Los Angeles

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Flying into Los Angeles is like descending into a lifelong dream. Look out your window as your flight arrives and you’ll see a blend of dusty mountains, leafy parks, a string of surfable beaches and an endless flow of sun-dazzled Pacific waves. Not to mention the iconic Hollywood sign.

It is a destination where dreams literally do come true. The world's most-talented artists gather here to make music, films, theatre, and TV shows that inspire millions of people around the world. The actors, writers, directors, producers and many others are spread out across more than 80 neighbourhoods. Add all of these distinct districts together and you get L.A. – a massive metropolis.

Just how big is L.A.? Picture a mega-city sprawling from Vancouver all the way to Hope, B.C. east-to-west and then all the way down to Seattle.

That's a lot of urban sprawl and more than 17 million people to mix and mingle with. But visitors have nothing to worry about. L.A. is a surprisingly friendly and laid back city. In fact, they say there are no strangers in LA. Just millions of suntanned friends you haven't met yet.

Los Angeles is a fantastic destination for:

  • outdoor adventure
  • shopping and dining
  • beaches

Airport served by: LAX

Destination basics

There's a reason people dream of Los Angeles. It's a relaxed beach town boasting lovely canyon views from the Santa Monica Mountains. It has a mild, sunny climate, with highs in the mid 20s C most of the year.

Granted, it’s a giant beach town and the second most populated city in the U.S. So you won't be the only one playing in the sun, courtesy of the over 329 days of sunshine here each year.

Summers are dry and sunny, making the standard L.A. dress code "business casual," with a definite emphasis on casual. Take bottled water and your swimsuit to the beach in July and August because they're typically hot. But bring a light jacket or sweatshirt as well for the cool summer nights.

Winter temperatures can drop to lows of 8 C or 9 C and most rain falls during the winter months. In late fall and winter, L.A. gets breezy with the Santa Ana winds coming down from the mountains.

Overall, L.A. has a comfortable climate. And, as a city that enjoys seven hours of sunshine daily in December, L.A. is the perfect place to escape the cold Canadian winters or to visit any other time of year.

Average monthly temperature and average monthly rainfall diagrams for Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the heart of American movie and TV production. Most of the head offices for major movie studios, TV networks and cable channels are located here. The creative and business decisions made in Hollywood affect millions of people around the world. This makes L.A. culture one of America’s greatest international exports. In fact, California consistently tops the lists of where Americans would most like to live.

L.A. is a truly special place to live—and in centuries past, whole nations have fought for the right to claim this city as their own. California was colonized by Spain in the 1800s and the Pueblo of Los Angeles was officially founded on September 4, 1781. When Mexico declared independence from Spain in the 1800s, Los Angeles became part of Mexican territory.

America later annexed Texas from Mexico in 1845, sparking the Mexican-American War. The U.S. Army invaded California the same year and by 1848, the Mexicans surrendered numerous states to the U.S. Government, including California and the city of Los Angeles.

In the early 1900s, L.A. became the centre for American film production as companies relocated their studios from the East Coast to Hollywood. This was in order to take advantage of L.A.'s sunny, dry weather, since early film sets were constructed outdoors. Throughout the 20th century and into the 21st, studios like Universal, Warner Bros, Fox, Disney, Paramount, Columbia, MGM and Dreamworks have produced thousands of films. These powerhouse production companies have turned unknown actors into celebrities and formed a massively influential, multi-billion dollar industry.

Out on the streets of L.A., you’ll quickly be able to tell this city is a performing arts hub. The city's coffee shops and restaurants are packed with successful (and up-and-coming) actors, screenwriters, composers, producers and studio executives. Many are Canadians like Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Cameron. Add the sweet imagery of tanned L.A. surfers served up by 1960s pop groups like the Beach Boys, and it's easy to see how the city has gained a reputation as an exciting paradise for all.

It may come as a surprise, but L.A.'s number one industry is actually manufacturing. More than 500,000 workers make clothing, computers and electronics, food, furniture, automobiles and fabricated metal. Only Detroit manufactures more vehicles than the L.A. area.

