April 14, 2021

Los Angeles Travel Tips: 13 Things to Know Before You Go to LA

13 things to know before you go to LA I'm Chris this is yellow productions I do travel guides that are fun informative and entertaining and in this video I'll tell you things you would like to know before you go to Los Angeles and it's going to be 13 of them so here we go number one is that Los Angeles is huge or should I say it's huge Los Angeles is really really big if you're coming on trip to Los Angeles and you're staying for probably any where less than a month you won't be able to see all of LA there is also no center of Los Angeles right now I'm in downtown Los Angeles at the LA Live district this is probably Downtown LA's the closest to the center but you can't stay here and just walk to everything like you can in a lot of big cities and so you really will need a rental car if you want to see a majority of the attraction LA is really really spread out and the other thing to know about Los Angeles related to being huge is that la is comprised of many many different cities so when people say Los Angeles they're also referring to cities like Beverly Hills Santa Monica Malibu those are not neighborhoods of Los Angeles those are actually their own cities and I think Los Angeles is composed of about 50 different cities there's also Orange County just to the south of Los Angeles County many people consider that part of LA as well except people who live in Orange County of them they'll say it's completely different okay the second thing you want to know before you come to LA is traffic and what will you want to know about traffic well LA has traffic everywhere and all the time all day every day yes even at 1:00 a.


on a weekend just deal with it there's going to be traffic don't get pissed don't get road rage it's just going to be slow and just use Google Maps and see how long it's going to take there's a phrase in LA that everything is 20 minutes away except when there's traffic in that case it's 60 minutes away I'll tell you that may be true but if you're going downtown LA to Disneyland on a in traffic time it might take you two hours so really plan those ropes out ahead the other thing to know about traffic and driving is that the freeway they have name you know a lot of people refer to things like the I 95 on the East Coast well here we don't really call it the interstate we call it the 405 we call it the five we put the word V in front of the freeway and they also have names it'll be like the San Diego freeway or the Santa Monica freeway because they have names based upon where they're going so those are things that you'll hear when you're here the third thing to know when you come to LA is about public transit and there's a lot of people that say Los Angeles has no public transit I'm here to tell you that's actually not true Los Angeles has a really really nice subway system and it's a clean modern subway it doesn't go a lot of places it runs through downtown Los Angeles it goes up to Hollywood great if you want to go through Hollywood up to Universal Studios and it's pretty cheap adult sir dollar seventy-five a ride seniors are disabled are like 35 cents on off-peak times so if you are going someplace the subway goes check it out the subway stations are decorated pretty nicely and they just opened the expo line from downtown LA which will actually take you all the way to Santa Monica from downtown Los Angeles if you take that okay but the last thing to know about public transit is LA has a lot of buses but you might not want to ride the buses a lot of parts of the world but this can be great efficient modes of transportation in LA you'll probably be sitting on a bus next to people who smell bad and generally the bus is not considered a prime method of transportation in LA number for parking so because you followed my previous tip and you're going to have a rental car you're going to need to park it at a lot of attractions and the things to know is that parking in Los Angeles is often valet almost always costs money and is often very limited and has really small parking spaces the only place that you're really going to get free parking is probably when you're driving on the 405 freeway and it's rush hour and you're not going anywhere and so therefore you're parked on the freeway that will likely be free but if you're parking on the city streets particularly in downtown Los Angeles Beverly Hills Santa Monica pay attention to the street signs they have bizarre regulations here about what times and can't park typically during morning rush hour you can't park afternoon rush hour you can't park there's like two hours in the afternoon you can park one hour in the evening you can park some residential areas we'll have signs that say like no parking Monday through Friday these times no parking anytime Sunday they might have a sign that says go away imma pay attention those signs you don't want to get a ticket I have that so I'm telling you that from previous experience number five thing to know before coming Los Angeles is about navigation so obviously to be able to park your rental car someplace you're going to be able to drive it and navigate so la has a lot of roads and a lot of routes