los Angeles

The showbiz capital of the world!

the city of Angels

The ultimate fusion of vibrant neighbourhoods and adventure!
In a city where the stars align, uncover legendary movie studios, visit world-class museums, stay in one-of-a-kind hotels, and take a shopping adventure that transcends the ordinary.

Sun seekers can explore more than 100 kilometres of coastline including the iconic stretch of beach that runs from Malibu to Venice, passing through Santa Monica along the way. Whilst for sports lovers, the pulse of LA resonates with the cheers for 8 professional teams, including the Dodgers, Lakers, Rams, Kings, and Galaxy, ensuring a captivating game day experience is just a call away.

LA is calling - a harmonious blend of sun-soaked beaches, Hollywood allure, cultural marvels, electrifying sports, enticing shopping sprees, delectable dining escapades, and a multitude of attractions. Get ready to embark on an experience that's as diverse as its attractions - contact us today to start planning your adventure!

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Things to see & do

Browse through our recommended selection of things to see and do in Los Angeles. Many of these are included in our suggested itineraries, however, if there is
anything you see that particularly takes your interest, please let us know and we will include it in your holiday package or put you in touch with the right people.

Hollywood Bowl

Embark on an auditory adventure at the Hollywood Bowl. Nestled in the Hollywood Hills this legendary outdoor amphitheatre, famed for its flawless acoustics and breathtaking locale, invites you to stroll the Bowl Walk or explore its multi-level Museum. Dive into a century of history with captivating collections showcasing the magic of this legendary venue.

Santa Monica Pier

Stroll along the legendary Santa Monica Pier - where the vibes are as iconic as the views! Reaching out over the Pacific Ocean, the pier is a hotbed of attractions from the renowned Ferris Wheel at Pacific Park to arcade games and roller coasters. A regular go-to spot for both locals and visitors - come soak in the sun, sea, and smiles!

 

The Broad

Explore Eli & Edythe Broad’s private collection at the Broad Art Museum and dive into artistic brilliance where striking architecture meets a treasure trove of contemporary wonders! With free admission, this museum showcases the modern and contemporary art gems from the extraordinary Eli and Edythe Broad collection; a rendezvous with creativity that'll leave you inspired. 

 

Universal Studios Hollywood

Dive headfirst into the "reel" world at Universal Studios Hollywood. A full-blown cinematic extravaganza where visitors can enjoy rides inspired by blockbuster films, backstage passes to sets and soundstages, and live shows that bring your favourite characters to life. Calling all movie buffs - this is your golden ticket to an unforgettable experience, no matter your age!

 

TCL Chinese Theatre

Step into Hollywood history at the legendary TCL Chinese Theatre, the most famous movie palace in the world, that stands tall on the iconic Hollywood Hall of Fame. From star-studded premieres to unforgettable events, it's where the red-carpet magic happens. Take in a movie or join the 30-minute Walking Tour to grab your front-row seat to Hollywood's dazzling legacy, where every step echoes with the whispers of movie legends.

Griffith Observatory

Soak up the stunning panorama from Griffith Observatory perched high on the slopes of Mount Hollywood. Dive into exhibits on astronomy and space, gaze at celestial wonders through telescopes, and relish breathtaking views of Los Angeles and the iconic Hollywood sign. Serving up a celestial spectacle with a side of Hollywood glam!

 

Rodeo Drive

Take a glam stroll down Rodeo Drive, where luxury meets street style! This world-renowned shopping mecca is the epitome of chic, with high-end boutiques, designer labels, and gourmet delights. Palm-lined streets whisper tales of celebrity sightings and upscale splurges, making it the ultimate symbol of LA's opulence and fashion flair. Let the window-shopping extravaganza begin!

 

Fighter Jet Experience

Get ready for the ride of a lifetime with the Fighter Jet Experience. Brace yourself for an adrenaline-pumping, high-speed adventure aboard the Aero L-39 Albatros, straight out of the movies. Guided by a skilled pilot, buckle up for thrilling aerobatic manoeuvres and even take control of the aircraft. A once-in-a-lifetime, hair-raising journey above the stunning Californian landscape. Don't just dream it, fly it - contact Travel USA to snag your seat. This is no simulation; this is the real deal!

