Los Angeles, the largest city of California, never fails to amuse its visitors, be it tourists or business travelers. There is a lot to see and do in and around the city of Los Angeles. There are about 300 museums, many well-known theme parks. There are mountains, lakes, and beaches. Also Hollywood studio tours, entertainment and music shows. The one thing you will need to take in the city is time. If you plan carefully, your vacation in Los Angeles can turn out absolutely perfect.
There are two ways to plan your Los Angeles Vacation:
The first one is to hire the services of a travel agency that can chalk out a perfect plan for your vacation. This option is definitely the easier of the two for all you need to do is give your specifications and requirements, set your budget, pay the money and pack your bags and leave. The travel agents will have all the information about flights to Los Angeles, various accommodation options available, places to see in and around Los Angeles and things to do, best time to visit each place and more. Through their extensive network they make sure they get you great deals on flight tickets, accommodation and sight-seeing packages. They may even prepare a customized all-inclusive package for you that will work out very reasonable for you.
The other option however can be a lot of fun. This is the option where you do the research on the available flights from your place to Los Angeles, look for various accommodation options, check out places of interest in and around the city, plan out the activities that can make your vacation memorable and negotiate for discounts and deals. Yes, this option does involve more of your time and efforts; but the kind of satisfaction it can give you is something that is incomparable.
These are a few things you need to know if you are doing all the planning on your own:
Travel: There are five commercial airports you can choose as your destination if you want to take a vacation to Los Angeles and the places nearby. While the LA international airport is the most convenient one, you can also consider the John Wayne airport, the Long Beach airport, the Burbank airport and also the Ontario airport. Once you decide on the various places that you want to visit it becomes easier to choose the right airport.
Accommodation: LA offers many options for accommodation such as hotels, resorts, motels, inns, guesthouses, serviced apartments, dormitories, bed and breakfast places and more. Of course you also have the option of staying at a friend’s or a relative’s house if possible. If it is not possible the next best choice would be to go for short term apartment rentals in Los Angeles. These offer comfortable places to stay at very reasonable rates. A simple online search on ‘Luxury Vacation rentals Los Angeles’ will give you all the results that you may need. Make sure you consider the location, size, the facilities available, safety aspects and the rental and compare a few options before you finalize on the perfect accommodation to stay in Los Angeles.
Transportation: Without a means for transportation you might feel quite handicapped in Los Angeles. There are many transportation agencies and organizations that you can take advantage of while in Los Angeles. Going for a ‘rent-a-car’ option is probably the best and most cost-effective option if you can drive and have an international driving license. This will give you full control over your itinerary which you can change whenever you want during your stay in Los Angeles. If you go with a touring agency, you will have to stick to their schedule and wait for their buses and charters.
Itinerary: Before you chalk out your itinerary, you need to make sure you make a list of things you want to do and places you want to visit in and around the city. This will help you plan accordingly and enjoy your vacation completely without missing out on anything.
If you are a first time traveler to Los Angeles it might be better to go with the first option as you may not know much about the city or the places surrounding the city. Most travel agencies will take care of all your travel arrangements starting from picking you up from your place and dropping you back, especially if you plan to go for a travel package. If you are frequent visitor to Los Angeles you may want to make your trip more adventurous by planning on your own. If you consider all the important things and plan effectively you might even have the most memorable vacation of your life.