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Des Moines International Airport (DSM) is located three miles southwest of Des Moines, Iowa. The airport terminal and all parking lots are easily accessible from Fleur Drive, which can be accessed from Iowa Highway 5.
Flights from DMS to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) require one stop, so typical flight times are between six to eight hours depending on layovers. You can reach Los Angeles by taking Glenn Anderson Freeway to Harbor Freeway, but free airport shuttles are available for getting to the Metro Bus Center.
Los Angeles is renowned for its entertainment, so you'll want to see the essentials while you're here. Visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Universal Studios Hollywood, Santa Monica Pier, TCL Chinese Theatre, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Griffith Observatory, Madame Tussauds and Sunset Boulevard.
Other must-sees include the Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles Zoo, Hollywood Bowl, Natural History Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Los Angeles is also known for its moderate-to-warm climate, which it enjoys year-round, so pack light clothing and only bring light layers in winter.
Many of the hotels in LA have a Hollywood theme, which is popular with travelers, but you can also find cheaper accommodations throughout the city close to major attractions.