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Hold on tight! Los Angeles is an exhilarating theme park of a city, with twists and turns around glitz, glamour, eccentricity, kitsch, surf, shopping and legend. And it's all drenched in a great big dollop of warm Californian sunshine. Either visit the city on its own, or combine with other Californian hotspots for a longer break.

Why go?

Ditch the stereotypes and discover Los Angeles for yourself. You are bound to find an exciting, multi-cultural and thriving city...

Your first holiday in Los Angeles is a very different holiday to any you have ever experienced before. From the hills of flashy Hollywood, to the weird and wonderful performers in Venice Beach; from the high-end boutique shopping in Rodeo Drive, to the high scream-inducing peaks of the theme park rides: holidays in Los Angeles will thrill you and leave you begging for more.

Start your ride through this fantastic city on the US west coast at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX); it won't be long before you are fully immersed in the biggest city in California.

Los Angeles is known as the 'City of Angels' and you are certain to be in heaven if you're a dedicated celebrity spotter. Los Angeles is home to the legendary Hollywood film industry and the city prospers thanks to its work on the big and small screen. Los Angeles is the perfect place to see one of your favourite shows being recorded - though the real-life action on the streets can be just as entertaining.

On your Los Angeles holiday, stay in Downtown, Pasadena, Malibu, Long Beach, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Century City, San Fernando Valley, Venice Beach, Marina del Rey or one of the other fascinating parts of the city and simply drink in the local life. Stroll anywhere in the Hollywood Hills, Mulholland Drive or Melrose Avenue and savour the atmosphere. Don't forget to keep your eyes open - the stars are everywhere.

When to go?

Los Angeles is great for holidays all year round, enjoying excellent weather and, being a major city, it never goes to sleep....

The beautiful beaches of Los Angeles remain busy year round as temperatures don't drop much below 10°C during winter. The city sizzles in temperatures in the high twenties in summer. Rainfall is very rare during the summer months, with January and February being the wettest months.

What's on?

You are never short of things to enjoy in the city. Here are just a few of the events and activities you can take part in...

Whale watching; February: You might not associate Los Angeles with whale watching but February is one of the best months in LA in which to catch the annual migration of the Gray Whale.

Oscars; March: The Academy Awards are televised worldwide but you can feel the excitement first hand if you're in LA in March. You might not get on the red carpet, but there are plenty of events taking place around this exciting time at which you will be warmly welcomed.

Major League Baseball; from April: The baseball season gets into full swing in April; locals know spring is on the way when the action gets underway every year. Get tickets to watch the LA Dodgers and see Los Angelinos at their most passionate.

Fourth of July fireworks: The locals celebrate Independence Day with spectacular displays of fireworks and extravagant events. Check if you need tickets before you arrive at one of the professional displays.

Labor Day; September: This holiday is observed to honour the workers of the United States. Los Angeles hosts a large number of events around this weekend, so book well ahead to secure your accommodation.

What to do?

Get ready for some sightseeing. You'll not be short of places to visit and things to do. Here are some of the highlights...

You'll find more 'stars' on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard. The boulevard is also home to Grauman's Chinese Theatre, where movie legends have left their imprints in the cement. You can pick up a map around here showing you where the stars live - though you're unlikely to see them behind the giant walls of their tree-lined avenues.

When you get peckish grab a Pink's Hot Dog. The chain bills itself as a Hollywood legend - you'll just have to try one for yourself and see if you agree. If hot dogs aren't your thing then you are spoiled for choice in Los Angeles, with restaurants, bars and eateries to suit all tastes and budgets. Take your pick from milkshakes and burgers in a diner or haute cuisine in a swanky candlelit restaurant.

Los Angeles is a massive urban sprawl on the Pacific Coast and getting around can be a challenge unless you are in the know. Many holidaymakers choose to begin fly drive holidays and road trips in Los Angeles and it's a great base to spring from. You might want to delay collecting your car until you've done your sightseeing in LA, as the roads are often grid locked with traffic. The city's buses are efficient, though the underground Metro is your best bet to keep cool and move fast when the drivers are overheating on the roads above ground.

Active types will love the surf, the roller-skating and the beachside gyms, though not-so-active types will be equally as happy with their backs on the sand and their faces to the azure blue skies above LA. Sports fans should make a beeline for the Staples Center, which is home to a variety of Los Angeles sports teams such as basketball's Lakers. Look out for the A-listers and the rich on the 'floor' - the best seats in the house. You might even see David Beckham watching the action. Catch a game of 'soccer' courtesy of Beckham's LA Galaxy or book tickets to see a game of baseball at the home of the LA Dodgers.

Shoppers can splash the cash at a variety of stores and markets and lovers of culture will want to spend some time at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Center, or the Getty Villa in Malibu, before catching a classical concert within the famous abstract shapes of the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

The kids are well catered for too, should they get bored of the beaches, with Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Knott's Berry Farm - America's first theme park - all within easy reach.

For a more sedate moment in this bustling metropolis, you can visit one of the famous Forest Lawn Cemeteries. Stars at the Glendale site include Michael Jackson and Walt Disney, while Hollywood Hills features memorials and graves to stars such as Bette Davis and Stan Laurel.

Los Angeles holidays offer an oceanfront stroll through an enthralling and exciting city. Strap on your best shoes and step out in intoxicating LA. TravelSupermarket can help you to find the cheapest deals for holidays in Los Angeles. Use our search tool and start planning your trip.