Want to skip traffic and get around quickly? Take the Metro! L.A. is home to an inexpensive public transit system offering two heavy rail subway lines. The Red Line connects downtown L.A. with North Hollywood, and the Purple Line runs from Downtown L.A.’s Financial District to Koreatown/mid-Wilshire.

The Metro also has three light rail lines connecting downtown with Long Beach (Blue Line), Los Angeles and Pasadena (Gold Line) and Redondo Beach and Norwalk (Green Line). The latter gives you access to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Just take the LAX shuttle bus from the Green Line's Aviation/LAX station.

Still, old habits die hard. Transit ridership is low compared to other large North American cities like Toronto, Montreal and New York – and the Metro can’t get you everywhere. L.A. is primarily a driving culture with a web of freeways. Lucky for residents and visitors, the commute times here are relatively tame compared to other metropolitan regions.

But if you want to know the fastest way to get into Hollywood, take the advice of Bette Davis, who said, "Take Fountain!" Unlike car-congested Sunset and Santa Monica Boulevards, Fountain Avenue rarely gets jammed with traffic.

It is advisable to carry some U.S. cash with you for general expenses. For entertainment and shopping, your credit card will give you the exchange rate at the time of purchase. There are also numerous ATMs inside banks and public spaces where you can withdraw funds at your convenience. Just be aware that transaction fees vary by ATM.

People either love it or hate it - but no matter what, Los Angeles makes no excuses and changes itself for no one, and you've got to admire that. Made up of dozens of communities, there is not one single experience that can sum up the pulse of this city. But what is noted about Los Angeles, by both tourists and locals alike, is the bustling lifestyle, the vibrant and unique neighborhoods, and the extreme diversity that sets it apart from any other city. From the eternal sunshine and Hollywood glitz to all the small communities with their own distinct cultural personalities, this City of Angels will forever be many things to many people.

Downtown and the Arts District
While not exactly in the center of town geographically due to the sprawling nature of the city, Downtown Los Angeles is still teeming with activity. There are cultural hotbeds like Olvera Street and Chinatown that are just minutes away from Los Angeles landmarks like the Walt Disney Concert Hall, home of the LA Philharmonic. And if you have a hankering for more art and culture while Downtown, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is a definite must-see.

The Downtown Arts District has over the years seen creative rejuvenation, and the sheer concentration of galleries and alternative art spaces speaks to this growth. Explore the neighborhood on foot to discover up-and-coming artists, indie boutiques, craft eateries, and more! For art enthusiasts, the Downtown Art Walk, held every second Thursday of the month is highly recommended.

The big sign just about says it all - Hollywood is glitz, glamor, and unavoidable. The center of things is, without a doubt, Hollywood Boulevard, the location of world-famous tourist spots including TCL Chinese Theater, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the Dolby Theatre.

The Miracle Mile/Hancock Park area is another of L.A.'s historic neighborhoods. Here you will find Wilshire Boulevard's Museum Row. The museums are contained within Hancock Park, a small but peaceful oasis in the center of hectic urban activity. To venture into the distant past, stop by the La Brea Tar Pits; and to immerse yourself in a famous museum, the LACMA: Los Angeles County Museum of Art is a popular attraction on Miracle Mile.

Ritzy West Hollywood is home to one of the city's most famous (or infamous) attractions - the Sunset Strip. Here you'll find most of the city's hippest clubs frequented by up-and-coming actors and socialites, as well as some of the city's finest hotels and shopping, including the upscale Melrose Avenue Shopping District. West Hollywood is also the center of the city's gay and lesbian community, and it puts on one of the flashiest and most exhilarating annual Halloween parades in the state.

Beverly Hills & the Westside
This world-famous city with its world-famous zip code is synonymous with wealth, status, and celebrity. The understated elegance and grace of the residential neighborhoods are balanced out by Rodeo Drive, which offers some of the finest - and most expensive - shopping in the world. For some of the freshest locally-grown Californian produce, the Farmers' Market held every Sunday is a local favorite and a must for all gourmets.

