Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles, home to Hollywood, is the second most populous city in the United States behind New York. A mecca for actors and musicians, LA also has a diverse, multicultural society with many great restaurants, shopping areas and beautiful beaches for both sunbathing and surfing.
- onsite parking with space for 2,500 cars, at a maximum cost of US$12 per day
- a free shuttle bus to take passengers from the passenger terminal to the car park area
- eateries and a lounge
- ATM facilities and information kiosks
- rental cars are available from a location near the terminal, with a courtesy service available to take customers to and from the terminal.
How to Get Around
- Currency - the currency in Los Angeles is the United States dollar. Coins come in 1 cent (penny), 5 cent (nickel), 10 cent (dime), 25 cent (quarter), 50 cent (half dollar) and $1 denominations. Notes come in $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 denominations.
- Time Zone - Los Angeles uses Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) from March to October, and Pacific Standard Time (PST) from November to February. PDT is 7 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time, while PST is 8 hours behind.
- Weather - LA has a subtropical Mediterranean climate, noted for large variations in temperature between areas falling within the same city bounds. In general, average temperatures range from 14° Celsius in January to 23° Celsius in July. Average highs can be much higher in some areas, with rain falling mainly during the winter-spring period.
- The Getty Centre - one of the many museums in the city, the striking Getty Centre was designed by Richard Meier and contains an extensive collection of photographs and paintings by such artists as Van Gogh, Gaugin and Monet. On a clear day there is a great view over the city.
- Griffith Observatory - looking south over the city, the Griffith Observatory was opened to the public in 1935. Having undergone several renovations and refits since, the original telescope still stands, and is in perfect condition to glimpse the stars. Also featuring a 300-seat state of the art planetarium, restaurants and cafes, admission is free, as is limited parking.
- Studio Tour - Universal, Warner Brothers, Paramount and many other studios offer tours of their LA facilities. Guided walks go behind-the-scenes, with authentic props, sets and soundstages all part of the tour. Universal also features its own amusement park, with a tour of the studios via tram.
- Rodeo Drive - from humble beginnings as a home and later a hardware store, Rodeo Drive has undergone a radical reinvention since the late 1960s. Now a high fashion luxury destination, it is popular with travellers marvelling at the excess that comes with the glitz and glamour of Hollywood.