Places to Visit in Los Angeles
- Beverly Hills
- Universal Studios
- Venice Beach
- Marina del Rey
Unique Things to See and Do in Los Angeles
- Check out the Zeiss telescope at the Griffith Observatory
- Shop for California fruits at LA’s Farmers Market (started in 1934)
- Take a very short funicular ride up Angles Flight Railway (298 feet)
- Check out the Museum of Jurassic Technology
Los Angeles Highlights
LA is the third largest city in the world with a huge sprawling metropolis, so big in fact that recently the LA Times started a mapping project of the all the neighbourhoods and regions. They broke it down into 272 neighbourhoods! That’s plenty to try and sort out for the average tourist, so where do you begin?
Hitting all the big major attractions is great place to start and there’s no better place to begin with than Hollywood. Everyone knows LA for being the movie hub of the world, but most don’t know that it’s one of the oldest districts in LA. The city was incorporated in 1903 and became a part of LA in 1910. Known for its entertainment industry- notably film- Hollywood got its start in 1910 and has flourished ever since. Within the area there are couple of attractions you don’t want to miss, like the Walk of Fame, the famous Hollywood sign, Universal Studios, Hollywood Wax Museum, Madam Tussauds Hollywood, and the famous and all-time classic is TCL Chinese Theatre.
Other highlights are Long Beach for a day in the sun. Rodeo Drive for very chic shopping with all the major designers. Korea town for some fantastic foods. Disneyland for some exciting exhibition rides. And of course there’s the nightlife where you can spot some big Hollywood stars, that is if you can wait the lineups.
Getting around Los Angeles
This is by far the most popular way to get around Los Angeles. If you haven’t brought your own car then rent one at the airport, but be sure to book it well in advance. Car rentals are the preferred method of transportation. LA can be a confusing city to get around initially, so a GPS system is a must. The freeways are large and can run up to eight lanes deep, and if you add rush hour traffic to that it can still be a crawl. It’s best to avoid rush hours which are 6am to 10am, and then 5pm to 7pm.
Did you know…?
LA’s famous palm trees are not native to area? They were in fact brought over in 1769 by some Spanish missionaries.
Did you ALSO know…?
Disneyland Park opened up on July 17th, 1955 and it was Ronald Reagan, an actor at the time, who introduced Walt Disney’s on the live broadcast.
To get around by taxi can be really expensive if you’re not already in the neighbourhood you want to be in, but to get from LA airport (LAX) to downtown the ride could cost between $42 and $50 depending on traffic. Taxis are available at most popular destinations but they only serve certain areas.
The public transit system is extensive and includes subway trains, light rails, and buses. The Metro lines are colour coded and service different area, for example the Metro Blue line connects Long Beach and LA.
If you are combining your ride with busses there are three types: Metro Local which stops at all stops, Metro Rapid which only stops at major intersections, and the Metro Express which runs the freeways with a reduced number of stops.
The rates are $1.75 per ride, or you can purchase a day pass for $7 and that includes all metro services. If you are staying there even longer you purchase 7 day passes ($25) or 30 Day passes ($100). Children under 5 travel for free
Best time of year to travel to Los Angeles
Los Angeles is a great city to visit at any time of year. The most popular time to visit is July to September. This time period is high season and therefore a bit more expensive. The summer temperatures are hot averaging around 25°C and dipping down as low as 16°C. These are the days were the summer nights are warm and great for evening strolls along the beach or patio night dinners. The rest of the year can see average temperatures of 19°C with dips down to 10°C. The biggest change in weather occurs in December to February which is the rainier season. The storms blow in bringing rain, but they don’t last too long. All in all, Los Angeles is great city to visit at any time of year.
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