Adopt a relaxed pace and attitude in the sunny City of Angels.
Approaching LAX from the sky, Los Angeles looks like an asphalt-and-steel jungle, sprawling in every direction until it meets the Pacific. On the ground, however, the character and charms of the city reveal themselves. Nowhere is the American dream played out so vividly, so fantastically and so good-naturedly as in Los Angeles. Whether hiking the winding, sage-studded hills of Topanga Canyon, rubbing elbows with the rich and famous in the posh shops on Rodeo Drive or kicking back with a day-drink at one of the trendy new eateries in laid-back Venice, chances are good you’ll be doing it with a certain swagger. After all, in the words of Denzel Washington, “In Los Angeles, everyone is a star.”
Adopt a relaxed pace and attitude. Between the realities of commuting on L.A.’s crowded streets and a general cultural aversion to haste, Los Angeles is a far cry from the frenetic pace of other major American metropolitans like New York City. The vibe is much more chill—meeting times tend to be more ballpark suggestions than rigid commitments, and that line isn’t going to move any faster if you get worked up, whether on Highway 405 or at Disneyland. You’re in one of the most popular cities in the world! Relax and enjoy it.
When to go
Held annually in April on the campus of the University of Southern California, the L.A. Festival of Books is the largest book festival in the country.
World premieres, free screenings and star-studded panels make the L.A. Film Festival a cinephile’s dream. Hosted every June by downtown’s Regal Cinemas.
September’s Abbot Kinney Festival offers free admission to a rollicking good time on a one-mile stretch of Venice Beach’s “coolest block in America.” The world’s largest Halloween street party, meanwhile, draws hundreds of thousands of people every year at the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval.
The Hollywood Christmas Parade may not have any snow, but can your hometown holiday parade claim celebrity performances—or the Delorean from “Back to the Future”?
Despite having the second-largest public transportation system in the U.S. (including a subway line that connects downtown L.A. directly to Hollywood), the city’s geographical sprawl makes traveling by four wheels the most practical choice. Ride-booking apps provide a nice alternative to renting your own car (and finding somewhere to park it).
- Pack layers. While L.A.’s reputation for more-or-less constant sunshine is well earned, temps can vary widely from neighborhood to neighborhood. When it’s 95 degrees downtown, it could easily be a breezy 72 in Venice Beach. And when the sun goes down, you’ll be grateful for that sweater.
- Ever wonder how all those lucky fans ended up in the studio audience of your favorite show? With a little advance planning and some luck, you could be among them. Check out sites such as 1iota.com to try your hand at nabbing seats to shows including “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “The Voice.”
where to stay
With its location adjacent to the University of Southern California campus, Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Midtown at USC offers prospective students, visiting parents, and returning alumni an unbeatable location. The pet-friendly hotel also provides guests with amenities such as three restaurants, a fitness center, outdoor pool and hot tub, business center, and a 24-hour sundry shop.
Radisson Suites Hotel Anaheim – Buena Park is the perfect getaway location for your family to explore the Anaheim area. The property is less than one mile from both the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament and Pirate’s Dinner Adventure, and also offers complimentary shuttles to the nearby Disneyland Resort.
Radisson Hotel Chatsworth’s pristine location provides you with easy access to the best of Southern California, while also being just outside of the big-city bustle. The hotel offers a secluded courtyard, fitness center, outdoor pool, Caprese Restaurant and Lounge, 24-hour business center, and free parking.
The Country Inn & Suites by Radisson Ontario Mills, CA provides guests with an unparalleled location at the intersection of I-10 and I-35. The hotel boasts complimentary ONT Airport Shuttle, 24/7 fitness center, a heated outdoor pool, and a 24-hour business center.
Located only 11 miles from Disney California Adventure Park and Disneyland Resort, Country Inn & Suites by Radisson John Wayne Airport, CA is a prime location for any family looking to visit the resorts. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to John Wayne Airport, outdoor pool and hot tub, fitness center, business center, and free hot breakfast.
Offering views of Disneyland Park’s spectacular fireworks show from the comfort of our outdoor heated pool, Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Anaheim CA is an unbeatable location for your trip to the park. The hotel is also only five minutes from Angel Stadium, across the street from the GardenWalk, and close to the Anaheim Convention Center & Arena.