Fancy some time away in the sunshine? If you can't decide if you want a city break, a week by the beach or somewhere with a buzzing nightlife then Los Angeles may be the perfect place for you, because it has it all!

Located on the West Coast of the USA, LA has a range of hotspots, it's perfect for families, young travellers and couples. With warm weather all year round, it's an ideal holiday destination. However, for those of you who love tanning and sitting in the sun, summer time (June - August) are the hottest months, averaging temperature is mid 30's.

What to do?

There's a a range of things to do and see in LA, some of the most popular spots worth visiting are;

  • Hollywood Bouelvard
  • Beverly Hills
  • Rodeo Drive
  • Santa Monica
  • Venice Beach
  • DisneyLand
  • Universal Studios
  • Hollywood Sign

Shopping

For shopping, Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive is a top location, from Chanel to Gucci, all the high-end brands can be found here. There is also the Beverly Centre which is a shopping mall, you can find Macy's and Bloomingdales here. Hollywood Boulevard, famous for the iconic Walk of Fame is also another good spot for shopping, there's a mall and cinema complex plus endless souvenirs shops. Depending on where you're staying, we recommend a trip to Santa Monica, 3rd street is where you can find most shops, from Adidas to Abercrombie and Fitch, this is where you'll find most 'high street' brands.

If you're wanting a quirky range of shops, we recommend Melrose Avenue. This road has a range of boutique shops and cafes, perfect for finding something unique.

Family days out

Santa Monica has a huge beach, perfect for a relaxing day out with the family. It also has the famous Santa Monica Pier, so it's great for kids, there's a range of attractions on the pier including a funfair. Of course, there's two very popular theme parks in LA, Disneyland and Universal Studios. Both parks will guarantee and fun day out. Disneyland can be found in Anaheim, California and Universal is located in Universal city, North of Hollywood Boulevard.

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Malibu is a must if you're visiting LA. The endless beaches and access to hiking trails is what makes Malibu so peaceful. If you want a scenic day out, and looking to relax, Malibu is the perfect spot for it. You can find a shop and cafes on the Pier and the well-known restaurant Nobu along the beachfront.

We also recommend hiking to the Hollywood Sign, there's different places you can't start from and a range of trails, some are 6 miles overall, whilst easier ones are 3 miles. You can also ride to the Hollywood, visit the Sunset Ranch website for more information. 

Hollywood Bowl is a fantastic venue, you can visit and take a look round, but keep an eye out for upcoming show dates.

How to get around and where to eat

If you're wanting to explore a lot of places in a short amount of time, hiring a car is always a good idea, you are free to go where you want without a problem. Avis and Hertz are popular companies to use, just remember petrol and parking tickets can rack up your bill. Another option which could work our cheaper for you is Uber, it's very popular in LA, average waiting time is a couple of minutes and the prices are very low. Lastly there is the Metro, it's very cheap, you must buy a card for $1.00 and then top it up as you come and go. A single trip is $1.75, which is a very cheap option.

There's a range of restaurants in LA. Cheaper options that we'd recommend are Johnny Rockets, this classic diner has everything from burgers to chicken tenders and fries, don;t forget to try their milkshakes! Another cheap option which seems to always be popular is In-N-Out Burger, there's not much to choose from its either a burger or a burger, but they are super tasty!

If you’re a fan of seafood and don't mind spending the money, Nobu in Malibu is a popular hotspot, especially for celebs!

For breakfast, you can find plenty of organic cafes, Sunset Boulevard and Hollywood Boulevard have quite a few, Rise N Grind and Groundwork Coffee Co. are both good options.

If you've ever been to LA tell us about your experience and share you holiday pics, find us on Twitter @arrive_happy and Instagram @arrivehappy.

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