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Los Angeles Tourism: Plan Your Trip to Los Angeles
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What is the best way to get there?
Los Angeles is served by five airports, but most international flights arrive at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Shuttle buses, taxis and ride-sharing services all connect to the city.
Amtrak trains arrive at Los Angeles Union Station, with daily connections to Chicago, New Orleans, Seattle, and other US cities.
Do I need a visa?
If you’re visiting the United States from overseas, use the government’s Visa Wizard to see if you need a visa.
When is the best time to visit?
It’s sunny in Los Angeles all year-round, but to avoid the biggest crowds and the soaring summer heat—temperatures regularly climb over 85°F (30°C) in August—visit in spring or fall. Seasonal events such as Coachella (April), L.A Pride (June), and the L.A County Fair (Sept) pull in the masses, but otherwise, it’s the ideal time for sightseeing.
Even over the winter months, average highs are still 68°F (20°C) and this can be a good time to beat the crowds and snag a low-season deal on tours and accommodation.
Hiring a car is by far the most practical way to get around Los Angeles. Book your rental car in advance for the best deals—all of the major rental companies have offices at the airport and many can be booked through your hotel.
MTA runs the city’s Metro trains, which run daily from 4.30 a.m. to 1 a.m., and 2.30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Purchase a reusable TAP card which you can use to access both trains and buses—day and week passes are available.
For more information about the network and fares, see here.
Taxis are readily available outside airports, hotels, and tourist attractions. Alternatively, call your own using a smartphone app such as Curb.
Metro Bike Share is a bikeshare system with stations around Downtown, Chinatown, and the Arts District.
Visitors can pay using a credit card or TAP Card after downloading the Bike Share smartphone app.
Are there local customs I should know?
- We recommend checking out these popular tours when looking for something to do in Los Angeles:
- If you're a more budget-conscious traveler, then you may want to consider traveling to Los Angeles between December and February, when hotel prices are generally the lowest. Peak hotel prices generally start between June and August.