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Los Angeles Travel Guide

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Overview:

Los Angeles is situated in southern California on the west coast of the United States. Home to 18 million people, Los Angeles is a collection of distinct cities. Cities that roll out from the dry Santa Monica Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. Los Angeles sunshine, the entertainment industry, and openness to newcomers and new ideas have made this city a magnet to dreamers.


Many of those, whose dreams become reality like Walt Disney and John Paul Getty, poured their wealth back into the city. In this way, they helped make Los Angeles one of the great cultural capitals of the world. 


Los Angeles

Los Angeles By Night…

Downtown Los Angeles is a center of global business and home to some other finest examples of American civic architecture. It is also the birthplace of the city. Wander down Olvera Street, one of the oldest surviving areas in Los Angeles. Here you will get to experience the colors and tastes of Old Mexico. Just across the road from Olvera Street is Union Station, one of the world’s greatest railway stations. You will be forgiven if you experience a sense of déjà vu here.

Union Station has been featured in almost 30 big-budget movies, including Pearl Harbour and Blade Runner. Stroll south to Little Tokyo or J-Town as the locals know it, which is home to Buddhist temples, galleries, and museums. While you are there, why not try some super fresh sushi? After all, the California Roll was invented right here! Half a mile to the west is the Walt Disney Music Hall. Looking like pieces of sheet music thrown to the wind, this stainless steel wonder is home to Los Angeles’s Philharmonic Orchestra. Hail a taxi for the short ride west to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. 

Downtown Los Angeles


The 100,000 piece collection of LACMA houses works that span the ages, from the classical periods through the edgiest street art. Right next door is a very different kind of gallery. At the La Brea Tar Pits and George C. Page Museum, remains of incredibly preserved mammals, insects, and plants. They are continually excavated and brought once more into the Californian sunshine. Heading further west, along Wilshire Boulevard, the aroma changes from the smell of tar pits to money. Welcome to Rodeo Drive, in the heart of Beverly Hills. This is the world’s most expensive and exclusive three blocks of shopping. You don’t have to be a star to enjoy Rodeo Drive; most folks are content to window shop. But there is more to Beverly Hills than just bling! Only a street or two away awaits a world of leafy boulevards and incredible homes and gardens. 

Rodeo Drive – Beverly Hills


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Head north to Hollywood, the epicenter of the world’s entertainment industry.  Track down your favorite star on the historic Hollywood Walk of fame, and catch a movie at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. It is the most famous first-run movie theatre in the world. Take a walk on the wilder side of Los Angeles to West Hollywood. WeHo is a haven for artists and designers. As evening falls, boogie on down to Sunset Strip, home to iconic clubs such as The Viper Room and the Whiskey a Go-Go. Griffith Park is the largest and wildest urban park in America. Perched high on the slopes of Mount Hollywood, and offering superb views of Los Angeles. Now you will find the Griffith Observatory. Built on land donated by mining magnate Griffith J. Griffith. Admission to the main building and grounds is still free of charge, according to his wishes. 

Historic Hollywood


Universal Studios is the oldest continually running movie studio in America. It features a theme park based around its blockbuster movies and popular TV shows. However, the star attraction is the studio tour, which winds its way through acres of sound stages and backlots. And if you have that sense of déjà vu again, it’s no wonder. Some of the sets have been featured in dozens of movies and are still in use today. 20 miles southeast of downtown is Knott’s Berry Farm. Originally a berry farm in the 1930s, this theme park has grown into a family favorite with child-friendly rides. It offers short queues and a real taste of America’s pioneering heritage. Just down the road, in Anaheim, is Disneyland Park. Since it’s opening in1955 over 600 million guests have delighted in seeing Disney’s much-loved characters brought to life. 

Universal Studios


The port of Los Angeles, the biggest container port in the USA, sits on San Pedro Bay. Climb aboard the USS Iowa, a World War II battleship. It sees service in some of the most dramatic episodes in world history. Nearby at the Aquarium of the Pacific, 500 marine fishes sway, swirl and dive through various marine systems of the vast Pacific. They sway from the sun-drenched coast of Baja to the frigid waters of the Arctic. Long Beach was once the birthplace of California’s surfing scene.

Unfortunately, a breakwater has now tamed the wild waves, making the beach an ideal destination for families. From Long Beach, hop aboard a ferry, and take a one-hour trip to Catalina Island. Once the home of otter hunters, smugglers, and gold prospectors, these days day-trippers and weekenders are more interested in working. They are interested in working on their golden tans and escaping the frantic pace of the mainland. 

