With busy city blocks backing onto beautiful beaches and rugged mountains just a few miles from downtown, Los Angeles is a city that straddles many landscapes. It’s little wonder that this is a city where dreams come true – both on the silver screen and in real life.
From March to May and between September and November, LA is less crowded and the temperatures more pleasant. So, if you’re walking around or visiting any of the open-air theme parks, then these times offer a more agreeable temperature – especially if you’re stuck in a queue!
During the summer months it can get very hot which, coupled with the smog levels, can make it a little difficult.
If you’re looking for really cheap flights to LA, then why not consider the winter months? The weather is still warm and mild, compared to many other parts of the US, and there’s only really heavy rainfall in January and February.
With such a large number of flights to Los Angeles landing at several airports, it’s possible to use Orbitz to your advantage.
Tick the ‘My Dates Are Flexible’ box and you’ll see the best value flights from several days, leaving you free to choose the best value flights to LAX.
To find out if you can get a better deal on your LA flight use the ‘Nearby Airports’ function. It’s located under the departure and arrival destinations of your search. This will display flights from any suitable airports, expanding your flight search options to give you a choice of the very best cheap flights to Los Angeles.
There are multiple flights to Los Angeles, with often several options from major airports each day.
Los Angeles International Airport, LAX, is located to the west of the city and is the main air hub, handling over 80 million passengers a year.
Ontario International is the second busiest after LAX. It’s situated to the east of the LA area, in the city of Ontario, and serves much of the Inland Empire.
John Wayne Airport has limited international services but offers domestic services to multiple US destinations.
Other airports serving the city and wider area include Palm Springs International, San Bernardino and Bob Hope Airport.
Direct flights to Los Angeles are available from a number of different carriers.
The public transport network in LA does leave a little to be desired. Although there is a fairly new subway and elevated network, considering the vast size of the city it’s not quite a complete service. Many of the bus routes run regular services, but they mostly stick to the main roads and rarely enter the smaller neighborhoods.
Walking can be an option around some of the more contained areas of the city, but it’s not a great way to see more of wider LA. The same goes for cycling, although there is an expanding bike path network.
The car really is king in LA, and by far the most convenient way of getting around. There is a huge choice of rental car agencies at all airports, as well as other destinations around the city.
If it’s your first time in LA, then the major attractions like Hollywood, Universal City (including Universal Studios) are a big draw. Century City in downtown LA is also popular, with good access to Griffith Park and UCLA.
Many of the major landmarks and hippest areas are located outside of the city center. Beverly Hills and Bel Air are pristine paradises where the movie stars have their mansions, and everyone feels right at home strolling down Santa Monica beach.
Unlike many of the other major cities in the US, Los Angeles is all about laid-back lifestyles and soaking up the sun. So kick back and enjoy.
LA is not the easiest city to get around, particularly if you don’t have a car. The public transport network is not really comprehensive enough for a city of this size and scale, and walking is generally not an option outside of specific neighborhoods. What’s more, all those cars can mean big jams and pollution, which can be an issue in the heat of the summer.
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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