Los Angeles Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Los Angeles

The best times to visit Los Angeles are from March to May and between September and November, when the air is more breathable and the crowds are less oppressive. Average temperatures during these months range from the low 50s to low 80s, which makes walking around and visiting outdoor attractions much more comfortable. During the summer, average highs soar into the mid-80s; the heat coupled with heavy smog levels often drive visitors and residents alike to the already crowded oceanside neighborhoods. If you're looking for deals, consider a winter trip. Just make sure to pack an umbrella, since you're bound to encounter some rainfall in January and February.

Weather in Los Angeles

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Average Temperature (°F)
68.2
47.8
68.5
49.3
70.2
51.1
72.7
53.4
74.5
57
78.1
60.3
83.1
63.7
84.4
64
83.1
63.1
78.4
58.6
72.9
52
67.6
47.5
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Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Average Precipitation (in)
3.12
3.8
2.43
0.91
0.26
0.09
0.01
0.04
0.24
0.66
1.04
2.33
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

March-May

Fewer crowds and less stifling weather make spring a great time to visit the City of Angels. Average daytime temperatures linger in the comfortable low to mid-70s – without winter's prevalent rain and summer's overwhelming smog. What's more, you're more likely to find discounted rooms during the spring months, although rates won't be as affordable as those offered in winter.

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June-August

June through August marks the peak tourist season. But sweltering temperatures, heavy smog levels and skyrocketing hotel rates are enough to extinguish anyone's desire to see the city. However, summer offers several fun festivals for visitors to enjoy.

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September-November

Autumn marks another sweet spot for LA. Dispersing crowds and cooling weather (average temps hover in the high 70s and low 80s) make Los Angeles a much more manageable vacation spot. Plus, you may still be able to score some great deals on hotels and airfare if you plan a few weeks in advance.

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December-February

Although rain is prevalent during these months, you shouldn't rule out a winter trip. Online deals on airfare and hotel rooms abound, while average highs in the upper 60s are better than the freezing cold experienced by other major U.S. cities like New York and Boston. This season also features the majority of LA's famous awards shows, including the Academy Awards and the Grammys.

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Popular Times to Visit Los Angeles

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Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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