The famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright once said, “Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.” That may very well have occurred already. The mix of cultures will make your journey to the coast feel like you’ve spun a lap around the world. Visit Los Angeles piece by piece and enjoy cuisine from all corners of the earth, spread out on the beach to get some color, and soak in the cityscape from the Griffith Observatory. And if you’re wondering where to stay in LA, look no further than Travelocity’s hotels in Los Angeles.
Things to Do in Los Angeles
Fill your days and nights with things to do in Los Angeles —there’s certainly no shortage in this fabulous Southern California city. Wandering the streets is like stepping through a portal into another world. Especially when you’re strolling the avenues at the eastern edge of downtown that’s known as the Arts District. Once full of abandoned and decrepit warehouses, this section of town has transformed itself into a place bursting with bohemian creativity. Head to the intersection of East Third Street and Traction Avenue where works from renowned artists like JR, Shephard Fairey and many more can be viewed. You can even take a guided art tour through some of the neighborhood’s finest galleries.
Further west, the soothing waters of the Pacific Ocean roll gently onto the fine, white sand of the beaches of Santa Monica. Some of the best places to stay in Los Angeles are located along this famous stretch of sand. And poking 2,745 feet into the water is the world famous Santa Monica Pier. Let your inner child run free at the Pacific Park amusement park, the only theme park on the West Coast located on a pier. Get a bird’s eye view of the coast from high above while riding the Pacific wheel or maybe a spin on the West Coaster will provide you with the thrills you’re looking for.
Eating and Drinking
When you’ve worked up an appetite, you’re in luck because this town is a foodie’s paradise. Stroll down Abbott Kinney Boulevard in Venice Beach—GQ named this street “America’s coolest block”—and take your pick from any number of boutique dining options. L.A. is a melting pot of cultures so if you want to try a meal that originated from across the world, you don’t have to go far. Situated in the southwest corner of downtown, Little Tokyo is one of only three official Japantowns in North America and is the center for Japanese-Americans in Southern California. Digging into a bowl full of udon noodles or enjoying some of the freshest sushi in the city isn’t complete without an accompanying bottle of fine sake. Hot or cold? That is the question.
From the coastal neighborhoods of Venice Beach and Santa Monica to the sprawling inland avenues of East Los Angeles, there’s no shortage of restaurants serving some of the finest dishes originating from south of the border. You don’t need to make reservations at a 5-star restaurant in order to have one of the better meals of your life. You can if you want, but some of the greatest Mexican culinary treasures in this city are holes-in-the-wall, street vendors, and mom-and-pop places that wouldn’t normally make must-go lists. Oh, but they should.
Green Spaces Galore
The second largest city in the United States stretches across the landscape as far as the eye can see, but amid this concrete jungle are beautiful greenbelts for you to relax in. Rent a room in Los Angeles near Griffith Park in the Los Feliz neighborhood. The Central Park of Los Angeles is home several attractions like the Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles Zoo, and the Autry National Center. But if you’re looking to get real rugged, go for a hike through Bronson Canyon. Make sure to possibly be ready for your close-up, this is an extremely popular filming location for Hollywood elites.
Day Trips from Los Angeles
L.A.’s central location in Southern California makes it a perfect jumping off point for some of the better day trips in the state. Leave one of the Los Angeles hotels and take a short 95-mile jaunt up U.S. Route 101, which will bring you to the lovely beachside community of Santa Barbara, the escape for the stars. Just inland lie sprawling vineyards waiting for you to sample their perfectly crafted bottles of vino. Check out the local wine tours in the area and toast to one of the better getaways you’ve been on.
If you’d like to take a break from the coast for a day or two, head east on Interstate 10 for 107 miles. The suburban lands of eastern Los Angeles County, the Inland Empire, and San Bernardino County give way to arid deserts that look like Lawrence of Arabia once traveled through. And in this desert landscape sits the Renaissance town of Palm Springs where Dean, Frank, Sammy, and the rest of the Rat Pack once relaxed. Shop through the chic boutiques along Palm Canyon Drive before riding the cable car up the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. The 12-and-a-half-minute ride lifts you from the floor of the Coachella Valley to the top of San Jacinto Peak. There are several hiking trails at the top you can wander on and even a restaurant & bar. Enjoy a burger and beer while taking in a mountain-top view across the vast Southern California desert. When your time in the desert is up, our Los Angeles hotel deals will ensure you have a comfortable place to rest your head back in La-la-land.
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The glitz, the glamour, the sun, and the sand. The only way to experience it all is to book a stay at one of Travelocity’s finest hotels in downtown Los Angeles during your next trip. It doesn’t matter whether you’re coming for a sun tan, to experience the growing culinary scene or if you’re looking for that big break on the silver screen, you won’t find better offers on your next getaway to the California coast.