Los Angeles, for visitors


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.

Preferred Transportation:

  • 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.
  • 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 Smart:

  • 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

West Side

Culver City

  • 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


Beverly Hills

  • Eat @ Nate N’ Al’s Jewish Deli (try the pastrami on rye)
  • Valet parking is totally normal here, it’s customary to tip $1


Santa Monica

  • Shopping @ 3rd Street Promenade
  • Art on Abbot – Kinney
  • Eating (Wahoo’s Tacos or the Cheesecake Factory)


Venice Beach

  • 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)

Mid- Wilshire


The Grove                         

  • 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


East Side


West Hollywood

  • the Gayborhood (the best clubs & restaurants are here)
  • Cruise Sunset Blvd. at night (be careful not to get distracted!)



  • 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

Other Activities


  • 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)


(Image: Sörn 3 August 2007, Hollywood Sign. Wikimedia)


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