Home to the rich and famous, the glamorous city of Beverly Hills is the crown jewel of Los Angeles County: palm tree–lined streets, chic boutiques, palatial homes, and posh restaurants. This glitzy enclave is one of the best places in LA to bask in the glow of luxury, do some considerable damage on your wallet, and, most importantly, spot celebrities in their natural habitat.
In Beverly Hills, travelers can see what life is like for celebrities. No trip this glitzy Southern California hotspot would be complete without browsing the designer shops on Rodeo Drive or taking a coffee break at Two Rodeo, a cobbled lane lined with outdoor cafés—and, of course, prime people-watching opportunities. Be sure to check out the Beverly Hills Hotel (aka the “Pink Palace”) on Sunset Boulevard, where movie industry giants come to make deals; the Virginia Robinson Gardens, tucked among neighborhoods of manicured estates; and the multitude of celebrity homes and movie sites.
There are countless ways to see Beverly Hills: on a hop-on hop-off bus tour, on rented bikes (for a self-guided excursion), or on a movie star mansion tour, which promises a deep-dive into pop culture. You can also combine a celebrity homes tour with a behind-the-scenes tour of Universal Studios, pedal through Beverly Hills on an LA bike tour, or take a full-day coach tour of LA to visit popular attractions such as Sunset Strip, Hollywood Boulevard, and Venice Beach.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Beverly Hills is a must-see for movie and pop culture aficionados.
- In the downtown area, several parking garages offer two hours of free parking.
- Most attractions are within walking distance, so bring comfortable shoes and sun protection.
How to Get There
Beverly Hills is located in Los Angeles County, just northeast of Santa Monica and roughly 10 miles (16 kilometers) west of Downtown LA. Most people get around LA by car, making traffic jams a common occurrence; be sure to allow plenty of time for travel. To avoid the hassle of driving, visit by bike or coach tour.
When to Get There
Beverly Hills is great in any season; after all, LA is famous for its nearly year-round sunshine. That said, the city sees most of its tourists in summer.
Exploring LA on a City Tour
Full-day or half-day Los Angeles tours are a good way to see the city's top sites. Most excursions include stops at the Hollywood Hills and the Hollywood sign, Beverly Hills, Sunset Strip, Mulholland Drive, Bel Air, and Downtown LA, as well as the sunny Santa Monica coastline.