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Los Angeles is a vast city, spread across about 500 square miles, and a car is the best way to get around Los Angeles. Los Angeles does have a public transit system, but its routes do not cover all parts of this sprawling metropolis. The LA public transportation consists of the Los Angeles Metro, Metro Local Buses, Metro Rapid Buses, and Metro Express Buses. The LA railway system contains two subway lines, four light-rail lines, and two express bus lines that link to Downtown Los Angeles. You can also opt for taxis or ride-sharing.
Los Angeles has an impressive array of things to do and places to visit. No trip to LA will be complete without some celeb spotting and what best way to do it than a celebrity home tour. Another must-do in LA for movie buffs are studio tours of Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures and Sony Studio and a visit to the Hollywood sign. You can go on a walking tour of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. You could also combine all the best that LA has to offer with a Go Los Angeles Card or the Los Angeles Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour or even fly high with a helicopter tour of LA.
Los Angeles is considered a shopping mecca for avid shoppers and non-shoppers alike. Here you will find everything - from the best designer clothing to niche vintage stores. While in LA do visit Rodeo Drive. Its where celebrities shop and is the most famous and fanciest shopping location in LA. If you are looking for expensive and exclusive then this the place to shop. Another place for high-end shopping is Robertson Boulevard. If your taste veers towards funky, Melrose Avenue is for you. Abbot Kinney Boulevard is ideal for vintage and bohemian wear, West Third for specialty stores and The Grove everything in clothing, cosmetics, and accessories. If you are on the lookout for bargains and cheap shopping, The Santee Alley is your destination.
Overall, Los Angles is a safe city for tourists. Most of the areas that are frequented by tourists in Los Angeles such as Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Westwood, and West L.A. are pretty safe. Even so, it always advisable to take basic precaution measures. Tourists are recommended to stay away from areas in Skid Row, Pico-Union, Westlake, Boyle Heights, and South Central.
Hollywood, near where all the top attractions are, is recommended for first-time visitors to Los Angeles. If exciting nightlife is what you are looking for, then the Sunset Strip, with its clubs, bars, and lounges, is the place to stay. Santa Monica with its beachy ambiance and open-air shopping is another excellent place to stay in Los Angeles. Venice Beach is a fun, inexpensive place to stay at if you are on a budget. If you are looking for a typical LA experience, look no further than Downtown LA, the heart of the business and cultural districts.
Los Angeles is one of the most wonderful places to eat in the country with a mind-boggling variety of international cuisines and access to really great produce, all of which contribute to a thriving food scene. Sqirl is one restaurant that is on everyone’s must-visit list and with good reason – it serves some of the best preserves on toast and rice bowls in LA, making it an ideal choice for brunch. Another class LA restaurant you need to visit is the Wolfgang Puck’s flagship, Spago. Head to Philippe The Original, home to the original French Dip sandwich, or In-N-Out burger for some delicious burgers. Don’t miss out on some of the best tacos in the country at Tito’s Tacos, Tacos Leo, Guerrilla Tacos, Ricky's Fish Tacos or Tacos Quetzalcoatl. For some Asian flavor head on to Myung In Dumplings, Slurpin' Ramen, India Sweets & Spices, Pine & Crane or Park’s BBQ.
Los Angeles has sunny skies almost throughout the year, meaning any time of the year is the best time to visit Los Angeles. May to September is when tourist season is at its peak, ideal if this is your vacation time but not so much if you want to avoid the crowds. Try and book your visit during March - May or during September- November when the weather is great, and crowds are less.