Los Angeles boasts a fascinating history, world class cultural attractions, and a diverse local population.
Best time to travel - holidays and festivals
Featuring warm weather throughout the year, anytime is a good time to visit Los Angeles. For those wishing to join in city celebrations, there's plenty to choose from. In January there is the Tournament of Roses Parade with its attractive floats and live music. In late February world-famous celebrities visit the city to attend the Academy Awards. There are several events in October, including West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnival, which attracts over 400 thousand people. New Years eve is celebrated across the city, including at Grand Park and Long Beach where spectacular firework displays are hosted.
Useful information before departure
Those with a valid British citizen passport have the option to visit Los Angeles under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) for a maximum of 90 days. A valid visa is required for British passport holders of 'other' nationalities. In restaurants and bars, a typical tip is around 20% of the bill. Be aware that the regulations governing the sale of tobacco and alcohol are stricter in the US than the UK. Designer clothing and groceries tend to be significantly cheaper than in London.
LA accommodation and transport
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is situated 24 kilometres south west of Los Angeles. Various transport options are available at LAX, including taxis, buses, trains, and rental cars. To travel from the airport to the city centre by taxi costs about $45. The LAX FlyAway bus service operates frequent trips between the airport and Vans Nuys Bus Terminal, Westwood, and Union Station. A free shuttle bus connects LAX with the Metro's Green Line Light Rail. Accommodation is widely available throughout the city. In popular hotel spots, such as Santa Monica, Hollywood and Venice Beach, a cheap room can cost from $25 per person for one night. In up-market areas, including Beverly Hills, the cost of hotel rooms can be $100 upwards. Getting about the city via public transport can be quite daunting. First time visitors may find it easier to travel about the city by taxi or rental car.