When's the sun coming out?
This isn't a particular tip on something to do. Not really a warning either. Just a general "heads up".
When you think of LA weather, you think...sun. We all hear that the sun always shines in SoCal. BUT, sometimes it takes a while for the sun to come out and play.
It's called the "marine layer". I'm not sure how it happens (though the guys on TV can explain it), but it often appears in the morning as a "gloom". It usually burns off by around noon, if not earlier, but it hangs around longer at the ocean then inland. In fact, the locals call June weather "the June Gloom" for this reason.
When you see these dreary mornings, don't be so quick to give up on the day. The sun will come out...sometimes, it just takes time. Easy: when the sun comes out!!!
I lived in West LA for 2...
I lived in West LA for 2 years. There are plenty of activities to keep one occupied; but you'll need a car. Keep in mind, TRAFFIC. As everyone in LA drives, don't expect that it may take you 15 minutes to go 15 miles--depends on the time of day and whatever accidents may have occured. The warm weather!
Homage to LA: But Read up on LA before you visit
On a nice night, which is almost every night, go for a ride around town with some good friends, good tunes, and cruize the whole city from Downtown to Santa Monica, to Sunset Blvd, to Hollywood, to Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, etc.
Stop at some to walk around and check out the cafes and sidewalk restaurants, then move on to the next place. What I miss most about LA is being in the center of a very creative and innovative city never content to stand still.
I read so many negative reviews about LA here that I thought a few words had to be said. in its defense.
LA has a lot of problems,like any city, and some that are unique to LA. But, It is still a place of possibilities where anybody's got a chance to make his dream come true.
You want to make the desert bloom.? No problem. You have no natural port. No problem we'll just build you the world's largest man-made port.
LA is a better place to live than it is to visit .
It is a land of surprises. It is a true international city with residents from every country in the world, large groups often comprising populations larger than the largest city in their country of origin.
As a result, it is a cultural and culinary center for traditional dishes and inventive LA cuisine of its own.
LA requires the patience of exploration though.
Because of the way it has developed, you never know what's around the next corner. In the oddest places you may find a fascinating small museum or the latest in new cuisine. Or, because it is LA, just finding one of the oddest place can be interesting too.
So, to those who pass through and whine that it's too big, it's too smoggy, and there's no culture, give it a break. LA has more bookstores and more theaters than any other US City. Surprised.? LA has got so much culture, it exports it to the rest of the world. What other city can you see on your television and in movie theaters every day of the week, in every country of the world? And we do it with beaches, mountains, deserts and sunshine.
So, While I'm not saying that LA is better than any other travel destination, it would be a loss, to pass it up because of some negative reviews.
If it' s happening in LA now, the chances are it will be coming to you soon.
Los Angeles Tip
Check out the beautiful Citibank Building located in DOWNTOWN.
Hm, you may wonder why I mention this building in particular.... Well, just for the starry-eyed amongst us (er... I guess that would be me huh??), this building was featured as the office building of the TV series 'LA Law'. ;-)
Shelling out on a beer
Never knew this existed, and not sure if it is avaiable elsewhere in US but it was only around LA and the Southwest (Las Vegas NV, Phoenix AZ, Yuma AZ) that I found this Clamato beer.
Light in colour as some Europeans might call lager rather than beer, it is flavoured with tomato and clam.
Worth trying for- well, its oddness, but not a favourite. By Budweiser, in Bud & Bud Light varieties, I think I bought it at Circle K or 7-11.