Beaches & Theme Parks

With miles of soft white sand, high-end shops, lively bars and countless restaurants, the stunning beachside retreats of Santa Monica and Venice Beach offer a slower pace of life away from the busy streets of L.A., whilst remaining within easy reach of all the city’s major attractions.

If adventure is more up your street, Anaheim’s Disneyland Park, or the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’ provides a fun filled holiday for all the family. The original home of Mickey Mouse, this magical kingdom of eight themed lands is full of adventure and exciting rides that will capture the imagination of the young and young at heart.

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Perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, L.A.’s stunning beachside communities provide a relaxing setting for when the hustle and bustle of the city get too much.

The popular seaside towns of Santa Monica and Venice Beach offer a chilled atmosphere with beautiful white sand beaches and excellent shops, bars and restaurants.  Connecting the beaches together, the lively boardwalk is where people go to see and be seen and no visit to Santa Monica would be complete without a stroll along its famous pier to watch the street performers and ride on the historic carousel.

Theme Parks

Meet Mickey Mouse and all your favourite Disneyland characters at the happiest place on Earth, Disneyland. Explore the eight theme lands including Adventureland, Critter Country, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Tomorrowland, New Orleans Square and Main Street USA, along with over 60 world-famous attractions. All the magic is here waiting for you.

Get ready for the ultimate Hollywood movie experience! Find a full day of action-packed entertainment all in one place at Universal Studios® Hollywood. With thrilling theme park rides and shows, a real working movie studio and Los Angeles’ best shops, restaurants and cinemas at CityWalk. Universal Studios® Hollywood is a unique experience that’s fun for the whole family.

Things to do L.A.’s Beaches & Theme Parks

  • Wander famous Santa Monica Pier and visit the end of Route 66
  • Cycle along the boardwalk from Venice Beach to Santa Monica
  • Relax on L.A.’s beautiful white sand beaches
  • Spend a few days enjoying the wonderland that is Disneyland Park
  • Shop on the Third Street Promenade
  • Make your way into the city to see the iconic sights around L.A.
  • Go behind the scenes at Universal Studios® Hollywood
  • Walk through the beautiful Palisades Park
  • Discover the marine life at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Getting There

By Road – San Francisco 382 miles; Las Vegas 270 miles; San Diego 120 miles

By Air – Direct flights from the UK and most major cities

Getting Around

With extensive toll-free freeways connecting the communities, exploring Los Angeles is best done in a set of wheels. The metro is also relatively easy to use to see all the top attractions.

Tip: L.A.’s rush hour traffic is from 7-9am and 3-7pm, so to make the most of your trip, it’s best to spend each day in a specific area to minimise travel time.

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Los Angeles day tours and excursions

To make the most of your time in America, book your Los Angeles day tours before you travel.

Hop on Hop off Bus Tour

Enjoy the open air view inside the vintage Double Decker Buses from England as the narrated tour points out landmarks from Downtown Los A...

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Movie Stars Homes Tour

If you want to experience all the best L.A. has to offer in a single sightseeing outing, this is the tour for you! You’ll see the stunn...

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Day Tour - from £55 For advice or to make a booking call 0333 234 0922 or enquire online

Universal Studios® Hollywood

First, go behind the scenes on the legendary Studio Tour to explore where Hollywood movies are made and experience the largest movie set ...

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Day Tour - from £88 For advice or to make a booking call 0333 234 0922 or enquire online

Disneyland Two Day Ticket

Welcome to the place where imagination is the destination. For young and old, big and small — it’s the happiest place on earth! C...

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Day Tour - from £192 For advice or to make a booking call 0333 234 0922 or enquire online

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