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Los Angeles overview

The phrase “Los Angeles”  is  Spanish for “The Angels”, this is why it has been nicknamed the “City of Angels”. Los Angeles, or as it is more popularly called LA,  is the cultural, financial, and commercial centre of Southern California.  It is the second-most populous city in the United States with a population of about 3,900,000.

Los Angeles is a historically rich city. It was officially founded on September 4, 1781, by the Spanish. It became a part of Mexico in 1821 till it was incorporated into the United States 1847.  Today it is known for its ethnic diversity and sprawling metropolis.

Los Angeles is also famous as the home of Hollywood. The most important tourist sights to visit in Los Angeles are the Hollywood Sign, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Capitol Records Building, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Venice Canal Historic District and boardwalk, Hollywood Boulevard, Rodeo Drive, Hollywood Bowl and  Staples Center.

Tourists also enjoy LA for its numerous spring and summer festivals like the LA Comedy Festival, the mega-festival; Coachella, Festival Internacional de Teatro (International Theatre Festival), The LA WineFest, The Playboy Jazz Festival, The Fish Fishfest and many others.

 

Best time to book a flight to Los Angeles

Los Angeles’  location along the Pacific Ocean, ensure that there’s good weather will follow year-round. However, depending what kind of experience you wish to have, you may what to choose either the peak or off season to visit the City of Angels.

 

 

Peak season

Los Angeles is always busy but to avoid the highest airfare prices on airfare, hotels, and entertainment usually correlates with the major events, like the Academy Awards, which occur in Hollywood in March.

Star-seekers visit Los Angeles flights during winter’s awards season to catch a glimpse of the Oscars, Grammys and other shows. The fashion-forward tourists visit Los Angeles in August to get deals at the boutiques on Robertson Boulevard and Rodeo Drive.

 

Offseason

There really isn’t an offseason in Los Angeles There are always activities in the city all year long. However, you might find cheap hotels or airfare deals during the rainy season (usually the winter months; from December to March).

 

Best time to visit Los Angeles

The City Of Los Angeles Has A Mediterranean Climate, This Means That It Is Usually Characterised By Rainy Winters And Dry, Warm To Hot Summers. Los Angeles Sees Plenty Of Sunshine Throughout The Year, With Very Little Rain. The City, Like Much Of The Southern California Coast, Experience The”June Gloom”. This Involves Foggy Skies In The Morning Which Yield To The Sun By Early Afternoon.

The Los Angeles Area Experieces Extreme Variations In Temperature Even In Areas That Are Close To Each Other. For Instance, Santa Monica Pier May Be 24 °C While It Is 35 °C In Canoga Park. The City Is Beautifully Surrounded On Three Sides By Mountains Reaching Up To And Over 10,000 Feet (3,000 M). The Valleys And Summits Of These Mountains Experience These Temperature Variations As Well. The Valley Areas Are Especially Colder Than The Rest Of The City. Freezing Temperatures And Snowfall Are Extremely Rare In The City Basin And Along The Coast. The Coldest It Gets In Los Angeles Is About 0°C.

If You Plan To Visit LA In The Summer, Be Sure To Pack Light Clothing, Comfortable Shoes ( Sandals,  flats Etc) And Sunglasses. If You Are Planning A Winter Visit, You’ll Need Layers Of Warm Clothing, Boots And A Good Umbrella. 

 

Airlines operating flights to Los Angeles

Here are some of the popular airlines that operate international flights to and from LAX.

Virgin America

United Airlines

Qatar Airways

JetBlue

KLM

Emirates

Delta Air Lines

British Airways

American Airlines

How long is a flight to Los Angeles

Wondering how long it would take to reach LA by flight? Here’s a list of flight time to Los Angeles from various cities around the world.

