By a connecting flight with Alaska Airlines in partnership with Icelandair, you can now fly from Seattle to Los Angeles and… head down to the beaches.
Los Angeles is a sun-soaked, star-studded megacity, a sprawling metropolis of diverse “neighbourhoods”, spread over an area of 1,291 square kilometres along the Pacific Coast and over inland valleys and hills.
Founded in 1781 as El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles del Río de Porciúncula (“The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels on the Porciúncula River”), Los Angeles is now the second-largest conurbation in the United States.
As the home base of Hollywood, it’s known as the “Entertainment Capital of the World”. LA is a dynamic and ambitious cultural city brimming with a remarkable range of museums, concert venues and theatres. It’s also a great sports city and a veritable fashion Mecca, not to mention its colourful palette of people. You will never forget a trip to LA.
Hollywood – the Dream Factory – remains a potent symbol of the American Dream. Movie stars still zip around Los Angeles in their luxury cars, and aspiring actors continue to look for their big break. The beaches of LA, where warm Pacific currents wash against your feet, are a favourite haunt with many locals. Stretching more than sixty kilometres from Malibu in the north to Long Beach in the south, they are a must-see for any Los Angeles holiday.
To step into Hollywood’s glittering past, take a stroll through Hollywood Boulevard, with its star-studded Walk of Fame. Another epitome of “Tinseltown” glamour is the iconic Sunset Boulevard, which includes the legendary Beverly Hills. And a tour of the big movie studios is an extraordinary experience. A great place for a family outing is Disneyland, located 44km south-east of LA.