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Tourist Offices

LA Tourism & Convention Board Visitor Information Center

Address: Hollywood, 6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Telephone: +1 323 467 6412.
Opening times:

Mon-Sat 0800-2200, Sun 0900-1900.

Website: http://www.discoverlosangeles.com

Tourist passes

Available online, the Southern California CityPASS (tel: +1 888 330 5008; www.citypass.com) is valid for two weeks and offers discounted entry to a number of theme parks including Disneyland. The Go LA Card (tel: +1 800 887 9103; www.golosangelescard.com), available as a 1-, 2-, 3-, 5- or 7-day pass, offers discounted admission to 34 attractions. It’s available online or over the phone.

Attractions

Disneyland

It might be one of LA's old-timers but Disneyland remains its most popular attraction by far. A mixture of themed 'lands' and exciting rides, it also boasts daily parades along Main Street USA and evening laser shows. The LA version also has four themed areas celebrating California and a separate Hollywood Studios area.

Address: Anaheim, 1313 S. Disneyland Drive, Los Angeles, CA 92802
Telephone: +1 714 781 4636.
Opening times:

Mon-Sun 0800-2200.

Website: http://disneyland.disney.go.com
Admission Fees:

Yes.

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Grammy Museum at LA Live

Dedicated to the biggest names in music, the huge Grammy Museum is a reminder that LA isn't just for actors. Its four floors contain exhibitions on the creative process, the history of music and, latterly, a special display dedicated to Taylor Swift. Live acts also perform here.

Address: Downtown, 800 W Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Telephone: +1 213 765 6800.
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 1030-1830, Sat-Sun 1000-1830.

Website: http://www.grammymuseum.org
Admission Fees:

Yes.

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Grauman's Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Built by showman Sid Grauman in 1927, this is the most famous of the flamboyant picture palaces along this stretch of Hollywood Boulevard. Celebrities' hand and footprints are embedded into the cement of the forecourt, while the trail of bronze stars that make up the Hollywood Walk of Fame passes in front of the building.

Address: Hollywood & Highland, 6925 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Telephone: +1 323 461 3331.
Opening times:

Daily 24 hours.

Website: http://www.tclchinesetheatres.com
Admission Fees:

No (except for tours).

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Universal Studios Hollywood

One of the world's largest film studios (and one of LA's most popular attractions), Universal Studios takes visitors behind the scenes of the movie world via a series of thrilling rides. Along with a Peter Jackson-designed King Kong ride, there's a simulated earthquake, an attack from Jaws and a brilliant Jurassic Park rollercoaster.

Address: Universal City, 100 Universal City Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 91608
Telephone: +1 800 864 8377
Opening times:

Park hours vary throughout the year, check website for more information.

Website: http://www.universalstudios.com
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Getty Center

A beguiling combination of striking modern architecture (the buildings are the work of Richard Meier) and J. Paul Getty's impressively large collection of paintings, the Getty Center truly is one of LA's cultural highlights. The surrounding botanical garden, packed with rare and native plants, is also well worth a wander.

Address: Brentwood, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Telephone: +1 310 440 7300.
Opening times:

Tue-Thurs 1000-1730, Fri-Sat 1000-2100, Sun 1000-1730.

Website: http://www.getty.edu
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Getty Villa

Modelled on the Villa dei Papiri in Herculaneum, the Getty Villa was built for oil tycoon J. Paul Getty to house this personal art collection and sits atop a Malibu cliff. Packed with Roman and Greek antiquities, it also boasts spectacular gardens, all done in the classical style, and a modest amphitheatre.

Address: Pacific Palisades, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Los Angeles, CA 90272
Telephone: +1 310 440 7300.
Opening times:

Wed-Mon 1000-1700.

Website: http://www.getty.edu/visit/villa
Admission Fees:

No (but advance, timed tickets required, available by telephone or online up to three months in advance).