City

Distance to Los Angeles (km)

Flight duration from Los Angeles (HH:MM)

Tokyo

8820

12:00

New York

3980

5:07

Sao Paulo

9920

12:15

Seoul

6805.1

16:55

Mexico City

6923.4

3:35

Kyoto

17495.2

9:48

Manila

11746.6

15:20

Mumbai

1400

20:20

Delhi

12880

18:40

Jakarta

14460

21:05

Lagos

12420

16:38

Cairo

122220

17:04

Buenos Aires

4520

6:46

Rio de Janeiro

10140

14:28

Moscow

9830

15:35

Shanghai

10660

15:58

Paris

9110

10:40

Istanbul

11040

13:10

Abuja

12560

23:00

 

Please note: the above table displays the approximate non-stop flight duration times from LA to other cities. The actual flight times may differ depending on the type and speed of the aircraft.

 

Los Angeles airport

Los Angeles International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in the state of California, as well as one of the largest international airports in the United States. It is often referred to by its IATA airport code LAX,

LAX has nine passenger terminals arranged in the shape of the letter U or a horseshoe and is the world’s fourth busiest airport by passenger traffic. The airport has also held the title of “the world’s busiest origin and destination (O & D) airport”. LAX serves as a hub for Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and Virgin America. It also serves as a focus city for Allegiant Air, Air New Zealand, Qantas, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines and Volaris.

LAX is a major gateway to and from Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Oceania. LAX is considered to be the premier “Gateway to the Pacific Rim”.

Getting from Los Angeles airport to city centre

Staying in Los Angeles

The city is divided into the following areas: Downtown Los Angeles, East Los Angeles and Northeast Los Angeles, South Los Angeles, the Harbor Area, Greater Hollywood, Wilshire, the Westside, and the San Fernando and Crescenta Valleys. each area has its distinct advantage. Certain areas are closer to the ocean, others are closer to the mountains.

There are various types of accommodation available in Los Angeles. Hotels are the best option if you are planning a short stay and can afford to splurge. If you are staying in LA for a long period of time, you may choose to stay at an apartment hotel as they offer similar luxuries with enough space to make you feel at home.

If you are staying in LA for a long period of time, you may choose to stay at an apartment hotel as they offer similar luxuries with enough space to make you feel at home.

Dorms are the cheapest option available ad they allow you to take in the city regardless of your budget.

For the best LA experience as a tourist, the following areas will give the prime experience of the beaches, sights and celebrities.

Beverly Hills is the best place to stay for the shoppers and fashionistas. You can drive over to Rodeo Drive and Sunset Boulevard. It is the best area to stay for an  LA luxury experience.

Hollywood is close to a majority of the sights you would love to visit. It also gives you the chance to explore the city where your favourite movies came from. You might also get the chance to see your celebrities in actions.

Other places you might like are Santa Monica & Venice and Long Beach.

 

 

 

Great places to visit Los Angeles

For a great LA beach experience, visit Manhattan Beach at the south end of Santa Monica Bay. The beach has a 928-ft pier from which to fish, an aquarium, nine-hole golf course, surfing, volleyball and Sunday afternoon concerts. It is also a great place to swim, and bronze.

The biggest and best museum in LA. is the Getty Center. It houses an impressive collection of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present day.
The Lot (formally the Formosa Cafe), is a must-visit if you want to dine with the stars. The diner sees visits from today’s stars such as Bono, Nicolas Cage, Jodie Foster and Michael Douglas. The café walls are adorned with signed photographs of all the celebrities who have eaten at the café.

TCL Chinese Theatre is a movie palace on the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard. The Chinese Theatre was the first commercial movie theatre to have air conditioning. There are nearly 200 Hollywood celebrity handprints, footprints, and autographs in the concrete of the theatre’s forecourt.

The Hollywood Museum houses a collection of memorabilia from the history of American motion pictures and television.  over 10,000 items including costumes, props, photographs, scripts and other artefacts.

The California Science Center (sometimes spelt California ScienCenter) is a museum located in Exposition Park. The centre displays zones with live animals and aquariums about wildlife and adaptation in different ecosystems, including a river, desert, polar region, deep sea, ocean, island and urban areas. It also houses real life air and space crafts.