Port of Los Angeles, Long Beach & Catalina Island


Heading west from Los Angeles, Santa Monica is one of the most popular resort towns in the US. Santa Monica epitomizes the California lifestyle of sun, sand, and the body beautiful! And right at her heart is her iconic pier. Things get a little funkier just down the coast at Venice Beach. Along the center of the Los Angeles counterculture, Venice is more than just a beach however, the main attraction here is the promenade. So pull on your in-line skates and join the colorful and sometimes bizarre human parade. After the craziness of Venice Beach, head 5 miles north to the tranquillity of the Santa Monica Mountains. 

Santa Monica & Venice Beach


The Getty Centre houses the extraordinary art collection of billionaire John Paul Getty. Water features prominently throughout the complex, encouraging quiet reflection. Hire a convertible and follow the scenic Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu; 21 miles of prime Californian coastline scented with salt and coastal sage. Many of Los Angeles’s stars live in homes that cling to these dramatic hillsides by the Pacific, which is the perfect metaphor for Los Angeles. A city built on an unshakable optimism and a devotion to creation- both human and natural. Welcome to the city of Angels.

The Getty Centre

John Paul Getty Museum – LA

6 Great hotels in Los Angeles:

Millions of people visit Los Angeles each year seeking Hollywood glamour, sunshine, and a multitude of other reasons. Well, if you are one of those visitors here are the top 6 hotels in the city:

Spa @ JW Marriott – LA
JW Marriott LA

900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015, USA

Is a luxury five-star hotel located at a prime location in Los Angeles
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Mr. C Beverly Hills – LA

Mr. C Beverly Hills – LA

1224 Beverwil Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90035, United States

It is a luxury boutique-style hotel located in an ideal location
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The Ace Hotel – LA
The Ace Hotel – LA

929 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015, USA

The Ace Hotel is a luxury hotel located in downtown Los Angeles at the historic united artist theatre
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hollywood hotel
Hollywood Hotel Poolside
Hollywood Hotel L.A

District of Hollywood, 1160 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029, USA

Hollywood Hotel is located across the street from a red line metro station in Los Angeles
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Omni Los Angeles

Omni Los Angeles

251 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

It is a popular hotel located at the California Plaza. What sets it apart is
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The Hotel Indigo – LA
The Hotel Indigo – LA

899 Francisco St, Los Angeles, CA 90017, USA

The hotel Indigo is a popular hotel located just a seven-minute walk from the metro station near
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Restaurants and Cafes

COVID-19 Disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up-to-date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the evolving nature of local COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend double-checking the information in this guide with any business you plan on visiting. Also, please note that we have not vetted any businesses listed within our guides for their compliance with applicable safety regulations.


Los Angeles is known for its incredible dining culture and exciting restaurant scenes. If you plan to visit this city you might get overwhelmed with choices about where to eat. Here are my best restaurants in Los Angeles to help you narrow things down.

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Gran Blanco- L.A

Gran Blanco LA

80 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291, United States


The bar is located near the Venice Boardwalk. So, yes, it’s as crowded as you’d anticipate. Mostly, the joint is visited by low-key locals who have held a surfboard at some time in the previous 24 hours. The cocktails are fantastic, and the burger can hold its own against any of its seaside competitors bun-to-bun.

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Kreation Organic Juicery – L.A

Kreation Organic Juicery – LA

9465 Charleville Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, United States


On Boulevard, Kreation Organic Juicery, which specializes in nutritious smoothies, acai bowls,,, and juices. It has taken over a building previously occupied by the sandwich business Jimmy John’s. Packaged to-go meals such as grain bowls and salads, as well as an avocado toast station, will be available at the Westwood site.

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Hail Mary Pizza – L.A

Hail Mary Pizza – LA

3219 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039, United States

Has risen from the ashes of Journeymen. Now it is serving some of the best pies and small plates Atwater has ever seen. This neighborhood hangout’s crisp-bottomed crusts are produced with wild yeasts and organic grains. It comes with everything from raclette to spicy-sweet house-made sausage. Due to seasonality, most salads and sides change weekly. The desserts are not to be missed, especially the Basque cake with a dollop of tangy yogurt. What else would you expect from two grads of Gjusta/Gjelina? Chef-owner David Wilcox and manager-owner Guy Tabibian are experts in the kitchen, and it shows...READ MORE

Great White – LA

Great White L.A

1604 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291, United States

Great White is a two-location, neighborhood-focused coastal-California diner. One is in Venice Beach, California, and the other is in Larchmont Village, California. Their all-day menu contains playful smoothies, fresh salads, sandwiches, and burgers made with seasonal, organic ingredients from Californian farms. Share plates and “mains,” such as sustainably sourced fish tacos, mezcal con penne, and wood-fired-oven pizzas. All these have been added to the afternoon menu.. READ MORE

