Los Angeles Airport, also known as LAX is the sixth busiest airport in the world and the busiest airport in the greater Los Angeles area. The second largest city in the USA after New York, Los Angeles can trace its origins to 1781.
It offers a subtropical Mediterranean climate for most of the year. There are also a wide range of things to see and do in LA itself.
What is There to Do in Los Angeles?
Explore Hollywood and take a trip to see the famous Hollywood sign. Visit the Walk of Fame in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. There are also a number of other attractions to visit such as the Hollywood Wax Museum, Hollywood Masonic Temple, and Dolby Theatre.
Los Angeles is home to numerous beaches including those at Malibu and Santa Monica. A considerable amount of the coastline is viewable as you drive your rental car along the Pacific Coast Highway.
Amble around Long Beach which couples sandy beaches with attractions such as the Aquarium of the Pacific. Here, more than 11,000 marine animals from over 50 species are housed.
Los Angeles is also home to Disneyland California which offers a range of attractions ideal for families and adults alike.
Spend a day at Los Angeles Zoo and meet its residents. Griffith Park, one of the largest city parks in North America is next door and you may recognise it from the movies.
Day Trips From Los Angeles
San Diego is a major coastal city to the south of Los Angeles. Drive through the Gaslamp Quarter with over 16 blocks of grand Victorian buildings. This area is home to some of the city’s finest restaurants, nightclubs, and shops.
Whilst you are here, visit SeaWorld San Diego which offers a wide variety of exhibits, shows, and rides for all ages. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is spread over 1,800 acres in the San Pasqual Valley area and is another popular tourist attraction. Alternatively you could take a trip to Legoland California which features more than 60 rides, shows, and attractions!
Driving east on Interstate 8 through the mountains will lead you to the 600,000-acre Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. This is one of the richest and seemingly boundless living museums in the country. Here, visitors have the chance to see roadrunners, golden eagles, kit foxes, mule deer, chuckwallas, and rattlesnakes.
Santa Barbara is a coastal city and popular tourist destination due to its good weather. Head for the hills and you will be almost 2,500ft above sea level. Hike to the hot springs of Gaviota Peak or go horseback riding in the Santa Barbara Hills then go rock climbing at San Ysidro Canyon. If golf is your game, Santa Barbara's many world-class golf courses will beckon with their rolling fairways and panoramic views.
Go for a drive through California’s wine country. Enjoy the scenic views of hills covered with vineyards and visit some of the wineries that offer guided tours.