Travel guide: Los Angeles, California, USA

Los Angeles is a sprawling Southern California city and the center of the nation’s film and television industry. Near its iconic Hollywood sign, studios such as Paramount Pictures, Universal and Warner Brothers offer behind-the-scenes tours. On Hollywood Boulevard, TCL Chinese Theatre displays celebrities’ hand- and footprints, the Walk of Fame honors thousands of luminaries and vendors sell maps to stars’ homes.

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Day one:

Los Angeles

Start your day by immersing yourself in the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. Begin with a stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where you can see the stars dedicated to your favorite actors and musicians. Don't forget to snap a photo in front of the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre. Afterward, head to the Griffith Observatory for stunning panoramic views of the city. Take a hike in Griffith Park for a closer look at the Hollywood Sign, or explore the observatory's exhibits on astronomy and space. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at a nearby café to fuel up for the day.

In the afternoon, make your way to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the largest art museum in the west. Explore a diverse range of exhibits, from contemporary art to ancient artifacts. Don't miss the famous Urban Light installation at the entrance for a great photo opportunity. Once you've satisfied your artistic cravings, head over to The Grove, a trendy outdoor shopping and entertainment complex. Enjoy a variety of dining options or grab a quick bite at the Farmer's Market adjacent to The Grove. Shop for unique finds or simply take in the lively atmosphere with its beautiful fountains and charming streets.

As the sun begins to set, drive over to Santa Monica Pier for a classic Southern California experience. Ride the Ferris wheel, play carnival games, and soak in the ocean views. For dinner, explore the diverse dining options on the Third Street Promenade. Afterward, make your way down the coast to Venice Beach and witness a breathtaking sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Stroll along the Venice Boardwalk, where you'll encounter street performers, artists, and eclectic shops. If you're feeling adventurous, rent a bike or rollerblades and cruise along the famous Venice Beach bike path. The vibrant energy of Venice Beach at dusk is a perfect way to cap off your day in Los Angeles.

Day two:

Begin your second day in Los Angeles with a visit to the Getty Center, a world-renowned art museum perched on a hilltop with stunning architecture and gardens. Marvel at an impressive collection of European paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, and photography. Take a leisurely stroll through the meticulously landscaped gardens and enjoy panoramic views of the city below. After immersing yourself in art and culture, head over to Brentwood Country Mart for brunch. This charming shopping village offers a mix of boutique shops and eateries, providing a laid-back atmosphere to start your day.

In the afternoon, indulge in some luxury shopping on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Known for its high-end boutiques and designer stores, Rodeo Drive is a paradise for fashion enthusiasts. Even if shopping isn't your main focus, the area is great for a leisurely stroll and celebrity spotting. After exploring Rodeo Drive, drive through the upscale neighborhoods of Beverly Hills to admire the opulent homes and palm-lined streets. Take a moment to stop at the Beverly Hills Hotel, an iconic pink palace with a rich history. Enjoy a late lunch at a trendy Beverly Hills eatery to recharge.

As the day winds down, head west to Malibu to catch a breathtaking sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Zuma Beach or Point Dume State Beach are excellent spots to watch the sun dip below the horizon. After enjoying the coastal views, make your way to Nobu Malibu for dinner. This world-famous restaurant, with its fusion of Japanese and Peruvian flavors, offers a unique dining experience with an oceanfront setting. Indulge in signature dishes like black cod miso and yellowtail jalapeño while taking in the serene ambiance of the Malibu coastline. It's a perfect way to wrap up your second day in Los Angeles with a touch of glamour and seaside beauty.

Popular hotel choices

1. The West Hollywood EDITION

The West Hollywood EDITION

Located in Los Angeles, 2.9 miles from Petersen Automotive Museum, The West Hollywood EDITION has accommodations with free bikes, private parking, a fitness center and a shared lounge. With free WiFi, this 5-star hotel offers room service and a 24-hour front desk. The property provides a business center, a concierge service and currency exchange for guests. At the hotel you'll find a restaurant serving Local cuisine. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options can also be requested. The West Hollywood EDITION has a terrace. You can play pool at this 5-star hotel.

