Discover Los Angeles County
Ryan Killackey

Southern California

Discover Los Angeles County

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See a celebrity on a Malibu beach. Sip a cocktail on a rooftop bar at sunset. Slip on a pair of designer shoes in an ultra-luxe boutique. Bask on a beach, play the day away at a film themed park, explore world-class museums, dance ‘til dawn at a sizzling-hot nightclub. Welcome to California’s liveliest city, America’s entertainment capital, with mega-star wattage and non-stop things to do.

“You know, you’re really a nobody in L.A. unless you have a really big door.”  --comedian Steve Martin

The main hub is the city of Los Angeles, with legendary Hollywood northwest of downtown, the San Fernando Valley to the east, and the inviting beaches of Santa Monica and Malibu to the west.

"The Squaw Man" was filmed in 1913, and was the first feature-length film made in Hollywood.
Spotlight: Los Angeles
Griffith Observatory

Spotlight: Los Angeles

Bright lights, A-list celebrities & diverse culture

Welcome to the bright lights and big-city allure of California’s largest city. Here, A-list celebrities really do walk the pavements, triple-shot...

January

Welcoming in the New Year with a burst of flower power, this iconic parade in Pasadena is half of the city’s annual one-two punch of parade-and-...

Rose Bowl Parade
Photo by Pauline Cheng/Flickr
Spotlight: Hollywood
Photo by Neil Kremer/Flickr

Spotlight: Hollywood

Showbiz, celebrities & endless possibilities

Tinseltown, where starlets are discovered on every street corner (or at least we like to think they are), and the tinted windows of that stretch...

North Hollywood
Harriot Manley/Sunset Publishing

North Hollywood

Experience a different Hollywood just north of Tinseltown

From bustling Hollywood Boulevard, it’s less than 10 minutes to North Hollywood’s NoHo Arts District, a happening enclave where live theater—not...

SPECIAL FEATURE
Unleash the kid within at California’s ultimate play lands

From Disneyland classics to beachfront carousels, the Golden State’s best-in-class theme parks deliver something for everyone—from...

Amazing Theme Parks
Sleeping Beauty Castle by Lucas Himovitz
Celebrity Spotting
Laura Flippen

Celebrity Spotting

Where to see stars in Hollywood

Stargazing takes on a different meaning in Tinseltown. While there’s no guarantee you’ll spy a familiar face when you’re here, there are some...

West Hollywood
Jon Viscott

West Hollywood

Welcome to WeHo, L.A.’s sizzling-hot centre of alternative lifestyles

Located at the foot of the Hollywood Hills, West Hollywood—or simply WeHo to locals—stands out as a densely packed enclave that proudly trumpets...

Sunset Strip Nightlife
Courtesy of West Hollywood

Sunset Strip Nightlife

Welcome to L.A.’s home of rock ‘n’ roll

Few roads have as much history as this 2-mile- section of Sunset Boulevard, bounded by Havenhurst Drive and Doheny Drive. In the 1960s and ‘70s,...

Ultimate Southern California

Trip 8-10 days 10 stops

Ultimate Southern California

Beach Towns & Big Thrills
Los Angeles

Your trip begins in California’s largest city. LA has non-stop action and things to do, but it can be a challenge to navigate, so planning your trip in advance is a big plus. Start in the coastal city of Santa Monica, with a wide, uncrowded beach, a signature pier topped by carnival rides and...

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Famous for their giant sequoias, soaring mountains, deep canyons and roaring rivers, this tandem set of parks have plenty to see, even though they are less well known than Yosemite, roughly 75 miles north. Within the borders of Sequoia & Kings Canyon are Mount Whitney, the highest point in...

For me, returning to Los Angeles annihilates the memories of where I have just been with an astonishing speed.
Henry Rollins
May

America's largest and most prestigious cycling event brings many of the world’s top riders to the Golden State. The 8-stage race changes it up...

Amgen Tour of California
Amgen Tour of California
Museums
Broad Contemporary Art Museum by Chris Burden

Museums

See masterpieces and innovative contemporary works

With its diverse collection of museums, Los Angeles has grown into one of the world’s great cities for art lovers. From the dramatically modern...

