Los Angeles Travel Guide

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Los Angeles Highlights

  • Pro
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     Great weather, good shopping, lots of diversity, great cultural events/activities, excellent dining, friendly people. 

  • Con
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     too much car traffic & pollution; so widespread to appreciate in a short visit, depressing poor areas, increasingly high living costs in some areas, undeveloped & crime-filled parts like in most... 

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     You can see beaches, mountains and all kinds of weird people 

Los Angeles Things to Do

  • Universal Studios

    I'm sure most people, at least in the US, are aware of what Universal Studios is. So, I'm not going to go into great detail, but I will say that the amount of detail and effort put into the attractions is impressive and, for many people this is quite a trip. I'm not a huge fan of expensive tickets, tourist activities and long lines. That said, I...

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  • Hollywood Walk of Fame

    My name is not there. I had no time to follow all the walk, but I think that I'm the only movie star missing there. I knew 85, wrote down more 4322 names, and I'm studying why are they famous. I promise to end before 2053, to go back there and get some more, and to check if mine is already there!

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  • Olvera Street

    Last visit November 2012 Although a bit of a tourist trap, Olvera Street is still a lovely place to stop for a short visit if you find yourself in downtown LA. Olvera Street is a pedestrian only street that is only about a block long, stuffed full with Mexican eateries, both sit down and take out, and Mexican craft stores. You can't walk down the...

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Los Angeles Restaurants

  • In-n-Out Burger

    Last visit November, 2012 Californians are passionate about their In-N-Out Burger's, the drive thru is always stacked with cars, there is always a line inside with people waiting patiently for their orders. I usually find myself at In-N-Out at least once when I'm in So Cal and this trip was no exception, there was one just up the street from my...

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  • Hard Rock Cafe

    This is an AWESOME location for the Hard Rock Café - right on Hollywood Boulevard, on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and adjacent to the Kodak Theatre. The day we were there, the street was completely blocked off, with only the sidewalks being passable, and a long queue of people. I asked the police officer what was going on - he said they were waiting...

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  • Pink's Hot Dog Stand

    Pink's restaurant sells because they have a set-up near the sidewalk and when cars drive by, they always see a line. If people had to go inside to order, there wouldn't be any lines nor any business. Sloppy hot-dogs floating in grease. It's an old circus trick, let people think they are good dogs since there is always a line. And they have had a...

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Los Angeles Nightlife

  • SkyBar

    Here is a website that lists all the nightclubs that are good and gives their contact info: http://www.clubzone.com/sponsors/index.asp?city=2 No sneakers or hats; men wear collared shirts for most places

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  • The Standard Downtown

    IHOP -800 South Flower St (pictured) Subway- 801 South Flower St (across from IHOP) Subway- 523 West 7th Street L.A. Cafe- 639 S. Spring St- unique cafe with good eats, including tacos, gourmet sandwiches, pastries The Standard Hotel- 24/7 Restaurant- 550 South Flower St, Los Angeles, CA, 90071 (by 6th St) Union Station- ample seating at night...

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  • House Of Blues

    There are some good shows at House of Blues. That is where my praise for this place ends. It's overpriced (thus I only go when I get in for free) and is the epitome of corporate attempts at being cool. I once went to a rap show here and there were CHAIRS on one part of the dance floor. CHAIRS!!!! This is not an opera!!! Get off your ass!

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Los Angeles Transportation

  • Driving

    Don't be nervous about driving in LA if you are a tourist. I landed at LAX on my first ever visit to US and drove straight from LAX to West Hollywood. Also this was my first time driving on the right side of the road. The roads (boulevards) are very wide and the Interstate is super wide. Maybe on your first day driving you could avoid the...

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  • Metro

    For your Los Angeles Metro trip, you should get a TAP card for your bus and rail travel. OK, I know, yet another card to put in the wallet! Metro has decided that paper passes are just way too evil and it wants you to go green with the tap. If you have an old Metro paper stub, it'll be a collector's item! Get a TAP card for $1 at a Metro rail stop...

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  • Taxis

    If you're visiting LA and need cabs for short (or even longer) distances, download the Uber and Lyft apps- the 2013 updates to how you can get a cab. Enter your pickup location, your dropoff and see how long your wait will be for your cab to arrive. Payment is by credit card (via your phone) and the driver calls when he is arriving. I've never had...

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Los Angeles Shopping

  • Santee Alley

    FABRIC, and discounted designer inspired items for a small fraction of the price. There is every type of fabric that you could imagine here, all on the tall 60" bolts. There are stores that have $1 a yard, or $2 a yard promotions. I love getting $20 fabric for $2. I also found an amazing D&G inspired purse for $40 that I use a lot and it still...