Banh Mi – LA

Banh Mi My Tho – L.A

304 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801, United States

Although there are other respectable banh mi eateries in the area. The hardcore foodies will tell you that this hole-in-the-wall in the San Gabriel Valley is the true deal. For a little over a few dollars, you can receive a warm baguette stuffed with anything from chicken to grilled beef to BBQ pork. Along with all the toppings and the option of adding an egg on top. (Tip: Place the egg on top of everything.) They also produce fantastic iced Vietnamese coffee.. READ MORE

Valle Venice – LA

Valle Venice – L.A

1305 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, United States

The menu leans Oaxacan and regional mainstays like tlayudas with quesillo and cocoa-bean spread. In addition, superb amarillo and verde moles are well worth your attention. But it’s their tacos that I really appreciate; the emphasis is on tasty, well-seasoned meats. Say, achiote-rubbed chicken with salted cabbage and a pastor-style grilled pork collar with pineapples. The soft and rich lamb barbacoa and the slightly salty pork belly, which is topped with green zebra tomato pico de gallo. They both have a fermented manzano pepper salsa..READ MORE

Taco Zone – LA

Taco Zone L.A

13 E 8th St, Lawrence, KS 66044, United States



Taco Zone is a Mexican food fan favorite. Whether you’re looking for a late-night nibble, a casual supper, or an afternoon snack. The salsa is what sets these traditional meals apart, from burritos to quesadillas. With tacos for $2, it’s difficult not to join the late-night line that winds around Echo Park. Just make sure to stop by an ATM first, because this fun food place only accepts cash...READ MORE

Yuk Dae Jang – LA

Yuk Dae Jang – L.A

3033 W 6th St ste 104-105, Los Angeles, CA 90020, United States

Summer may not appear to be the best season for a soup restaurant to open. Soup, on the other hand, makes everything better. Even when it’s hot outdoors, and possibly especially during a pandemic. That’s probably what Yuk Dae Jang is hoping for with this upmarket Korean soup.

Over the summer, the chain quietly built two new locations in Irvine and Buena Park. They already had eateries in Gardena, San Gabriel, and Koreatown, as well as a loyal fanbase. Yuk Dae Jang is a seolleongtang expert…READ MORE

Katsuya – LA

Katsuya – L.A

8420 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

You’d never guess that today’s Katsuya began in a strip mall in Studio City. The business now has some of the most opulent interiors. We like Chef Katsuya’s interpretation of a classic Japanese izakaya in West Hollywood for a more laid-back ambiance. The spicy tuna over crispy rice is unavoidable. However, the crab and creamy popcorn shrimp tempura are also not to be overlooked...READ MORE


 Activities

Since Los Angeles is one of the top tourist attractions in the entire United States. I am here to cover the Los Angeles areas from downtown Los Angeles to Malibu for those that are visiting. In this section of the article, I focus on the larger areas. So people have a good understanding of what Los Angeles has to offer. Here goes the list: 

1. Downtown Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles often gets a bad rap, and while it does have its share of problems, there are still a lot of great places to explore there. My favorites are the Broad Museum for its moderate art, Sky Space for its glass slides and awesome views as well as Grand Central Market for all of its fun restaurants. 

woman walking on the walk of fame

2. Hollywood Boulevard & the Walk of Fame

The walk of fame is something that pretty much every tourist wants to see when they visit Los Angeles. I suggest making your way to Hollywood and Highland where you can park in the mall structure. Thus, you can explore the surrounding area. Here, you will see the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Along with this, you will see the TCL Chinese Theatre with its hands and footprints. The mini-museum from Ripley’s Believe It Or Not to the Wax Museum. It is definitely an overload for your senses walking around down there. And it is a fun way to spend a couple of hours while you are in Los Angeles. 

Griffith observatory

3. Griffith Observatory

It is probably the best place to visit in all of Los Angeles. The views from the observatory are amazing with the Hollywood signs one way and Downtown Los Angeles the other. Of course, the observatory is also fun to explore. Furthermore, it is free to enter and has lots of great exhibits. It is a great time to spend at least a few hours. Take note that parking can be quite difficult here; especially on the weekends.

4. Hollywood Sign

The Hollywood sign is probably the most iconic part of Los Angeles and something that everyone wants to see when they visit. There are many great places to view the sign from, like Lake Hollywood Park. If you really want to experience it, consider hiking up to it. The hike is steep if you take the wisdom tree trail. Honestly, it gives you some great views of Los Angeles. It lets you get as close to the sign as you are allowed. While you cannot get really close to it. You can walk up the hill behind it and get some great views. Looking down on it with the city in the distance. Either way, if you are hiking to the Hollywood sign or just viewing it from far. It is a great spot for photos when you are in Los Angeles. 

5. California Science Centre

California Science Center in the exposition park. Exposition Park is most famous as the home of the Colosseum. ~A place where many football games and concerts are held. It also has the awesome California science center as well. The center is free to enter and has many impressive exhibits on its three floors. However, the main reason to come in to see the space shuttle Endeavor, which made its way here in 2012. It has always been a popular tourist attraction. It is amazing to see the space shuttle up close and it’s worth the visit. This is quite enough if you don’t see anything else in the museum.


