- By Kevin
- On May 16, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
How to spend a meaningful summer vacation in Los Angeles? It’s downright overwhelming when you think about how to pack Hollywood, Beverly Hills, the beach cities, and everything in between into one trip. Many visitors try to do it all, but there are some things you simply shouldn’t do in L.A. We’re here to guide you away from those, so you have more time for the best of Los Angeles.
DON’T GO TO HOLLYWOOD AND HIGHLAND
It may be the best people-watching spot in L.A., but Hollywood and Highland is also the biggest tourist trap here. It’s the Times Square of Los Angeles, feeling a bit like a can of sardines on the weekends. Everyone will try to sell you something on the street, from souvenirs to DVDs, and even Superman will ask for money to take a photo with him.
DON’T WALK THE VENICE BEACH BOARDWALK ON THE WEEKEND
There’s a recurring theme here with crowds in Los Angeles, and Venice is no exception, especially on weekends when you’ll have to move with the pace of the crowd to walk down the Venice Beach Boardwalk. However, the great thing about L.A.’s beaches is that the 22-mile paved bicycle path, The Strand, also runs along some more offbeat, less crowded beaches, such as Playa del Rey, which is just south of Venice. Whatever you do, don’t go into one of the boardwalk’s cannabis clinics in Venice.
DON’T RELY ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION OR TAXIS TO GET AROUND
Public transportation (more specifically, buses) doesn’t have the same virtues in L.A. as it does in other cities. Taking a bus from LAX to Hollywood, for example, takes no less than an hour and a half although it’s just a 12-mile trip. Also, don’t try hailing a cab because it doesn’t work in L.A. Rent a car or use Uber or Lyft for nearby drivers to pick you up and drop you off. They are often 20 percent to 30 percent cheaper than taxis.
DON’T GO TO THE SUNSET STRIP DURING THE DAY
During the day, the Sunset Strip is just another line of cafes, nightclubs, and shops. It’s after the sun goes down that it shows its true colors. By and large, even at night, many of its bars can be skipped, as most are packed to the gills. If you go to one place, make it The Troubadour, an intimate music venue that’s considered one of the best in L.A. Other notable bars include Pearl’s and Skybar at the Mondrian for their views of L.A.