Los Angeles Flights:

Flights to Los Angeles

image of Los AngelesLos Angeles is a huge city on the south west coast of the United States, most famous for Hollywood and for being the home of countless rich and famous celebrities and actors, and has lots to offer the visitor too!

To catch a flight from South Africa to Los Angeles you have a good choice of airlines and routes. No airlines offer direct flights, though from Johannesburg you only have one stop to contend with. The airlines flying from Johannesburg to Los Angeles are United, SAA, Air France, Delta, British Airways and BMI with connecting flights through New York, Paris or London Heathrow.

From Cape Town you can fly with SAA, United, British Airways, AA, BMI and Virgin Atlantic via London, though flights with SAA and Virgin make 2 stops as these go via Johannesburg first.

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The Tourist Attractions of Los Angeles:

The first difficulty with Los Angeles is knowing where to start, and this stems from not knowing exactly what is included in the ‘city’ and what’s not! The metropolitan area of Los Angeles is much larger than the city itself and includes neighbouring cities such as Long Beach and Santa Monica, and as a visitor you’re just as likely to want to visit these places too.

Hollywood is definitely on the ‘not to be missed’ list for LA. The Hollywood Sign is the most famous sign in the world and can be seen from most parts of Hollywood. The Walk of Fame is the area of Hollywood Boulevard where you’ll find stars embedded into the pavement (sidewalk). Since 1960, the number of stars has increased to over 2000.

The other most famous place on Hollywood Boulevard is Grauman’s Chinese Theater, which opened in 1927. This is the setting for many movie premieres, so you may be lucky enough to catch the stars coming in for a premier! Outside the theatre you’ll find the famous handprints, footprints etc of various stars.

The Griffith Park Observatory is a good place for both movie-buffs and people interested in the planets and stars to visit as many movies have been filmed in part here. Probably the most famous was Rebel Without A Cause. If nothing else you can get a good view of the area from here!

For another good view, and if you have your own car, head up Mulholland Drive for an amazing view over the city, and this too has been the scene for many movies!

If you want to rub shoulders with celebrities it’s not the easiest thing to do, though if you can afford the more expensive restaurants in Beverly Hills you might get lucky or try the club called ‘The Viper Room’. The easiest thing is to join a tour which takes you around many of the stars houses – just the outsides of course!

Los Angeles is a good place for theme park enthusiasts. The country’s first Disney theme park was built here in the area called Anaheim, outside of the city itself, whilst Universal City is home to the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park. This was once just the studios where you could do back-lot tours but has extended to offer more now. If you love movies you should definitely visit as you’ll find it quite fascinating.

Another large theme park is Six Flags Magic Mountain which is the place to go for roller coaster enthusiasts!

There is just so much to see and do in Los Angeles that you could stay for weeks and describing everything you should see and visit could take weeks too! This article has only touched the surface.

When Should You Visit?:

The great thing about Los Angeles is the wonderful Californian climate! Warm temperatures can be found all year round, though in the middle of the summer it can get a little too hot and uncomfortable. The average high in downtown is 27C (82F), though it can often get hotter.

Winters and the spring are mild and a little wet. The wettest month is February and the average temperature for January is 13C (57F).

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