Santa Monica & Bay Cities
Back in the heyday of Route 66, Santa Monica was the end of the line. Today, this beachfront community offers the best in entertainment for all ages on its famous Santa Monica Pier. You can enjoy some carnival-style food and games or take a ride on the Ferris wheel for a breathtaking view of the city and shoreline. When you're ready for some shopping, the active Third Street Promenade has a diverse directory of stores and eateries.

The motto of the coastal community of Malibu is "27 miles of scenic beauty" - and that just about describes it best. The main attraction here is the drive along the Pacific Coast Highway, which takes you past beach after beach on one side of the road and million-dollar hilltop estates on the other. Make sure you have sunscreen and your camera handy. Even at night, the stars just seem brighter.

Venice, just south of Santa Monica, is the city's home to all things eclectic and many things downright bizarre. This small, artsy beach town offers one of the greatest collections of cafés, bars, galleries, antiques and one-of-a-kind shops around. Weekend afternoons on the boardwalk are definitely a memorable experience for any visitor to the city.

San Fernando Valley
On the other side of the Hollywood Hills sits "The Valley," as it's known by locals. It features a seemingly endless sea of suburban cul-de-sacs, strip malls, funky shops and restaurants. Hollywood makes its presence known in the cities of Burbank and Universal City, which are home to Warner Bros. Studio and Universal Studios. To experience the diversity that makes this area unique, visit the Wat Thai Temple, or get swept up in the region's natural beauty at the Lake Balboa Park. Stroll around NoHo and drop in for a show at one of the theaters or laugh out loud at a comedy club like the Acme Comedy Club.

South Central & Compton
Although the South Central neighborhood of Crenshaw gained worldwide publicity as the center of the infamous 1992 riots, this area is rich in history and culture. South Central is also home to famous Los Angeles landmarks such as the Watts Towers, the historic Shrine Auditorium, and Exposition Park. Within the famed Exposition Park is the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the California Science Center, and the IMAX California Science Center. It has also long been a place of culture and diversity, as evidenced by the African American Cultural Center.

Long Beach & the South Bay
Long Beach is a fairly large city in its own right and is a neighbor to the well-known district of Orange County. Aside from a plethora of shopping and dining options, this beach community is perhaps best known for the Queen Mary, a Titanic-esque ocean liner now permanently docked here and open for tours. They also have many outdoor activities for tourists to take advantage of, as well as museums and beaches that all can enjoy. Kids will especially love the Aquarium of the Pacific, the world's largest aquarium, located in Rainbow Harbor. The South Bay is made up of smaller beach towns and quiet neighborhoods such as Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, and Manhattan Beach.

Pasadena & Points East
Pasadena is one of the most prominent communities in the entire state of California. Old Town Pasadena provides one of the greatest clusters of bars, shops, cafés and restaurants in the entire L.A. area. The city is also known for the Norton Simon Museum - the largest collection of art owned by one man -and the Rose Bowl. Every New Year's Day, this not-so-sleepy town becomes the focus of the entire world for the annual Tournament of Roses Parade.

East L.A., as evidenced by its name, forms the eastern edge of the city and is a great example of a neighborhood rich in cultural expression.

LAX & Inglewood
LAX is one of the largest airports in the United States when it comes to the sheer number of people passing through its hallways. The airport is the main feature of the otherwise sleepy, suburban neighborhood of Westchester. This pocket of quiet, tree-lined streets and neighborhood schools and churches is a refreshing oasis in an often-frenetic city.

Inglewood features a wide variety of restaurants, music and sports venues. Here you will find The Forum, an entertainment hot spot.

As the entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles is overflowing with theater, art, dance, film and television. The city has a variety of options for every entertainment taste.

Downtown Los Angeles houses many of the city's major illustrious theater venues, including the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion where you can watch the best concerts, the Mark Taper Forum, a Tony-winning theater that's known for its exceptional and innovative productions, the gorgeous Art-Deco style Pantages Theatre, and the Ahmanson Theatre where musicals and award-winning theatrical performances find a home. Westside's Geffen Playhouse hosts Broadway performances and seasonal new performances in a glittering space. Smaller spaces like the Bootleg Theater are known for their alternative indie bands, spoken-word and theater events. For experimental theater, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater is one of the best in the city.

