Los Angeles is known for being the home of television and movies stars. This major metropolitan city is a center for fashion, arts, and celebrities. It's also known for great dining and the wonderful California sunshine.
Flights to Los Angeles
Los Angeles flights land at two international airports, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT). In addition there are several domestic airports: Bob Hope Airport (BUR), John Wayne Airport (SNA), Long Beach Airport (LGB), LA/Palmdale Regional Airport (PMD), and Palm Springs International Airport (PSP). LAX is the best known and one of the busiest in the world. It has eight terminals as well as shopping, dining, and meeting rooms as well as valet parking and chauffeured transport. This large airport has easy-to-understand maps to navigate its clustered corridors for quick travel from Los Angeles flights. The Flyaway bus is a shuttle provided by LAWA. Rent-a-car companies abound in the airport, and the shuttle bus G conveniently gets passengers to the nearest metro station.
Weather in Los Angeles
Weather in Los Angeles is fairly mild and dry, with very hot summers. The first three months of the year are the rainiest; therefore, if the weather is the main concern, the best time of year to schedule Los Angeles flights is in the spring when the rains have stopped but the summer heat has not yet begun. Cheaper fare can be had during the wet season in the winter, and the rains are not as frequent as you might think, though locals used to sunny weather would complain otherwise. Flights to Los Angeles should fly in from clear skies for most of the year.
Getting Around Los Angeles
Los Angeles really is a city for the automobile. The absolute best way to get around is to rent a car and drive. There are maps available as well as reliable GPS for most cars. L.A. has designated car pool lanes for cars with more two or more passengers, making the infamous freeway travel safer and faster for families. There are scenic drives through the Hollywood Hills and accessing any part of the city is made fast with the abundance of freeways. Passengers exiting LAX will find highway travel fairly straightforward, but should remember to drive defensively.
Los Angeles Attractions
Flights to Los Angles take the visitor to a wealth of attractions. This is a place of legendary shopping, world class restaurants, and where television and film entertainment was invented.
- Paramount Studios: the only big studio still operating out of Hollywood has fascinating guided tours.
- The Kodak Theater: home to the Academy Awards
- Grauman’s Chinese Theater: a theater in Hollywood famous for stars leaving their marks (literally) in the cement.
- Venice Beach: the famous L.A. beach town has fantastic restaurant choices and an interesting beach walk.
- L.A. Live: Downtown L.A.’s entertainment district, home to the Staples Center where the Lakers, Kings, and Clippers all play to sold-out crowds.
Los Angeles When to Go
Locals will tell you that there’s no bad time to travel to Los Angeles. Although the winter months (December through March) typically feature more rainfall and slightly colder weather, the average temperatures in December and January are 68 degrees and 69 degrees, respectively. In the summer, when you’d expect unbearable heat, the average temperature rounds off to a very tolerable 85 degrees in August.
For travelers looking to enjoy Los Angeles’s terrific beaches and outdoor spots, the spring and summer months are ideal times to visit. Summer is the city’s high tourist season. You’ll pay more for airfare and hotel reservations and wait in longer lines at theme parks, such as Universal Studios and Disneyland, located in nearby Anaheim.
Although you might get rained on here and there in January and February, airfare and hotel rooms are typically less expensive. Plus, these winter months are the season for Hollywood awards like the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and, the king of them all, the Oscars. Find yourself in town during one of these glamorous celebrations, and you could very well come face to face with Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt, or any number of Hollywood stars.
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