my number one recommendation is if you don't have a GPS or phone with GPS get a GPS in your rental car you'll want it the roads here are super confusing the other thing I'll say is it's good ahead of time just to kind of know the exit that you're going to take off the freeway sometimes they're not super well signed and the exits just appear out of nowhere so no the eggs that you're going to take don't take the wrong exit because literally if you take maybe one exit before afterwards you might end up in some super sketchy neighborhood that you really don't want to be so they just take the right exit and the other thing to know is because Los Angeles has a lot of distinct cities the roads that run through LA can be really long it can be a 40 mile street that runs through gloss Angeles but it goes through ten different cities and the street numbering will like update every time it goes into a different City so you can have you know 2000 Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills and 2000 Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles and those are two different places so make sure you're entering the city along with the address because if you enter a different city you'll be at a different place and not where you want to go okay the sixth thing you want to know before coming to Los Angeles is about the weather la contrary to what you heard is not always sunny and warm yes today happens to be a sunny day but it is not always sunny and it's not always warm particularly at night it actually can get really cold a lot of people only come with shorts and a t-shirt but I'll tell you nighttime in the winter you will want a jacket and you'll we want long pants I as a Southern California local I'll wear shorts all the time but I'll generally put on a fleece and sometimes even a beanie if it gets cold so do check the weather forecast and don't just pay attention to daytime high pay attention to the nighttime low because the nighttime low can sometimes be 30 degrees lower than the daytime high and the other thing to know is that England Los Angeles can be 30 degrees warmer than coastal Los Angeles so you might hear the weather forecast in Santa Monica and it's 70 degrees but if you go out to Pomona it can be a hundred degrees and that is really not an exaggeration those can be actual temperatures at noon on any given day here in LA the other thing to know is about the ocean water you might be coming to Los Angeles to go to the beach the ocean water is not like Hawaii here it is cold pretty much all year round the summer high for the ocean water is 70 degrees that's about as high as it gets the warm warmest days will be 72 that'll typically be in August or September in December January and the water temperature will be 55 degrees and as LA or Southern California locals we can tell the tourists because those are the people in the water not in the summer that don't have wetsuits on pretty much all the locals will have wetsuits on you can rent those if you come to the beach just be prepared for cold water you'll also want to bring lots of sunscreen I feel like in Southern California we're pretty close to the Sun here particularly if you go to the beach and so it's pretty easy to burn like a crisp bring sunglasses the sun's bright you'll want them a lot of activities are outside here and the last thing related to the weather to know is LA is considered a desert and so it's very very dry so you'll either want to have some moisturizer or use moisturizer your hotels because your skin can get really really dry here after being here for a while particularly if you're not used to this kind of a climate okay seventh thing to know about LA is la is really unlike the rest of California California is a really big state and Los Angeles can often feel like its own different country I'm from San Diego and when I come up with Angeles I do feel like I've traveled a long long way to a very different place even it's only 80 or 90 miles away in particular if you want to feel the most out of this world and like you're actually in a different country completely check out Venice Beach which is just south of Santa Monica the Venice Beach Boardwalk is famous there is nothing like Venice Beach anywhere else in the world crazy boardwalk with some of the most interesting characters that I think you will see anywhere okay the eighth thing to know about coming to LA is Hollywood is in the neighborhood called Hollywood there are other neighborhoods and cities called Hollywood there's West Hollywood East Hollywood and North Hollywood East Western North Hollywood are actually very far away from the center of Hollywood when you think of the Walk of Fame and the stars and all that stuff that's in Hollywood probably the best place to go if you're doing Google Maps is to go to the intersection of Hollywood and Highland and there's a Hollywood and Highland Mall there that's where the Dolby theater is if you're going to Hollywood that's where you'll walk to go but oh by the way in Hollywood there are actually no actors in Hollywood when people think of Hollywood they're like oh I'm going to see stars and they're going to be famous and about all you're going to see on Hollywood Boulevard are maybe people