The Griffith Observatory is located in the beautiful Griffith Park and gives you an excellent view of the Hollywood Sign, and an extensive array of space and science-related displays. Be sure to also pay a visit to the Hollywood sign and take a lot of pictures. Your LA visit would be incomplete without it.

Cost of things in Los Angeles

Average cost of food and drink at restaurants 

Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant              

15.00 $
 

Fast Food                                                            

7.00 $
 

Beer  

5.00 $

Soda

1.94 $

Water  

1.58 $

 

Milk (1 liter)                                                      

0.97 $

Loaf  Bread (500g)                                        

3.14 $
 

Rice (1kg)                                                            

4.25 $

Eggs (12)                                                            

3.12 $

Local Cheese (1kg)                                      

11.15 $
 

Chicken Breasts  (1kg)                                

9.69 $
 

Beef Round (1kg)                                        

12.18 $
 

Apples (1kg)                                                    

3.97 $

Banana (1kg)                                                  

2.07 $
 

Oranges (1kg)                                                

2.92 $

 

 

Average cost of transportation 

One-way Ticket (Local Transport)

1.75 $
 

Monthly Pass                                                

100.00 $
 

Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)                        

3.00 $
 

Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)                        

1.68 $
 

Gasoline (1 liter)                                          

0.78 $

 


Average cost of accommodation 

Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre                      

 1,937.30 $
 

Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre                

1,443.79 $

Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre      

3,413.16 $
 

Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre              

2,608.68 $

 

The above prices are subject to inflation

 

Los Angeles tips/advice

Hours of Operation

Many L.A. museums are closed on Monday and major holidays. A few of the preeminent art museums, including the Norton Simon and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, stay open on Monday. Instead, the Norton Simon is closed Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Museum on Wednesday. Most museums close around 5 or 6 pm, staying open late at least one night a week.

Most stores in Los Angeles are open 10:00am to 6:00pm, a few stores stay open until 9 pm or later, particularly those in shopping malls in trendy areas such as Melrose Avenue, and in Santa Monica. Most shops are open on Sunday, though they may have earlier hours.

Despite the high energy level of the L.A. nightlife crowd, it is still an early-to-bed city. Bars close at 2 am.

 

Tipping and Taxes
In most restaurants, it is customary to tip the waiter 16%–20%.  Note that checks for parties of six or more sometimes include the tip already.

Tip at least $1 per drink at the bar, and $1 for each coat checked. Also, be prepared for a sales tax of around 9.5% to appear on your bill.

 

 

Staying with Kids
LA is a  family-friendly destination with places like Disneyland and the beach cities. Resorts and hotels along the coast, in particular, attract plenty of beach-going family vacationers looking for sun and sandcastles. Some properties provide such diversions as in-room movies, toys, and video games; others have suites with kitchenettes and foldout sofa beds. Hotels often provide cribs, rollaway beds, and references to babysitting services, but make arrangements when booking the room, not when you arrive.

 

Currency Exchange
There are several ICE Currency Exchange points throughout all terminals in LAX. They are ideal for buying just a small amount of U.S. dollars. Other currency exchange stores available are Travelex, Foreign Currency Express, Bretton Woods, Currency Exchange International, LA Currency and World Banknotes Exchange.
You may also choose to make use of the ATMs to withdraw your USDs in cash. All international withdrawal from ATMs, regardless of the amount, are based on the wholesale exchange rate, so you get a better rate than you would at a currency exchange store.

 

Smoking
Smokers should keep in mind that California law forbids smoking in all enclosed areas, including bars.

 

Flight from local city to Los Angeles

You can get to LA from various domestic cities within the US.

