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The glamour of iconic Los Angeles

Book flights to Los Angeles to immerse yourself in a city with sights that will be familiar from countless blockbusters – whether it’s the timeless Hollywood sign or vibrant Santa Monica Pier.

Take a tour down Sunset Boulevard, kick back on Venice Beach and see the stars at Griffith Observatory.

path lined with palm trees at sunset boulevard on beverly hills in los angeles

You’ll find an incredible art and museum scene here, alongside Tinseltown favourites like the Walk of Fame, Chinese Theatre and the rest of Hollywood Boulevard.

Theme parks including Universal Studios and Disneyland only add to the magic while the restaurants range from understated diners to Michelin-starred spots.

Whether it’s following in the footsteps of the stars, hitting Malibu Beach or admiring the plentiful street art, LA is genuinely a city like no other.

Book flight tickets to Los Angeles with Etihad Airways to experience one of the world’s most exhilarating destinations.

What's the weather like in Los Angeles?

What's the weather like in Los Angeles?

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Visit from March to May or September to December for lower temperatures and lower tourist numbers. July is the hottest month, with average temperatures of 22°C and above.

December and January tend to be the wettest months, but rainfall is still very low. With its countless hours of sunshine, Los Angeles is a great year-round destination.

Reasons to visit Los Angeles

stores on rodeo drive in beverly hills los angeles

Shopping in Santa Monica, Rodeo Drive and more

Santa Monica Place is an open-air shopping mall with over 70 premier shops, including legendary Bloomingdale’s – it’s also home to a cinema and the Cayton Children’s Museum.

If you want to go upmarket, head over to Rodeo Drive. Here you’ll find more than 100 world-famous stores within its three-block Golden Triangle.

Bargain hunters will want to visit one of the numerous flea markets – the Rose Bowl Market is held in the car park of the Rose Bowl sports stadium, with vintage clothing, antiques and more. Melrose Trading Post attracts around 200 sellers and is open every Sunday.

griffith observatory park with los angeles skyline at dawn

See the stars

Head to Griffith Observatory to star gaze through telescopes, then head to the Hollywood Walk of Fame to see stars of a different sort. Hollywood royalty are honoured with their own golden stars – walk along and find your favourite actors.

Then head to Universal Studios for some of the most exciting rides in the world – many inspired by blockbusters like Jurassic World, King Kong and Fast & Furious. Go backstage with tours of famous film sets and discover some of Hollywood’s movie-making secrets.

Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter too, dress up as your favourite character and use a wand to solve puzzles.

mulholland highway near rocky oaks park los angeles

Enjoy a hike in the hills

It’s not all about the city in LA – drive into the hills or explore one of the vibrant neighbourhoods. There are canyons and gorgeous forests to explore.

Hike to the Hollywood Sign on Mount Lee, catch some stunning views over the city from Mulholland Drive or head out to the Angeles National Forest and stroll among its 700,000 acres of protected woodland.

Areas like Pasadena offer the chance to unwind, visit a museum and enjoy delicious food and drink. Silver Lake is one of the most eclectic neighbourhoods, with stunning parks, quirky bars and cafes and reputedly the best farmers’ market in Los Angeles.

Things to know before you fly to Los Angeles

plane Transfers from the airport

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is around 20 miles outside the city. Pre-book your transfer with Etihad and your driver will be waiting when you land to get you where you need to go. Alternatively, car rental companies have outlets at the airport. Shuttle buses also pick up from all terminals and offer frequent services connecting to Downtown and Hollywood.

accommodation Where to stay in Los Angeles

Your itinerary will help determine where you stay in Los Angeles – the city is vast, so decide before you go what sights you want to see.

For the beach, try Santa Monica, where you’ll find a wide range of accommodation. Beverly Hills and Malibu are ideal for luxury stays, while Downtown Los Angeles is perfect if you’re looking for a central location.

bus Getting around Los Angeles

Renting a car is convenient – just be careful where you park, especially on side streets. Alternatively, take a taxi or rent a scooter. Big Blue Buses run past Santa Monica, Dash buses loop around various neighbourhoods and there’s also an underground rail network which is cheap and extensive – use TAP cards to top up credit.

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When booking plane tickets to Los Angeles, it’s a good idea to take plenty of sun cream and moisturiser, as well as staying hydrated. Although mostly warm all year round, it can be breezy at times, so make sure to pack an extra layer of clothing if you want to catch a beachside sunset.

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What should I see in Los Angeles?

For first-timers, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Chinese Theatre, which has hosted countless premieres, should be on the list.

For stargazing of a different kind, visit Griffith Observatory with its planetarium show. Muscle Beach in Venice is a great place for people-watching, with its meandering beachside cycle/skate track.

How long should I stay in Los Angeles?

A week will give you enough time to check out many of the main tourist attractions, while two weeks should be ample to spend some downtime at the beach or take trips to destinations such as Disneyland, Universal Studios and Runyon Canyon Park, just two blocks from Hollywood Boulevard.

What outdoor activities are there in Los Angeles?

Take a hiking tour in Paradise Falls, saddle up for a horse ride through Griffin Park, or go deep sea fishing off the Californian coast. Get some surfing lessons, go whale watching, try rock climbing at Stoney Point Park, kayaking on the LA River, or even a paragliding experience above Malibu.

Why we love Los Angeles

“Los Angeles is a very special destination. Relax on Venice Beach while watching the surfers and skateboarders do their thing, then head to Santa Monica Pier to soak up the buzz. Meanwhile, Rodeo Drive is perfect for some high-end retail therapy.”

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Weather in Los Angeles

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Sunday20 Sep 2020
28 °C
Monday21 Sep 2020
28 °C
Tuesday22 Sep 2020
28 °C
Wednesday23 Sep 2020
29 °C
Thursday24 Sep 2020
27 °C
Friday25 Sep 2020
26 °C
Saturday26 Sep 2020
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