dressed up as Elmo or spider-man and it's you might you might see a few bums a few homeless people actually you'll see a lot of homeless people Los Angeles has a pretty big homeless community in population so just go ahead and be prepared for that and oh by the way a lot of people when they come to Hollywood or LA say hey let's go see the taping of a show you know it's a 30-minute comedy show it'll only take 30 minutes right well if you go see a taping of a 30-minute show it will take at least four hours so be prepared to invest that much time if you're going to see a show taping okay number nine something you're going to hear a lot when you come to LA is the term the valley people will say things like how I'll come in all the way from the valley for this what valley are they're talking about they're talking about the San Fernando Valley the San Fernando Valley is the valley just north of Los Angeles this gets the term valley girl the valley accent the valley or the city's primary Burbank Studio City North Hollywood and Van Nuys so if someone says I'm from the valley we're going to go to the valley that's in the valley that's the valley north of Los Angeles okay number 10 and this kind of takes us back to number eight related the Hollywood is that some of LA is most known attractions are the most rundown lots of LA can be really seedy and you know when people think of Hollywood or people think of Venice Beach they think of like glamour and glitz and all that stuff and I am here to tell you that there's not a lot of glamour and glitz that most of LA is popular attractions they are certainly classic attractions but don't expect them to be nice actually take your expectations if they're up here and bring them way down here for about how nice they are the nicest things you'll find in LA are things that are really owned and run by private companies or corporations LA Live two districts behind me really quite nice but there's a lot of places the public places in LA often not so nice and can be run down because such a big city the tax dollars kind of go everywhere the nicest public building you're going to find is probably Union Station which is in downtown Los Angeles check that out also you can go over to LA City Hall see a view from the top and see just what I mean about things being run down le City Hall has really seen some better days the eleven thing to know about LA is that from a dress code la is pretty casual you know a lot of people think oh it's a high-end restaurant I'll need to go I'll need to wear a suit and tie I'm here to tell you that like shorts a t-shirt the flip-flops will get you into 98 percent of all establishments in Los Angeles I'm sure some people say well Chris but there's this place there's that place and yeah there's a few here in there that have a dress code they want you to wear you know a shirt and there's like point zero zero one percent that you have to wear a shirt and a tie but that is pretty rare you'll fit in fine with shorts and the t-shirt number 12 bring your own shopping bag California recently passed a law that supermarkets and food places have to charge 10 cents for shopping bags and so if you don't want to pay 10 cents for shopping bag bring that shopping bag or you buy a shopping bag once bring it back to the store the charge is for paper and plastic shopping bags all shopping bags that come from a food type place if you're going to a restaurant and they don't charge us your shopping bags you might want to get some fast food get a bag and then you can take it to the supermarket ok and the last thing to know about coming to LA is Mexican food is awesome here if you're coming la and maybe you say well hey I don't like Mexican food Mexican foods not very good I'll probably tell you haven't had good Mexican food I lived on the East Coast for a while and people would always say Chris I'm I think it is really great Mexican restaurant and after I went to about the sixth or seventh one I was like please don't take me anywhere Mexican restaurant because they're all bad I will tell you here in LA they are all almost very very good my favorite Mexican restaurants in LA is called King taco it is a chain of taco places they sell tacos burritos nachos tamales and they basically you pick what meat you wanted it pretty simple the taco is like a dollar 59 some of the best carne asada that I feel I've had anywhere and just really simple really tasty I'll also tell you you won't find this is a king taco but you'll find it a lot of other Mexican restaurants get the fish tacos fish tacos are a Baja California specialty in Mexico and so since were just right north of Baja California you'll find lots of fish tacos as well it's funny there's actually place in LA called the best fish tacos in Ensenada and sanada's in Mexico but it's in LA so just kind of a funny name for a place okay well so that concludes everything you need to know before you come to Los Angeles and the hey if you're in LA local and you were watching if you think there's something else that people need to know please leave it in the comments below for other visitors that come to LA if you got something useful out of video please 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