Otherwise simply known as “LA”, Los Angeles is one of the most famous cities within the United States. It is well known for its amenable climate, diverse population and as being home to Hollywood and a host of famous residents. Having experienced a pronounced boom during the 1849 Gold Rush, what was once considered to be a rather small backwater town is now home to just under 4 million inhabitants. It is also the second-largest city in the entire country.
The Best Times to Visit Los Angeles
Due to its rather Mediterranean climate, Los Angeles can become extremely hot during the summer months. This is particularly the case within the metropolitan area. Coincidentally, this is also the time when tourists are the most likely to visit. Those who wish to escape the massive crowds should instead choose to arrive during the early autumn or the late spring. These months are also when the climate will be the most agreeable. While the occasional spring shower may occur, most days will be sunny and quite warm.
The approximate flight time from New York City (John F. Kennedy International Airport or LaGuardia International Airport) is approximately six hours. This is assuming that there are no layovers. Should a change occur at Chicago O’Hare, for instance, the duration will generally fall between eight and nine hours. The major travel hub found within Los Angeles is the famous Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Some of the major carries include Delta, United Airlines, Jet Blue, Virgin Airlines, American Airways and Alaskan Airlines.
Los Angeles is known as offering a plethora of different accommodations during your stay. Many of these are to be found within the city center and quite close to all of the major attractions. Top names include the JW Marriott Los Angeles, The Moni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza and the Hollywood Hotel. However, these can be quite expensive during the height of the tourist season and reservations can be difficult to come by. There are also a variety of budget establishments such as Best Western, Venice Breeze Suites and a number of Holiday Inn Express franchised chains. As a rule of thumb, those which are found a bit outside of the city center can be substantially cheaper.
The Top Things to Do in Los Angeles
Upon arrival, you will note that the amount of choices that you have will be daunting. Still, there are a few must-see attractions during any visit. Perhaps the most famous is Universal Studios Hollywood. This is one of the largest theme parks in the world and Universal Studios can be perfect if you are arriving with your family. Some of the rides include Jurassic Park and King Kong: 360 3-D. In addition, there are a number of restaurants, retail outlets and live shows to enjoy. Many of the larger hotels will offer an all-inclusive pricing package that takes into account the price of entrance here.
What would any visit to Los Angeles be without first getting a first-hand glimpse at the famous Hollywood sign? Located atop Mount Lee in the nearby Hollywood Hills, you can get an up-close view by looking for one of the 40 different tour companies which regularly arrive at this location. Or, you may choose to use the panoramic backdrop for a family photo or two by arriving at Lake Hollywood Park on Canyon Lake Drive.
A final attraction not to be missed is the famous Santa Monica Pier. This is found at the bottom end of Colorado Avenue and is a landmark nearly 100 years old. In recent times, Santa Monica Pier has been transformed into a large park. The most notable park here is known as Pacific Park. This is a family-friendly attraction that is open every day. Interestingly enough, a solar-powered Ferris wheel is found within the complex and this structure has become iconic within the entire Los Angeles skyline. Other sights include a carousel dating from the 1920s, a large aquarium and a video arcade.