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  • Melrose Avenue

    This is actually about a service called Fashion Buddy...the website is www.fashionbuddy.net. I've had a great experience with it and it would be useful for anyone coming in from out of town who wants a guided tour of the shopping in LA. The service is customized to each client, the consultation is free, and you get to go shopping with someone who...

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  • Jewelry District

    The whole area is not pretty like Beverly Hills but is relatively safe to stroll and has the better prices for precious pieces of jewelry. There are many options of dealer shops to see when you get there. These have some that have been highly recommended: JB Newman JeBroadway Jewelry Plaza 606 South Broadway Los Angeles, CA 213-622-8484 Capri...

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Los Angeles Local Customs

  • What to Wear - Packing

    I am obliged to a gal who cuts hair on the other side of town. She is "rad". However, when she was outta town, I got my mop cropped at "Rudy's", a cool spot in Los Feliz. Rudy's is a stylin' space - a re-worked auto shop that sells magazines and CDs while you wait. Cuts cost, I think $18, which is cheap for Los Angeles. Ask for "Dale". She knew...

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  • Restaurant Etiquette

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  • Police and Law Enforcement

    You might not think of california as a place to cycle, but they actually have cycling police there. Especially in the beach areas where you can get around easier and faster than by car. I really like to see that as i am used to danish police who are mostly obese crooners sitting in a car, yelling at the world.

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Los Angeles Warnings and Dangers

  • Unsafe Areas

    LA is a very unsafe place to visit. My daughter from Australia got beaten up last night and robbed of all her possessions (in the central district). No one helped her. The police were not interested and recorded the stolen goods as lost - less paperwork they said. Women are totally unsafe in LA. There are plenty of other places to holiday in the...

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  • Downtown at Night

    Downtown L.A.'s Broadway is no comparision to New York. In the early 1900s, it wasn't quite as bad though, but oh well, one cannot turn back time so much. If it weren't for the dozen or so architectural points of interests along south Broadway, I wouldn't recommend coming down here- unless you are a building buff or want to get some deals on...

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  • Driving

    If you are travelling to L.A make sure to hire a car. Just about everybody in L.A drives and you will not be able to walk everywhere. Compared to cities like Sydney, Canberra etc. the roads are much LARGER and freeways more common. Just a tip, if you are from say Australia (countries like Australia) you will know that when somebody cuts you off or...

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Los Angeles Tourist Traps

  • Hollywood Sign

    It is sad that tourists spend so much time and gas driving to see the sign when the only way to get really close to it is to hike up to it by parking just north of 6363 Deronda Dr, 90068. Or, see it from Griffith Park so you can enjoy the observatory too. There is noting, zero, zilch around the sign but private homes, so nothing to so there. Go to...

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  • Homes of the Stars

    I went on a tour called hollywood tours it is located between mcdonalds and gunniess world of records right on hollywood blvd. the lady boss was very nice to the customers but mean to her employees. she was shouting at the sales guys telling them to get away from the front of her.... store, it was this homeless looking woman that was our tour...

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  • Hollywood

    Hollywood! You think of feather boas, decadence, diamonds, movie premieres and ordinary Joes making it big and being discovered. That's what on everyone's mind, whether you're American (Hispanic, Native, Anglo), European, African, Middle Eastern or Asian. It's a must to at least see where tons of famous people from the past and present have...

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Los Angeles What to Pack

  • Layers

    If you are coming during the winter, be prepared for generally, sunny days and cool evenings. The best way to dress is in layers. When it does rain, it is chilly. So be prepared and do bring a warm jacket. When the sun is out, the days are quite comfortable and nice. People on average dress pretty well and when you go to any of the clubs or nice...

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  • Sunblock - Sunscreen

    Sunscreen is very helpful to have especially in the summer but also in the winter, the sun can be a killer too here. Sun shades are good to have in many destinations but especially here in L.A. which has several days of sunshine throughout the year. If you're going to drive on the roads, there are especially helpful to block out the interfering...

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  • Camping Gear

    LA is very casual. Dress is even at it's hippest very informal. I haven't worn a tie in years except for a wedding or funeral. I rarely wear a 'sport coat' I often wear shorts to everything but the swankest spots and even still if it's in the beachy part of town, you can pretty much always wear shorts or jeans and shirt. Bring Camping equipment...

