The place to be for aspiring actors and actresses, the City of Angels also draws in more than 26 million visitors every year...
And for very good reason... movie fans will love the studio tours in Tinseltown at the likes of Burbank Studios and will revel in the abundance of theme parks, which include Universal Studios, plus the Oscars, Chinese Theatre and Hollywood Stars. There is also the opportunity for tourists to take the Walk of Fame in Hollywood. Shoppers will find their dream retail experience mixed with a sprinkling of star-spotting on Rodeo Drive, which is absolutely the place to see or be seen.
For a touch of culture, art lovers will enjoy the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Getty Museum, which houses European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts and American and European photographs.
When it comes to performance arts you'll be hard pressed to match the splendour of the LA Philharmonic or the LA Opera, which is celebrating 25 years, much of which has been spent as one of the world's leading opera companies.
Heading away from the bright lights of the city, beautiful Pacific beaches beckon, or head inland to the valleys for the wineries. Travelling south towards San Diego, visitors can find Sea World, plus Disneyland in Anaheim, and Knott's Berry Farm, which is a huge theme park. North of the city you can drive along the sublime Carmel Coast to San Francisco, a city like no other with sightseeing opportunities that include Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf.
Choose budget hotels and motels or go all out and stay among the stars at a glitzy five-star hotel…
LA is the largest of California's cities and with all the major attractions spread across the sprawling metropolis it is crucial to select hotel accommodation in the right location for the areas you want to visit. This is particularly important if you don't have a hire car as public transport is minimal, although the road network and highways make everywhere accessible.
Los Angeles hotels range from celebrity favourites such as the luxurious five-star Beverley Hills Wilshire, to budget motel chains such as Hampton Inns and Travelodge, plus everything in between to suit all budgets and requirements.
For the best deals it is advisable to book hotels in Los Angeles well in advance of your trip in order to secure the best deals. If you do plan to hire a car - and this is by far the best option if you want to cram in as much sight-seeing as possible - be sure to check that your accommodation has car parking facilities, as not all do.
There's plenty to see and do during holidays in Los Angeles...
How will you spend your time in LA? Here are just a few ideas:
Top five attractions
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Find your favourite star on the floor in LA! Look out along the boulevards of Hollywood for the sidewalk tiles honouring the best of the business. Some of the most sought-out stars include Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe and Mickey Mouse.
Santa Monica Pier and Beach
Restaurants, amusements and fun under the sun are guaranteed in this much-visited part of Los Angeles.
Universal Studios Hollywood
Get an action-packed and glamorous glimpse into the world of movie making at this theme park, where you will be thrilled by the rides, take studio tours and be amazed at 3D and 4D experiences that delve a little deeper into the world's most adored films.
Opened in 1955, this was the original home of Mickey Mouse and his cartoon pals. The ever-popular theme park now sits alongside hotels and the shops and eateries of Downtown Disney.
One of the cultural highlights of Los Angeles, the Getty Center features one of LA's two J Paul Getty Museums. Visitors can also tour a wonderful set of sculptures in the outdoor garden. Notable pieces in the museum include 'Irises', by Vincent Van Gogh.
Everyone knows about the Oscars - find out more and see what else is on the annual calendar in Los Angeles...
Here are just a few of the events that take place every year in LA.
Whale watching; January-February: This somewhat unexpected tourist event is a delight. Gray Whales can often be seen from the shore, though organised boat trips make it easy to get closer to the migrating sea beasts.
Oscars; March: The buzz around the Academy Awards is palpable and there's much more taking place in the city than the actual ceremony, which is hosted at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. If you're into star spotting there's no better opportunity.
Independence Day; July 4: Patriotism never looked so good! Check out the fireworks across the city and consider being somewhere memorable, such as the Hollywood Bowl or Disneyland, to join in the fun as Americans celebrate the gaining of independence from Great Britain in 1776.