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Los Angeles in May

Honestly, who doesn’t know about Los Angeles, the City of Angels? From TV shows and films to music, LA is one of the most-widely celebrated and romanticised cities in the USA. And this isn’t just because it’s in the Golden State of California, where gorgeous beaches and a great culture draw visitors from across the globe.

Gemma Written by: Gemma Walsh / 06 June 2017

Besides its strangely-Mediterranean climate, LA is famous for its iconic landmark sites, being the home of the Hollywood hills and for its action-packed family attractions and theme parks, such as Disneyland and Universal Studios.

When it comes to the weather and entertainment, May can be one of the best times of the year to visit LA! So if you want to discover the city at its finest and most vibrant, this is what to expect in La in May…

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Los Angeles' Weather

California has a wonderfully Mediterranean climate, meaning it has plenty of sunshine throughout the year and only about 35 days of rainfall. In fact, parts of LA have a climate comparable to south-eastern Spain!

May and spring time are the perfect time to visit LA, to avoid the humidity and stifling heat of summer but still experience cloud-free skies and glorious sunshine. Average daily temperatures reach around 22°C with 17°C being the average for May.

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The Scenery

Although it has a vast cityscape, LA has plenty of natural beauty to admire and explore. If you want to get in touch with nature, Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in San Marino is surrounded by a luscious botanical garden worth exploring, which includes the Desert Garden and Japanese Garden.

If you want to keep active, Los Angeles also has a fantastic number of bike trails stretching over 140 miles, including the Santa Monica and Venice beach promenades.

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Wild Wildlife!

Although it may be a city, LA still has plenty of wildlife to spot on your visit. If you’re on a family holiday, Abalone Cove Shoreline Park has cloistered tide pools that could be the perfect place for small children to explore some marine life. Take a stroll across any beach in LA too and you’re likely to spot a seal or two enjoying the waves! Alternatively, Wildlife Waystation in the Angeles National Forest is an animal sanctuary set up to rescue exotic creatures such as lions, tigers and bears!

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Culture Vulture

If you’re looking to broaden your cultural horizons this May, you should really look no further than Los Angeles. In fact, LA is often referred to as the "Creative Capital of the World", with one in every six of its residents working in the creative industry and more artists, actors, musicians and generally creative types working there than any other city in the world. The Hollywood area of LA is world-renowned as the home of modern motion pictures, with the Paramount Pictures Studios,and over 1000 annual theatrical productions in the city. From the Los Angeles Music Center and The Walt Disney Concert Hall to the prestigious Los Angeles Philharmonic, this is a city for film and music lovers to revel in.

If art and history are more your thing then you’re in luck, as there are 841 museums and art galleries in Los Angeles County; more museums per capita than any other city worldwide! For science buffs, the famous Griffith Observatory is a great attraction that offers superb views of the Hollywood Sign, as well as a vast array of scientific displays. Just don’t try to recreate the flying dance scene from La La Land!

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Family Activities

LA has something for everyone: if you want to unwind after a manic day of shopping (or celebrity-spotting) on Rodeo Drive, then the Hollywood Bowl is an outdoor amphitheatre that hosts some of music’s biggest names throughout the year, and is the perfect place to catch a gig with a view. If you want a quieter experience, the Montalban’s Rooftop Cinema Club gives you and the family the perfect opportunity to chill and watch a movie together as the sun sets around you.

Speaking of movies, no trip to LA would be complete with a tip to the TCL Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Universal Studios Hollywood also offers children an opportunity to spot some of their favourite characters, with attractions featuring Minions, Shrek and The Simpsons.

As well as all that, of course, there is Disneyland. If you have small children, you will know that this is an absolute must for the family. You could lose a whole week with the countless attractions available; including Hollywood Land, Adventureland and Fantasyland with activities featuring your children’s favourite Disney characters.

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Food and Dining

Los Angeles isn’t just beaches, movies, and celebrities. It has a diverse food culture all of its own too thanks to the city’s rich history of immigrants coming from Asia, Latin America, the Pacific Islands and more. You can taste the city’s history in the food, with the city’s culinary philosophy centring on local cuisine, whether it’s Michelin-star fine dining or the many street food vendors available. There’s a massive demand for fresh and organic produce, with many celebrity chefs regularly being spotted at the local farmer’s markets. Like with actors, chefs in LA have their own fan-base and at foodie hotspots such as Mozza or Trois Mec, you may struggle for a reservation.

Don’t worry though, as ethnic cuisine is the staple of the LA food scene, with San Gabriel Valley being well-known for its trendy Asian lounges serving ramen noodles, Korean cuisine, tacos and sushi. There is also a massive choice of Latin food in the city, from Peruvian and Mexican fine-dining restaurants to taco street-trucks. And when it comes to Chinese food, there are countless regional food styles to be found in Los Angeles, with no other city in America having quite the same range of choice. Get stuck in!

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Final Thoughts

You’ve probably heard plenty of stories about the glitz and glamour of LA but the reality is…it’s all true! The weather is wonderful, the celebrities are disguised in wigs and oversized sunglasses, there really are that many museums and cultural treasures and Rodeo Drive is packed full of designer labels as far as the eye can see!

Although many dreams have been born and broken in Tinsel-Town and LA, it is still the perfect location to create your own dream holiday. From its iconic sites and scenic coastal views, Los Angeles is the land of discovery.

That’s before we even get into the great attractions for kids, such as Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood; there really is plenty for the whole family to enjoy, and we suggest taking a look at our top 10 activities to tick off your list in California for some more inspiration for your itinerary!

So this May, be sure to make Los Angeles your destination of choice and enjoy all that the city and its sunshine has to offer!

Gemma Walsh

Blogger Profile - Gemma Walsh

Gemma joined My America Holiday in February 2016 after taking a a year out to travel the world. Music is a huge passion of hers and you can often find her following different music events across the globe. Her American dream would be to hire a motorhome and drive to the Black Rock Desert of Nevada to attend Burning Man festival.

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