I’m Alysse. and I’m Darcy. Welcome to sunny California. We’re here in Los Angeles, a city with something for everyone. You can fly direct from the East Coast of Australia, or enjoy a stopover in Auckland, Fiji or even Hawaii. I like to get a flight that arrives early in the morning, so I can pack my first day full of activities. It’s a great way to avoid jetlag too! Weather in Los Angeles is sunny and perfect all year round, meaning the best time to visit is any time! There are so many transport options in LA. If you’re pre-planning I recommend Karmel Shuttles. They do everything from hotel transfers to theme parks and full-day itineraries. If you’re more hands on, the Metro Trip Planner and Subway systems bypass traffic. There are popular rideshare apps, like Uber or Lyft, Or do as the locals do, and hit the road. Car hire in LA is a great way to see the city. So, where to stay in Los Angeles? It’s a city full of neighbourhoods, with something for everyone. Love the beach? Santa Monica or here in Venice is best. Hotel Erwin is one of my favourites, and is in a great location for the beach, bike riding, shopping and public transport. Hollywood is perfect if you’re looking for great food and some iconic locations. The Hollywood Roosevelt is my pick, located right on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. So, top things to do in Los Angeles, well, there’s the theme parks. Go behind the scenes at Universal Studios Hollywood on their world-famous studio tour, which takes you through historic sets spread across 4 acres. This is where you’ll find attractions like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, The Simpsons Ride, and many more. Or get the backlot experience on the Warner Bros Studio Tour Hollywood. Here, you’ll get a sneak peek into one of LA’s busiest working studios. Relax on the iconic Central Perk couch from the hit TV show, Friends. or check out current productions like Ellen DeGeneres or Young Sheldon. Want to do LA on a budget? There are plenty of free things to do. Californians love getting outside and one of LA’s biggest perks are the outdoor activities. You can head to Griffith Park, Runyon Canyon, or Zuma Canyon for some great hiking trails. Or for a path less travelled, I like the Los Leones trail, where the locals hike. Explore Downtown, the city’s oldest neighbourhood. Olvera Street is where you can catch a glimpse of LA’s Spanish roots. Some of LA’s best museums and galleries are free, like The Getty Center Griffith Observatory, The Broad, and here, the stunning Getty Villa in Malibu. Here’s a tip, some museums and galleries Offer free entry on certain nights of the week or even free entry for kids. Like here, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art If you’re looking for LA’s best burgers, we’ve found them. Plan Check has three locations across LA, serving up tasty modern American comfort food. Best Girl’s BTU burger is the work of the restaurant’s Michelin-starred chef, Michael Cimarusti. While Everson Royce Bar in Downtown LA is great for burgers and beers. Or for a tasty midnight snack, Apple Pan in West LA serves up burgers late into the night. Plus, you simply can’t go past In-N-Out Burger, a California classic. LA is known for having some of the best Mexican food going around. Hunt down food trucks for authentic Mexican fare. Loteria Grill where you’ll find the best pork tacos and Gracias Madre in West Hollywood serves up incredible vegan options. For bars, check out the High Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Erwin, and catch an incredible Californian sunset. Or for an urban feel, there’s Upstairs at the Ace Hotel in Downtown LA. A fun quirky spot is The Spare Room, a bar with its very own bowling alley in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. If you’re looking for the best shopping in Los Angeles, you have so many options. From Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Venice Beach’s Abbott Kinney Boulevard, to Santa Monica’s 3rd Street Promenade, or everyone’s favourites the designer outlets! One of the most popular ones is the Citadel outdoor mall, which has over 130 stores and restaurants. My favourite experience is Shop ’til You Drop Off, an amazing service operated by Karmel Extreme Tours. They’ll look after your luggage while you shop, plus you get access to the Citadel Luxury Lounge. So you can arrive at the airport, or your hotel, feeling fresh. That’s how I like to shop! So whether you’re into culture and the arts, rooftop bars and burgers, or hoping to spot a celeb, LA has something for everyone. For more info and tips, talk to your Flight Centre Travel Expert in store.