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Sun, surf and celebrity make Los Angeles the exciting entertainment capital of the world. Whether you want to spend days exploring area attractions or playing at amusement parks, there are hundreds of thrilling things to do here. After a busy day of sightseeing, treat yourself to the comfort of an L.A. vacation house or apartment. Here, you’ll find plenty of options to make your stay enjoyable, including kid-friendly and non-smoking properties, laundry facilities and on-site parking.
Begin your L.A. vacation at the city's birthplace near downtown on historic Olvera Street. The city's early days are recreated in Olvera’s Mexican Marketplace, where vendors sell hand-crafted items and delectable dishes while Mariachi bands stroll along. Tours of Olvera take you past colorful murals, lovely old buildings and folkloric dancers for a day of rousing fun.
Atop a Mount Hollywood’s ridge, Griffith Observatory features incredible views of the city and fascinating exhibits and shows. Admission and parking are always free, as are the public Zeiss and solar telescopes and monthly star parties. Built in 1935, the observatory is beautifully historic with colorful tiled mosaics and captivating architecture.
Glamorous and gritty, Hollywood is legendary. Along Hollywood Boulevard, trace Tinseltown's Walk of Fame, admire the architecture of Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre, relish a Broadway musical at Pantages Theatre and belt out your favorite Disney tunes at the El Capitan Theatre’s sing-alongs. Elsewhere in Hollywood, rub elbows with celebrities at Hollywood Bowl concerts, hike to the Hollywood sign or tour movie backlots at Paramount Studios.
Hiking the hills around L.A. gives you perfect bird's-eye views of the city, and you may even see a celebrity or two. Some favorite trails include the four-mile loop from Griffith Park and the hike through Runyon Canyon, where you can join a free yoga class and savor stunning sunsets. Los Liones is another beautiful hike between Topanga State Park and the coast.
Venice Beach is often a jaw-dropping experience, with performers strolling the boardwalk and Muscle Beach bodybuilders strutting their stuff. Take a gondola ride through Venice canals or shop, dine and drink at the ultra-cool businesses on Abbot Kinney Boulevard.
Downtown L.A.'s Fashion District is home to some of the hippest, most creative designers. Hundreds of wholesale showrooms and fabric stores line district streets, and many hold sample sales for the public monthly. Year-round retail shopping is available in the district’s Santee Alley.
With nearly 300 days of sunshine a year and average highs in the high-60s to low-80s, L.A. is the perfect vacation spot if you’re looking for nice weather. Those who appreciate overcast days are in luck if they visit in June, when the marine layer settles in at night and often carries into the next day. September and October are excellent months to travel to L.A. to enjoy excellent fall weather and light crowds.
Car-centric L.A. is eminently accessible by private car, and a drive into the city via Pacific Coast Highway offers an iconic California experience. Flying into the city is also convenient, with LAX and smaller Orange County and Burbank airports offering hundreds of daily flights. Be sure to grab a rental car at the airport to travel around L.A. in comfort. Boating and cruising into L.A. are also popular options, docking at various marinas and the Port of Los Angeles' World Cruise Center.