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Los Angeles Off The Beaten Path

  • Downtown

    OK, so, tourists that come to L.A. say that they want to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Sign, the beach and the other usual sights. The tourist guides really cater to those but much to my chagrin, there is less mention of the downtown area. It DOES exist! Many locals in the L.A. are quite ignorant about downtown. This is changing...

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  • Hiking

    Bungee America runs the only bungee jumping installation in California. They run a good program that is fun and safe. Jumps are done off the "Bridge to No Where". They have been in business for over 20 years. The "jump masters" they employ are very friendly, detail oriented, and know what they are doing. Plan to be outside on the trail or jumping...

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  • Griffith Park

    Getting up close and personal with the back of the Hollywood sign, with views over Los Angeles, is an excellent way to get acquainted with the topography of the city. The iconic sign is located in the Hollywood Hills, within Griffith Park. A hiking trail wraps around the sign giving the visitor views over the city, the San Fernando Valley, and the...

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Los Angeles Sports & Outdoors

  • Staples Center

    Ok, so you want to see a fine basketball arena. Here is one, in fantastic downtown L.A.!! The Staples Center is in the heart of the city. Since its development, the surrounding area of the venue has been revitalizing. The once depressingly ugly streets of Pico and Figueroa are now nicer and promising. Of course, with this urban development comes...

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  • Dodger Stadium

    My goal in life is to visit every baseball stadium in the Major Leagues. Dodger Stadium is special because it is my home stadium. I've been there more times than I can count. It's always a pleasant experience. 1) Arrival & Departure I give this a 4 (on a scale of 1-5 where 5 is best). It has improved over the years with the addition of a subway...

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  • Hiking

    Eaton Canyon falls, is a forty-foot cascade that tumbles into a wide pool. There is plenty of room to sit around the falls or wade in to the waist deep water. The trail to Eaton Canyon Falls can be summed up this way: One mile of wide flat dirt trail that is easy and dull, followed by half a mile of track up a narrow canyon that is adventurous and...

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Los Angeles Favorites

  • Downtown

    Good food court/markets! Grand Central Market is a neighborhood treasure. Downtowners especiallyappreciate it for providing a variety of fruits, veggies, meats, exotic spices and more which would all be otherwise hard to get. If you happen to be downtown, this is the place to go for a filling meal without emptying the pocket. Various deli-style...

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  • Proud Bird

    This restaurant ..Proud Bird is famous in aviation circles for displaying such great historic planes .The location of the restaurant is very near the LAX airport . . The adress of this restaurant is Proud Bird Restaurant. 11022 Aviation Blvd .Los Angeles .CA .90045 The Bell X 1 The is the first Airplane that broke the SOUND BARRIER.

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  • Disneyland

    The staff in Disneyland is very professional and polite. They never push us to leave though we devoted ourselves to shopping and became the last group of tourist in Disneyland...it is midnight time and running away their working time...

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  • Odinnthor's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    ALERT November 1st.
    LAX has been closed down since 9:30 am and will be closed for at least 24 to 48 hours. No one gets in and no one gets out. All exits and entrances in and out of the airport are closed. All this is due to a shootout apparently directed at TSA staff. DO NOT GO TO THE AIRPORT NO MATTER IF YOU HAVE FLIGHTS AND TICKETS. YOU WILL NOT GO ANYWHERE, AND YOU CANNOT GET INTO THE AIRPORT ANYWAY.

  • marinarena's Profile Photo
    Jul 5, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Los Angeles is the place to go for summer fun and vacation people!(With maybe just an exception of Seattle, WA). Tons of events with great sunshine and cool breeze at least on most nights. Skip the East Coast, Mid-west and South where you get that brutal humidity with your sun-filled heat. Go west young and young at heart man and woman!

  • giampiero6's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Great weather in LA these days. Summer is starting. Break out the body surfing and bbqing!

  • detroitdb's Profile Photo
    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Is it too early to talk about Chinese New Year? It's always a blast. "Chinese New Year in Los Angeles!" - Chinatown Tip by detroitdb

  • giampiero6's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Just went to Dia De Los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetary...that was great. I should have posted the event here before.

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    • kevinism's Profile Photo
      Oct 30, 2012 at 10:16 AM

      My friend tried to go and said she got scared by the line...

    • giampiero6's Profile Photo
      Oct 30, 2012 at 10:23 AM

      It was scary...20 minutes for a taco, 20 minutes for a churro. and hour to get your face painted. Cool idea but logistically difficult.

  • Usctwin's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    I am born and raised in LA. I have traveled to many places and can't imagine living anywhere else, I just love it here. Well, except for Bora Bora :)

 
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