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Welcome to LA - the city of Angels. Los Angeles is located on the magnificent west coast of the USA and in the heart of the sunshine state of California. However, LA is much more than high glamour and body-perfect beach babes and surfers. There's great food, wine and culture too!

Why go?

Los Angeles will send you to heaven if you enjoy golden beaches, buzzing city life, celebrity spotting and boutique shopping...

There are numerous sights around Los Angeles, most revolving around the infamous film industry associated with the district of Hollywood. 

On Hollywood Boulevard you'll find Grauman's Chinese Theatre, where Hollywood's biggest ever stars are immortalised in cement (well, their footprints and handprints anyway) and where the A-list and their fans gather for film premieres. Further along the boulevard you can tread the Hollywood Walk of Fame, stepping from star to star. Tours of the palm-tree-lined avenues where the stars live are touted here too.

The famous Sunset Strip is worth seeing for its flashy brashness and rich suburb Beverly Hills is where you can get your mitts on designer goodies in Rodeo Drive.

On LA's extensive coastline, the California gold rush means running to reach the lovely sands at beaches in the vicinity of Santa Monica and Venice Beach. 

There are world-famous studios to visit, including Universal and Warner Brothers, and if you organise yourself in advance you can bag tickets to see a live show being recorded. It is a fitting experience in a city that earns its dollars off the back of the big and small screens.

For sportier pursuits, book tickets to see the LA Dodgers and get to grips with the rules of baseball, or watch 'soccer' at the home of LA Galaxy where you might once have caught a glimpse of David Beckham, the most famous football player in the club's history.

For one of the best views of this vibrant, diverse and tantalising city, try Mulholland Drive. You might just spot one of the residents of the area; you guessed it, a Hollywood star.

Diverse ethnic communities throw intense flavours into the mix and high culture can be found at places like the J. Paul Getty museum at the Getty Center.

Remember, there is a big driving culture in the States and especially in Los Angeles. Fancy a fly-drive trip? Or how about hiring a fun convertible and hitting the highway? Go for it - everyone's a star in LA-LA Land!

How to get there?

Direct Los Angeles flights operate from London, with indirect flights available from most UK airports...

Cheap flights to Los Angeles are usually found for travel between October and April. Booking early is the surest way to find a good deal. Use the TravelSupermarket price-comparison tool to help you find the best prices on Los Angeles flights. 

Several airlines fly non-stop from London's Heathrow, including British Airways, Air New Zealand, Virgin Atlantic, American, Delta and United. A new service from Gatwick started in 2014 with Norwegian. One stop services are available via many other US cities with the major American carriers plus US Airways on flights from Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Belfast and Edinburgh, as well as London. Alternatively, fly via Paris, Amsterdam or Frankfurt with Air France, KLM and Lufthansa or with Aer Lingus via Dublin.

Flights arrive at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and the door to exploring southern California is unlocked here. Trips to San Diego, Palm Springs, Santa Barbara and Anaheim (for Disneyland Resort) are recommended. Car hire is ideal if you want to see more of California. Many holidaymakers choose to begin a road trip in LA and there is a wide range of car hire options at the airport.

Getting to and from the airport

Los Angeles is a busy city so booking your transfer in advance is advised. Luckily, public transport is very reliable...

Plan carefully, as LA's road network is notorious for traffic jams during rush hours. Buses, taxis and city shuttles are also available at the airport.

When traffic is at its peak, consider hopping on the Metro to reach your hotel from the airport - this is good advice during your holiday too as the Metro runs underground and stays fast and efficient, even when the roads above are snarled up with overheated drivers.

Where to stay?

This being Los Angeles, expect some contrasting places to stay and be sure to shop around for good deals...

Holidaymakers have a terrific range of choices for staying in Los Angeles. Families can stay near LA's famous theme parks and attractions at a number of conveniently located hotels in the Hollywood Hills and north-west LA areas.

Los Angeles is also synonymous with luxury and glamour and naturally there is a host of upmarket, four and five-star hotels in Beverly Hills or West Hollywood. Be sure to check out the new generation of modern, hip hotels in these areas. They offer everything you can imagine for even the trendiest of travellers.

There are also good value hotels throughout the city for budget-savvy travellers. Aim to stay in the downtown areas or Woodlands Hill district.

Remember that USA hotels often offer larger rooms than most European hotels so do shop around for good offers and upgrades that may be possible. Book your flights using our price comparison tool too and ensure all-round savings.