Known as the 'Entertainment Capital of the World', Los Angeles
is a city of glitz, glamour and Hollywood dreams! This
is a city that has everything to offer, from galleries, museums,
theatres and performing arts, to lovely
beaches, world-class shopping, dining and famous
entertainments and tourist attractions!
Whilst Los Angeles will always be associated with the rich and
famous, the Hollywood movie scene and Disneyland, this City of
Angels is also a vibrant and culturally diverse city, with nearly
half the population being born outside the United Sates. Many
nationalities have created their own little neighbourhoods, such as
the famous Chinatown, Koreatown and several Hispanic areas,
all offering their own cultural feel and authentic culinary
Up until 1848, Los Angeles was part of newly independant Mexico,
and although was not big for gold mining, it was incredibly
important as a supply station to the miners in the north, for
beef and other fresh food. Oil was discovered in 1892
and LA grew in size expedentially, and soon became a major oil
supplier to the rest of the country. It had quite a turbulent
time during the late 1800's and early 1900's, with battles and
riots, gangs and revolutions, and this helped to create the city as
it stands today.
The city has the largest harbour and port and is the
2nd largest city in the US, after New York. The
far-reaching conurbation includes the well-known areas of Downtown
LA, Hollywood, Beverley Hills, Long Beach, Santa Ana, Anaheim,
Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, San Fernando Valley, Venice
Beach and Bel Air.
There are many galleries and museums to visit, such as the J.
Paul Getty Centre and the LA County Museum of Art, performing arts
centres, such as The Walt Disney Concert Hall, Hollywood Bowl, The
Rose Bowl and the Staples centre. Families will enjoy
the LA Zoo, Griffiths Observatory, Disneyland Resort and Universal
Studios, as well as the famous Mann's Chinese Theatre,
the Stars' Walk of Fame and the Venice Beach and
Boardwalk. For sports fans, there is baseball,
hockey, American Football and soccer to enjoy.
Shopping in LA is almost an artform, and is certainly a popular
pasttime, with many purpose-built shopping malls, village-style
shopping areas, farmers' markets and, of course, the famous Rodeo
Drive, with big designer names and exclusive boutiques.
Every area of LA has numerous shopping havens, and you can find a
full list with lots of information on the LA Tourist website.
Dining choices in Los Angeles are innumerable, with every
possible style of cuisine and budget catered for. From
world-class haute cuisine restaurants full of A-listers and LA's
elite, to chic cafes to see and be seen in, from world-wide
cuisines and tastes to experience, to fun and varied food
courts for the budget-conscious diner. There is
probably no culinary fare that you can't find somewhere in LA, and
even in the wee small hours there are many restaurants and diners
still open to cater to the late night/ early morning crowd in this
24 hour town!
Deciding where to stay in LA can be a dilemma in
itself. We would suggest you choose your Hotel in the
area(s) you plan to visit. Beverley Hills has some of the
most famous and luxurious hotels, whilst Hollywood
or Downtown is probably the most popular option for
general sightseeing. If you want the sun and sand of the
beach, Venice Beach or Santa Monica are good choices, but if you're
only staying for a night or two, then the Westside, near the main
LAX Airport would be suitable.
We have only listed a few hotels here, ones that we have found
are the most popular for a stopover, but we can book any hotel you
wish, and for any length of time you require. Just give
us a call to discuss your exact requirements, and we will be happy
Average Los Angeles temperatures:
Winter: December, January and February average daily temperature
is 58 degrees
Spring: March, April, and May average daily temperature is 65
Summer: June, July and August average daily temperature is 75
Autumn: September, October and November - average daily
temperature 68 degrees