The weather in LA is a proverb. In fact, residents of southern California like to boast that they don’t have weather – just mild, sunny days all the year round. That’s not quite true – January and February see this area getting its fair share of rain – but LA’s congenial climate and endless list of attractions have lured visitors to this enormous city for decades.
It’s hard to mention LA without saying Hollywood, and this kind of stargazing forms a part of the tourist culture. A trendy tour is that of the KODAK Theatre, where many movies are premiered. If you’d rather see wildlife, whale watching tours are also very popular. A cruise down the waters off the coast of Newport Beach or a visit to the Los Angeles Zoo are on many a sightseer’s agenda. Families with children may enjoy visiting LEGOLAND California, the California Science Center, or Universal Studios Hollywood.
Culture lovers will find much to admire in LA besides the palm trees. The Los Angeles Philharmonic and its new music director, Gustavo Dudamel, perform at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The Hollywood Bowl offers additional concerts. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art contains over 150,000 objects to delight the visiting artist, and MOCA (the Museum of Contemporary Art) is nearby.
Snaring a good deal in a city this size often boils down to a matter of choice – trying to decide which of the dozens of draws to see. Like many other major cities in the US, Los Angeles offers a GO card. For a fixed price – from $60-$160(US) for adults and $50-$120(US) for children – guests can see over 35 of the area’s top attractions. In addition, shopping and dining discounts are offered. These cards, which cover 3, 5, or 7 days, come with a 111-page guidebook.
Los Angeles’ airport, LAX, is busy and massive, with flights all over the world. Traffic can be congested, but a walk on the beach is a great way to unwind in this vibrant, extensive city.