Make the Most of your Trip in the Best Neighborhoods of LA
Where to Begin
There can be no such thing as a complete list of everything one can do or see in Los Angeles, because this sprawling urban wonder literally has everything that could excite ay kind of traveler, including quite a few things that can be found only in Los Angeles, a real bucket list of sites, sounds and tastes to make a festival of your time in LA.
Only in LA
Think touring movie studios or star homes, and everything Hollywood in general. The amazing blockbuster-themed rides at Universal Studios, including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Jurassic World. Don’t miss the chance for a movie set guided tour of major studios like Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, Universal Studios and Paramount Pictures.
Who are your favorite movie stars or celebrities? Take a tour to find out where they live, and then visit sites like the Hollywood sign and the Walk of Fame.
The movie industry makes Los Angeles special. You won’t find experiences like this anywhere else, so don’t leave L.A. without savoring them.
Best Places to Visit in Los Angeles
Which sites should you visit besides everything Hollywood? The list of fun things to in Los Angeles is as long as the highways that link the city’s neighborhoods together. Take a Hop-on Hop-off Double Decker Bus Tour and pick any of the more than 50 sites along the route, including Downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, the Sunset Strip, and Santa Monica. Here are some more great sites to visit:
Griffith Park and Observatory
Located in the Santa Monica Mountains, Griffith Park is California’s biggest state park at more than 4,200 acres. Access is free. You’ll find the Los Angeles Zoo there, along with the Griffith Observatory, hiking trails, telescopes, a theater and many other attractions.
Museums, Art Centers & Resorts
If history is your thing, head to the Natural History Museum for an amazing collection of dinosaur skeletons and an introduction to California history. For something more contemporary, visit the Petersen Automotive Museum to see their collection of over 300 amazing vehicles, including legendary vehicles from the movies, like the DeLeorean from Back to The Future.
A perfect traditional art collection of paintings, sculptures and photographs can be found at the Getty Center in the Santa Monica Mountains. Contemporary and postwar art and installations await you at The Broad on Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. The Broad is located just half a mile from the Ginosi Metropolitan Apartel, on the other side of Freeway 110.
Visit the California Science Center to see spectacular exhibits like the Space Shuttle Endeavour and learn about the space program and different types of land and marine ecosystems. For a taste of world history and culture visit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and its huge collections of historic and contemporary art exhibits on Wilshire Boulevard. You might also want to spend time at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), and the Battleship Iowa Museum for a great family experience.
For families, a visit to Los Angeles would not be complete without a trip to Disneyland Park and the Disneyland California Adventure Park. Visitors for whom Disneyland is a “pilgrimage” they’ve dreamed of since their childhood might choose to stay there, as Disneyland includes everything for a complete holiday, including restaurants, shops, and a huge variety of entertainment venues.
Looking to spend a great day out that’s centred around food? Start with one of Los Angeles’s great Farmer’s Markets, where you’ll find a dazzling collection of stalls and shops selling meats, cheeses, specialty foods you can enjoy or take home. There are plenty of restaurants as well, serving a wide variety of cuisines from all over the world. Souvenirs and specialty shops can also be found in many of these markets, so you’re bound to have a great shopping and eating experience.
The Original Farmers Market going back to 1934 is the most well known, of course, but there are Farmer’s Markets in Santa Monica, Pasadena, Brentwood, Altadena, Beverly Hills, Atwater Village, Mar Vista, Studio City, Melrose Place, Century City, Culver City, Downtown, Encino, Sherman Oaks, Hollywood, and Silver Lake.
Beaches in Los Angeles stretch along miles and miles of coastline from south LA to the Pacific Coast Highway, each with its own unique atmosphere. Venice Beach, for example, is a popular urban hangout where people go to be seen, dotted with skate parks, art installations, bodybuilding facilities, and lanes for walking, cycling and rollerblading.
Manhattan Beach, one the other hand, is a more laid-back beach lined with mansions and volleyball courts and pier, declared a state historical landmark, for fishing and viewing L.A.’s spectacular sunsets. For other options, consider El Matador State Beach, Westward Beach, Paradise Cove Beach, Malibu Lagoon State Beach, Will Rogers State Beach, Santa Monica State Beach, Redondo Beach, and Hermosa Beach. Each has its own unique atmosphere and vibe.
Los Angeles has countless entertainment options at venues that are historical landmarks, Some of the most high-profile events like concerts and theater performances, are hosted at venues like the Dolby Theater, Hollywood Palladium, Fox Performing Arts Center, La Mirada Theater, Microsoft Theater, Hollywood Bowl, and Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Best Los Angeles Neighborhoods to Visit
There are hundreds of sites in dozens of Los Angeles neighborhoods that give the city is rich atmosphere and unique character. The neighborhoods listed below the absolute must-sees of this amazing city for all types of travelers.
