Top tips for Los Angeles
26th November 2019
My LA Travel Diary series has sadly now come to an end, but I wanted to round up my trip with a blog post sharing my top tips for anyone planning a trip to Los Angeles
LA is massive, and even though we were there for 4 days we only really saw a fraction of the city. So admittedly, this won’t be the most comprehensive top tips post, but I still wanted to share a few tips with you.
Pick your accommodation wisely
As I just said, LA is huge! Everything is really spread out and it’s can take half a day to get from one side of the city to the other. It’s definetly not a walkable city.
It’s not like other cities where if you stay in the city centre you’ll be close to most of the tourist attractions. The best place to stay will entirely depend on what you want to do while you are there.
For example, when we booked we knew we definitely wanted to do the Warner Bros. Studio Tour, and at the time we were considering doing Universal Studios Hollywood (which of course, we did do in the end). So ended up choosing a hotel in North Hollywood that was close to both Warner Bros. and Universal. It was also close to a Metro station which was very handy for getting to other areas of the city. which brings us nicely on to the next point…
Use the LA Metro to get around
I feel like nobody talks about the LA Metro, but I honestly think it’s one of the best ways to get around. It’s often a faster way to get around than driving, and it’s a hell of a lot cheaper than getting Ubers. One trip costs $1.75 and you can get a day pass for just $7.
The LA Metro is also super easy to understand in comparison to the New York Subway! And they have a great free app that will help you to plan out your journey.
Granted, the Metro doesn’t go everywhere, but even if you take the Metro part of the journey and get an Uber the rest of the way, it will save you time and money.
Don’t try to pick up an Uber from tourist hotspots
When we weren’t using the Metro or the free shuttle provided by our hotel, we used Uber to get around. One thing we learned is that if you are at a tourist hotspot and you are trying to get an Uber, the prices are much higher than normal.
For example, we tried to pick up an Uber from The Grove and it seemed really expensive to use. We literally walked 5 minutes down the road and picked up an Uber from outside a supermarket for almost half the price.
Go the Hollywood Walk of Fame first thing in the morning to avoid the crowds
If you’re like me and hate crowds of tourist but also like to visit the tourist spots, I’d recommend making the most of your jet lag and heading to the Hollywood Walk of Fame first thing in the morning.
We woke up super early on our first day thanks to the jet lag so we took the Metro down to the Walk of Fame and it was dead! But it was really nice to walk along and look at the stars while it was so quite.
If I went back to LA, I think I’d like to visit at night when it gets a little busier just to see what the atmosphere is like. But honestly, I do think the Hollywood Walk of Fame is overrated, so if you don’t get the chance to visit while you’re there, don’t worry, you won’t have missed out on much!
Visit at least one of the beaches
If you’re going to LA you need to make a trip to the beach!
We visited Santa Monica and then walked from there to Venice beach, and it was honestly one of my favourite parts of the trip! It’s just how you imagine it to be with beaches that go on for miles and miles, people skateboarding and rollerskating down the promenade, surfers, palm trees, the pier, etc. So dreamy!
Leave plenty of time to get to your destination
You’ve probably heard that LA traffic is bad, but you don’t realise just how bad it is until you’re there.
If you look at Google maps and it says your journey by car is going to take you an hour, I’d recommend adding an extra hour on top of that because I can almost guarantee you will get stick in traffic at some point. This is especially if you get are going to LAX to catch a flight. It’s better to be early than miss your flight thanks to the traffic.
Have you been to Los Angeles? Do you have any other top tips? Leave your tips in the comments to help others who are planning a trip to this incredible city!