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

A cinematic treasure trove opened in 2021 showcasing the art, science, and magic of filmmaking. This innovative museum  boasts immersive exhibits, iconic artifacts, and a celebration of cinematic history. From classic to contemporary, visitors get to explore the evolution of the silver screen delving into the captivating world of storytelling, making it a must-visit destination for film enthusiasts.

Dodger Stadium Tour

Step up to the plate at the legendary Dodger Stadium - the beating heart of Major League Baseball and the proud home of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Whether you're looking for a game day experience or, on non-game days, a 90-minute tour taking you down to the field and through the team's Trophy gallery, chat with Travel USA. It’s where baseball dreams come to life!

La Brea Tar Pits

Discover the fascinating La Brea Tar Pits, a unique geological wonder located in the heart of Los Angeles. These naturally occurring asphalt seeps have trapped animals and plants for thousands of years, providing a glimpse into prehistoric life. Explore the on-site museum to learn about the excavation process and marvel at the vast collection of fossils unearthed from the tar pits. Immerse yourself in the rich history and scientific significance of this remarkable site.

Warner Bros. Studio

Step into the star-studded magic at Warner Bros. Studio and unveil Hollywood's secrets as you go behind the scenes in one of LA's busiest studios. Wander through iconic film sets, get up close with legendary costumes, and touch the props that brought your favourite movies and TV shows to life. 

Santa Monica Beach Picnic

Enjoy a seaside picnic on Santa Monica Beach. A beachside picnic tailored just for you, where everything you need for a special occasion is served up against the backdrop of sun, sand, and waves. Plus, spice it up with some exciting add-ons from other fellow Santa Monica businesses. Contact Travel USA for more details.

Six Flags Magic Mountain

Prepare for a wild ride at the “Thrill Capital of the World”, a 260-acre thrill-seekers' haven, boasting 20 world-class roller coasters -the most of any theme park on the planet - and over 100 family-friendly rides and attractions. Featuring its latest addition, WONDER WOMAN™ Flight of Courage, the world's tallest and longest single-rail coaster, and Bugs Bunny World, one of Southern California's largest children's areas, Magic Mountain offers excitement for all. But brace yourself - some of the rides are not for the faint-hearted!

 

The Getty Centre

Wander through LA’s cultural gem, the Getty Centre. Crafted by architect Richard Meier, this world-famous museum boasts a treasure trove of Renaissance to contemporary masterpieces. The breathtaking architecture and lush gardens create an art-lover's paradise making it a must-visit for museum lovers.

Grammy Museum

Move to the rhythm at the GRAMMY Museum. A must-visit destination for music enthusiasts spotlighting the GRAMMY Awards and its legendary winners. Honouring the history and cultural vibes of tunes with captivating exhibits, interactive displays, and music evolution memorabilia, this museum grooves through the soul of sound.

Universal CityWalk Hollywood

Cap off a great day at the park by exploring the vibrant retail and entertainment destination of Universal CityWalk. Located adjacent to Universal Studios Hollywood the area pulsates with energy, offering an eclectic mix of entertainment, shopping, and dining options, alongside a state-of-the-art cinema. CityWalk captures the spirit of Hollywood serving as the ultimate gathering spot for fun-seekers and movie buffs alike, 

Amoeba Music

Add to your record collection at Amoeba Music, one of the world's largest independent record stores - a true haven for music enthusiasts. Their Hollywood store is a paradise for vinyl lovers, stacked with a massive selection of new and used vinyl records and much, much more. For a 'real groovy' experience, Amoeba Music is the place to be!

California Science Centre

Embark on an educational adventure for the mind and senses at the California Science Center, a museum that beckons with hands-on exhibits and interactive displays that ignite curiosity across all ages. From marvelling at the Space Shuttle Endeavour to exploring ecosystems in immersive environments it's a place where science comes alive. Engage in live demonstrations, journey through the human body, or stroll through the tranquil Exposition Park Rose Garden. 

Musso & Frank Grill

Get a taste of Hollywood history at the legendary Musso & Frank Grill. This iconic Hollywood eatery, born in 1919, exudes classic Hollywood charm. A much-loved haunt for many decades, it's a magnet for celebrities, writers, and movie insiders. Get ready for a taste of Hollywood history with classic American cuisine and signature cocktails. Click on the link for more details.

