Located in Southern California, Los Angeles is nicknamed the 'City of Angels' and is more often known simply as LA. The most populous city in California and the second most populous city in the USA, Los Angeles is surrounded by valleys, mountain ranges, nearby desert and beautiful beaches along the Pacific Coast. LA is most famous as the home of Hollywood, the star-studded neighborhood where movies are made. It's here you'll find such attractions as the Hollywood sign, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Chinese Theatre and Melrose Avenue. Santa Monica Pier is also nearby. Downtown LA is known for its trendy hotels, restaurants, bars and shopping while the area of Wilshire and nearby Beverly Hills is home to regular celebrity haunts such as The Grove and Rodeo Drive as well as attractions such as the LA Brea Tar Pits.
Los Angeles accommodation is located in a number of popular areas within the city and its surrounds. Offering everything from absolute luxury to affordable places to leave your luggage and crash for the night, Los Angeles accommodation offers something for everyone. Where to stay will depend on what sightseeing and attractions you plan on visiting and there are plenty of accommodation options nearby. If you're chasing the celebrity spotting opportunities of Hollywood, there are a great range of deluxe and affordable accommodation options while Beverly Hills offers some of the most luxurious hotels in the region, with a price tag to match. Downtown LA offers plenty of reasonable accommodation options which can be both stylish and affordable while those seeking sun and sand can head to Santa Monica or Venice Beach.
With so much to see and do, Los Angeles holiday packages are the ultimate way to make the most of your time in the city. Whether you're staying for two nights or two weeks, there are a range of holiday packages to suit your needs and budget. Offering significant savings, these Los Angeles holiday packages combine all your travel needs into one convenient package saving you both time and money. By bundling together everything from flights and accommodation to transfers, car hire, travel insurance, tours and more, you can enjoy a coordinated approach to your itinerary ensuring you fit as much in to your time here as possible.
Los Angeles attractions are scattered throughout the city, however interestingly enough there are also a number of popular attractions that are actually located outside the city of Los Angeles. Some of LA's most popular attractions include Hollywood and its iconic sign and Walk of Fame as well as Universal Studios, Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach, Rodeo Drive and Star Homes Tours in Beverly Hills. Nearby Burbank is where you'll find many filming and studios for Warner Bros., Disney and NBC and you can even attend live tapings. Downtown Los Angeles is home to iconic sporting venues such as the Staples Centre as well as historic attractions like the art deco style Union Station and the historic centre of LA and where you'll find its oldest building, Olvera Street. Located in Wilshire, the La Brea Tar Pits are a fascinating natural attraction where fossils are found preserved in tar or bitumen that has seeped up from the ground over thousands of years. Under an hour's drive from the city of Los Angeles is also one of the region's most popular attractions, Disneyland Anaheim.
Despite LA's reputation for gang violence and its history with rival gangs the Bloods and the Crips, it is the safest major city in America with a population exceeding 2 million. Originally founded in 1781 it was named 'El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río de Porciúncula' meaning The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels on of the River Porciúncula. It was later shortened to Los Angeles and it is this original name that gives it the nickname of the 'City of Angels'. As part of a real estate advertising campaign, the iconic Hollywood sign originally read 'Hollywoodland' up until 1949.