Destination guide

You'll be seeing stars from Los Angeles vacation rentals

If Los Angeles calls to mind images of cinematic grandeur from the golden age of Hollywood, then you're in luck – the City of Stars has plenty of glitz and glamour to go around. But even outside Tinseltown, you'll find a wealth of worthwhile sights, including sprawling beaches, scenic parks, funky neighbourhoods, and pro sports stadiums, all within easy reach of apartment rentals and vacation homes. Below the iconic Hollywood sign, you'll find TV networks and film studios, while cultural heavy-hitters include the Getty Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Shopping and dining abound, and areas like Century City will give your wallet a workout!


Since settlers arrived in the 16th century, Los Angeles has belonged to Spain, Mexico, and the US, and its diverse history can be seen throughout the city. Olvera Street, where 19th-century buildings are filled with souvenir shops, restaurants, and bars, is a great place to see the city's past come to life. Other landmarks include the Ancient Egypt–inspired Los Angeles Central Library Building, the Beaux Arts–style California Club, and the iconic Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Want to look even further back? The La Brea Tar Pits house a number of prehistoric specimens, including mammoths, dire wolves, and saber-toothed cats.


Sightseeing in and around Los Angeles

Do you want to discover attractions to visit in the city? Venture out of your vacation home and check out everything that Los Angeles has to offer. These are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Universal Studios Hollywood® (8.4 mi / 13.5 km)
  • Warner Brothers Studio (8.4 mi / 13.5 km)
  • Sony Pictures Studios (8.5 mi / 13.7 km)
  • Santa Monica Pier (14.1 mi / 22.7 km)
  • Knott's Berry Farm (20.4 mi / 32.9 km)
  • NBC Studios (8.4 mi / 13.6 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Los Angeles

Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Los Angeles is a great place to spend some time outside. These are a few of the area's most eye-catching natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Venice Beach (13.4 mi / 21.6 km)
  • La Brea Tar Pits (5.8 mi / 9.3 km)
  • Griffith Park (5.9 mi / 9.4 km)
  • Pershing Square (0.2 mi / 0.3 km)
  • MacArthur Park (1.5 mi / 2.4 km)
  • Los Angeles State Historic Park (1.6 mi / 2.5 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Los Angeles

Fly into Hawthorne, CA (HHR-Hawthorne Municipal), the closest airport, located 10 mi (16.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Los Angeles, CA (LAX-Los Angeles Intl.), which is 11.2 mi (18.1 km) away.

If you'd prefer to travel by train, the main station serving the city is Los Angeles Union Station. You can get around Los Angeles by jumping on the metro at Pershing Square Station, 7th Street - Metro Center Station or Civic Center Station.

How to get around

Getting around the city from Los Angeles vacation rentals

You've probably already heard about LA's infamous traffic, and odds are pretty good you'll wind up staring at more than one bumper during your trip. But driving's still the best way to get around the city, and you can typically avoid the worst of the gridlock if you try and drive during the middle of the day. Public transit's an option, too, with buses, commuter trains, and a metro system serving different parts of the city and surrounding areas. If you'd rather not rent a car, you can always hail a cab or use a rideshare service.

Food & drink 

Good eats near Los Angeles vacation rentals

Thanks to its massive size and diverse population, Los Angeles is a foodie paradise. You can find everything from taco trucks, Chinese take-out, and Jewish delis to trendy gastropubs and gourmet eateries helmed by celebrity chefs. SoCal staples like In-N-Out Burger abound, but if you're looking for something off the beaten path, you can find funky cafes with eclectic vegan menus in neighbourhoods like Venice, Los Feliz, and Echo Park. Meanwhile, areas like Downtown and Century City are home to 5-star restaurants, upscale chains, and sleek sushi bars. Cafes and bars are plentiful, ranging from homey lounges to sleek, modern spots.

Essential info

Essential facts for your Los Angeles vacation rental stay

The second-largest city in the US, Los Angeles – often known as simply LA – is a sprawling metropolis of over 4 million people. It lies within California's Los Angeles Basin, a geographic region that's flanked by high-reaching mountain ranges and the Pacific Ocean. English is the official language, and the currency used is the US dollar. A cosmopolitan city, LA is relatively expensive, but plenty of under-the-radar neighbourhoods still offer cheap eats, drinks, and lodging. It's also fairly safe – you'll be more likely to get a parking ticket than wind up losing your pearls. For emergencies, call 911.

How many vacation rentals are available around Los Angeles?

Our 2020 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 3,853 house rentals around Los Angeles. From 1,792 Houses to 1,204 Condos/Apartments, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Los Angeles is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Los Angeles?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Los Angeles:

  • Hollywood Hills: 858 vacation rentals
  • Hollywood: 416 vacation rentals
  • Studio City: 1,097 vacation rentals
  • Venice: 405 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 125 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Los Angeles?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Los Angeles. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Venice Beach: 3,194 home rentals
  • Universal Studios Hollywood: 1,939 home rentals
  • Staples Center: 3,197 home rentals
  • Los Angeles Union Station: 3,128 home rentals
  • Muscle Beach Venice: 3,193 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Los Angeles listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Los Angeles?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,792 Houses in Los Angeles. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Los Angeles include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,204 lodging choices
  • Villas: 72 lodging choices
  • Bungalows: 149 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Estates and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Los Angeles?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,079 vacation homes with pool available in Los Angeles.

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