For those who are planning a visit to Los Angeles, there’s a whole lot to keep you busy. There are amazing restaurants and bars, plenty of places to soak up culture and history, and a whole neighborhood dedicated to stardom and celebrity. What more could you want?
THE REAL DEAL HOLLYWOOD
If you are interested in staying in Hollywood, it’s important to understand a bit about the geography. There is a West Hollywood, a regular Hollywood, a North Hollywood and an East Hollywood. Each are very different places.
West Hollywood has the celebrity sightings, giant homes atop hills, and glitzy Sunset Strip with all the clubs. Hollywood, meanwhile, offers many of the movie-making attractions that you might want to check out, but little else. Then there’s East Hollywood which is a great little spot for when you want a break from the media sensation of ‘Hollywood’. Across the other side of a mountain range is North Hollywood. It can be a bit of hike to get there, however, it has some great creative things going on.
There are a million neighborhoods in Los Angeles and each is a little different. We’ll go over a few so you can find somewhere that fits your personality when you’re looking to get away from the glitz and glamour for a day of relaxation.
- Franklin Village – walking friendly neighborhood with sushi, bars, and improv.
- Little Tokyo – provided you cross Alameda Street you’ll find arcades, bars, and restaurants.
- Koreatown – great food, easy transportation, walkability, and tons to do for all ages.
- Highland Park – tons of fun, food, and drinking to be had for those who appreciate it.
- Eagle Rock – beautiful area that feels far away from the hubbub of the city.
Los Angeles is a very big city, which means getting places can be a bit on the difficult side. If you are planning to visit, the best way to experience the city is with a rental car. Of course, there can be traffic and stress with this mode of travel, but it also gives you the opportunity to experience some of the most interesting parts of the city, such as Mulholland Drive and the Angeles Crest Highway.
That said, if you don’t want to drive, Los Angeles does have a subway, or you can hail a cab or catch the bus. The choice is up to you.
If you’re travelling with your family and you want to have some fun, there are several places you should check out in Los Angeles. Regardless of your group size or taste in entertainment, there’s sure to be something you’ll want to do based on our curated list.
- Anaheim – If you have kids, you want to hit Anaheim. It’s got Disneyland, enough said.
- Getty Museums – There are two and both are great. The Center has a European art collection, while the Villa offers Greek and Roman art.
- Grand Tour of LA – There are tons of companies who offer tours of the city and they’re really fun. See the whole city!
There are tons of places to enjoy in Los Angeles, but these are a good place to start. Make sure to get in the tourist sights, and then enjoy some of the lesser-known neighborhoods. You’ll be glad you chose to do so.