If you're a photo lover, be prepared to a bad day in Universal Studios.
Everything is so unexpected and quick, that... you missed the photo.
If you have time, the trick is... a second passage. But, with so many attractions and the hours running who can do it? I didn't, so tape was my best helper, but the quality...
Six Flags Magic Mountain is a very popular amusement park, especially for older kids and grown-ups living in the Los Angeles area and is sometimes missed by tourists. This is a full sized park and takes at least a day to explore. Six Flags is best known for having the wildest, most thrilling rides imaginable.
They are always adding new, thrill rides. Not only record breaking rides, such as the fastest Roller Coasters, the hightest drops, but basically they go to extremes . They even out do their own rides.
Don't miss this place!
When it's time to go home, it will be hard to convince your kids to leave!
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355
North of Los Angeles City.
Rattlesnakes are found in many of hills and fields surrounding LA. You probably won't find them in Beverly Hills or downtown LA, but they are in the Hollywood Hills, the hills surrounding the Getty Center and the Getty Villa, the hills overlooking Malibu and Santa Monica. Most bites result from stepping on a snake or reaching your hand into a bush or on a rocky outcropping. If they start rattling, freeze and make sure you know where the snake(s) is and then slowly back away.
I'm not normally prone to drama and hypersensitivity. However, a couple of years ago, I did my run along the beach, took a dip, and came out with chemical burns along my beardline and on my chest. Basically, anywhere a razor had touched in the last month. It was nasty. Such is the state of the water in Santa Monica Bay. Much has been accompished by "Heal the Bay", but there is a Hella lot more to be done if lil' ol me cannot take a dip without coming out looking like a Chernobyl refugee. Know what I'm saying?
Hey, but don't panic. Just check the beach ratings at the following site before you plan a dip in the Pacific:
A through F is the way the rating scheme runs, as you might suspect. Riptides are bad, yes, but so are bacterial infections.
I learned the hard way.
I was 27 when I went to LA....but everywhere I went for a drink I was asked for ID (apart from Wolfgang Puck's Vert - there is a God!!). I don't know if there are a lot of underage drinkers in LA but it got really really annoying to be asked each time I wanted a drink...and what was worse was that the waiters seemed to assume my ID was fake cos they looked at me and tried to figure out if I really was 27 several times before accepting it. I know I should take it as a compliment, but you go through the same thing and then tell me it's a compliment!!!!!!
Traffic is a problem all over Los Angeles but is extremely escalated in the Fairfax District or along Fairfax Ave in West LA and surroundings neighborhoods. A major grindlock point is at 3rd and Fairfax, where the crowd loving Farmer's Market and The Grove are located. The problem is so bad in the area that traffic enforcers are proposed to ease traffic jams.
For all of you out there that are being scared away from downtown DONT BE! downtown is very fun and the shopping is good.. The santee alley is a good place to shop especially for tourists and locals alike.. The really only place i can think of downtown to steer clear of is east of San Pedro and 6th streets.. that is known as skid row. high drug and homeless area... but even there isnt as bad as some places.. as far as the out of la neighborhoods like compton, watts, lennox, inglewood. etc these places are culturally rich and diverse you can find some awesome resturants in these area... so my message to any tourists that are planning a trip to this area is: Have fun, Be smart. Dont parade around as a tourist. and Enjoy OUR City!
unless you like any of the following:
Chicken and other meat favored by the dust of the floor!
Hair in the food!
Poor food preparation using unsanitized hands!
A deep concentration of "B" and "C" restaurants from which to choose!
Finding the diamond in the rough hole-in-the-wall place that is actually good!
Chinatown, even with its great variety of ethnic Asian (oriental) restaurants and smaller eateries, is not a great food/dining area of LA. With the exception of a few restaurants, like the neighborhood standout, Empiress Pavilion, Chinatown restaurants tend to not be up the good quality standards. Proof is clear on the windows of many area establishments getting "B" and "C" grades, instead of "A"s . One can go down blocks in Chinatown and manage not to see not a single A. Though, one nice thing here is that it is budget-friendly. That which should really matter in the end though is the quality of food.
In the adventure world of rowing down Missippii river, your boat captain will command you to row as hard as you can to catch up or stay ahead of the other boats.
Here is a tip. It makes no difference. All the boat movements is centrally controlled by tracked not visible from the surface and your boat will not knock into your "opponents" or overtake them.
Beware for young kids and older adults with a weak heart. There are sudden appearances of life like monsters like Jaws and King Kong. Also of bridges seeming to be collapsing under you or the sudden flash flood while your tram is stuck at a medieval village.
Of course all these are robots and special effects. The collapsed bridge will immediate "rebuild itself" and the uprooting trees will "upright" themselves after your tram passes by for the next unexpected tram of gawking tourists with video cameras and digital shots.
But I did see an adult screamed when suddenly Frankenstein or Count Dracula suddenly appeared standing next to the waiting tram when least expected.
When you are in Malibu beach, Santa Monica beach, Venice beach or Redondo beach, remember the ocean water is cold. Whatever impressions from songs, movies or television dramas like Bay watch, when you take a dip with your bikini or trunks, remember it will be cold. Then you see all the surfers wearing their black wet suite and wondering why they do not have hypothermia.
When I was on my way to catch the ship for my cruise, to same some cash I decied to sleep in the LA Union station Termainal (Bus,Train,Taxi). Its pretty empty at night and I had a hand and leg on every bag. The reason for the warning is not that its crazy dangerous (there are police patrolling very often) but to make sure you have your ticket to prove you are waiting for your trainsportation to arrive. Other wise the police will think that you are a homeless bum looking for a place to sleep and try to kick you out (especioally if you are travelling alone and you are looking and smelling dirty). If you decied to do this... sleep in the light and make sure your tickets are at hand but not in the open so they are not taken while you rest. Be Alert and be smart and know where all the police are. There are at least enough people around that you dont feel all alone and few enought that you wont feel bothered.
Hollywood Boulevard you expect as a tourist place to be ok .....
MacDonalds as a coporate place you assume to be clean and tidy ........
Add these things together you expect to have a lovely clean enviroment.
Alas this WAS NOT THE CASE,
I had cause to rush to the toilets while the family ate in there ... but it was disgusting.
The floors were filty, wet and covered in urine, the toilet bowl was full of other peoples feaces. Sorry guys have to warn you.
And one or two of the "patrons" were a little strung out on something that wasn't special sauce or in the milkshakes if you get my drift.
Maybe this was an isolated occasion but I won't be eating in there again.
Coming from the east coast, I find the whole valet parking thing a strange phenomenon. There's even valet parking for diners in certain locations, i.e. Beverly Hills. Valet parking can vary from $3 to $10 depending on venue. On top of that, you have to tip the valet for driving your car.
So to counter this obscene money-making scam, there's usually street parking within 2-3 blocks from almost any restaurant/bar/club. Try to find a side street off the main street. You just have to walk a little.
But but but do pay attention to the parking signs so you don't get a parking ticket.
If you are trying to park your car on the street in LA, beware of street parking rules. Read the signs carefully.
Hollywood, West Hollywood, and Santa Monica have the most strict rules. Often require city issued Resident Permit. In addition, the rules can be very convoluted and unclear. If you are unsure, keep driving around because the parking police will give you a ticket if you parked incorrectly.
If the law says you can only park there for two hours. Obey it because the parking police will actually go around and mark your tires with white chalk. They'll issue a ticket if they come around and find a chalk mark on your tire.
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