Work Trip to Weekend Escape: Los Angeles

Home to everything from famous boulevards to golden beaches, Los Angeles is the kind of city that appeals to every type of traveller.

Get the most out of your business trip to LA with our guide to the top 10 things to do once your work week is done.

Stroll down the boardwalk

Known for its eccentric atmosphere, the Venice Beach Boardwalk is where you'll find the city's biggest personalities. Whether you're trying to keep up with the resident bodybuilders or singling along with one of the boardwalk's many buskers, you'll never experience a dull moment on Venice's weird and wonderful boardwalk.

Visit the Hollywood Sign

Built in 1923, the world-famous Hollywood Sign is a rite of passage for travellers to LA. Located in the Hollywood Hills, the easiest way to get up close and personal with this landmark is by hopping on a DASH service from the city, which depart regularly throughout the day.

Grab a bite at Canter's Deli

No trip to LA is complete without indulging in a pastrami sandwich from the city's finest delicatessen, Canter's Deli. A long-time favourite with the city's late night entertainers, this around-the-clock eatery continues to serve up traditional sandwiches to some of the biggest names in town.

Sneak in a workout at Griffith Park

With tantalising delis and fast food restaurants on every corner, it's easy to over-indulge when you're on the go in LA. Luckily, the city's surrounding mountains are home to a wide range of hiking and cycling trails to suit all experience levels. For a challenging workout with a reward, take on the 5.6-kilometre hike to the top of Runyon Canyon, where unrivalled views of the city await.

Add to your record collection

A favourite amongst both locals and visitors, Amoeba Music on Sunset Boulevard is the largest independent record store in the United States. As well as a great place to pick up an album, this iconic Hollywood establishment organises in-store concerts and release parties, giving fans the chance to meet their favourite artists. Be sure to check out their official website to get the inside scoop on upcoming events during your time in town.

Catch a show at LA's finest

Showcasing a wide range of musical performances and productions throughout the year, The Walt Disney Concert Hall is the epicentre of live entertainment in the greater Los Angeles area. With a reputation for having some of the finest acoustics in the world, music fans won't want to pass up an opportunity to visit this outstanding venue before boarding their return flight home.

Get lost in the city's largest museum

Spanning 20 acres across Wilshire Boulevard, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is the largest institution of its kind on the West Coast of the United States. After taking an obligatory photo in the Urban Light exhibition, step inside and explore the 128,000 individual pieces that populate this inner-city campus. If you're visiting on a Friday, hang around until sunset and enjoy a free jazz show in the courtyard under the stars.

See a movie on Hollywood Boulevard

Looking for a break from the hustle and bustle? Dip into Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard and enjoy one of the city's latest releases in stunning IMAX. On your way out, be sure to stop by the forecourt and check out the imprinted handprints, footprints and autographs of some of Hollywood's biggest stars.

Gaze upon the stars at the Griffith Observatory

Sitting on the city-side of Mount Hollywood, the Griffith Observatory is Southern California's gateway to the cosmos. As well as providing visitors with an exciting look into outer space, the observatory is conveniently located above the city and directly across from the Hollywood Sign, making it a popular destination for travellers in the know.

Laugh the night away on Sunset Boulevard

From Richard Pryor to Robin Williams, The Comedy Store has developed some of the most recognisable names in comedy. And with nightly showcases featuring the latest and greatest LA comics, this iconic establishment is the perfect way to shake off the stresses of the week.

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Quick Facts 
Population Approx. 3.8 million
Area 1,302 km²
Time Zone GMT -7
Languages English (official), Spanish, Native American
Currency American Dollar ($USD)
Electricity 110v - 60Hz
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