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Los Angeles Neighborhood Guide

Spanning more than 450 square miles (1,165 square kilometers), Los Angeles has a whopping 80 different neighborhoods. From laidback beach vibes to Hollywood glitz and glamor, here are some of the most interesting neighborhoods in Los Angeles.


Hollywood

Home to some of Los Angeles' top attractions.

For most people, Los Angeles is synonymous with Hollywood. As well as being home to the Hollywood Sign, Hollywood Hills, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, this neighborhood boasts the TCL Chinese Theater, Hollywood Museum, Dolby Theater, and Hollywood Bowl. Join a sightseeing tour to go behind the scenes and catch a glimpse of celebrities’ homes from the outside.

Santa Monica

Beachside fun and games.

No visit to Los Angeles is complete without relaxing at the beach, and there’s no better place for that than Santa Monica, which boasts miles of sandy beach, playgrounds, parks, and picnic areas. Follow the beach boardwalk to Santa Monica Pier, home to Pacific Park amusement park and the iconic Pacific Wheel.

The Santa Monica beach is a must-visit when in Los Angeles. Photo: Dania Maxwell / Viator

Downtown LA (DTLA)

Cool sights, sounds, and culture.

Newly hip, Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) has become a tourist and entertainment hub due to a lively cultural and nightlife scene. Highlights include the Broad Museum, Disney Concert Hall, Museum of Contemporary Art, Grammy Museum, Staples Center, and Little Tokyo.

Venice Beach

Scenic attractions and great shopping.

Artsy and quirky, Venice Beach is best-known for its boardwalk (aka Ocean Front Walk), Muscle Beach outdoor gym, and Venice Beach Skate Park, but don't miss a stroll along the Venice Canals. Check out the shops, boutiques, galleries, and restaurants along Abbot Kinney Boulevard too.

Muscle Beach is one of Venice Beach's top attractions. Photo: Teal Thomsen / Viator

Beverly Hills

Celebrities, iconic shops, and more.

Glamorous and glitzy, Beverly Hills is filled with palm tree–lined streets, palatial mansions, and exclusive boutiques and restaurants. Top activities include celebrity spotting, strolling along the iconic Sunset Boulevard, and hitting up the designer stores of Rodeo Drive.

Miracle Mile

A must for culture fiends and museum fans.

Stretching along Wilshire Boulevard, Miracle Mile is home to Museum Row, where you’ll find some of LA’s top museums. Must-see museums include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum, Peterson Automotive Museum, and the Craft and Folk Art Museum.

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