Last Updated: 10th Mar 2014
More Tour and Travel Advice for the USA and Canada
Los Angeles is a huge city but is also a very spread out city and the distances between major sites and attractions in the city is also significant. No matter where you choose to stay, you will often have to travel significant distances to visit many of the major sights.
The city center itself is home to businesses and commerce during the day but is certainly a place to avoid during the evenings. The far more popular places to stay in LA are the beach city of Santa Monica and Hollywood while Anaheim is a very popular tourist center.
Hollywood is a good place to stay if you are looking to check out Hollywood itself (with the walk of fame, Kodak Theater and the other tourist attractions along Hollywood Blvd). Universal Studios, Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills the nightlife on the Sunset Strip are also close by.
Hollywood is also reasonably close to downtown Los Angeles if are looking to sees sporting or entertainment events at the Staples Center.
Santa Monica is a beach city just west of Los Angeles and is a great place to stay if you’re just looking to rest, relax, soak up the sun and enjoy the beach. There is some great shopping near by while the vibrant and very eclectic Venice Beach is also near by. Still part of Los Angeles country, all the attractions like Hollywood are still within reach.
The Kyoto Grand Hotel, where many US tours start, is a chic hotel in downtown Los Angeles. If you are staying in Los Angeles before or after your tour, you can book to stay at the Contiki accommodation at a discounted rate; you should do this at the time of booking your tour.
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is very near to both Santa Monica and Hollywood. Many domestic and international flights arrive and depart from LAX.
More detailed information on getting from LAX to the Kyoto Grand Hotel.
If you are flying domestically within the USA before or after your tour check out some ways to get low cost flights in the USA.