The Best Time to Visit Los Angeles

Los Angeles skyline at night

Los Angeles is an iconic California destination. With world-class sights, family-favorite attractions, and natural wonders, a vacation to La La Land is a guaranteed good time. But when is the best time to visit Los Angeles? Read on to find out!

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When to visit Los Angeles for great weather

One of the best things about LA is that every season has perfect weather for something. Craving a beach break with perfect sunshine and high temperatures? The summer is ideal, with wall-to-wall sunshine and hot days. For fans of the outdoors. The shoulder season brings fewer crowds and milder temperatures. September to January brings perfect conditions for comfortable exploring. The low season runs from March to May. Cooler temperatures and rainy days make this the best time to visit Los Angeles to explore the plethora of museums and indoor attractions.

Sunset at Griffith Observatory

Visiting Los Angeles in the high season; May to September

Best for; Family holidays, perfect weather

As the schools break up, Los Angeles comes alive with festivals, fairs, and fun. Families on holiday in the city can make the most of long days and sunny weather for exploring beaches and boulevards. If you’re heading for the famous theme parks, be prepared for lines and crowds, although booking ahead and going for ‘fast passes’ can help minimize time spent queuing. School holidays mean more tourists in Los Angeles, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The city plays host to numerous music festivals, funfairs, and outdoor movie screenings, so there’s something for all ages to fill their days and evenings with fun.

Shoulder season in L.A; September to January

Best for; Visiting attractions with fewer crowds, outdoor activities

As the crowds dissipate and the temperature cools, Los Angeles becomes a calmer destination from September through January. Shoulder season attracts savvy travelers who look to take advantage of lower prices and fewer crowds to visit popular attractions including Universal Studios, Disney Land California, and the Hollywood sign. The shoulder season also encompasses some annual highlights, including Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

The Hollywood sign

Visit Los Angeles in awards season; from January through March

Best for; Star spotting, whale watching and enjoying a unique L.A experience

January to March is a very special time in the Los Angeles calendar. Glitz and glamor is the order of the day as the celebs come to Tinsel Town for awards season. With world-famous ceremonies celebrating the great and the good of the entertainment industry taking place, a  visit to Los Angeles now will involve a bit of star-spotting. The stars aren’t the only ones heading to L.A during this time. Grey whales are also migrating, giving you the chance to spot these beautiful creatures on their journey.

Low Season in L.A; from March through May

Best for; Culture vultures, visiting museums and indoor attractions

The rainy season comes to Los Angeles from March to May, making it the ideal time to explore the city’s fabulous indoor attractions. With world-class museums including the Getty Museum and the California Science Centre, the rain won’t be an issue when there’s so much to see and do inside. Visitors during this period can also take advantage of fewer crowds and lower rates.

Venice Beach, Los Angeles

Time to book your visit to Los Angeles?

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