Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles is the city of angels, Hollywood, palm trees, and most of the world’s source for celebrity entertainment and gossip. Also in Los Angeles is the Avenue of Stars, Griffith Park Observatory, Venice Beach, and the Dolby Theatre, and the Hollywood Sign. You can go into Downtown Los Angeles, or “DTLA” as it is called locally, to enjoy a drink or a dip atop the Ace Hotel downtown, walk around Chinatown, eat at its many restaurants, visit the large, modern, library, or explore the expensive high-end designer stores.

There is a wide variety of things to do in Los Angeles, you’ll have to pick what you want or just go with the flow. Sand and sun is a popular reason to visit, as the beaches are plentiful, with some really great ones to discover.

I do recommend visiting Malibu, for its spectacular beaches, especially El Matador, and its small luxury-resort community. Driving along the Pacific Coast Highway is always pleasant, except when there is traffic. Traffic in Los Angeles can be awful, with standstills for an hour during rush hour/after work in the mornings and evenings, or if there is a crash. Using an app will help you out if you have a smartphone.

It is hard to get around LA without a car, but Uber/Lyft/taxi services are so common, you won’t have a problem.

Los Angeles is an expensive city, however, so be prepared. You can get budget hotels/hostels from $30 a night for a dorm room and also 5-star luxury hotels in this city that will break the bank. Airbnb is popular, especially in Venice beach, for rentals close to the beach.

Good luck, enjoy LA, and take care!

All opinions are my own.

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