From $520 per night

2. Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

Located in Los Angeles, 2.9 miles from Petersen Automotive Museum, Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills provides accommodations with free bikes, private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness center. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, room service and a 24-hour front desk, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Certain units at the property include a balcony with a city view. An American breakfast is available daily at the hotel. Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills offers 5-star accommodations with a hot tub and terrace. Guests at the accommodation will be able to enjoy activities in and around Los Angeles, like hiking.

From $955 per night

3. L'Ermitage Beverly Hills

L'Ermitage Beverly Hills

Established in 1975 on a palm-lined residential boulevard, L’Ermitage is a discreet, luxurious getaway located a stone’s throw from the beating heart of Beverly Hills. As the first all-suite hotel in the nation, L’Ermitage is committed to offering travelers 5-star service, excellence in hospitality, and spacious accommodations. Our 116 suites preserve the residential elegance of the hotel’s original design while providing guests with a range of spacious layouts and modern appointments. Inside, guests will find luxurious walk-through dressing rooms with ample wardrobe space, full-length triptych mirrors with warm adjustable lighting, and generous vanities that evoke a sense of old Hollywood glamor. We offer flexible check-in and check-out, and ask our guests to provide estimated arrival time so we can accomodate their arrival time request. L'Ermitage has a complimentary car service available to our guests daily in our BMW 5-Series in a 2 miles radius. The property offers charging stations for eco-friendly cars as well as two TESLA charging stations.

From $695 per night

4. The Maybourne Beverly Hills

The Maybourne Beverly Hills

This Beverly Hills hotel offers a rooftop pool with a sun terrace. Free WiFi is available and Turkish cotton bathrobes are provided. Staples Center is 20 minutes’ drive away. A 42-inch flat-screen satellite TV and DVD player is included in all guest rooms at The Maybourne Beverly Hills. All guestrooms feature in-room tablets, which provide guests with 24/7 access to all of the hotel's amenities and offerings. A seating area is also included and guests can enjoy slippers and free toiletries in the private bathroom. The Terrace, complete with a large terrace overlooking Beverly Canon Gardens, serves California-inspired cuisine and guests can enjoy a cocktail at the Maybourne Bar. The on-site spa includes a sauna and a hot tub, both available at an additional cost.

From $995 per night

5. Santa Monica Proper Hotel

Santa Monica Proper Hotel

Santa Monica’s first new luxury lifestyle hotel in over a decade, Santa Monica Proper Hotel, a Member of Design Hotels has seamlessly married the character of a 1928 landmark building with contemporary architecture. Each room comes equipped with amenities including Fili D’oro Fine Linens, Bellino Italian comforter and pillows, Kelly Wearstler custom throws, Kelly Wearstler parachute home custom bathrobes, and Esop bathroom amenities. Santa Monica Proper Hotel, a Member of Design Hotels features two restaurant-bar destinations including an rooftop pool desk with sweeping views of Santa Monica. Additionally, a 3,000 square-foot Proper x Surya Spa provides a flagship collaboration offering Ayurvedic treatments, fitness center, and yoga terrace. Original works by emerging L.A. artists and 24,000 square feet of meeting and event spaces complete this Westside hotel.

From $569 per night

6. Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Located in the center of Los Angeles this luxurious, full-service hotel provides rooms with French doors opening to private balconies. This 5-star hotel features a full-service spa and outdoor pool. These air conditioned rooms at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills offer views of the gardens, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles or Beverly Hills. They are furnished with a living area and cable TV, a DVD player and iPod docking station. On-site dining provides guests with indoor or outdoor seating options and specializes in Italian cuisine. Cocktails are available at Windows Lounge located in the Four Seasons Los Angeles. Los Angeles Four Seasons at Beverly Hills features a library and gym. Guests can relax in the sauna or use the business center.

From $895 per night

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