Los Angeles, United States

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Where to Stay

What to See

Museum

LA: The Getty
by Sofie of wonderfulwanderings.com about 6 years ago

If you're going to LA, you should definitely visit The Getty. It's location is amazing: on top of a hill overlooking the city. The architecture is great as well and there's a beautiful garden for when you need a break from all that art.
The art is great though. There's something for everyone: paintings, sculptures, furniture, pictures...

Also good to know: the entrance is free but you have to pay $15 for the parking lot. However, if you go in summer, The Getty stays open later and if you go after 5 pm, it's only $10.

http://wonderfulwanderings.com/la-lv-day-8-dancing-at-debbie-reynolds-and-visiting-the-getty/

Outdoor

The Venice canals (in LA)
by Sofie of wonderfulwanderings.com about 6 years ago
The Venice canals (in LA)

A friend and I visited Los Angeles in September. One of the things we did was a day trip to Venice and what we liked most about that beach town, were the Venice canals. It was so peaceful there, so quiet and, not to forgot, so beautiful. You can walk by the water, over the small bridges and passed all the big, without a doubt expensive houses.
A muse see!

What to Do

Cycling

Cycling Los Angeles
Cycling Los Angeles

If you can hire a bike anywhere along the Los Angeles beach front, there is an awesome cycle path that goes from Hermosa in the south almost as far north as you want - up to Malibu.

We cycled from Manhattan Beach to Santa Monica Pier (a 25mile round trip) and there's loads to see along the way and some very interesting contraptions that pass you. It's also a great way to see the coast without having to hire a car and pay $15 at every car park you come across and also some good exercise. It's mostly flat and your biggest obstacle is the occasional out of control tandem bikes and walkers who can't read the 'cycles only' signs!!

A great day out

Hiking

Hiking in LA
by Sofie of wonderfulwanderings.com about 6 years ago
Hiking in LA

Yes, you can go hiking in LA! And the Runyon Canyon park is a perfect place to do that. Broad hiking lanes going up and down in sometimes pretty steep ways, but always with an amazing view om the city!
You have to go there by car and there's a (free) parking lot. Remember to bring enough water. It can be blazing hot up there, even in summer!

http://wonderfulwanderings.com/la-lv-day-7-runyon-canyon-coldwater-canyon-bel-air-and-dancing-at-milennium/

Where to Party

Dancing / Discos / Clubs

LA: closing hours clubs/bars
by Sofie of wonderfulwanderings.com about 6 years ago

I was so surprised when I found out that clubs in Los Angeles have to close at 2 am. And sometimes, they close even earlier!
Also, bars usually call a 'last' drink between 11pm and 12pm and close at 12pm.
I was told though, that after those hours the partying goes on at private parties.

Where to Shop

Malls

Shopping in LA: the Beverly Center
by Sofie of wonderfulwanderings.com about 6 years ago
Shopping in LA: the Beverly Center

If you're visiting LA and into shopping, the Beverly Center is definitely worth a visit. Although the Macy's there is not so big as, for example, the one in New York, there's still more than enough to choose from.

Suggested Itineraries

1 To 3 Days

Quick Stop in LA
by Julie of mjlagency.com about 5 years ago
Quick Stop in LA

First: Griffith Park Observatory-You can look out over the entire city, see from the Los Angeles Mountains to the Pacific Ocean (and yes the Hollywood Sign). (My most favorite spot is if you hike all the way up to Dante's Peak!)Second: A walk though Sunset Junction. Sunset Blvd meets hipster nation. The most friendly foot traffic you'll find east of La Brea, fun stores, farmers markets, record stores, organic/vegan restaurants etc. Third: The Grove for some star watching/dinning. There wasn't one trip to The Grove that I didn't spot a celebrity. Take Sunset Blvd and FINALLY HEAD TO THE BEACH...wander with an open mind from Venice to Santa Monica. Start in Venice, you can always find free parking East of Windward Circle on the side streets. Take Abbott Kinney and Main St up to Santa Monica, 3rd Street Promenade, then head to Santa Monica Pier, follow the water back down to Venice. Hop back in the car go north up the PCH, stop in Topanga Canyon, Malibu, for beautiful sights!

General Advice

Driving And Parking

Going to Los Angeles? Rent a car!
by Sofie of wonderfulwanderings.com about 6 years ago
Going to Los Angeles? Rent a car!

In September a friend and I went to Los Angeles for two weeks. We've been doubting a long time on whether to rent a car or not and if we would, then for how long...
After I'd made a planning of all the stuff we wanted to do, I searched if we could get everywhere using public transport. Turned out we could do most on public transport, but it would always take us 2 to 3 times as long as going by car (not calculating in traffic, of course). Taking that into account and listening to advice I'd found online and gotten from friends who'd already been there, we decided to hire a car for our entire stay. Boy, am I glad we did! We got everywhere so easily, traffic was pretty ok and found parking space everywhere.
Also, gas and parking costs are way lower in the States than they are in Belgium.