featured on Netflix’s Taco Chronicles.
Both locals and visitors flock to sample their mouth-watering selection of burritos, tacos and quesadillas. If you’re a vegetarian, you can swap out any meat fillings.
Another Netflix-profiled eatery, this time on Chef’s Table, n/naka’s chefs use traditional Japanese cooking methods to produce two 13-course choices