Things to know BEFORE you go to LOS ANGELES - LA Travel Tips 2020
#16: THE MAP OF L.A.
Google Maps: https://apple.co/2DRzzId (iOS), http://bit.ly/2Rwig2F (Android)
Waze: https://apple.co/2NLpxvf (iOS), http://bit.ly/2H2L3Lw (Android)
Apple Maps: https://apple.co/2GfcQax (iOS only)
Travel between 10 AM and 3 PM and after 9 PM in the evening (weekdays) - rush hours can stretch either way and there are no guarantees.
#14: SAFETY: LA has both extremely safe as well as extremely dangerous neighborhoods. Avoid these places: Skid Row, Pico-Union, South Central, Westlake, Boyle Heights, Compton, etc.
#13: WEATHER AND CLIMATE
The warmest months: July – September, average temperature in August is 84 °F (29 °C)
Water temperature (ocean): ~ 68 °F (20 °C) in the summer
Winter months: more wet, especially February, average high temperature: ~ 68 °F (20 °C) with the lows ~ 48 °F (9 °C) during the day
Smog is a very common phenomenon in LA.
#12: BEST TIME TO TRAVEL: March-May, September – November. Average temperatures range between 70 °F and 84 °F (21°C and 29°C) during the day
#11: WHERE TO STAY
An average 3* hotel costs around $150 per night. Best areas to stay are Downtown, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Venice, Beverly Grove, West Hollywood, and Westwood.
Best apps to book your accommodation: https://youtu.be/B7usOIXzAJk
10.1 FROM AND TO THE AIRPORT: Rent-a-car, Airport FlyAway Bus (https://www.flylax.com/en/flyaway-bus) shuttle service, Uber/Lyft, Shared Ride Shuttles, taxies. A free shuttle that takes you to the metro station.
10.2 GETTING AROUND THE CITY: Rent-a-car, poor public transportation (TAP card: https://www.taptogo.net/), Uber/Lyft, Zipcar -registration needed - Zipcard: https://apple.co/2TslVR9 (iOS), http://bit.ly/2S4eGSM (Android)
#9: BEST APPS TO USE IN LA: Google Maps, Waze, Apple Maps, Uber, Lyft, ParkMe, BestParking, ParkWhiz, GasBuddy, L.A Weekly,
5 EVERY DAY, GrubHub, Airbnb, Eatwith, Lime, Bird
(Links coming soon)
#8: LINES ARE EVERYWHERE: LA is usually a crowded place, you can expect lines everywhere.
An average meal at an inexpensive restaurant: ~ $14, mid-range (three-course meal for two): ~ $55.
Find less-expensive options with these apps:
TripAdvisor: https://apple.co/2ML2tfI (iOS), http://bit.ly/2RBBww1 (Android)
Yelp: http://bit.ly/2GjamYv (iOS), http://bit.ly/2RvDpKw (Android)
#6: FOR TOURISTS COMING FROM OUTSIDE US
TIPPING: You should always tip in bars and restaurants. The normal rate is between 15% and 20% pre-tax for restaurants, $1 to $2 per drink for bartenders, or 15% to 20% of the bar tab. You should know that servers in the US are usually paid minimum wage or less and rely heavily on tips.
POWER PLUGS: There is a chance you will need special US power adaptor.
#5: DRINKING WATER: Tap water is as clean as bottled water
#4: DISCOUNTS AND COUPONS
Groupon: https://www.groupon.com/, LivingSocial: https://www.livingsocial.com
#3: SAVE ON ATTRACTIONS
Go Los Angeles Card: https://www.smartdestinations.com/los-angeles-attractions-and-tours
SoCAL City Pass: https://www.citypass.com/southern-california
Free attractions (pay only for the parking ~ $15): the Getty, Griffith Observatory, Getty Villa
Wifi Finder: https://apple.co/2tFj2kB (iOS), http://bit.ly/2TgyAtj (Android)
Wiman: http://bit.ly/2ECLush (Android only)
Sim card providers: T-Mobile (https://www.t-mobile.com/), Mint (https://www.mintmobile.com/)
#1: BEST VIEWS OF THE CITY
Griffith Observatory, Hollywood sign, Echo Park, Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, Mount Wilson Observatory, City Hall, Getty Center, etc. Visit OUE Skyspace LA (SkySlike): https://oue-skyspace.com/
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Dan Wainwright: https://youtu.be/iJvmP-8mn7g
Free To Use Sounds: https://youtu.be/qnUEegvTLok
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E C: https://youtu.be/MLqA5Zu266A
Vesselin Kolev: https://youtu.be/LlB-8jkxi0M
Free To Use Sounds: https://youtu.be/fRJwRDriw8k
Not in potato quality: https://youtu.be/DQ7ZzqBUy6Q
Nathan Pachal: https://youtu.be/_jahVSSiiBw
Nathan Pachal: https://youtu.be/tpM6G83Soos
FUNG BROS.: https://youtu.be/9AOp3V1xgps
Lissa Ray: https://youtu.be/7iT6UG4ND2U
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