Airline

Departure city

Average Price

Spirit

Dallas

$179

Frontier

Chicago

$215

American

Atlanta

$351

United Air

New York

$415

 

People who like Los Angeles also like

Other cities are similar to LA in terms of the sunshine, beaches and celebrities

 

Gold Coast, Australia

Features sand, surf, theme parks and movie studios just like the city of Los Angeles
Those seeking an LA vibe far from home need only travel to the sun-drenched city of the Gold Coast. Like the City of Angels, it’s a playing field packed with parties, beautiful beaches high-end boutiques and amusement parks. It is also home to the Village Roadshow Movie Studio, which makes the area a popular filming location.
Chances that you’ll bump into a celebrity is almost as high as if you were in LA
The beaches: Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Main Beach, Kirra Beach and North Burleigh
The Places: Warner Bros. Movieworld, Dreamworld, Seaworld, Wet’N’Wild, WhiteWater World, Jupiters Hotel and Casino, and the Gold Coast hinterland

 

 

San Diego

A city just a few hours south of Los Angeles, San Diego shares a similar coastal vibe to LA but with a lot less fuss.
The similarities between these two cities are endless: Los Angeles has Santa Monica Beach, San Diego has Mission Beach; LA has Rodeo Drive, San Diego has the Gaslamp Quarter; LA has Olvera Street for Mexican fare, San Diego has it everywhere.
The beaches: Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Moonlight Beach, Coronado Beach and Ocean Beach
The places: San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Balboa Park, SeaWorld and Belmont Park.

 

Miami

The city is located in the Sunshine State of the US. Miami has the best weather in the country which is why Hollywood’s A-list actors love it.
Miami is beautifully adorned with palm trees and a long stretch of white sand, all which draw in beautiful people in hordes. People go to Miami for the beaches, the trendsetting nightclubs and resort hotels. What’s more, Disneyworld and a beachside city called Hollywood are both within reach.
The beaches: Bell Harbour Beach, South Beach, Sunny Isles Beach and Homestead Bayfront Park Beach
The places: Jungle Island, Zoo Miami, Venetian Pool, Coral Castle and Big Baggs Cape Florida State Park

 

Cannes, France

May is the season for celebrity spotting in Cannes. At this time, most of the celebrities of Hollywood trip over one another trying to get to this glamorous city for the esteemed Cannes International Film Festival.
The French Riviera boasts more than its fair share of decadent resort towns and Cannes is one of its finest. Hollywood types have been flocking to its glorious beachfront hotels and exuberant restaurants for decades.
The beaches: Cannes Beach (C Beach), Plage Mace, Plage Zamenhoff and Plages de la Bocca
The places: Promenade de la Croisette, Lérins Islands, Ile Saint-Honorat and Brague

 

New York City and The Hamptons

If you don’t spot your favourite celebrity relaxing around their Hollywood home in LA, they’re probably around their New York or Hamptons house instead.
New York City will give you a sensory explosion. Among the craze of its busy streets and high-end boutiques, it’s the second best place to catch a glimpse of celebrities in their natural environment.

During summer, follow suit with the stars and head over to The Hamptons. Located on the east end of Long Island, this resort outpost is home to high society and yellow, sandy beaches.
The beaches: Coopers Beach, Main Beach, Ditch Plains Beach and Atlantic Beach
The places: Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Rockefeller Centre, Madison Square Gardens and Broadway

 

Dubai

Dubai is the city where the rich go to play. This city of architectural masterpieces is one of the most luxurious in the world and features numerous resorts and award-winning restaurants where you can wine and dine alongside society’s rich and famous.
The beaches: Sunset Beach, Jumeirah Beach (JBR Beach), Kite Beach, Black Palace Beach and Hidden Beach
The places: Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Palm Islands, Dubai Marina and The World

 

Mumbai

When in India, the place to seek fame and fortune is Bollywood, Mumbai.
Bollywood is the nickname given to the film industry in Mumbai, aka Bombay. This city is the world’s largest producer of films in terms of quantity, churning out thousands of movies every year. If you’re a fan of their colourful and romantic stories, you’ll love wandering through the backdrops in this stunning city.
The beaches: Girgaum Chowpatty Beach, Juhu Beach, Dadar Chowpatty and Marve Beach
The places: Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves, Siddhivinayak Temple and EsselWorld

 

 








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