Life in Los Angeles

Whether you come for a few days or a long-term stay, Los Angeles has a lot to offer. Commonly referred to as the City of Angels, L.A. is the second largest city in the U.S. after New York City. It is also one of the most diverse cities in the world, with more than 140 nationalities and 200 languages represented. L.A. 

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is conveniently located in the heart of Los Angeles and just a short drive from some of the city’s most interesting culturally diverse neighborhoods and restaurants. The iconic Hollywood sign, Griffith Park Observatory, the Los Angeles Zoo and major motion picture studios are all a short distance from the hospital. Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios and Warner Brothers often offer behind-the-scenes tours. On nearby Hollywood Boulevard you can put your hands and feet into the prints of Hollywood’s greatest legends at the TCL Chinese Theatre and find your favorite entertainer’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Los Angeles has a moderate climate nearly year-round with plenty of sunshine. We are only about an hour north of Orange County, home to some of the greatest amusement parks such as Disneyland, Disney California Adventure Park and Knott's Berry Farm.

Los Angeles is also the city that some of the world’s most famous professional sports teams call home. Catch a game with the Dodgers (baseball), Lakers or Clippers (basketball), Kings (hockey), Galaxy or LAFC (soccer), and the Rams or Chargers (football).

Stroll through our gorgeous museums. Take in a world-class symphony. Shop on Rodeo Drive. The opportunities are endless.

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The following airlines offer non-stop flights to Los Angeles:

  • From Asia: Air China, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, Korean Air, United Airlines
  • From the Middle East: Emirates, Etihad, Saudi Airlines, Qatar Airways
  • From Europe: Aeroflot, Air New Zealand, Air France, Air Tahiti Nui, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, Swiss, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic
  • Within North America: Aeromexico, American Airlines, United, Southwest, US Airways


Many short- and long-term accommodations are available in the Los Angeles area and offer a medical discount rate for patients and families at CHLA.

WWStay offers patients and families one centralized location to access hotels and furnished apartments based on rates and proximity to the hospital. Access the WWStay hotel and rental platform.

Government Services

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