Los Angeles is the land of entertainment, pop-culture, celebrities and traffic. Lots and lots of traffic, which makes it difficult to do or see anything. So to help you make the most of your time in LA, here is a list of my top recommendations and experiences from my recent trip to LA.
TCL Chinese Theatre– This was my favourite experience while in LA. It was incredible to watch the final Hunger Games movie in the world’s largest IMAX theatre, sitting where the celebrities sit when their movies premiere. The theatre is ornately decorated, and filled with famous costumes and other pieces of Hollywood history. Plus you can run around and take embarrassing pictures with the famous handprints while you wait for your movie to start.
I would recommend not paying for the VIP tour, a guided historical tour offered by the theatre. The magic of this theatre is in the movie watching experience and movie goers are allowed to walk around the theatre to see everything featured on the VIP tour, for the price of an admissions ticket.
Walking to the Hollywood Sign- There are a lot of walking paths in the Hollywood Hills, which are all free. I decided to walk to the Hollywood sign because of the sign’s history and place in LA pop-culture; it was originally put there by a real estate company as an advertisement and was later restored by Hugh Hefner. This tour was offered by my hostel, but anyone can do it on their own. We walked up through the neighbourhoods, and got decently close to the sign. Warning: this is not an easy hike up the steep Hollywood Hills if you’re jet lagged.
Rodeo Drive- With the expensive American dollar I wasn’t about to buy anything at Rodeo Drive (ok, I wouldn’t have bought anything anyways), but it was fun to walk around and see the famous shopping area. I ended up shopping on the street beside Rodeo Drive and found some great deals, although still expensive.
Beverly Hills Farm– As I was travelling alone I didn’t go to any fancy restaurants and just kept it casual. The Beverly Hills Farm was my favourite restaurant that I went to because it was simple and affordable. I had the soup of the day, a cream corn soup, which was the perfect way to warm up on a cold LA day, especially when one is inappropriately dressed, wearing shorts and flip flops while everyone one else is wearing winter jackets.
Starline Hop on Hop Off– Don’t have a car and short on time? Hop on the Starline Hop on Hop Off Bus Tour. This tour takes you to all the major LA tourist attractions, and let’s you see a little bit of everything. I would recommend purchasing a 2 or 3 day pass, because you won’t be able to see it all in 1 day. If you’re tight on time, pick 1 or 2 places to get off at, and then stay on the bus for the rest of the time and enjoy the guided tour where you can learn facts like: Beverly Hills only has silver fire hydrants because yellow ones are too low-class.
USA Hostels, Hollywood– If you’re looking for an affordable place to stay, I would recommend USA Hostels, Hollywood. This hostel was by far the nicest hostel I’ve stayed at, with amazing amenities and social activities; read my full review here.
Did I miss something amazing in LA? Let me know in the comments below.