Kids Interests

From the sunset strip to sandy beaches, Los Angeles is full of fun. Be rest assured! Los Angeles leaves you speechless because of its diverse culture. It has such a never-ending food scene and vibe that you won’t be able to get enough so, stick around for my secret tip. Since we have discussed the interesting activities that you can do in Los Angeles. Then how can we forget the activities that kids can do in Los Angeles? Let’s dwell on the list of kids’ interests in Los Angeles:

One of the most therapeutic things one can do is to plan a holiday. If you are planning to head out with family, there are a ton of fun things to do with kids in Los Angeles. 

Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens, with its lily ponds, roses, and green trees, allows children to run around and discover the natural environment.

Descanso Gardens

In the summer, don’t miss the Enchanted Railroad, daily storytimes, and family-friendly performances.

Kidspace Children’s Museum

The Kidspace Children’s Museum is one of the top places for kids visiting L.A. With 3.5 acres of interactive exhibits featuring an indoor imagination studio, an ant colony climbing structure, and an interactive greenhouse.

Kidspace Children’s Museum

Children can learn about ecosystems by climbing a gigantic hawk’s nest. In addition to this, they can create dams, and explore a mud kitchen in the outdoor Arroyo Adventure area.

Bring a change of clothes, a towel, and water shoes because things can get a little messy.

Griffith Park

Whether climbing to the Hollywood Sign, exploring the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, scouring the skies at the Griffith Observatory, or riding the old merry-go-round, Griffith Park has something for everyone. But one of our favorite things to do with the kids is to take them to the Griffith Park Pony Rides. Here they may ride slow, medium, or rapid ponies for a few dollars.

Griffith Park

Furthermore, Griffith Park has three different train rides: the Griffith Park & Southern Railroad’s larger locomotive, the Travel Town railroad’s smaller train, and the L.A. Zoo Choo Choo train.

Treepeople

TreePeople, located on 45 acres of Goldwater Canyon Park in the Santa Monica Mountains, provides nature pathways. In addition, it provides experiential education to teach children environmental stewardship.

Treepeople

Admission is currently free every day. Although special events such as moonlight hikes, group dog walks, and native plant classes are listed on their website.

Time Travel Mart

The Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a time travel-themed retail store with the tagline “Whenever you are, we’re already there,” will appeal to older children.

Echo Park Time Travel Mart

The Echo Park location, which is run by 826, the same people who started the Superhero Supply store in Brooklyn and the Pirate Supply Company in San Francisco, sells amusing presents from the past, present, and future.

The store’s unique collection is on display in the front, while the non-profit tutoring facility is located in the back, where 20 to 30 kids receive lessons each day.


Beaches and Hikes

  1.   Sunset beach is relatively a nice beach. The sand is soft on the shore and it is perfect for picnics. Walk a little out from the entrance, it is much less crowded there. Move your picnic towel away from the waves as they are quite strong and your stuff might be swept away. So don’t underestimate the strength of these waves. It is slightly crowded on the beach but if you walk out it gets better as you get further away. The cool thing about this beach is that it has a restaurant right next to it. So you can grab a quick bite to eat there. 
  2.   Los Liones Canyon hike never gets old. Whenever you will go there it will always look different and this will appear to be a different experience always. This hike is about 2 miles round trip, and the scenery is always super pretty. It is intense when the weather is warm; but when chilly and windier, the hike is a nice stroll too.
  3.   In the sprawl of the South Bay and the surrounding ports of San Pedro and Long Beach, the Palos Verdes peninsula offers a large quantity of protected territory, providing a welcome respite. Its rocky coastlines and cliffs provide for challenging terrain, and a patchwork of preserves housing several miles of trails, some on the bluffs or along the beach, and others in the nearby hills. The Seascape Trail is a good spot to start getting a sense of the area. With little effort, the flat, 7-mile walk provides magnificent vistas of the ocean and Catalina Island. It can be found 1.5 miles roundtrip from Calle Entradero.
  4.   Tuna Canyon boasts some of the best views of the Malibu shoreline and Santa Monica Bay, which overlooks at an elevation of 1,500 feet. However, with a five-mile length and 900 feet of elevation increase, you’ll have to put in some effort.
  5.   Combining the Solstice Canyon and Rising Sun paths on National Park Service land makes for a pleasant circle. You’ll enjoy a leisurely stroll along a brook, some moderate hiking with magnificent ocean vistas, and a taste of history at Roberts Ranch’s fire-ravaged remains (a short spur trail to a waterfall can be found behind it). One of the more interesting hikes in the area.

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