If you’ve never been to our city, remember that it’s a huge spread out area covering over 500 square miles. There are 4 million people in the City of Los Angeles, and just over 10 million in the county. Los Angeles County includes places like Long Beach to the south, Malibu to the west, Lancaster to the north, and Pomona to the east.
Picking a place to stay is going to be your biggest decision when coming to L.A. You want to chart out your things to do list in Los Angeles when choosing your lodging. Do you want to be at the beach during your stay? Are you attending conventions or business meetings in Downtown L.A.? Or are you really interested in touring the most famous sightseeing locations in the Hollywood area?
We often say the areas of Hollywood, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills are the perfectly centered locations. Here, you’re in very walkable communities, and close to amazing restaurants, popular venues, and great shopping. For shoppers alone, you’ve got The Grove, The Original Farmers Market, Westfield Century City, The Beverly Center, Rodeo Drive, Melrose Avenue, The Fairfax District and The Hollywood and Highland Center.
These locations also put visitors closer to the popular studio tours like Warner Bros. and Universal Studios Hollywood (just over the hill), and Paramount Studios (in the heart of Hollywood).
In the general vicinity, you’ve also got great museums like The Hollywood Museum, The Getty Center, LACMA and The La Brea Tar Pits.
Yes, you could save a bit of money staying in the outlying areas, but you could be in somewhat of an island in terms of having to travel everywhere to get to the desirable areas for dining and entertainment.
We have many L.A. area hotels, restaurants, and things to do listed on our LA Info tab.
Want to get a great overall perspective of Los Angeles? Take a private Essential LA tour with Glitterati Tours. Then, you can go back to many of the places mentioned above and enjoy them at a wonderful self-guided leisurely pace.