Los Angeles is indeed multi-faceted: with beautiful beaches on one end, trendy clubs on another, and amazing museums spread throughout, it is no wonder people flock here to get a taste of everything it has to offer. The Getty Villa is a breathtaking architectural work that's stunning even before you even see the collections inside. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has impressive permanent collections as well as top-billed shows. If contemporary art is more your cup of tea, then pay a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) which has featured extremely innovative art exhibitions. L.A. is also home to many smaller, private galleries, concentrated especially in Venice and Melrose. If nature and science excite you more than a rare Van Gogh, the California Science Center is a hands-on educational facility that takes science to the extreme while the Natural History Museum has 35 galleries of environmental science displays to explore. For a more serious-minded museum visit, the Los Angeles Museum of Tolerance is a stop for the humanitarian tourist. The museum offers classes in racial diversity and acceptance as well as tours for school children and interested adults. It is a moving and informative institution.


As the epicenter of America's movie industry, it should come as no surprise that Los Angeles has a variety of great theaters for cinephiles to catch a matinee. TLC Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard stands out as one of the most famous cinema houses ever built. Crowds descend upon the faux-Asian theater every day to measure the famous feet and hands imprinted on the sidewalk outside. Across the street, the Egyptian Theater stands in its Vegas-style glory. On sunset drive, the retro single screen cinema, Vista Theater boasts Spanish Revival architecture while the Village Theater in Westwood Village has earned iconic status thanks to its 170-foot tower. Besides these, the Downtown Independent, a modern cinema screens indie movies and has a great line-up of festivals and regular events.

There are countless small clubs in Los Angeles that have open-mic nights for comedians. For a more polished performance, check out the famous Groundlings. This well-known "training camp" for television shows like Saturday Night Live has an ever-changing lineup of up-and-comers with an occasional star headliner. The Improv and the Comedy Store consistently feature well-known headliners as well as budding new talent.

When they are not out partying on the Sunset Strip, rock-and-roll musicians can be found performing at several Los Angeles venues. The El Rey Theatre and the Palladium are great for watching shows while in the city. The Forum and the Staples Center are the locations of choice for larger rock shows. Classical and jazz concerts are usually found at the Hollywood Bowl and The Greek Theatre. Bars and cafes in LA are known for their great lineup of talent. Among the favorites, The Baked Potato is your go-to for great jazz, The Mint for a night of great music in an intimate space rocking an old-school vibe, The Troubadour for a classic LA Music Club experience and an evening of rock and roll, or the Echo for a relaxed evening of fantastic music.Sporting Events
L.A. sports fans have plenty to keep them busy with the Los Angeles Lakers, the Clippers, the WNBA's Sparks, the Dodgers and the Kings. This City of Champions boasts several world-class sporting venues like the Staples Center, L.A. Memorial Coliseum, Rose Bowl and the StubHub Center.

Amusement & Theme Parks
Los Angeles and its surrounding areas are home to many world-famous and exciting amusement parks. The most well-known the world over is Disneyland, which is "the happiest place on Earth." Experience the magic of movie-making at Universal Studios and check out the family-friendly rides at Knott's Berry Farm. For roller-coaster thrills visit Six Flags Magic Mountain. On a hot day, the best way to cool down is to head to Raging Waters.

Shopping & Hanging Out
People-watching in Los Angeles can definitely be considered a spectator sport. Although it bears no resemblance to the former hit television show, Melrose is the best sidewalk spectacle. Crammed full of sidewalk cafés, bars, coffeehouses and boutiques, the street is always full of activity and unusual characters.

If true Hollywood stars and über-glam shopping are what you are looking for, Rodeo Drive is the ultimate destination. The world-renowned street is always bustling with movie stars in baseball caps trying to blend in and Hollywood wives in diamonds trying to stand out. You'll find Gucci, Prada, Tiffany & Co. and other upscale shops here.

