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Los Angeles travel guide

Mar 14, 2018

Looking Beyond The Bright Lights and Glitter Of Los Angeles

Visiting Landmark Locations and Tourist Attractions in Los Angeles

Most people assume that Hollywood is what LA is all about. That when they get off the rented charter buses, they would either be greeted by Hollywood stars hiding behind their sunglasses, the paparazzi that follows them, or star-wannabes working hard behind their aprons waiting on tables.

In order to fully immerse yourself in what Los Angeles, the City of Angels, has to offer, you need to look beyond the bright lights and glitter. It is a beautiful, diverse and sometimes confusing city that makes every trip like a brand, new one. At every turn, there’s something new to learn, be it a new language or a new culture.

Los Angeles, unbeknownst to some, does not have a ‘center’ per se, and it is made out of many different parts of neighboring California cities and communities. There are, after all, 88 cities within the Los Angeles County itself. While casuals brunches are big deals, dinners during weekends would warrant a call ahead of time (if you don’t fancy meeting your friends at Taco Truck zone) and bar crawls are almost impossible without a party bus or a private car.

You can get off the charter bus and just wander around on foot, especially during warmer days at The Valley (a hub for International cuisine), the beaches in Santa Monica (and its mountains), harbors on Eastside, hip, chic and famous neighborhoods around Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Pasadena and Malibu.

Getting Out And About

After traversing your way around quaint shopping districts, art attractions, swanky malls, world-renowned movie-filming locations, it is, perhaps, time to don the boots and go for a hike around the hilly terrains around sites like Griffith Park, Runyon Canyon Park, Ferndale Trail (which leads to Griffith Park at some point), or the ever-magical Getty View Park.

While the beaches give off their own charm, hiking is almost seen as a rite of passage for most of the young peeps of LA.

The hiking trails and its adjoining parks are common stomping grounds for not just the young folks of the city, but also seen as weekend gathering spots for families. What with the perfect views of oceans, incredible trackable trails, and postcard-ready backdrop, the thigh-grind might warrant the extra dish of dim sum at the end of it all.

There are a 1960’s tunnel entrance and Batcave leading to Bronson Canyon and Griffith Observatory, Instagram-famous Wisdom Tree at the top of Cahuenga Peak, and the geographically-gorgeous towering boulders with calm waters at The Grotto Trail. The heat can get to the best of us, even seasoned hikers, so, if you’re at Malibu Creek (where diving is, technically disallowed - but mostly, tolerated), the streams and calming waters of Century Lake will, quite literally, be lifesavers!
  • Griffith Park
    4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027
    (323) 913-4688
  • Runyon Canyon Park
    2000 N Fuller Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
    (818) 243-1145
  • Ferndell Trail
    Fern Dell Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027
  • Getty View Park
    Getty View Trail, Los Angeles, CA 90077
  • Bronson Canyon
    3200 Canyon Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068
    (818) 243-1145
  • Grotto Trail
    Granada Hills, CA 91344
  • Griffith Observatory
    2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
  • Malibu Creek State Park
    1925 Las Virgenes Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302
    (818) 880-0367

Beach, House, Beautiful Sunset

A Charter Bus Is Almost a MUST

If you want to efficiently maneuver your way around Los Angeles without popping a vein, the presence of your own rental car or charter bus is an absolute must. Checking out California on Google Maps will give you a rough idea of the size of Los Angeles. Thanks to its weaving freeways and when it is not congested during peak rush hours, getting in and out of Los Angeles can be a cinch. And besides, nothing is more comforting than relaxing in the comfort of a rented Los Angeles charter bus or car, languishing in the air-conditioning as you zip your way along Angeles Crest Highway, Mulholland Drive or Pacific Coast Highway while the accompanying coastline buzz past you right outside the window. It’s the stuff you see in movies about wild joyride escapades.

Suffice to say, trains are not common in Los Angeles while parking and its intersecting roads can be daunting for new faces in the city. Undoubtedly, Wave and Google Maps will help you get around and find little mom-and-pop shops but without a vehicle of your own, moving around on foot is challenging. For those with time constraints, your own vehicle is all the more important.

Getting Off The Map

Your duffel bag could be filled to the brim with the brochures and maps that you’ve gotten your hands on along the way, but the most memorable destinations are not famous enough to make it into the maps.

The locals have sparing positive reviews to leave about some of Hollywood’s best tourist attractions. Although they’re still worth visiting and make for great Instagram pictures and Facebook updates, it probably won’t make it into your personal ‘best of’ list.

As a tourist, however, do make time for Rodeo Drive, the Hollywood Sign, Hollywood Walk of Fame and Universal Citywalk if you have the time because these are landmark locations in Los Angeles. If, however, you wish to see something that has never been highlighted by reality TV or movies, try something off the map.

After being in the midst of the rich and glamorous, a fling around Getty Center or Grand Central Market would be a lesson in humility. It brings you right back down to earth. While massive and grand in every way possible, The Getty Center is the envy of all other museums because of its gorgeous architecture and sculpture garden, rich collections from all around the world and paintings by renowned artists like Monet, Renoir, and Van Gogh.

Seeing The Many Different Sides of Los Angeles

Grand Central Market, located in the heart of downtown LA, has been in the Homer Laughlin Building since its inception in 1917. Nevertheless, it has undergone an invariable number of changes over the years and transformed itself to suit more modern preferences. But one thing is for sure: it continues to be THE go-to place for local delights like breakfast burritos, Hainan chicken rice, tacos, vegan ramen, eggslut and freshly-made pasta from the best of Los Angeles! You can, of course, follow that up with a few ice cold beers from gencentric breweries and chic bars.

But not before taking the LA charter bus to Zuma Beach to catch the sunset with your loved ones (or take the perfect snapshot of your family against the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean), or head out to the more-private, European-like El Matador State Beach which is located just 6 miles from Malibu and 25 miles from Santa Monica.

Museums, galleries, beaches, hiking trails, markets and malls - the collection of attractions above would make you feel like you’ve visited a whole country instead of just a city.  
  • Universal CityWalk
    100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
    (818) 622-9841
  • The Hollywood Walk of Fame
    N Highland Ave & Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
    (323) 469-8311
  • The Getty Center
    1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049
    (310) 440-7300
  • Grand Central Market
    317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
    (213) 624-2378
  • Zuma Beach
    30000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265-3601
  • EL Matador State Beach
    32350 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
    (818) 880-0363
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