Los Angeles is one of the most visited cities in the world and it has absolutely everything on offer, meaning it really is a city everyone can enjoy.
Whether you’re looking for a beach holiday, a yoga retreat, action and adventure or a taste of big city life, you’ll find it in the City of Angels.
LA can swallow you up though, especially if you aren’t used to big cities, so here are a few little tips to help you on your first trip to the Californian colossus...
You should consider renting a car
First and foremost, Los Angeles is huge. It’s more like a collection of cities rather than one. There’s so much to see and do, and that is spread pretty far and wide so getting around by car is your best option, particularly if you do want to go out and experience certain attractions like Mullholland Drive or the Pacific Coast Highway.
Traffic can be bad in the city, but that’s just something you’ll have to bear with as you try and make your way from A to B.
There are neighbourhoods to avoid
It isn’t all sunshine and skateboards in Los Angeles, and like anywhere, there are places and neighbourhoods to avoid. The city does have a drug problem, and you’ll find many a rehabilitation clinic full with people addicted to opioids. With that often brings crime and gangs, and there are a number of places in LA that are considered dangerous.
Skid Row is well known for its problems, and while it may be intriguing to go and see it, don’t. Among the neighbourhoods to be most careful about are Downtown, Compton, the Wholesale District and Skid Row, and West Adams, amongst a few others.
Make the most of the freebies
Los Angeles is blessed with so many free museums, with many of the most popular offering free entry to them. Those that don’t will also offer free entry on specific days or at certain times of the month, so they’re always worth looking into.
The likes of The Broad, Getty Center and MOCA are all free, and perfect for a day of exploration.
Hollywood isn’t all that
If the big thing you’re looking forward to is visiting Hollywood, then don’t build your hopes up. Sure, the Walk of Fame is great, but there’s little more to Hollywood than that. The only other things you’ll really find there are people dressed as superheroes looking to make a quick buck.
You can book on TV and film studio tours though, which can elevate a trip to Hollywood significantly.