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Post  Kurt addict on 10/4/2014, 5:12 pm

Hi, I'm planning my holiday for next summer does anyone live in l.a? Or hav yu visited it? Can you give me any suggestions or tips please , thanks I'm so confused at the moment

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Post  Delight on 10/30/2014, 8:49 am

Hi, I've recently returned from an overseas trip to Europe myself; which explains my non-existent presence on this forum this past month.

I've never been to LA, but I've heard travel tales from tourists who have been there; and it would seem that it's not so much the casinos that are the draw for tourists but the amazing hotels and restaurants there. You'll see a smaller version of the Eiffel Tower, an indoor imitation of Venice complete with gondolas and waterways, miniature versions of pyramids of Giza etc. (Ignore this paragraph-- I'm talking about Las Vegas and not LA here)

I find tripadvisor to be a good online resource if you're planning a trip to somewhere you've never been before. Check out this link and you may find some useful information.

http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Guide-g32655-k61-Los_Angeles_California.html

Tripadvisor (which also contains plenty of restaurant and hotel reviews) really helps with the decision-making when it comes to planning your trip  neutre


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Post  Glorfindel on 10/30/2014, 8:58 am

^Aren't you confusing L.A. with Las Vegas? Because that's where the casinos and fancy hotels are. saispa 

I went to Los Angeles once. Since it was just for 3 days I only visited:
1) Disneyland, which I loved of course. Smile
2) The Universal Studios, which is very entertaining too, but it's basically an amusement park, not like the Paramount Studios where you can see the sets and actors of actual tv series being filmed.
3) The Man Chinese Theatre (where all the handprints of the celebrities are in front of the building) and the Walk of Fame, followed up with a tourist bustour through Beverly Hills (celeberity house spotting!).

I hear Venice Beach is nice too, but we didn't have time to check it out.

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Post  Delight on 10/30/2014, 9:20 am

^Whoops! You're right. Thanks for pointing it out, Glorfindel. I don't know why Las Vegas is featuring so heavily on my mind when I wrote the post. (Actually, I do know why-- I've been subjected to dinner conversations with a couple from Las Vegas and another couple who visited Las Vegas during my recent trip. It made me really want to visit Las Vegas one day)

I've amended the post so as not to confuse people.
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Post  fantastica on 10/31/2014, 10:39 pm

welcome back traveler!

i have used trip adviser before. when it comes to finding things/places the machine world is so much better. last time we went to San Fran an old friend tried to take us to places but our phone's navigator worked so much better, especially when there's traffic. we also found things that she didn't know either. at the end she got quite pissed off because we didn't value her "advice" as much.

today, with a smart phone one can practically go anywhere on this planet where there's a place to charge your phone, and do anything if there's an app for it. glad i live in this day and age!
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Post  Kurt addict on 11/1/2014, 4:58 am

Thank you to everyone for your help on my holiday planning! I'm really pleased with myself at the moment as I've used trip advisor and trivago and booked my flights, hotels, airport transfers and I have a plan outline, so I'm getting there, trying to decide if I should go to Disney world or if that's a step to far lol, I still have insurance and esta to do,and sort which must see places, but being off this week has got me in full holiday mode. Now all I have to do is pay for it all! Thanks once again, I'm going in August so I expect it will be really hot!

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Post  Delight on 11/4/2014, 9:43 am

fantastica wrote:welcome back traveler!

i have used trip adviser before. when it comes to finding things/places the machine world is so much better. last time we went to San Fran an old friend tried to take us to places but our phone's navigator worked so much better, especially when there's traffic. we also found things that she didn't know either. at the end she got quite pissed off because we didn't value her "advice" as much.

today, with a smart phone one can practically go anywhere on this planet where there's a place to charge your phone, and do anything if there's an app for it. glad i live in this day and age!

Thanks, and I'm glad to be back. I'll be posting some photos in the Travel thread soon after this.

Haha, I feel sorry for your local friend who failed to impress you with her local knowledge.  There is no denying that internet had changed the way we travel and make decisions about everything from which hotels to stay in to which restaurants to eat to which tourist attraction spot to visit. When I was overseas in a foreign country with my friend, she would refuse to eat in any restaurant that didn't earn at least a 3.5 star reviewer rating on Tripadvisor. Have to say that when we ended up eating in a restaurant with a lower rating than that, the end result is mostly disappointing.

Kurt addict wrote:Thank you to everyone for your help on my holiday planning! I'm really pleased with myself at the moment as I've used trip advisor and trivago and booked my flights, hotels, airport transfers and I have a plan outline, so I'm getting there, trying to decide if I should go to Disney world or if that's a step to far lol, I still have insurance and esta to do,and sort which must see places, but being off this week has got me in full holiday mode. Now all I have to do is pay for it all! Thanks once again, I'm going in August so I expect it will be really hot!

Oh yes, I heard that Trivago is a good website to compare hotel prices. Looks like you're getting very organized very soon-- it's a full 9 months before you have yet to travel. Well, at least you have the advantage of monitoring the exchange rates and obtain your foreign currency at better rates.

