Los Angeles is a sprawling metropolis in California and offers much to the visitor on a city break. Perhaps best known for Hollywood and the movie industry, Los Angeles has much more to offer. Whether you enjoy the beach at Santa Monica or cruise on Sunset Boulevard you can be sure the City of Angels has something to offer.
Air: There are numerous airports in the Los Angeles Metro area. The largest is Los Angeles International (LAX) which is a sprawling airport with no less than 9 terminals. Public transport connections to LAX are poor but bus services can take you to the CBD or Santa Monica.
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Rail: Amtrak services leave for numerous domestic destinations. The main station is Union Station in downtown LA.
What to See and Do
LA's numerous attractions include the following:
Santa Monica: The beach side suburb of Santa Monica is a great place to stay when in the LA area. Re-live your Baywatch fantasies on the beach and stroll out Santa Monica Pier. Also a good spot for shopping and celebrity spotting.
Venice Beach: Just south of Santa Monica is the quirky suburb of Venice Beach. Watch the muscles getting built at the open air Venice Beach Musclepit or shoot some baskets on the courts where "White Men Can't Jump". Stroll the coastal boardwalk and admire the skill of the roller bladers and skaters.
Getty Center: A large art collection owned by J. Paul Getty is housed in this magnificent museum high in the Santa Monica Mountains. Great views of the sprawling metropolis below make this a worthwhile spot to visit.
Hollywood: Hollywood Boulevard is actually quite a tacky location but is home to Grauman's Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Make sure you take a "Star Tour" where local guides will drive you round the nearby mansions and estates of the rich and famous.
Car: LA is the city of the automobile and getting around without one can be frustrating and time consuming. Car rental is available at hundreds of locations and the city is criss crossed by a network of freeways. Make sure you buy a road atlas!
Metro Rail: The public transport situation in LA is slowly improving and this includes the Metro Rail service. There are 5 lines which can take you to some of the tourist destinations.
Bus: The bus network is extensive but also can be very slow as the buses fight through traffic.