Los Angeles Travel Guide
Your travel guide to the coolest things to do and see in Los Angeles
Los Angeles is the ultimate playground for adults with its warm weather, eternal sunshine, and seemingly endless amount of gorgeous people. As one of the biggest cities in the United States, it understandably attracts a lot of tourists. Its iconic status in our collective cultural history makes it an equally interesting destination. Start here with my basic Los Angeles travel tips, or jump down below to read my latest Los Angeles travel blogs.
When to Visit
Los Angeles is beautiful all year round. That’s kinda the point! Locals often refer to sprummer, the perpetual spring/summer weather that you’ll find most of the year in the city, though in the winter months it will get chilly in the evenings. It hardly ever rains, and it’s sunny all year, and there’s so many cool things to do all year round, that really, a trip to Los Angeles during any season will be amazing!
Top Things To See
Santa Monica Pier – The iconic LA pier, with carnival rides, restaurants (including the new, trendy Japadog—Japanese style hot dogs) and lots of crowds. It’s great for an afternoon break by the beach. Plus the Santa Monica beach is easy to reach and the sand is beautiful. It’s a total escape from the rest of the Los Angeles experience.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art — One of the most impressive Los Angeles museums, the LACMA is home to collections on everything from contemporary art to Greek & Roman classics. Spend a few hours there, and then make sure to spoil yourself with some drinks at their outdoor cocktail bar & restaurant, which includes an entire menu of 20 different premium waters.
Paramount Studios — Ever wanted to see what it was like to be a celebrity? Paramount Studios offers a pretty cool tour through their live studios. You might just run into a celebrity while on tour because the premises are used every day (and night) still for filming!
Los Angeles Tours
Since it’s such an enormous city, taking a tour in Los Angeles can save you time and money, so consider it, especially if you want some inside knowledge from locals who know their stuff. Take a look at this selection of recommended Los Angeles tours.
LGBT – Gay Los Angeles Travel Guide
While West Hollywood is certainly the most famous neighborhood of LA to find gay life, it’s actually everywhere in the city. These are a few of the best places you should know about visiting gay Los Angeles.
Tiger Heat – This is THE gay club everyone knows. Join thousands of gay partygoers every Thursday night for an all out bash unlike anything else in the area. Located at the Avalon Club on Vine Street, Tiger Heat turns a massive dance floor into a rave-like experience. Definitely great for the younger crowd as Tiger Heat is 18 plus.
Eagle – With late-night crews that have seen it all, this gay bar comes with its fair share of history. Carrying the torch for LA’s longstanding leather community, Eagle has become the epicenter of all things smooth, black, and shiny. This place is for the older generations and young guns that can hold their own.
Micky’s – Nearly nude men as far as the eye can see! Micky’s is a hip and fun club, renovated and full of style. This West Hollywood dance club comes with plenty of personality. Crushing tunes and endless dancing makes Micky’s one of the most eventful gay clubs in town. This is really just a place to shake your booty. It’s screaming room only and always decked out for celebrations. You’ll love the drag shows and the sexy bartenders.
More gay travel resources here.
Los Angeles Hotel Deals
In a city as big as Los Angeles, there are lots of options for choosing where to stay. Each LA neighborhood has their own pros & cons, so depending upon what your travel itinerary looks like, it makes sense to book a hotel near where you will want to be. And if you’ve got a rental car in California (which is a good idea in a car-focused city like LA), then make sure to find a hotel with affordable and reliable parking.
I’ve found that using Booking.com, Agoda.com or Hotels Combined can be really useful for finding last-minute deals.
Recommended Los Angeles Hotels
The Elan Hotel (Beverly Hills) — Just a 20-minute walk (or 2-minute Uber) from Santa Monica Boulevard and the famous West Hollywood gay bars, and equally close to the picturesque Beverly Hills, The Elan Hotel is a boutique, independent property part of the Greystone Hotel group. Rooms are basic at the hotel, but comfortably sized and with plenty of amenities. A continental breakfast is served daily, and on weekdays from 5-7pm, the hotel offers free wine & cheese during. View more photos & find deals for The Elan Hotel (Los Angeles) here.
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