Things to do in Los Angeles
Los Angeles, the largest city in California, has something for everyone. Although famous for Hollywood glamour, luxurious shopping, palm trees and sunny beaches, the City of Angels also has world-class art museums, great architecture and an incredible range of great food.
LA's museums run the gamut from general art museums such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to more specialist collections such as the Museum of Contemporary Art. One of the most famous art collections in the world is the J. Paul Getty Museum, located in the Santa Monica mountains. Admission to this private collection of art from around the world is free, although parking isn't. Sights to see for history buffs include the Japanese American National Museum, which tells the story of Japanese-Americans, including their internment during the Second World War. The La Brea Tar Pits display a remarkable scientific find - the skeletons of prehistoric animals preserved in a vast natural tar deposit.
Although Los Angeles is synonymous with urban sprawl for many, the city isn't without its green spaces. Griffith Park is a vast green expanse with beautiful views out over the city and down to the shores of the Pacific Ocean. It also contains the Los Angeles Zoo and an observatory.
Shopping and movie tourism are important parts of LA's economy, and tourists flock to the boutiques of Rodeo Drive, either to shop or just to browse. For others, a visit to Disneyland in nearby Anaheim or to the historic pier in Santa Monica is a must.
What are the major airlines that fly to LAX from UK?
Los Angeles is served by Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), 16 miles (26km) from the city centre. Airlines that fly into LAX from the UK include British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, United Airlines, American Airlines and Air New Zealand. The route to Heathrow is LAX's busiest.
What the best way to reach city centre from the airport?
Public transportation from the airport into the city centre offers a number of options. FlyAway coaches offer connections to central locations around the LA area, while an airport shuttle can carry travellers to the nearest Metro station. Bus stops are located nearby, although there isn't a direct bus from the airport.
What are the visa requirements for EU and non-EU nationals?
Most UK residents won't need a visa if they're travelling to the USA as tourists. However, they'll need to confirm this using the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) in advance. Similar restrictions apply to other EU countries; travellers in doubt should contact their local American consulate.
How to get around Los Angeles?
Unlike many cities in Europe and America, Los Angeles has tended to grow out rather than up. While it's possible to walk within certain districts, getting from one region to another almost requires driving. Public transportation can be slow and may lack coverage.
When is the best time to visit Los Angeles?
Los Angeles has warm summers and relatively mild winters. Even during the coldest month, average temperatures are between 15°C and 23°C. Late spring and early summer are the best times to visit Los Angeles, avoiding winter rainfall and the high temperatures of the summer months.