Another great spot for shopaholics is Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade which has a wide variety of upscale boutiques and well-known chains, all under the shining sun of this beach town. Universal City Walk is the Valley's answer for quirky shopping and entertainment along a stretch of pedestrian walkways.

After the sun sets, the party kicks off in Los Angeles. Among the best neighborhoods to enjoy a night out, the lively bars and pubs of DTLA and Chinatown, swanky cocktail bars in Hollywood, and beachside fun at Long Beach have plenty to offer. Sip a drink at an upscale hotel bar like the Mixing Room or chug down a microbrew at the very popular Beachwood Brewing and BBQ in Long Beach. From handcrafted drinks to on-tap brews and niche mezcal bars, the bar scene is diverse and constantly evolving with the latest trends in this vibrant city.

When it comes to dining and drinking, anything that can be dreamed up can be found in Los Angeles. Celebrity-only seating on the Westside is countered by family-style seating in Silver Lake, while cuisines from Ethiopian to Polish can all be enjoyed around town. With so many choices and a limited time frame, here are some highlights that should not be missed.

After a prolonged period of economic hardship, Downtown L.A. went in for a facelift, replacing the old shabby buildings with new businesses and recreation centers. A downtown hot spot is the Water Grill, which offers upscale seafood for the international dining set. If you're looking for a unique and entertaining experience without the sky-high prices, enjoy a meal at Shabu Shabu House Restaurant—a form of Japanese cooking where servers bring out plates of fresh meat, and the customers cook it themselves in hot pots.

La Cienega & Beverly Hills
When dining in this celebrity "hot zone," be sure to bring your high-limit credit cards and your best evening attire. Some great options include the world-famous Spago Beverly Hills headed by Wolfgang Puck. La Cienega Boulevard offers L.A.'s famed "Restaurant Row," which features The Stinking Rose for all your garlic desires, and the highly favored Fogo de Chao Churrascaria for some Brazilian fare, both of which sit alongside other local favorites.

Hollywood & Melrose
A short distance away from the big money of Beverly Hills, these hot spots offer a warmer and hipper version of the same scene. Musso & Frank's Grill offers American cuisine with Old Hollywood style. Joachim Splichal serves the highest of haute cuisine at Patina. If you're in the Griffiths Park area near Glendale, have lunch at the Trails Cafe, which serves vegetarian food and has killer pastries. Finally, for lowbrow gastronomic pleasure that should not be missed, wait in line for a meal that has become a Hollywood tradition: a chili cheese dog from Pink's.

Santa Monica, Venice & Malibu
The beachfront neighborhoods of Santa Monica, Venice and Malibu offer the full range of dining options, from earthy-hippie cuisine in Venice to star-studded glamor in Malibu. When not gazing into the deep blue Pacific, be sure to focus your attention on Geoffrey's for fresh cuisine with a jaw-dropping view of the California coast. For some of the best coffee in the area, head to Montana Avenue's Cafe Luxxe. Wolfgang Puck's Chinois On Main is a wonderful dinner choice, as well as The Lobster for some artfully crafted seafood dishes.

Los Angeles

State: California

Country: United States

Los Angeles By The Numbers
Population: 3,971,883 (city); 13,131,431 (metropolitan)
Elevation: 305 feet / 93 meters
Average Annual Rainfall: 15 inches / 38 centimeters
Average January Temperature: 59°F/ 15°C
Average July Temperature: 70°F/ 21°C

Quick Facts
Electricity: 120 volts, 60Hz, standard two pin plugs

Time Zone: GMT -8 (GMT -7 Daylight Saving Time); Pacific Standard Time (PST)

Country Dialing Code: +1

Area Codes: 213; 310; 424; 562; 323; 661; 747; 818

Did You Know?
Los Angeles allows visitors to glimpse millions of years of geologic history. At the La Brea Tar Pits you can see residue of the days when dinosaurs walked the Earth, and the tar is still oozing in some places.

Los Angeles is home to the only lighthouse in the world that uses green light.

Los Angeles is located on California’s southern coast, about 124 miles (200 kilometers) north of the border with Mexico. The city is about 112 miles (180 kilometers) north of San Diego and about 87 miles (140 kilometers) southeast of Santa Barbara.

