Spanning more than 450 square miles (1,165 square kilometers), Los Angeles has a whopping 80 different neighborhoods. From laid-back beach vibes to Hollywood glitz and glamour, here are some of the most interesting neighborhoods in Los Angeles.
For most people, Los Angeles is synonymous with Hollywood. As well as being home to the Hollywood Sign, Hollywood Hills, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, this neighborhood boasts the TCL Chinese Theater, Hollywood Museum, Dolby Theater, and Hollywood Bowl. Join a sightseeing tour to go behind the scenes and catch a glimpse of celebrities’ homes from the outside.
No visit to Los Angeles is complete without relaxing at the beach, and there’s no better place for that than Santa Monica, which boasts miles of sandy beach, playgrounds, parks, and picnic areas. Follow the beach boardwalk to Santa Monica Pier, home to Pacific Park amusement park and the iconic Pacific Wheel.
Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA)
Newly hip, Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) has become a tourist and entertainment hub due to a lively cultural and nightlife scene. Highlights include the Broad Museum, Disney Concert Hall, Museum of Contemporary Art, Grammy Museum, Staples Center, and Little Tokyo.
Artsy and quirky, Venice Beach is best-known for its boardwalk (aka Ocean Front Walk), Muscle Beach outdoor gym, and Venice Beach Skate Park, but don't miss a stroll along the Venice Canals. Check out the shops, boutiques, galleries, and restaurants along Abbot Kinney Boulevard.
Glamorous and glitzy, Beverly Hills is filled with palm tree-lined streets, palatial mansions, and exclusive boutiques and restaurants. Top activities include celebrity spotting, strolling along the iconic Sunset Boulevard, and hitting up the designer stores of Rodeo Drive.
Stretching along Wilshire Boulevard, Miracle Mile is home to Museum Row, where you’ll find some of LA’s top museums. Must-see museums include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum, Peterson Automotive Museum, and the Craft & Folk Art Museum.