As to must-see places, I find that you can pretty much google 'Top 10 tourist attractions in...' to come up with a list; or several lists. Then it's a matter of checking Tripadvisor for user reviews of each tourist spot to decide which ones catch your fancy neutre
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Post  mindschemez on 11/4/2014, 12:33 pm

I'm from San Diego, so I frequent LA from time to time.

-The Hollywood and Highland Center is a good central place to go. If you're with a car, I would park here. First, the mall itself is really big and it's quite beautiful. It has good views of the Hollywood sign with positioning for photos. It's connected to the Dolby Theatre (formerly the Kodak Theatre) where many events take place, like the Oscars, so they even have banners for every Best Picture winner. Then out front is Hollywood Blvd that has the Walk of Fame (celebrity stars in the ground), and the Chinese Theatre with the celebrity footprints is also at this location. Across the street are cool Hollywood staples like the El Capitan Theatre (which looks amazing lit up at night), Jimmy Kimmel Live, and the famous Roosevelt Hotel

-LA Live is also a cool hub to go to. This is where the Staples Center and Nokia Theatre are located, along with other restaurants and shops

-Santa Monica Pier is a good place to head to if you're headed to the beach. On the pier there are rides, games, restaurants, and shops.

-Griffith Observatory is the planetarium, and has great views of the city...and it's free! They have exhibits, telescopes, etc. I also remember they have these scales for how much you would weigh on other planets and the moon, which was pretty cool.

-Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles, and Pink's Hot Dogs are some eateries that are LA staples. For dessert I recommend Milk, I always go here when I'm in LA. They have a variety of good stuff here, but my favorite is the Macaron Ice Cream Sandwhiches miamiam

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Post  Kurt addict on 4/13/2015, 6:03 am

Well my holiday is getting closer and I'm getting more excited, so now I need help with what to pack! And I know there are some wonderful packers out there? I will be on holiday for three weeks, two in L.A. And one in New York (a holiday of a lifetime) I am assuming it will be very hot! As it's August, would it be best to buy toiletries and sunscreen in L.A ? I am very fair (Celtic blood) or should I just buy It at home? And any suggestions for things I might need? All advise appreciated thanks

Not sure were to put this comment : finding never land is opening on broadway on Wednesday and they have been talking about it on gmtv this morning, it sounds really good. blushh

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Post  Delight on 4/19/2015, 3:03 am

I can't offer LA-specific tips, but I think that general advice around traveling in a city as a tourist is the same no matter which country...

Again, I think tripadvisor is a good website to work out which hotels are good and which restaurants are somewhat decent.

As for sunscreen, lip balm, moisturiser and toiletries (must include toothbrush and toothpaste; and, uh, that thing we females tend to use every month), I always bring along my own when I travel. Unless I'm confident that the hotels supply them; but even then, I don't want to risk it and end up having to run around looking for supermarkets or pharmacies to buy what I need. If you're catching the plane, just remember the 100ml limit to liquid products that you can bring onto the plane with your cabin luggage. If limit is exceeded, you just put them in your check in luggage.

A pair of indoor slippers can come in handy when you're staying in hotel. I'm not sure about anyone else, but I never liked the feeling of wearing my well-worn sneakers after a shower to trod around the room.

Check out the weather forecast. You might want to consider bringing an umbrella or a raincoat.

If you're planning to travel light, consider cutting down the number of, uh, undies you need to bring by bringing those that dry quickly after washing.

I think internet access is handy when you're in a foreign country, so it might be useful to know whether you can purchase a sim card or get onto some prepaid deal that gives you internet data on your smartphone. With internet, you can then use googlemaps to get around. If you can't get access to googlemaps, you might want to check out the hotel you're staying in to see if they will provide you with maps and other information of what areas of interest are around and how you can get there.

Lastly, but most importantly, you have to take precautions to stay safe. To me, that usually means no walking around in unfamiliar and isolated places at night if I can help it. Start the day early if you want to maximise traveling and sight-seeing time, but try to get back to the hotel after dinner come evening/night time. Unless there's some activity that is only available at night.

Hope that helps... ooppss
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Post  fantastica on 4/21/2015, 7:25 pm

LA is hot desert. No need to carry umbrella! I do second the need for sunscreen and moisturizer though. i was in southern Cali for one week, wearing SPF sunblock daily and guess what? I ended up with a tan and dry, leathery skin! Hydrate hydrate hydrate and sunblock sunblock sunblock!
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Post  Buenos on 4/21/2015, 8:54 pm

Im more Northern Cali, but in jaunts to Southern Cal, the weather is usually warm and dry, so as others have said, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

Things to see!!

So many just a few per taste and interests of course varying...

Santa Monica (including the store walkways and the iconic pier)
Venice Beach (good for people gazing)
West Hollywood (including the Grove/Farmers Market)
Melrose avenue (cute boutiques)
Getty Museum
Griffith Observatory
Out in Pasasdena (eastern fringe) Hunningto Museum and Gardens, Norton Simon Museum
Downtown LA; The Disney Music Hall
Look up in LA Out any number of small theater:ptdr: productions, as LA doesn't want for
actors
LA county musuem, the contempoary Art musuem,
see what festivals are going on...
There is always Disney Land and Universal studios...
Have a great trip!!
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