Los Angeles, aka the city of Angels. This town isn’t referred to as 'La La Land’ for nothing; it’s pretty much the city where dreams are made, and with a trip to LA, your dreams can be made too. With a distinctly Latin flavour paired with the super-cool west coast laid back vibes, it’s impossible not to fall in love with this larger-than-life city instantly. After all, why envy LA's cushy citizens when they're more than happy to share a slice of their blissful sun-soaked Cali lifestyle with anyone willing to take the tour?
LA is the city where mother nature is herself a resident alongside everyone else. Here, houses back onto sun-bleached beaches and sunsets will have you wondering if you’re in a movie. Take a stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, get stars in your eyes at the Griffith Observatory or go potter-tastic at Universal Studios. However you spend your time, a Los Angeles Tour will have you hooked. LA’s most prominent characteristic? It’s undeniable creative scene; a whirlpool of representation from the emerging sub-cultures of edgy art scenes to the very forefront of Hollywood’s esteemed glamour, all living comfortably side by side to the backdrop of the unique urban architecture. Most prominently, LA is an Instagrammers paradise - nowhere else will give you breathtaking hiking views, marble mansions and straight-up palm tree travel porn all in the same neighbourhood.
When it comes to food, LA simply doesn’t identify with the word ‘scarcity’. Known for its food trucks and markets, Asian twists and Latin flavours, the city’s food scene will give you everything from quirky food combinations to Californian twists on Latin classics. With restaurants and food markets inundated with plant-based eats and otherworldly creations, this is Cali cuisine at its finest. If you ever eat too much, don’t worry - you can always work it off at the city’s active Venice Beach. While the sun sets over this gorgeous city, sat with a scrumptious margarita with a stomach full of tacos, you’ll have to pinch yourself to double check that this is real life, and not a movie.
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Clubbing in Los Angeles is all about dressing up to the nines, flaunting what your Mamma gave you and keeping it classy. There’s no better spot to do all of these things than at the Avalon, one of Hollywood’s finest clubs. Avalon isn’t just a club, it’s a Hollywood landmark. Having first opened its doors in 1927, the Avalon has seen anyone who’s anyone (including the Beatles) walk through its doors, and hosts an eclectic mix of DJ’s and acts guaranteed to get the party started. From the outside, the Avalon resembles a classic Spanish style villa, definitely worthy of a quick pre turn-up photoshoot.
Hold onto your hats, Potterheads: this is your chance to immerse yourself in the wizarding world of your favourite movie franchise. What better way to spend a day than wandering through Hogwarts familiar passageways and giving your vocal chords a workout on the thrilling Hippogriff rollercoaster, before cooling off with a refreshing butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks? Even if you’re not a Harry Potter fan, there are plenty of rides and attractions to have your inner child squealing with delight; whether it's indulging your secret dinosaur obsession at Jurassic Park, getting your zombie on at the Walking Dead set or going behind the scenes of a real-life movie studio on the world-famous studio tour.
No matter whether you walk, stroll or strut your stuff down the palm-tree lined pavements of Santa Monica Boulevard, you’ll be overpowered by the variety of things to do and see. This long stretch of road will offer you charming boutiques and vintage clothes shops, high-end eats and edgy tattoo parlours as you try your best to blend in with the impossibly stylish people of LA (confidence is key). Perhaps you’ll feel compelled to dip into a taco food hole-in-the-wall joint for a little refuelling, or pause in-front of some colourful street-art graffiti for that long-anticipated new profile pic?
What is it about Los Angeles’ architecture that sets itself apart from other US cities? Well, there are very few architectural styles that you won’t see represented here. Art Deco, futuristic, European villa-style, towering skyscrapers, palatial estates, quirky shacks. Eccentric or understated; you name it, LA has it. This is a city where no two buildings are the same; where old is transformed into new, and styles often merge. A walking tour of LA will show you the city through the eyes of an architect, and give you the low-down on its architectural history, from the grandeur of the Walt Disney Concert Hall to the street lamps of the LACMA. Cameras at the ready…
Beer connoisseurs (and enthusiasts) this is the festival for you. Lovers of the USA’s all-time fave beverage turn it out every year in the city, offering visitors over 200 different types of both US and international beer. Beer snacks are of course also in abundance (think hot dogs and burgers).
Whether you’re dying to get to know the city from the inside out or simply fancy a super-fun day out, these museums are an essential part of the LA experience, especially since LA’s museums are part of its appeal. After all, what is travel without opening your mind to an entirely new culture?
This is without a doubt LA’s strangest museum complex, where you’ll never be quite sure of what you’re looking at. If you’re a sucker for an immersive experience, this is the most hands-on it gets on LA’s museum scene. Weird, wacky and full of wonderment, this isn’t one to miss.