About Los Angeles

by SmarterTravel Staff

Most people visit Los Angeles in search of something. Maybe it's a day at the beach, a glimpse of a celebrity, or an afternoon with Mickey Mouse. The sprawling metropolis delivers it all, and then some.

Visitors looking for a place to unroll their beach towels have 81 miles of coastline to choose from. Find quirky subculture in Venice Beach, surfers galore in Manhattan Beach, or family fun at the beach in Santa Monica.


Los Angeles is home to movie studios, Hollywood, and tons of celebrities. Keep a lookout for famous faces, and check out the entertainment industry first-hand on studio tours and at television show tapings.

Few visitors can resist the allure of the happiest place on earth, and head southeast from Los Angeles to the Orange County city of Anaheim to spend at least a day at Disneyland. Thrill-ride enthusiasts can hit the big coasters at Disney's California Adventure, Knott's Berry Farm, and Magic Mountain.

There are always more things to do in Los Angeles. With 300 museums and a thriving performing arts scene, a cultural experience is never far. And, there's always shopping on famous streets such as Rodeo Drive, Melrose Avenue, and Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade.

Five airports connect the Los Angeles region with the world, so flights to Los Angeles are always abundant.

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