Los Angeles is a trend-setting global metropolis with an extraordinary history and a rich cultural heritage. It’s known as the Entertainment Capital of the World and is home to renowned museums, along with 75 miles of sunny coastline. With so much to see and do, the best way to discover L.A. is by exploring L.A.’s vibrant multicultural neighborhoods. Use this map as your guide to find the perfect hotel in a neighborhood that suits your style.
Los Angeles has something for everyone, with 75 miles of sunny coastline, a flourishing Downtown, lifestyle playgrounds for the rich and famous, acclaimed restaurants, trend-setting art and fashion scenes, and internationally flavored neighborhoods. One of the most popular ways to experience L.A. is by enjoying free activities, such as a scenic drive or visiting top cultural attractions. Los Angeles has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to green travel, from public transit to eco-friendly hotels. L.A.
Things to Do
- Universal Studios - One of L.A.’s most iconic attractions is Universal Studios Hollywood. You can go behind the scenes to explore real film sets where Hollywood movies are made. You’ll be touring through active lots, so keep your eyes peeled for celebrity sightings! Then, head to the theme park portion of Universal Studios where you can spend the rest of the day enjoying rides and exhibits. Weekday tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood are included the 3, 5, and 7-Day Go Los Angeles Cards.
- Skyslide at OUE - is California’s tallest open-air observation deck and a must-see destination for panoramic, 360-degree views of Los Angeles. Located nearly 1,000 feet above the city at the iconic U.S. Bank Tower in Downtown L.A., OUE Skyspace L.A. honors the culture, community and people that make Los Angeles unlike any city in the world.
- Madame Tussauds Hollywood - If you don't get surprised by any celebrities at Universal Studios, then experience the next best thing at Madame Tussauds Hollywood. Where else can you get up close and personal with 100 celebrities? At Madame Tussauds it’s not plastic or botox that keeps the celebrities looking so good, it’s wax!
- Hollywood Movie Star Home Tour - If the wax versions of your favorite celebrities don’t meet your stargazin expectations, then you must take the Hollywood Movie Star Homes Tour by LA City Tours. These tours take you on scenic rides to amazing properties, including the homes of Michael Jackson, Tom Cruise, Paris Hilton, and the Osbournes to name just a few. You’ll also pass by Rodeo Drive, the Hollywood Sign, Mulholland Drive, Beverly Hills, Bel-Air and the Sunset Strip. Feel like an A-Lister - if only for a few hours - and see how your favorite stars really live. Don't forget to bring your star-shaped glasses!
- LA Zoo & Botanical Gardnes - While you're at Griffith Park, don’t miss the Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, which spans more than 133 acres. The acclaimed zoo is home to more than 1,100 mammals, birds and reptiles from around the world, including several rare and endangered species. You’ll see lowland gorillas, seals, chimpanzees, Komodo dragons, exotic birds, tigers, giraffes, rare snow leopards and more, all dwelling safely in impressive replicas of their natural habitats. But leave plenty of time to explore the 7,000+ plants from around the world. It's no wonder that this attraction draws 1.5 million visitors a year!
- Pacific Park - Santa Monica Pier - For great ocean views and even greater people-watching head to the historic Santa Monica Pier for fun in the sun or under the stars. Take a spin on the world's only solar-powered Ferris Wheel or watch a spectacular sunset with a lively crowd of performers, travelers and locals alike. Your Go Los Angeles Card will get you on 12 different rides at Pacific Park!
- Aquarium of the Pacific - Explore the Aquarium of the Pacific and discover sunny Southern California and Baja, the frigid waters of the Northern Pacific, and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific. Come face-to-face with - and even touch - the ocean’s ultimate predators in Shark Lagoon, hand-feed colorful lorikeet birds, watch Magellanic Penguins play and delve into the intriguing world of sea jellies.
Restaurants to Try
- Badmaash Indian Gastropub - In Hindi, "badmaash” roughly translates to “badass” or naughty and mischievous. It’s also the name of an Indian gastropub opened in May 2013 by chef Pawan Mahendro and his sons Nakul and Arjun. The modern interior features a double-height wall that’s covered in brightly colored stripes. The upper level decor includes Bollywood posters and playful images of Gandhi wearing sunglasses.
- Bestia - Trendy Italian restaurant from an acclaimed husband-&-wife team highlights creative seasonal fare.
- Bottega Louie - No matter what time of day, the bustling restaurant and patisserie at Bottega Louie is always hopping. The noise level can make a quiet conversation difficult, but the energy is all part of the lively atmosphere. At brunch, big parties and fashionable couples tuck into fluffy French toast dusted with powdered sugar, Eggs Benedict, huge beignets and smoked salmon mille feuille, a salmon-topped savory pastry. Pizzas rule the latter part of the day, or you could make a satisfying meal of small plates. Paper-thin duck prosciutto draped over pesto on crostini is quite tasty. The ever-popular portobello fries are big wedges of meaty portobello that are battered, deep fried and finished with salt, shredded parmesan and parsley, and served with aioli.
- Bread Lounge - Regarded as one of the best places in L.A. for bread, it’s a modern, minimalist space with polished concrete floors, a soaring ceiling, and the scent of flour and butter in the air. Besides the baguettes, there are also perfect croissants and delicious Kouign Amann, an excellent alternative to the dreaded fruit cake for holiday gifting. And there are substantial sandwiches available on your choice of bread.
- Drago Centro - At Drago Centro, chef de cuisine Ian Gresik serves sophisticated Italian cooking that’s plated beautifully, in a modern setting worthy of a serious business lunch or a classy date night. Gresik offers a fixed five-course tasting menu for $75, with delicious servings of seared tuna, fettucine alla vodka, and beef toungue and cheek. The bar menu is one of L.A.’s great dining deals, featuring $6 items like west coast oysters, a margherita or sausage pizza, and a charcuterie plate. To pair with the outstanding cuisine, there's an interesting list of mostly Italian wines, as well as a selection of craft cocktails, including the cleverly named Sip your Caraway, along with seasonal creations.