Los Angeles coastline is home to Malibu, Santa Monica and Venice Beach.

Essentials

in Los Angeles

In such a happening place, it’s hard to imagine anyone dismissing Los Angeles as a one-dimensional entertainment capitol.  Sure, there’s an abundance of beautiful weather, but it won’t take long to realize that’s taken for granted here.  What’s really special are the unique coastal neighborhoods like Venice Beach, Santa Monica, and stunning Malibu.  Each slice of the Los Angeles area offers a different flavor, and luckily Hyatt knows how to thrill your palette.

Events in Los Angeles

Tournament of Roses

January

Pasadena, CA

On New Year's Day, this famous parade (over 100 years old) takes to the streets of Pasadena, with dozens of floats adorned in floral brigade.  Keep your eyes peeled for stars riding along.

LA Marathon

March

9200 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 520

Los Angeles, CA

+1 310 271 7202

With over half the runners making their first endeavor from the starting line, cheering them on is a pleasure.  The course finishes at Santa Monica Pier under the solar powered Ferris wheel, so the fun lasts well into the evening.

LA Modernism

April/May

Santa Monica Air Center

Santa Monica, CA

Titillating 20th century furniture is exhibited from across the globe, with designer wood, steel, chrome, and clay demanding front and center attention.

Playboy Jazz Festival

June

2301 North Highland Avenue

Los Angeles, CA

+1 323 850 2000

Usually emceed by Bill Cosby, this fun-filled summer event takes place in the Hollywood Bowl.  It showcases emerging talents in jazz and plays tribute to the flag bearers of the genre.

Los Angeles Film Festival

June

Downtown

Los Angeles, CA

+1 310 432 1240

Every summer, the finest independent filmmakers from over 40 countries present their talent, right under the noses of the giant major studios of sprawling Hollywood.

Nisei Week Japanese Festival

August

244 South San Pedro Street

Los Angeles, CA

+1 213 687 7193

With a Grand Parade, an impressive import car show, and Queen Pageant, this celebration of Japanese American culture grows larger each summer.

Essentials

A city for every lifestyle, Los Angeles is the essential destination for everything great about our fairy-tale West Coast.  With four million people living in the city alone, vibrant culture flows through the valley,  into the hills, and out to the coast. Whether making a fashion statement, reserving a table, or cruising around the sprawling neighborhoods surrounding it, 25 million tourists visit Los Angeles each year.

With over 20 freeways and 75 miles of coastline, there’s an excitement in LA unparalleled by other cities.  You might dream up your very own screenplay in glitzy Hollywood, the center of the fast-paced world of showbiz, all while kicking back in the modern Andaz West Hollywood hotel.  Further, the scenic manicured lawns of upscale Beverly Hills are certainly a sight to see at least once in your life. Close by, take some time to relax in our spa, the largest in town, at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. 

A town overflowing with culture, LA has top notch theaters, museums, restaurants, and a world champion Lakers basketball team.  Going shopping here, with an ocean breeze at your back and celebs pacing around your sidewalk, is always an experience to remember. Whether you’re looking for relaxation, or to stay on the move, you’ve arrived at the right place.  It’s impossible not to soak in the fresh vibes of this giant, handsome paradise, where “cool” originated.

Resources

LATimes Local
An excellent place to browse or search for Los Angeles area information from transportation resources to dance instructors.

The Rundown Los Angeles
A concise daily guide on key Los Angeles insider discoveries, local gossip, and even shopping deals.

Refinery 29
This global style hub can keep you up to speed on boutiques, music, hot parties, and even store openings in the Los Angeles area. 

Thrillist
This blog’s Los Angeles edition unearths some of the best and most surprising recommendations around. 

Urban Daddy
A weekender resource, with the very latest food, nightlife, and style discoveries.

About.com Travel
A great resource to find out about and locate Los Angeles area events.

LA Weekly
A trusted newspaper for many years, LA Weekly covers all things cultural for Los Angeles, including award winning food reviews.

Getting Around Los Angeles

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
The primary gateway into Southern California is located 16 miles southwest, or about an hour (with traffic) from downtown L.A.

Bob Hope Burbank Airport (BUR)
This airport serves Pasadena, Glendale, and the San Fernando Valley. It’s close to Hollywood, and even better –there’s a direct rail connection to downtown Los Angeles.

Long Beach Airport
About 23 miles outside of downtown Los Angeles, this airport is a great alternative to LAX.

Los Angeles Metro
With over 200 bus and rail lines, this option is quite convenient. Metro day passes are only $6.00.

Big Blue Bus
A convenient option if you’re on the West side of Los Angeles, fares are $1.75 from Santa Monica to downtown.

Cityline Shuttle
A great way to get around busy West Hollywood on weekdays and Saturdays; it’s only $.50 and can take you to any restaurant or shopping area in Hollywood.

Venice Beach Bike Rental
Every beach in Los Angeles has bike friendly paths, but Venice Beach in particular is tremendous while sitting on a cruiser, with its popular Boardwalk and long stretch of golden coast.

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