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Los Angeles travel guide

For a city of billionaires and dreamers, the City of Angels is wonderfully down-to-earth and takes its stereotypes firmly on the chin. Whether you're a lover of the sunny surf culture or a shopaholic, Los Angeles pretty much has you covered.
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One of the greatest things about LA is the awesome beaches. Hit the surf in Santa Monica, people watch in Venice Beach or if you're a lover of nature take a stroll through El Matador beach at sunset.
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A visit to LA isn't complete until you experience the magic of Universal Studios. Go behind the scenes of some of Hollywood's most iconic films and experience the most thrilling theme park rides!
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Calling all fashion lovers! LA is the perfect location to go on a shopping spree like no other. There's something for everyone, from  the trendy markets of Melrose Avenue to the legendary Rodeo Drive.

Los Angeles neighborhoods

There's so much more to the City of Angels than you'd expect. Home of the entertainment industry, this is a city of trendsetters and go-getters. Whatever your budget or travel style, this is a city filled with diverse neighborhoods that are just waiting to be explored so we've picked our top places to visit below.
The Ferris wheel and pier of the Santa Monica beach

Santa Monica

Did you know Santa Monica actually had eight of its own mini neighborhoods? This is the perfect location to enjoy the best local restaurants, bars and theatres or kick back and relax on some of California's most famous beaches. Lovers of art and surf vibes will enjoy Main Street whereas Downtown Santa Monica is the perfect place for shopping.
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Long Beach

From coastal beaches to arts and culture, Long Beach is a relaxing way to explore Southern California in all its glory. Go on a Marine adventure with a visit to The Aquarium of the Pacific or visit the Museum of Latin American art before hitting the many local restaurants.
Jennifer Annistons star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood

Home of "the industry", Hollywood is the center of the television and film industry. Expect to see a bunch of iconic sights like the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Grauman's Chinese Theatre, and maybe even a celebrity or two. Head west on Santa Monica Boulevard to visit West Hollywood (aka WeHo), the LGBTQ center of LA. 

Beverly Hills

If you love the finer things in life, Beverly Hills is the place to go. Hop on a tour and celeb spot around some of Hollywood's most famous homes or wander through the iconic Rodeo Drive for the best in designer clothing.
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Our favorite Los Angeles Hostels

An exterior shot of the Samesun Venice Beach Hostel

Samesun Venice Beach Hostel

Swim, party and live it up at this classic travelers' hostel. We love it for it's great location on the Venice Beach Boardwalk, and of course the free WiFi and breakfast.
A view of the lobby of the HI Santa Monica Hostel

HI Santa Monica Hostel

This hostel is in the perfect location to explore Santa Monica. You can watch a movie, play a game of pool or relax in the courtyard in front of fountains, and there's free WiFi and breakfast included.
The courtyard of the Banana Bungalow hotel

Banana Bungalow

Social butterflies will love this super friendly, laid-back hostel. It is clean, comfy and colorful with funky furnishings. Why not grab a mic and sing up a storm at the karaoke bar?

Top tours and activities in LA

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Warner Bros Studio

Gain a rare, behind-the-scenes insight into your favorite films and TV shows. Who will be working on a movie when you visit the Warner Bros Studios? This is an activity not to be missed!
An explosion on a movie set as seen on the Universal Studios Hollywood tour

Universal Studios Hollywood

Go behind the scenes of the world's largest working studio and join King Kong, Optimus Prime, The Minions and more. Learn about the secrets of film-making and go on some of the studios most thrilling rides!
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When is the best time to visit Los Angeles?

LA's pretty much know for it's clear skies and sunny weather, so no matter when you travel you can almost always be sure to catch the sunshine. However, if you're looking for slightly cooler temperatures and more breathable air when walking around, the best time to visit is between March to May or September to November.

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