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Things to do in Los Angeles
Los Angeles is a combination of grand structures, museums, exciting food scene and top tourist destinations. Discover why LA’s is known as the City of Angels and the home to Hollywood’s finest. With so many things to do in Los Angeles, you’re going to come back again and again. But where should you start?
Soak up LA’s art and architecture scenes at the Getty Museum, The Oviatt Building, Union Station, and the innovative Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Spend your afternoon at the Broadway Theatre District, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Gallery Row District and Wilshire’s Miracle Mile have even more artistic displays for you to see. But if you’re more into the famous scenic drives of LA, cruise Mulholland Drive in Hollywood Hills then continue west for the Pacific Ocean.
Be dazzled by the stars above and visit Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park. But if the stars you’re looking for are the celebrities, go for a House of the Stars Tour around LA. Stop by Beverly Hills and Rodeo drive while you’re at it. You don’t need to spend your dough in the shops, but you’ll have plenty of photos for social media. You might even spot a few famous people!
Do you like popular movies? Relive their magic by going to Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood. Other tourist favourites you can’t miss are Mann’s Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the iconic Hollywood Sign. Enjoy the California sun in Venice Beach or save a day for Santa Monica Beach and hop on the exciting rides of Pacific Park at Santa Monica Pier.
If you’re craving for LA’s local treats, head straight to downtown LA’s Grand Central Market. But if painting the town red is more your style, you can’t miss a night out at Sunset Boulevard.
When to visit Los Angeles
The weather in Los Angeles is mostly sunny, which makes it a year-round destination. But the best time to visit LA is during spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) when there are fewer crowds. You shouldn’t rule out a winter visit too, because it’s when airfare and hotels rates are cheaper. Just make sure you bring an umbrella.
Before you fly to LA, make sure you have all your documents. Australians visiting the US within 90 days need to get an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Read the Smartraveler for more info.
Travelling to and getting around Los Angeles
Direct flights and all other international flights to LA will be landing at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Travel from LAX to the city by:
- Long distance vans: 60-120 minutes
- Taxi: 30-35 minutes
- Bus: 30-60 minutes
Journey time from the airport to LA depends on traffic and your destination in the city. You also have options of car rentals or to ride a bus to the train stations to travel to and around LA. Get help arranging your trips and travel options with the Metro Trip Planner.
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Airlines that fly to Los Angeles
Airlines that offer cheap flights to Los Angeles from Australia include:
- Delta Airlines
- Air New Zealand
- Virgin Australia
- United Airlines
- American Airlines
- Fiji Airways
- Singapore Airlines
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