“The Observatory has been justly famous for decades as the location from Rebel Without A Cause. And a little less so for Steve Martin’s Bowfinger. With the release of La La Land, which has a whole musical number here, this location will be rediscovered by a whole new generation of movie lovers. Be sure to check out the bust of James Dean on the west side of the lawn outside the observatory. Also, for real star sightings: Go inside for the planetarium.”
“Sunblock California is sunny most of the time. be safe and don't forget your sunblock :)”
“Bring warm, cozy socks! Layers are key to staying comfy in los angeles weather.”
“Uber, lyft or rental car are the fastest ways to get around the city. Noho is... - 60 mins from lax - 10 mins from burbank airport - 40 mins from downtown la/garment district - 25 mins from beverly hills - 35 mins from venice beach & santa monica piers - 30 mins from dodger stadium - 30 mins from ucla - 40 mins from usc local bus lines: 158, 163/162, 164, 165, 167 & 237 metro local line. la county metro rail: red line & orange line”
“Drive, walk, bird! You're in la. drive, uber, walk as you see fit :) also - there is now an app called 'bird' (or lyme, or bolt, or jump)! that allows you to rent electric scooters on the fly for 15c a minute. you can pick up and ditch them anywhere, download the app to scoot your heart out.”
“Driving best times If you are driving in la- the best times to miss traffic are between 10-2pm then about 8:30pm onwards street are much clearer. the traffic flows mostly west in the mornings and east at night. so for example if you want to go to the beach (west) do not come back in the afternoon! the traffic will be at least an 1-2 hours. the best would be to stay there for dinner and return after of which you are looking at only a 20-30 mins trip. or go in the morning around 10 to miss traffic and head back no later than 2pm.”
“Parking/traffic at theme parks can be very bad If you're doing a day trip to disney, you can use uber/lyft to avoid traffic and wait times.”
“Fourth friday's on retro row! Fourth street's retro row, a vintage-focused shopping and dining district between temple and hermosa avenues, offers a free community event series. activating the business district on the fourth friday of every month, from 6 to 9 p.m., attendees can expect to enjoy extended store hours, food and drink specials, discounted merchandise, pop up shops, art shows, live music and more along the thoroughfare.”
“Restaurants are very busy weekend nights and brunch so try and make a reservation if you can. If you dont have a reservation, you can usually get a table at norah's on santa monica which is a joy as well as connie and ted's. i also like the hudson for brunch. the griddle always has a line so would try and go mid-week instead.”
“Universal city is a must for all! - universal citywalk: cinema, ifly indoor skydiving, restaurants, casual dining, quick-service eateries, snacks & refreshments, clothing shops, novelties & souvenir shops, universal studio store - universal studios hollywood: thrilling theme park, the world-famous studio tour, rides & attractions, dreamworks theatre”
“Eat before and after theme parks Theme park prices tend to be exponentially higher than nearby restaurants”
“Los angeles = la North hollywood = noho west hollywood = weho downtown los angeles = dtla a native/local = angelino”
With a thriving health and wellness scene and world-class culinary options, Los Angeles is having a moment. It’s home to Hollywood and breathtaking coastline views. This metropolitan playground encompasses all the perks of city living: great food, nightlife, music, shopping, and art museums—plus, access to natural parks and ocean beaches. Find your own flavor of Los Angeles with an old Hollywood bungalow, Mid-Century Modern mansion, a Venice Beach-adjacent pad, or a new downtown loft.
Heads up: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is undergoing traffic pains as it builds a new system for taxis and rideshare pickups. An efficient people-mover is expected to service all terminals in 2023, when an extension will connect the airport with the Metro rail system. Until then, expect significant delays: It could take 30 to 60 extra minutes for a ride to show up, and then it’ll take an hour-long drive to get into LA proper.
Avoid the mess by opting to fly into the smaller Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR), where cabs and rideshares still pick up near the terminals. A ride from Burbank to Hollywood averages about a half hour.
Los Angeles lives up to its sunny California reputation, offering perpetually comfortable weather year round. You might want to avoid the overcast “June gloom” in favor of the rest of the summer months, but otherwise Los Angeles is temperate pretty much all year. Temperatures rarely dip below the 40s or rise above the 90s (Fahrenheit).
One of the largest marathons in the country, this race attracts more than 25,000 participants from all over the world.
One of the nation’s most epic book festivals: a circuit of readings, signings, and creative events that sprawl out between multiple venues over the course of a week.
More than 50,000 revelers celebrate the LGBTQ community in West Hollywood with a parade and party.
The Fairplex in Pomona hosts this event, which has been running for almost a century and features a carnival, daring festival food, concerts, and exhibitions.
It might be warm outside, but Hollywood will be transformed into a winter wonderland at its showpiece holiday event.