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

The former home of railroad tycoon Henry E Huntington is a treasure trove of French porcelain, tapestries and paintings, among them Gainsborough’s Blue Boy. The library boasts four million items, including a 15th-century copy of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, while the Botanical Gardens cover an impressive 81 hectares (200 acres).

Address: San Marino, 1151 Oxford Road, Los Angeles, CA 91108
Telephone: +1 626 405 2100.
Opening times:

Wed-Mon 1000-1700.

Website: http://www.huntington.org
Admission Fees:

Yes.

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Housed in a striking red sandstone building designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, MOCA specialises in modern art and counts works by Piet Mondrian and Mark Rothko among its permanent collection. Two more sites house the rest of its vast holdings - the nearby Geffen Contemporary and West Hollywood's Pacific Design Center.

Address: Little Tokyo, 152 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Telephone: +1 213 626 6222.
Opening times:

Mon 1100-1800, Wed 1100-1800, Thurs 1100-2000, Fri 1100-1800, Sat-Sun 1100-1700.

Website: http://www.moca.org
Admission Fees:

Yes (free on Thursdays 1700-2000).

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Home to one of the largest collections of art and artefacts in the USA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art boasts more than 100,000 objects, all housed within the imposing Ahmanson Building. Highlights include the South East Asian art collection and the impressive collection of early Latin American treasures.

Address: La Brea, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Telephone: +1 323 857 6000.
Opening times:

Mon-Tues 1100-1700, Thurs 1100-1700, Fri 1100-2000, Sat-Sun 1000-1900.

Website: http://www.lacma.org
Admission Fees:

Yes.

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Santa Monica

Famous for its 5.5km (2.5 mile) stretch of sandy beach and much-filmed pier, Santa Monica is the place to come for a taste of LA at its most relaxed. Head to the pier for a ride on its vintage carousel or, if that sounds too energetic, browse the many beachfront boutiques and snap up something totally unique.

Address: Santa Monica, Santa Monica, Los Angeles,
Telephone: +1 800 544 5319.
Opening times:

Daily 24 hours.

Website: http://www.santamonica.com
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

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The Beverly Wilshire

Popularised by its appearance in Pretty Woman, this Four Seasons hotel is renowned for its classical grandeur and impeccable service. An ornately carved entrance leads to a magnificent lobby and a choice between the elegant Boulevard Restaurant, a wood-panelled piano lounge and Cut, the Wolfgang Puck steakhouse. Luxurious rooms have marble bathrooms and the spa is stunning.

Shutters on the Beach

One of two luxury hotels on the beach, Shutters combines sophistication with a beach holiday atmosphere. The lobby has esteemed modern art, including pieces by David Hockney and Roy Lichtenstein, and each room has a veranda. All have four-poster beds, plus a copy of Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea.

Howard Johnson Inn and Suites Reseda

A clean and affordable option in the San Fernando Valley, this hotel features free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool and complimentary continental breakfast. Parking is free and access to the rest of California is made easy with Interstate 405 and Highway 101 running nearby.

Jerry's Motel

A low-key motel in Downtown, just minutes from major city attractions like Los Angeles Convention Center, Dodger Stadium, Broad Museum and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Unfussy double and twin rooms offer free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and coffeemakers, and the hotel provides free parking for patrons.

Farmer’s Daughter Hotel

Featuring denim duvets, distressed hardwood floors and wrought iron artwork, this funky boutique hotel in West Hollywood is heavy on the rural theme. Located opposite LA's historic Farmer's Market, it also has a smart pool and sundeck, high speed Wi-Fi and air-conditioning. Its onsite restaurant, TART, serves up deliciously healthy hipster treats.

Sheraton Universal

Bang next door to Universal Studios, the Sheraton Universal has something of a corporate air to it but is relaxed enough to offer a poolside bar. Rooms are reasonably sized, with plenty of creams and browns keeping things neutral. It also has a small pool and modern gym facilities. Ask for a room with views of the Hollywood Hills.