Malibu
Photo by Tom Story

Malibu

Explore a fabled beachfront town with real star power

Stretching for more than 32 miles along the Pacific, Malibu is a beach town like no other. Hollywood stars and top athletes escape to oceanfront...

Los Angeles County Shopping
Sharon Mollerus/Flickr

Los Angeles County Shopping

Go boutique to bargain in one of the world’s fashion (and shopping) capitals

You’ll definitely want to leave room in your suitcase for L.A. shopping.

If you’re ready to whip out the platinum card, head to Rodeo Drive...

SPECIAL FEATURE
Make memories at some of California's family-favorite beaches

Sand, water, and kids—it’s a natural combination for easy family fun. This sandy dozen offers appealing, family-friendly features, such as calm...

12 Great Beaches for Kids
Alex Farnum
Spotlight: Santa Monica
Tom Story

Spotlight: Santa Monica

Visit the perfect sunny strip for sand, surf and shopping

Set along a curving shoreline, the neighbouring coastal communities of Santa Monica and Venice Beach blend classic Southern California sand-and-...

SPECIAL FEATURE
Farm-fresh produce, culinary adventures

Juicy heirloom tomatoes and just-picked strawberries. Super-sweet peaches shaped like mini UFOs. Artisan cheeses, emerald-green olive oils, local...

10 Top Farmers Markets
Laura Flippen
SPECIAL FEATURE
Check these amazing experiences off your bucket list

Kiss a beluga, see cool movie props, and learn about Walt’s secret hideaway on exclusive and behind-the-scenes tours at California’s theme parks...

Special VIP Tours
Photo by Michael Saechang/Flickr
Beverly Hills
Myles McGuinness

Beverly Hills

Peek into the land of the rich and famous

Opulent estates. Palm-lined Rodeo Drive. Lavish hotels and stretch limousines. Look around Beverly Hills, and it’s no wonder this city gets its...

SPECIAL FEATURE
World-class accommodations in world-class locations

Head to the heart of California’s cities for luxurious stays at world-class accommodations. From San Francisco’s historic hotels to celebrity hot...

Big City Hotels & Lodgings
Lynn Gately/Flickr
SPECIAL FEATURE
Where to release your inner fashionista

Shopping is an art form in California. Whether you're in search of the perfect cocktail dress or an authentic Mexican piñata, you'll find it here...

Shopping Hot Spots
Prayitno/Flickr
SPECIAL FEATURE
Taste the delicious dishes from these amazing California chefs

From a candy-colored pastry shop to Michelin-starred dining rooms, top restaurants run by celebrity chefs dot the Golden State....

California's Celebrity Chefs
Venice
Jen Judge

Venice

Surfers, skateboarders, and stars

Venice is the ultimate L.A. neighborhood where the surf meets the human circus. Spend a day along Venice’s palm-lined, beachfront boardwalk and...

SPECIAL FEATURE
Discover quintessential sun and fun at these coastal charmers

Take one part water, one part sand, one part sun-soaked coastal charm, and you’ve got the recipe for some of California’s most appealing...

9 Perfect Beach Towns
La Jolla by Lucas Himovitz
Long Beach
Aquarium of the Pacific by Harriot Manley

Long Beach

Experience the many sides of a dynamic coastal city

With beaches and marinas along its waterfront and a busy dining and shopping scene on Pine Avenue, Long Beach blends big city sophistication with...

L.A. Architecture
Disney Concert Hall by Jen Judge

L.A. Architecture

See eye-catching icons and stately landmarks

While Los Angeles is still a young city when compared to places like, say, Rome, it still boasts a unique architectural tradition that spans a...

Lancaster's Civic Musical Road is the only "musical" or "singing" road in the United States.
SPECIAL FEATURE
Hands-on fun for all at farms, ranches, and fields statewide

Milk cows, wake up to roosters crowing, feast on farm-to-table foods served in the shade of a blooming orchard—California has a...

Amazing Agritourism Experiences
Tai Power Seeff