Should i visit LA????
My friend is offering me a once in a life time, free trip from my small town in Indiana to LA for a couple weeks this summer. I'm kinda scared because it will be a brand new place. Should I take him up on this or play it safe? What kind of stuff is there to do in LA?
- Capt. ObviousLv 79 years agoFavorite Answer
Seriously? Are you going to let fear of the unknown stop you? Sure, just stay home and sit in your rocking chair on the porch, waiting for Death to come. Sheesh. I would think that the chance to get out of that NASTY humidity would be enough motivation.
"Get busy living or get busy dying" -Andy DuFresne, "The Shawshank Redemption"
There are literally hundreds of things to do here in LA. Here is my list of “must sees”. Visit as many as you have time for:
Disneyland: The Happiest Place on Earth. Half a billion visitors can’t be wrong. #1 Destination.
Universal Studios: A theme park that grew out of a studio tour. #2 Destination.
Even if you don’t visit Disneyland or Universal Studios Tour, Downtown Disney District and Universal City Walk are very fun places to visit for shopping and eating. And they’re free to visit. If you’re adventurous, try the indoor skydiving (www.iflyhollywood.com). It’s a blast!
Hollywood: Enjoy the Walk of Fame, Entertainment Museum, Chinese Theatre and more. The Hollywood & Highland complex has lots of shops and restaurants, and the Kodak Theater. The El Capitan theater, right across the street, is where Disney shows their movies. And the Hollywood Bowl is a GREAT place to listen to concerts outdoors.
Other theme parks include Knott’s Berry Farm and Six Flags Magic Mountain, which are both more geared towards the fast-ride teen crowd.
Olvera Street/Union Station: Olvera Street is the birthplace of LA, and it emphasizes our Mexican heritage. In addition to the Avila Adobe (oldest building in LA), you can eat at some pretty good Mexican Restaurants, do a little shopping, and taste a churro. If you don’t want to go to Tijuana, this is as close as it gets without going there
Rodeo Drive, 90210: Packed with exclusive shops, full of gawkers. They all came to enjoy the excess. Free, unless you intend to buy something.
Venice Beach: Here you'll find Muscle Beach, street performers and tacky shops galore. Fun, VERY interesting, but I avoid it after dark, when it gets a little TOO interesting for my taste.
Santa Monica: Beach and Pier: Great beach scene and a classic seaside amusement park, complete with antique carousel that has been in a lot of TV and movies. After visiting the pier, you can ride a bike south a couple miles to Venice Beach.
Sunset Boulevard began as a route between the stars' posh neighborhoods and the Hollywood studios. It runs from downtown to the ocean, passing through the "Sunset Strip" on its way.
Farmers Market and The Grove - A new shopping complex right next to a Los Angeles landmark, It is right next to CBS. They are currently shooting “Extra” here, M-F 9:00-2:00, so stop by and you might see a celebrity.
Griffith Park - Home of the Los Angeles Zoo, Griffith Park Observatory, Travel Town, the Greek Theatre, and Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage.
Getty Museum - The Getty's architecture is so beautiful that it keeps me fascinated. No matter whether you like their art, architecture, or view better, the Getty is sure to please. Free.
Attend a TV taping - You can get free tickets at audiencesunlimited.com, tvtix.com, or see the booth at Universal City walk. It's very interesting to see a show being taped. The most popular, by far, is the Tonight show.
Places to eat:
In-N-Out Burger: Multiple locations, best burger in LA, ask anyone.
Pink’s Hot Dogs: 709 N. La Brea, just north of Melrose. You might even see a celebrity. Maybe.
Tommy’s Chili Burgers: Look for the shack, an LA tradition. The original location is at Beverly & Rampart, a couple miles west of downtown.
Canter’s Deli: 419 N. Fairfax, between Beverly & Melrose. Near CBS, you might spot a celebrity.
Phillippe’s: 1001 N. Alameda. Great roast beef sandwiches. Near Union Station and Olvera Street.
Tito’s Taco’s: Voted best tacos in LA, even though it’s in Culver City. King Taco is a good alternate if you can deal with East LA.
The Pantry: Corner of Figueroa and 9th, downtown. Huge portions, they never close, GREAT steak and eggs.
Medieval Times and/or Pirate’s Dinner Adventure: Dinner and an adventure show, both are on Beach Blvd in Buena Park, you get to eat with your hands.
Places to Shop:
Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica
The Grove, Los Angeles
Americana @ Brand, Glendale
Beverly Center, Los Angeles
Citadel Outlets, Commerce
Brea Mall, Brea
The Block at Orange, Orange
South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa
Fashion Island, Newport Beach
Santee Alley, Los Angeles
- 9 years ago
If you don't mind driving some hours, you can easily include San Francisco, Las Vegas and San Diego into your trip if you have a few weeks available. San Francisco is a maybe 7-hour-drive but the landscape of California is beautiful. LA itself of course offers a lot about movie and tv industry, beaches, entertainment parks like Disneyland, Seaworld (San Diego), Universal Studios (with tours to movie sets). I also enjoyed a lot a tour through the Warner Brothers studios. Of course, you may also have unique concerts or sports events in those weeks. You also should - with the help of local people! - enjoy the cultural variety of LA. You find almost every culture in its own areas offering interesting malls and original food from the cultures. But to also point out the safety factor: if anyhow possible, leave the tourist paths with local people who know the area. The days are normally comparably safe. Just when the sun goes down, you should better know where to be and where not. If I understand you right then you haven't been traveling much so far. Well, this is definitely an excellent opportunity to start. Of course it's scary in the beginning but you are not even leaving the country. So after the first "shock", you will see that LA is just a city like all other cities - a lot bigger of course. The US are a huge beautiful country. It would be a pity if you wouldn't explore it.
- haiderLv 44 years ago
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- 9 years ago
Well LA has good places and very bad places. In some areas gangs are fighting and in some its amazing. I would go but just stay in the "good" areas.
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- Adam JLv 69 years ago
Yes. It's very different from Indiana. And frankly it's pretty unlikely that anything bad will happen to you. Be brave--as they say he who dares wins!
- ?Lv 79 years ago
How old are you and your friend? This may be a factor in some of the things that you can see or do.
- 9 years ago
Things like go to the beach, see some touristy areas.It could be fun.You never know you might want to move there afterwards.
- Anonymous9 years ago
Go for it...there is lots to do and see here!