Most travelers have a love/hate relationship with Los Angeles. LA is more like a Bento Box. It is many things at once, with no particular unifying theme or vibe, and this confuses people. When we say New York, Boston, New Orleans, Paris, Tokyo etc. we can imagine a few images in our mind.
Since LA is spread over such vast distances and consists of multiple small-towns connected through freeways, it is hard to do that here.
So, rather than try to explain Los Angeles, I want to just show it through pictures and let you make your own take away from it.
The City of Angels
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Butterbeer pro-tip. If you are of drinking age,
(i) Buy butter-beer (non-alcoholic) with the beautiful mug.
(ii) Buy real beer.
(iii) Put real beer in the butter-beer mug.
To enjoy the city, you need to have done planning beforehand, since distances and times are huge. Depending on your tastes – beaches, mountains, history, movie-buff, food, etc. check out those places that you want to enjoy, instead of marking off checklists of travel guides. The main tourist attractions may be underwhelming, but there are a lot of cool stuff in the hidden pockets of the city, that are not that well-known.
Here is my list –
- Try out some food-trucks (they have changing times and meeting places)
- Markets and Spicy cocktails around Venice Beach (For the beach itself, there are better places)
- Korean Bell of Friendship park
- Olvera Street for Mexican history and culture