Los Angeles is a port city in the sunny southern California desert offering great surfing, 20-plus beaches, numerous canyons and mountain ranges.

L.A. is squeezed between the Pacific Ocean in the southwest and the Santa Monica Mountains to the north.....

The Greater Los Angeles area contains dozens of independent towns and cities including Beverly Hills, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Burbank, Pasadena and Huntington Beach. The region's population tops 17 million residents! This makes Greater Los Angeles the second most populated urban area in the country, next to metropolitan New York City. But unlike Manhattan, which was built upwards (think skyscrapers and multiple story apartment buildings), L.A. was built low to the ground and sprawling.

The metro area is built on the Los Angeles basin, a sediment-filled plain between the Transverse and Peninsular ranges. Ever wonder why L.A. is so dry? It's in part because the sediment is porous and up to 10 km deep – absorbing tons of moisture.

California's earliest residents were Native Americans. Prior to the mid-18th Century, several native peoples dominated the area, most notably those from the Tongva nation.

The earliest key date in the development of Los Angeles is August 2, 1769. It was on that afternoon that a group of Spanish explorers from the east, led by Juan Crespi and Captain Gaspar de Portola, entered what came to be known as Los Angeles in the area around Elysian Park. It was then that Crespi realized the potential the area had to become a sizable settlement. Then in 1771, Junipero Serra created the Mission San Gabriel Archangel in the present-day San Gabriel Valley. It wasn't until 1781 that the town was founded and named "El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río de Porciúncula"—quite a mouthful to say and subsequently shortened to Los Angeles.

Throughout the late 18th and early 19th Centuries, Los Angeles was only a small farm town that remained part of Mexico, until the Mexican-American War. On March 9th, 1842, Francisco Lopez discovered gold in the Santa Clarita Valley, and by 1845, U.S. troops began battling for control of California. On January 9, 1847, Commodore Stockton recaptured Los Angeles for the third and final time, and just days later Mexican general Andres Pico surrendered California to U.S. General John Fremont. A subsequent boundary dispute ensued as to where the borders of the city and county should be. But on April 4, 1850, the city of Los Angeles was incorporated, with California officially entering the union five months later.

The late 1800s and early 1900s saw Los Angeles grow exponentially. One reason for this was the railroads, which finally reached Los Angeles from the East. The railroads resulted in a major expansion of economy and population, as evidenced by the fact that L.A.'s population doubled in the last decade of the 1800s and tripled in the first decade of the 1900s. In 1913, William Mulholland built an aqueduct, which allowed water to be brought to Los Angeles from 200 miles north. This important event, coupled with the earlier railroad boom, is considered to be largely responsible for L.A.'s growth into a major population center.

By the 1920s, many industries were beginning to stake their claim in the city. The most popular of these industries was the budding film industry. Filmmakers from the East came to Southern California for its eternal sunshine and varied landscape. Where else in America could they find perfect weather and largely empty surrounding land, as well as mountains, lakes, forests and beaches all within an hour's drive? As movies and movie-making became more ingrained in American culture during the 1940s and 50s, millions began flocking to L.A. in hopes of becoming a star and striking it rich. By the mid-to-late 1950s, the population of L.A. had reached two million and appeared to be going nowhere but up.

As the city grew, more people meant more problems. In 1943, a clash between sailors, marines and local Hispanic gangs broke out, known as the Zoot Suit Riots. For several days and nights, downtown Los Angeles was transformed into a battle-zone. Although the riots were finally quelled by police, this would not be the last time the city witnessed large-scale urban unrest. Devastating race riots erupted in 1965 and again in 1992, after the Rodney King verdict, giving the city its reputation for being a hotbed of racial tensions. Riots, however, weren't the only problems that affected the history of Los Angeles. Runaway air pollution and the damage caused by several earthquakes—the largest and most memorable of which was the Northridge earthquake in 1994, with a total magnitude of 6.7—have also given the city its fair share of crises to deal with over the years. But with the 21st Century has come an increase in the improvement and gentrification of many parts of the city.

