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Los Angeles, also known as the City of Angels, has a population of more than 4 million and an area of nearly 1,300 square kilometers. It is the second largest city in the United States after New York and the largest metropolis in the western United States.
The city’s unique geographic location enables Los Angeles to have a stretch of beaches and the bright sunshine of California. Los Angeles is home to many theme parks, as well as Rodeo Drive, a famous street where celebrities often shop for clothing. A number of outlets can also be found within the city limits. Los Angeles is home to many immigrants, which can be seen from the multicultural nature of the city. Visitors will have no problem finding food that suits their palates, because restaurants serving food from all over the world can be found at every street corner. Los Angeles is usually the first choice of many when planning to a vacation in the western United States.
Los Angeles is sunny year round with moderate temperatures, little snowfall, and a moderate amount of rain in winter. Therefore, spring, summer, and autumn can all be said to be the best seasons for visiting. During these seasons, visitors have the chance to lay out on the beautiful beaches on the outskirts of the city or catch some waves in the crystal clear waters.
Visitors who like the beach can consider staying in Santa Monica, an area filled with sunny beaches and unbeatable ocean views. Unsurprisingly, however, the price of Los Angeles hotels in this area is rather high. Those who are interested in fashion and parties will love Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Cultural enthusiasts might want to consider staying in the city center, where historic old streets and museums are all a short distance away from each other. The average price of hotels ranges from US$160-500; motels range from US$80-100; local homestay prices range from US$50-300; and youth hostels usually cost around US$40-60. Because the city is sprawling, it’s a good idea to make an itinerary before choosing hotels in Los Angeles. Remember to coordinate transportation in advance, because the distance between two places within the same city may surprise you. Preparing in advance assures you won’t spent too much time on the road. In addition, an accommodation tax of 12-14% is charged when staying in LA. US$1-5 should be paid as a tip for room cleaning or when luggage is delivered to your room, etc.