Sprawling across 467 square miles of coastline, canyons and desert basin, Los Angeles teems with diverse cultures, activities and, yes, celebrities. Tour Hollywood, explore the dozens of museums, play at Universal Studios, shop on Rodeo Drive or head to the beaches of Santa Monica and Venice.
Located in western Los Angeles, Westwood is home to UCLA and the famous Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, last resting place of many Hollywood stars. With Brentwood to the west, Bel-Air to the north, Century City to the east and West Los Angeles to the southeast, Westwood is a center for movie-goers and the site of many film premieres.
Located right on the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica lies north of Venice and south of Pacific Palisades and Brentwood. Sunny for most of the year, Santa Monica was a famed resort town in the early 20th century. Since the 1980s, Santa Monica has revitalized its downtown, and tourism is now a thriving business. The carnival atmosphere of Santa Monica Pier flourishes with concerts, dances and more.
Bordered by the rockin' clubs of Sunset Boulevard to the north and the trendy boutiques of Melrose Avenue to the south, West Hollywood epitomizes the dichotomous nature of L.A.: glamour and grit, high-end and low-brow, style and sleaze. It's home to famous eateries ranging from Pink's to Clafoutis, as well as art and design spaces like the Architecture and Design Museum and Pacific Design Center.
Though Los Angeles is located in the desert, the region's low humidity keeps the weather quite comfortable for most of the year. Tourism peaks in the summer, filling hotels to capacity and crowding visitors beneath the infamous L.A. smog. The first few weeks of June are especially infamous in this respect. Visit in early autumn through late spring to encounter clear skies and better hotel deals.