The Guide to Spring Break in Los Angeles

Venice Beach | Photo: Yuri Hasegawa
Venice Beach | Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

With sunny weather year-round, it's no surprise that Los Angeles was named one of the top destinations to visit on spring break by the Auto Club. Between beaches, dancing, shopping, hiking and destinations galore, there's no shortage of things do on your spring break. Read our guide below for suggestions on what to do on your trip to Los Angeles.

El Matador State Beach in Malibu
El Matador State Beach in Malibu  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

Soak Up the Sun at L.A. Beaches

Los Angeles is the best city to experience the quintessential endless summer in Southern California. We rounded up eight of the best beaches in L.A., from Malibu to the South Bay.

Photo courtesy of Create Nightclub, Facebook
Photo courtesy of Create Nightclub, Facebook

Dance the Night Away

With a world-class DJ culture and cutting-edge venues, the Los Angeles nightclub scene has an energy and that few cities in the world can match. Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to dance the night away.

Wet Deck at the W Hollywood
Wet Deck at the W Hollywood

Dive Into the Hottest Hotel Pools

Here in Los Angeles, pools are an art form, and the hotels on this list offer much more than swimming laps. With L.A.'s perpetual sunshine and mild year-round climate, swimming pools are attractive destinations no matter when you visit. You need to be a hotel guest if you want to take a dip in many of these pools, but some welcome non-guests who just want to enjoy the atmosphere.

View from the bar at 71Above in Downtown LA
Photo: 71Above, Facebook

Enjoy Drinks With a View

Whether you’re staring out at a sunset over the Pacific or gazing at the skyline of Downtown Los Angeles, there's nothing better than a cool, refreshing drink with a view.

The World-Famous Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood
The World-Famous Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

Go Behind the Scenes With Studio Tours

From classic films to current hit TV shows, Los Angeles is home to the studios that produce much of what you see on the large and small screen. Plan a studio tour to get a behind-the-scenes peek at sets and props, learn movie buff-worthy trivia, and maybe even see some of your favorite stars in action.

Chihuahua in Studio City | Illustration by Max Kornell
Chihuahua in Studio City | Illustration by Max Kornell

Discover the "Ruff" Guide to L.A.

We've all heard of guide dogs, but how about letting dogs guide you to a new neighborhood? Pick a breed and read on for our "ruff" guide to Los Angeles. 

Hikers in Bronson Canyon
Hikers in Bronson Canyon  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

Step Up to L.A.'s Best Hiking Trails

There are hundreds of miles of trails across Los Angeles, offering spectacular views and natural landscapes. To get you started, we've rounded up some of the best hikes in L.A., all within a short drive or ride no matter where you are in the city.

Biking Venice Beach at sunset
Venice Beach at sunset | Photo: Eric Demarcq, Discover Los Angeles Flickr Pool

Explore The Strand by Bicycle

One of L.A.’s most defining features is its beautiful beaches. Long stretches of warm sand can be found up and down coastal Los Angeles, where the western edge of the United States meets the Pacific Ocean. One of the most enjoyable ways to explore L.A.’s beaches is on the 22-mile Marvin Braude Bike Trail, aka The Strand. The paved bike path begins at Will Rogers State Beach near Pacific Palisades and travels south to Torrance Beach. Explore The Strand on your bicycle with our two-part guide.