Everyone has their own opinion on this city, some love it some don’t.
WHEN TO GO
Dubbed the sunshine state there really is no bad time to go, aside from probably February to March which is known to be the rainy season. Even then though, you can get lucky and enjoy some sun-rays. Primetime for most tourists is in summer. The best time though is September to October, when the Santa Ana Winds start setting in, bringing warm air to the coast and creating the most amazing sunsets that you could imagine.
WHERE TO STAY
Where you choose to stay to some extent can influence what LA experience you will have. Staying in the Santa Monica area will truly allow you to enjoy the LA beach life. Think morning jogs along the coast, healthy juices and afternoons hanging around the beach. Staying in the Beverly Hills/Hollywood are will allow you to submerge yourself more into the LA glam life. Think fancy breakfasts at the pool, midday shopping along Melrose and Robertson Boulevard and amazing dinners. Then there’s of course Downtown, filled with amazing foodies spots and lots of culture. Obviously, you can stay in either area and get everywhere by car. It really depends on your own personal taste where you’d rather stay.
Located just of Sunset Boulevard you can easily imagine Gloria Swanson from the eponymous movie lounging in the patio. It definitely has that old Hollywood feel.
In the heart of Beverly Hills and steps away from the famous Rodeo Drive, this is the place for anyone who wants to get some serious shopping done. After you’ve hit the stores, you can relax at the lovely rooftop pool in one of their cabanas.
There is no missing the giant door at the entrance of this hotel. This is a super modern hotel that is also home to the iconic Skybar.
Literally on the beach. This is a great place to stay when you want to wake up and see the Pacific. It is more like a mountain lodge, lots of dark wood, but at the beach.
A few blocks from the beach this place offers stunning views. This place is ideals for those of you who enjoy being close to a shopping area, Third Street Promenade is just a block away.
Another hotel located right at the beach. Upon waking up you can jog or bike along the beach and enjoy the pleasant see breeze.
When you’ve had enough of the beach and want to feel more like being in a big city, the Ace Hotel with its rooftop pool is an amazing place to hang out.
Another newer addition to the Downtown scene. The hotel might be new but the building it is in is historic. Once you exit the hotel you can wander about the historic district and discover a different side to the city.
Located in the heart of Downtown with a rooftop pool boasting incredible view over the city. In the midst of high-rises you can easily forget that you’re in a city with tons of palm trees and beaches.
WHAT TO DO
There’s no point of repeating everything you can read in any other guide about Los Angeles. So here are a few things to do, that aren’t necessarily listed in your ordinary guides.
Hike Temescal Canyon or Runyon Canyon
Here depending where you are staying hike Temescal Canyon (closer to Santa Monica) and enjoy magnificent views over the Pacific and the city. The other option in the Hollywood are is Runyon Canyon, where you can also get a great view of the city.
Lake Hollywood Park and Griffith Observatory
Both places are not too far from each other and can be made in one trip. Lake Hollywood Park is particularly intriguing as it offers some of the best view of the legendary Hollywood sing.
Museums: The Broad and LACMA
The Broad is an amazing museum in Downtown, Los Angeles. The best part is the infinity room. Order your tickets online in advance for their current exhibition. Once you’re in the museum, immediately sign up for a slot in the infinity room. While you wait for them to text you your slot (the wait can take up to 2 hours) check out the exhibitions in the museum. The LACMA is equally amazing. Hunderes come by and take photos of the Urban Light sculpture outside it.
Venice Canals and Boardwalk
The Venice Canals are probably one of the most romantic spots in LosAngeles. Take a nice stroll around there, best time is around sunset when the sky starts getting pink. Once you’re done you can head down to the famous Boardwalk and enjoy the funky side.
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Whether you’re in the mood to shop or to dine, strolling along Abbot Kinney you can find anything. If you want to blend in with the locals take your laptop with you while sipping on your freshly pressed green juice.
WHERE TO EAT
There are hundreds of good restaurants out in LA, the hard part is choosing the right place. To make your decision a bit easier, here is a short list of recommended places.