We recently visited Los Angeles, California. L.A. is one of the hottest tourist destination in the world. One of the first things we noticed was how many OTHER tourist were there when we tried to go to Griffith Observatory to get a picture of the Hollywood sign. EVERYONE had the same idea. There were people from China, India, Mexico, Europe and from many other states. Since L.A. is so diverse you can really only speculate where they are from base on their language, car or just asking them. It is not uncommon to mean a South Korean or Armenian for example who does not speak great English but is actually in the US as a permanent resident or even a US Citizen.
We had a checklist of things we wanted to see. We ate at Korea town, we walked on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, we checked out a few fancy restaurants, we took pictures of the Hollywood sign.
There were a couple of cool extras that were not on our list of things to do in L.A. that were really great! Santee Alley and Roscoe Chicken and Waffle.
What to expect in LA?
Tourist traps – Expect an enormous crowd everyday in every la tourist spot. If you don’t want to avoid the tourist spots, then go during off peak hours (before 8am).
Crazy Traffic – Be prepared for the heavy traffic and aggressive drivers. If you are an inexperienced driver, you should just avoid driving if possible. We drove around L.A., fought through the traffic, maneuvered through the ridiculous intersections and let me tell you.. it is exhausting if you are not used to it.
What are the most interesting places to see in los angeles?
Hollywood – The Hollywood sign was very cool to see. It is such an iconic symbol that you almost have to check it out if you are in L.A. Hollywood boulevard is also nice to see. Wax museum is located there as well as other famous tourist spot. Another one that is worth seeing is the La Brea Tar pits.
It might also be worth your time to check out the lots where they actually make movies like Paramount Studios (http://www.paramountstudiotour.com/) or Warner Brothers (http://www.wbstudiotour.com/)
There is also Universal Studios to check out.
What is the best part of LA?
The best part of L.A. is actually in L.A. It is a city about 30 minutes away in a city called Long Beach. It has the classic feel that everyone thinks about when they think L.A. only if they are NOT FROM the real L.A. It looks like Tampa. It is very clean, rich looking area. It is very classy with lots of restaurants around. It is also not as crowded as LA. The apartments there look beautiful.
What did I like the most?
Santee Alley – Oh my gosh, Santee Alley! It has all the new styles. I loved it. They have really nice lingeries there too. They sell cheap, high quality knock off clothing, purses, and shoes. You can also bargain if you are not tired. L.A. is an international fashion hub. Many new styles of clothing start there. The place resonates cool and starts world wide trends by accident. Beautiful people flock to L.A. trying to make it as actors, musicians and models…
What is the most disappointing attraction I had been?
Walk of Fame was really not what we expected for sure. I felt terrible going there. We were expecting a gleaming sidewalks with facy shops lining the sides of the streets. What you get is a huge crowd, with solicitors every 10 feet, and poor homeless living off random change from tourists. The stars with the names of famous actors, directors and writers of hollywood are there, but I imagined much more. I was sadly mistaken.