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Huntington Library, Art Museum & Botanical Gardens

Take a stroll through this cultural oasis that beckons with its vast library treasures, exceptional art, and serene botanical havens. It's not just a walk; it's a journey through a realm where knowledge, beauty, and tranquillity converge. Immerse yourself in the Huntington experience, where each step unveils a tapestry of culture, art, and nature.

Citadel Outlets

Shop the LA way at LA's premier outlet mall boasting more than 130 discounted designer and brand-name stores. Ask us about our LA VIP Shopping Day package, featuring return transfers or valet parking, a VIP Savings Passport and access to the Citadel Outlets VIP lounge. Citadel welcomes Kiwi shoppers with their digital Savings Passport - click below for more details.

Citadel Savings Passport

SoFi Stadium Tour

Get ready to experience an outdoor tour with an indoor feel beneath SoFi Stadium's incredible state-of-the art canopy. This 60-minute immersive experience at the home of the LA Rams and LA Chargers is designed to give you the perspective of being a fan, a broadcaster, and a player. 

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Find your favourite ‘stars’ at the Hollywood Walk of Fame as you take a star-studded stroll through Hollywood history! Famous Hollywood landmark and home to more than 2,700 brass stars embedded in the sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. Each star pays homage to a trailblazer from the entertainment industry, and the lineup is always evolving - with an average of two new stars added every month. 

Experience Live Sport

Experience live sport - the American way! Catch the adrenaline, the cheers, and the thrill of a live game - because experiencing sports the American way is an absolute must! Los Angeles is home to 8 pro teams covering all major sports, including the LA Dodgers, Lakers, and Kings. Chat with Travel USA to score your tickets and we'll look to lock in your seats before you even pack your bags!

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Take an artistic odyssey at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). This crowned giant of the Western US is a treasure trove of over 150,000 pieces from ancient wonders to contemporary masterpieces. Journey through the ages and get ready to be swept away by the vibrant tapestry of human creativity.

 

Cycle to Venice Beach

Pedal your way from Santa Monica to vibrant Venice Beach. Journey to the heart of LA's beachy bliss! A mere 15-20 minutes along the scenic bike path reveals this eclectic neighbourhood, complete with the legendary Muscle Beach. Dive into Venice's famous boardwalk, soak up its laid-back vibe, and embrace the lively beachside scene.

Battleship IOWA

Step aboard the Battleship Iowa, a maritime museum moored in Los Angeles Harbour, for a journey through history. Known as the "Battleship of Presidents," Iowa served with distinction for over 50 years. Visitors can explore the decks, cabins, and formidable artillery of this iconic vessel on an immersive experience that honours military heritage and offers an educational glimpse into America's naval past.

 

Paramount Studios

Embark on another Hollywood adventure as you wander through historic lots, sound stages, and backlots where blockbuster movies and TV legends came to life. Dive into the rich tapestry of Paramount's legendary legacy, where each corner whispers tales of iconic scenes and silver screen enchantment. 

Ronald Reagan’s Presidential Library & Museum

Delve into the legacy of the 40th President at his museum, a treasure trove of artefacts, exhibits, and documents from his impactful life and presidency. Immerse yourself in interactive displays, step into a full-scale replica of the Oval Office, and catch a glimpse of the actual Air Force One aircraft used during his rule. 

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Visit this ancient treasure trove, an important part of LA's cultural legacy that showcases fossils, gems and minerals spanning over 4.5 billion years. Brace yourself for a prehistoric spectacle in the award-winning Dinosaur Hall - a journey through eons that'll ignite your curiosity about Earth's epic tale.

Explore Los Angeles with the Go City Pass

With Travel USA and Go City, sightseeing couldn’t be easier. One pass, one price, all the sights - save up to 50% on the best attractions, tours, and activities - see more, spend less! From A-list-spotting to theme park thrills, we’ve got you covered.

N.B. The all-inclusive pass is included in Travel USA’s Los Angeles and selected California packages giving you unlimited access to more than 40 attractions, tours, and activities during your stay.

View of LA from Griffith Park Observatory

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