This world-famous affluent neighborhood has some of the most prized Los Angeles zip codes, and is home to Rodeo Drive and some of the city’s most expensive designer retail stores and high-end restaurants dotted with immaculately kept rose gardens, along with residential streets lined with palm trees and millionaire mansions. This is a place for power lunches, outrageously costly beauty treatments, and splurging on carefree extravagance. Beverly Hills is home to the Beverly Garden Park, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Petersen Automotive Museum.
Downtown Los Angeles
Want to be near the heart of the city? Downtown has the mix of cultures, sites and venues to put you right on the urban pulse of Los Angeles. New hotels, cafes, bars and restaurants are constantly popping up to dot the streets connecting world-famous cultural and sports and entertainment venues like the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Broad, LA Live, the Grand Central Market, and the Staples Center, along with neighborhoods like Chinatown and Little Tokyo. Downtown nightlife is just as active, bustling with trendy rooftop bars and nightclubs worth staying nearby for. Downtown is also one of the best-connected parts of Los Angeles, with the metro and bus lines offering direct connections in all directions. Whether for business or pleasure, in Downtown Los Angeles you're at the heart of it all.
Which neighborhood of Los Angeles would be more iconic than Hollywood itself? What’s more, not only is it close to countless attractions and very well connected to all other parts of the city, it’s also known as a great place to stay because of the added security. The Hollywood Walk of Fame, Paramount Studios, Universal Studios and the Chinese Theater are must-see attractions in this party of Los Angeles, and so is the world-famous Hollywood sign. The nightlife of Hollywood is equally rich, with many clubs and hotels full to the brim on weekends with revelers, clubbers and bar-hoppers. Malls and plazas offer great shopping and food destinations in the neighborhood, and Hollywood Boulevard, Melrose Avenue and Sunset Boulevard are great for daytime exploration walks.
The Ginosi Metropolitan Apartel
Located near the Hollywood Freeway intersection on Sunset Boulevard, across the street from Netflix headquarters, the GINOSI Metropolitan Apartel is an imposing building with spectacular city views and an in-house fitness center. The apartel offers fully-furnished apartments with ready-to-use kitchens and free high-speed WiFi for every type of traveler in the heart of Hollywood. The Capitol Records building is 1.5km away, and the Dolby Theater is 2.6km from the apartel. On-site private parking is available.
The GINOSI Metropolitan Apartel is the perfect answer to the question of where to stay in Los Angeles. Find out more here.
Located north of Santa Monica, the upscale neighborhood of Malibu is the perfect place for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy its spectacular beaches and hiking trails.
Climb or hike in the mountains to enjoy spectacular views of both the Pacific Ocean and the sprawling urban landscape of Los Angeles, or head to the beach for a great day of doing absolutely nothing at all except soak up the sun and ride the waves. Whenever you get hungry, restaurants await you along the Pacific Coast Highway with plenty of culinary options to satisfy all tastes.
As a great destination for enjoying everything the Pacific Coast has to offer in terms of beaches, food and shopping, Santa Monica is the top destination. A tourist town with a rich local culture, a relaxed beach town and shopping hub at the same time, Santa Monica combines everything for a perfect day outdoors, starting with the bike path and ferris wheel at the world-famous pier jutting into the waters of the Pacific. The neighborhood’s reputation as a safe destination and the rich tourism offerings make it a natural top destination for families. With Palisades Park, Pacific Park, Santa Monica Pier Aquarium and Museum of Flying all within easy reach, kids are bound to love Santa Monica as much as their parents. The Farmer’s Market offers a complete buffet of food options, and Street Food Tuesdays will surely be a culinary event to remember.
Another great Los Angeles neighborhood designed for a great outdoor experience is Venice. As the preferred hangout of bohemian Angelenos and a perfect spot for people-watching, the Venice Boardwalk hosts cyclists, skateboarders, fortune tellers, musicians, bodybuilders on Muscle Beach, street performers and crafts vendors selling art, jewelry and souvenirs where the Pacific meets the sand. A little further from the coast, laid-back inner streets are lined with galleries, shops, retail stores and restaurants. Depending on which time of year you’re visiting, you can catch the Venice Garden & Home Tour in May, the Venice Beach Carnevale in June, the Venice Music Festival in September, and the Venice Canal Holiday Boat Parade in December.
West Hollywood, also known as “WeHo,” is a walkable and lush neighborhood known for its entertainment industry history and as a home for the LGBTQ community and rising Hollywood celebrities.
The neighborhood has great shopping destinations and high-class restaurants and nightclubs that line its wide boulevards, the most famous of which is the Sunset Strip, a veritable Los Angeles icon and host for clubs, bars and hotels. Art buffs will love the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, or LACMA. West Hollywood also hosts the city’s annual Gay Pride parade and Halloween Costume Carnival.