I love LA, but it is not a city for tourists. This itinerary, it touches on some of the things you will want to do in LA LA Land:
- The weather is best in the winter
- If you are there in June be prepared for the “June Gloom”.
- You probably won’t need more than a light jacket.
- Only tourists and poor people take public transportation RENT A CAR!
Important to Know:
- Los Angeles is the 2nd largest US city
- Tipping: $1 for a drink ($1 – $10 for valet, depending on situation)
- Standard is 20% of your tab, you will get the evil eye if you under-tip.
- BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU PARK!!
- Valet parking is a thing… don’t be scared. You have car insurance.
- Best Radio: KCRW 89.9 FM, KROQ 95.5 FM
- Rush Hour: 7 – 10 am; 3 – 7 pm
- Be careful if you are SOUTH of Highway 10 and NORTH of Long Beach
- i.e. Inglewood and Compton can be dangerous
- Freeways are impacted between 7 – 10 am ; 3 – 7 pm
- (but traffic jams can happen anywhere, at any time)
- Locals deal with this by taking surface streets.
- Some streets can get you across town
- (EG: Santa Monica and Sunset Blvd go East / West)
- If you happen to see a celebrity, remember that they are human beings. Be respectful.
Los Angeles Activities by Neighborhood
- SONY Studios is here, lots of TV production.
- Eating (Father’s Office for beer & burgers)
- Culver Café for champagne brunch ($5 endless mimosas))
- Museum of Jurassic Technology
- Boardwalk 11 for Karaoke
- UCLA is here, also the Persian neighborhood.
- Eating (Shamshiri has amazing Persian food!)
- Explore Gayley Ave. to experience neighborhood
- Where young, famous people actually live
- Cruise Sunset Blvd. from Brentwood to Hollywood
- Eat @ Nate N’ Al’s Jewish Deli (try the pastrami on rye)
- Valet parking is totally normal here, it’s customary to tip $1
- Shopping @ 3rd Street Promenade
- Art on Abbot – Kinney
- Eating (Wahoo’s Tacos or the Cheesecake Factory)
- Cruise the boardwalk, check out the eternal drum circle
- Eating (James Beach famous for fish tacos, beer upstairs @ Waterfront Café (the BEST people watching))
- Hats @ Titanic
- That guy making a sand lizard has been finishing the tail for at least 5 years….
- ONLY TOURISTS SWIM HERE (the water is dirty)
- Shopping (Nordstrom’s, Anthropologie, J-Crew, Sephora)
- Eating (Farmer’s Market (try Singapore’s Banana Leaf, Pinkberry)
- LA County Museum of Art
- Fiddler’s Bistro, typical LA comfort food
- the Gayborhood (the best clubs & restaurants are here)
- Cruise Sunset Blvd. at night (be careful not to get distracted!)
- BE CAREFUL WHEN PARKING HERE!! COPS ARE NOTORIOUS JERKS!
- Walk of Fame
- Amoeba Records on Sunset!
- See a movie at the Arclight Cinema (pay in advance at a kiosk)
Los Feliz / Silverlake
- Spaceland for music
- UCB Theatre for comedy (notice the HUGE Scientology Center nearby)
- Hipster ‘hood of LA
- Where the “locals” live (locals are very rare in LA)
- Norton Simon Museum
- Lots of art and cute neighborhoods… what LA really looks like
- 1,000 Steps Beach (in O.C.)
- Zuma (Malibu)
- The Strand (Manhattan Beach)
- Huntington Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach are all OK to swim at
- Runyon Canyon Loop
- Bronson Canyon
- Will Rogers State Park
- Griffith Park – many trails, including:
- Hollywood Sign Hike
- To reach the trailhead, use the Bronson Canyon entrance to Griffith Park, at 2800 Canyon Drive in Hollywood. Follow Canyon Drive into the park all the way to where it dead-ends. Park for free in the last parking lot on your left.
- Outlets in Camarillo (North on the 101)
- 3rd Street Promenade (Santa Monica)
- Melrose Ave (boutiques)
- The Beverly Center (typical mall)
- The Grove (where famous people go to see and be seen)