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Los Angeles
Travel Planning
Los Angeles

Los Angeles at a Glance

Los Angeles is the glamorous city of American movie production. Visitors can get a taste of Hollywood, enjoy fine dining, shop, hit the beach, and visit multiple art museums, galleries and boutiques. 

Los Angeles's Surfrider Beach is a great destination for surfers of all skills. Catch some waves, or simply enjoy the sandy beach during one of LA's famous sunny days. 

For a day at the museum check out the Getty Center, which houses gardens, art and furniture collections in an impressive museum space perched high above the city. Take a tram to get there and enjoy stunning views. For movie goers, Grauman's Chinese Theater is a fun space to see the hand prints of famous actors and actresses embedded in the sand in the front lobby. 


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      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Los Angeles International Airport
      • Major Airport LA/Ontario International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      All travelers to the United States are required to hold a valid passport; the passport should be valid for six months beyond your departure from the U.S. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of 37 participating countries to travel within the United States without a visa for 90 days; travelers must have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel, return travel tickets and a passport with a photo and an electronic chip. Visitors not eligible for VWP must apply for a non-immigrant visa. For more information, visit the U.S. State Department's travel website.

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      • Bus L.A. Greyhound Terminal
      • Light Rail / Rapid Transit L.A Metro Rail
      • Railroad Los Angeles Union Station
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      Estimated Drive Time
      142 hour(s)
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Winter thunderstorms and micro-climates make LA's weather unique. 

      Safety Concerns Use caution in Los Angeles after dark. In Hollywood and Venice avoid dark and unlit streets. Downtown becomes deserted after sunset and should be avoided at that time. Neighborhoods such as Compton struggle with gangs and drugs. 

      Health Concerns Los Angeles has clean drinking water and few communicable diseases. Wash your hands frequently while traveling to avoid common illnesses.