Cheap Flights to Los Angeles
Los Angeles Attractions that Won't Break the Bank, by Fly.com's
Los Angeles combines Hollywood glamour with a laid-back beach
lifestyle. Located in the heart of Southern California, lies the second
most populated city in the United States. The vineyards in Santa Ynez
Valley are about two hours away, and Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm
amusement parks within an hour's drive.
Los Angeles has it all with entertainment studios, beaches, Universal
Studios Hollywood and six major athletic teams: the NBA Lakers, WNBA
Sparks, NBA Clippers, MLB Dodgers, MLS Galaxy and NHL Kings. The MLB
Angels and NHL Ducks also play in nearby Anaheim. Not to be outshone by
their professional counterparts, long-time rivals University of
California Los Angeles and University of Southern California feature
NCAA championship football teams. Every New Year's The Tournament of
Roses hosts the Rose Parade followed by the Rose Bowl college football
Los Angeles is known for its kitschy
neighborhoods, with standouts such as Santa Monica, Beverly Hills,
Hollywood and downtown. While its symbolic Ferris wheel has been
updated, Santa Monica has retained nostalgic its popularity with a
boardwalk, promenade and waterfront pier theme park. At its 2009
centennial celebration, the Santa Monica Pier was named the official
Western Terminus of Route 66. Beverly Hills and West Hollywood are best
known for their hit television shows "90210" and "Melrose Place", and
the upscale shopping on paparazzi-lined Rodeo Drive and Melrose.
With the addition of L.A. Live next to the Staples Center, downtown Los
Angeles is entering a renaissance. Featuring ritzy new hotels, a trendy
Lucky Strike Lanes bowling alley, a concert venue and restaurants, L.A.
Live is the new one-stop shop for entertainment. Skyscrapers dot the
horizon, the fashion district is bustling and the monthly DTLA Art Walk
(every second Thursday of the month) bring the crowds.
For live entertainment, head to the Sunset Strip's legendary concert
venues The Roxy, House of Blues and Whisky A Go Go, just to name a few.
Catch a Broadway play or music concert at the Pantages Theatre, The
Greek, Hollywood Bowl and Pauley Pavilion. The Staples Center, the most
versatile of venues in Los Angeles, is home to four professional
athletics leagues and some of California's largest concerts.
Hollywood and Highland, the city's most renowned intersection, echoes
the relics of the prominent Hollywood sign. Grauman's Chinese Theatre,
the original home of the Academy Awards which are now held at the
adjacent Kodak Theatre, is surrounded by the handprints of celebrities
past and present at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. El Capitan Theater,
Madame Tussauds Hollywood, TV Guide Hollywood Center and the
intersection of Hollywood and Vine, home to the Capitol Records
Building, are nearby.
Museum Row, three blocks along Miracle Mile, features five museums and
the Rancho La Brea Tar Pits, the largest and most diverse Ice Age
fossil collection in the world. Just south are the J. Paul Getty Museum
and the free-to-enter Getty Center and the Getty Villa (online
Los Angeles is home to several historical landmarks. Hollyhock House
was Frank Lloyd Wright's first Los Angeles commission. It now resides
in Barnsdall Park along with several art galleries. Watts Towers, a
National Historic Landmark and State of California Historic Monument,
underwent an artistic transformation by Simon Rodia in the 1920s-'50s
and now has over 20,000 annual visitors. The recently re-opened Angels
Flight in Bunker Hill is a funicular railway listed in The National
Register of Historic Places.
When to Go
Academy Award season, every
January-March, head over to the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and
Screen Actor Guild award shows for guaranteed celebrity sightings.
Boasting warm weather and sunshine all year long, there is never an
off-season for Southern California.
How to Get There
The main air hub is Los
Angeles International Airport, which is the sixth-busiest airport in
the world. Visitors should also check out Long Beach Airport, Bob
Hope Burbank Airport, Orange
County John Wayne Airport and Ontario
International Airport, which are all under an hour's drive from Los
Angeles. Non-stop flights are available from cities worldwide,
and more. With five different routes, Amtrak drops passengers from the
Midwest and West Coast off in downtown Union Station.
Explore Old Hollywood with a step back
in time at Grauman's Chinese Theatre and the prints from celebrities
past and present at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Score tickets to live
shows and backstage studio tours in Burbank and Universal.
See how the locals live, with a walk or drive along the 21 miles
of iconic Malibu Beach, home to surfers and multimillion-dollar
estates. Or take a hike through Griffith Park and partake in nightly
star-gazing events at the Griffith Observatory. A sight not to miss is
the historic Farmers Market, originally opened in 1934, and now
attached to the outdoor Grove shopping mall where the stars often