10 Travel Tips for First Time Los Angeles Visitors
Los Angeles is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. It has countless feathers to add to your cap of traveling experience. The number of things that you can see and do on a visit here is overwhelming and sometimes for this very reason you are left confused about what exactly to see and do for the duration you choose to stay here to make your visit more pleasurable.
Here is a list of a few tips that will help you have a marvelous and fulfilling trip to Los Angeles, especially if you are coming here for the first time.
- How to reach Los Angeles?
LAX, the largest airport in Los Angeles is situated on the outskirts, away from the beach cities. Being the largest airport there is a lot of traffic and insane crowd. So instead of boarding a flight to LAX, board one to Burbank Bob Hope Airport. The Metro link is across the street and you can board metros from there to anywhere in Los Angeles.
Destinations such as Disney, Warner Bros. and NBC Universal are a few minutes away from the airport.
- Where to stay?
The Metro in North Hollywood is a great place to stay. There are numerous joints for eating and entertainment. The area is just a few minutes away from Hollywood and DTLA.
The hotels in North Hollywood have easy parking and major freeways that will lead you to beaches and other destinations easily.
- There’s so much to explore apart from Hollywood Blvd.
Who wouldn’t like to see Hollywood Blvd? Just don’t get stuck there! Make sure you visit Melrose Avenue District for the vintage shops, tattoo shops and great restaurants!
- Secret Stairways
There are a lot of hidden stairways in the nooks and corners of Los Angeles and a group named “MeetUp” that’s entirely devoted to exploring and climbing them. You could join the league and have a lot of fun!
Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach top the list of every tourist. But if you want to steer clear of the crowd you could visit beaches like Manhattan Beach, Long Beach or Malibu. They offer an authentic LA experience with a wonderful small town feel.
For a genuine hiking experience you must visit Griffith Park for its amazing observatory and hiking trails. There are easy and challenging hikes depending upon what you choose.
- Los Angeles for free?
If you know where to look then you can find a lot of great things to do in LA. You can try a free class in Runyon Canyon or attend free comedy shows and take advantage of free museum days.
- Eat and Drink like an Angeleno
If you haven’t been to In n Out and ordered from the secret menu like an Angeleno you haven’t experienced LA at its best.
Don’t forget to visit Brun’s Creole Soul Kitchen and the El Chato Taco Truck. Also check out the speakeasy style bar. The Ivy is a great place to spot a celebrity. Go there if that’s what you want!
- Downtown Los Angeles aka DTLA
DTLA is an entirely new realm of Los Angeles. You can spend your entire vacation there. You can take a Historic Downtown Tour to experience the city at its best.
Check out Disney Concert Hall, City Hall and the Garment district if you love fashion.
Don’t forget El Pueblo De Los Angeles, the historic town where forty-four settlers of Native America, African and European heritage established in 1781.
- Day trip
On a day trip to Santa Barbara you could do wine tasting or simply go for a nice walk.
Palm Springs, Desert Hills Premium Outlets and Desert Hot Springs are also great places for an exciting day out.