Certain things can always be trusted to thrive in L.A.: cultural diversity, beautiful weather, the well-known traffic on the 405 Freeway, and eager souls arriving each day to the City of Angels in search of their own piece of heaven.

Los Angeles offers visitors plenty of ways to get around, no matter where you're looking to go, including many forms of public transit, taxis and car rentals.

With L.A.'s busy streets, taking public transit may just get you there faster than by car. Fare on the metro is under US$2 per adult and tickets can easily be purchased from ticket machines and stations (day and weekly passes are available as well).

The Metro Rail (subway) and light rail system run frequently and provide a quick way to navigate most of this city's diverse communities. Rail lines run to downtown, Koreatown, Little Tokyo, Rancho Los Feliz, Hollywood, Chinatown, Long Beach and more.

Metro also operates a 24-hour-a-day bus system. Try to coordinate your plans to travel by Rapid bus, as these buses can get you around the city a little faster than regular Metro buses.

Looking to take a day trip outside the city? Hop on a Metrolink train (LA’s commuter rail system). Metrolink will quickly and easily get you to nearby Ventura, Lancaster, Oceanside and other neighbouring areas.

Visitors can also rent cars to make their own way around this big city or take taxis. Just be careful not to head out during rush hour – the streets here are some of the busiest! If you are looking to rent, book a car at one of the rental companies' airport locations for your convenience.


The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is a large airport serving millions of visitors each year. To make things easier for passengers arriving or connecting through LAX, the airport offers free transit between terminals as well as easy access to public transit and rental cars.

Canadian visitors to the United States must pass through security and customs in Canada, before departure. Then, when you land, all you need to do is pick up your bags from baggage claim and you'll be on your way. For your convenience, taxis, shuttles, rental cars, buses and trains are all available just outside the doors of the airport.


Head over to the WestJet departure counters where you'll be greeted by friendly WestJetters happy to help you check in for your trip home. Or, check in and select your seat(s) in advance using WestJet's simple Web check-in service.

Have some free time before your flight departs? This airport offers a variety of shops and restaurants to keep you busy. Check out any of the 10 duty free shops for great deals, or visit one of the gift shops for last minute souvenirs.

Although it has many competitors, Los Angeles still hangs on to the title of Entertainment Capital of the World. L.A. is the home of Hollywood and boasts many radio, TV and music productions – plus some of the world's best standup comedy venues.

There are canyons to climb. (Runyon Canyon is a local favourite, spanning 160 acres and just two blocks from Hollywood Boulevard.) There are boardwalks to bike, run, Segway and Rollerblade and the Malibu Beach boardwalk is a real treat.

Follow the sand for just over 13 km from Venice Beach to Santa Monica, where you'll find Muscle Beach – an outdoor jungle gym/workout area used by celebrity trainers, gymnasts bodybuilders and many more. Nearby, the Santa Monica Pier is a must-see. Fill up on fish tacos and giant pretzels while watching people learn how to trapeze in the sunshine. Or, ride the Ferris wheel at sunset for a beautiful view of the pier and beach beyond.

Head to Long Beach to take the 35-km ferry trip to gorgeous Santa Catalina Island. Known to locals simply as Catalina, it’s a classic romantic getaway for couples to snorkel, ride a mini-sub, explore remote wilderness and dance in the iconic Avalon Ballroom near Avalon, a charming coastal town.

Travelling with kids? They'll love Universal Studios and the epic 360-degree, 3-D battle between King Kong and Tyrannosaurus Rex. Of course, no L.A. family road trip would be complete without a trip to Disneyland in Anaheim. Ride the Matterhorn bobsled roller coaster, Pirates of the Caribbean (complete with recently added cameo appearances by Captain Jack himself) and the classic Space Mountain roller coaster.

Then head out to see a live concert at the Hollywood Bowl amphitheatre, offering performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and many other world-class acts. The Bowl is set against the incredible backdrop of the Hollywood Hills and the famous Hollywood sign.

So much fun awaits you in Los Angeles. Hop on a plane and get down there!

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