Los Angeles, California, boasts iconic landmarks, celebrities, breathtaking coastlines, diversity and entertainment. It’s no wonder that so many people place LA at the top of their bucket lists.
If you’ve caught the travel bug and are interested in booking a trip to the west coast, you could do so during the summer when everyone else has the same idea. However, springtime in LA has more to offer than you realize. Here are six reasons you’ll want to visit LA this spring.
- Great Weather
LA is at its most picture-worthy during the winter and spring months. Between March and April, visitors can expect the average temperatures to range from a low of 53.4° Fahrenheit to 70.9° F as the high with plenty of sunshine, low humidity and little rain. As you venture into May, you might even enjoy comfortable temperatures in the 80s.
While March and early April may be too chilly to dip your toes in the ocean, springtime in LA is ideal for grabbing a couple of blankets and sitting out on the beach to watch the sunset. It’s also excellent weather for spending your days walking around, visiting tourist attractions and shopping. Who wants to venture out when the temperatures are scorching hot?
- Fewer Crowds
Before the coronavirus pandemic, California forecasted 51 million tourists for LA in 2020. While COVID led to a decline of about 22 million visitors that year, LA’s bound to see an increase in tourism as positive cases continue to dwindle.
Regardless of COVID, springtime visitors are typically fewer than in summer. For one thing, kids are still in school, college is still in session and people tend to save their vacation days for June through August.
That frees up a lot of time you’d typically spend waiting to get into Disneyland, make your way to the Walk of Fame or take a sightseeing double-decker bus tour of the celebrity mansions. You’ll also have a better shot at booking a romantic night out in LA at the top restaurants with fewer people making reservations.
- Cheaper Travel
Since it’s not prime vacation season yet, you can typically find discounted flights to LA in the spring. LA has five airports, with Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) being the city’s largest and most commonly traveled hub. About 69 air carriers fly into LAX, including all major airlines, making the city easily accessible.
You may also benefit from off-season rates at hotels and special discounts on theme park admissions. During the summer months, peak prices are highest; so if you’re looking to budget an exciting trip to the west coast this year, you’ll have a better shot at springtime savings while reaping the benefits of summer travel.
- Start of Baseball Season
Baseball is a big deal in LA and the city boasts two popular baseball teams. Opening days for the Dodgers and Angels are in April—and LA has been known to bring the party.
Suppose you’re lucky enough to visit the city during the start of the baseball season. In that case, you might be able to experience lots of celebratory events in and outside of the stadium.
Dodgers fans, in particular, flood the streets in a sea of blue and white to cheer on their home team. Grab tickets to experience the fun of a Dodgers or Angels game when you visit LA. Even if you aren’t necessarily an avid sports fan, it’ll be a worthwhile experience.
- The Renaissance Pleasure Faire
LA has so much more to offer than spectacular landscapes, baseball and Hollywood stars. In Irwindale, California, the Renaissance Pleasure Faire has attracted a quarter-million visitors every spring since 1962, delivering reenactments of a 1580s English-market fair.
Musicians and actors dress up for the occasion while guests can enjoy period music, performances, artisans, archery and other games and entertainment. You might even sign up for the Renaissance Pleasure Faire’s infamous pub crawl, stopping at four taverns and public houses for drinks with friends and new acquaintances.
While dressing up in Elizabethan-era clothing is optional, many visitors find they have a more enjoyable experience when they attend in costume. You can rent a period outfit for the day instead if you prefer.
- Festival Season Kickoff
While LA is known for year-round festivals, springtime is typically the city’s festival season kickoff, where you can enjoy lots of delicious food, music and community.
Join thousands of residents and visitors in celebrating Israeli Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo, the LA Beer Festival, a book festival and the Long Beach Pride Celebration. Of course, there are hundreds more festivals to attend between April and May.
If the arts are your passion, perhaps visit the NoHo Theatre and Arts Festival, A State of Trace LA Festival or the Beachlife Festival to ring in the summer music scene.
Best Springtime Travel to LA
There are many reasons to visit LA this spring. Between the perfect weather, smaller crowds and ongoing events, visitors will have the opportunity to see and participate in everything they’ve always dreamt of. Summer may be peak visitation in LA, but something about springtime makes the city shine.