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

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  • Yellow Productions says:

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  • Don't waste your money at other donut shops! Go to Randy's get some classic glaze and apple fritters! Also Iron Man tricked me, there is no inside

  • Bring your expectations waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay down. hahaha I was cracking up. I tell people this all the time. lol

  • Lara Joanna Jarvis says:

    Definitely agree about the fish tacos! I'm from the UK and it was the first thing I ate when I got here as I missed them so much!!

  • Thank you. This was very helpful. You seem to be a native and very well a breast of Los Angeles. I have given you a thumbs up and subscribed to your blog

  • Jock Marais ASMR says:

    Can someone answer a question for me? I’m planning on renting a car when I visit LA for 4 days. I understand having to pay for parking will suck, but I adore my freedom to roam where I please and wish to get up to Malibu for a day and just explore. Because LA is so spread out, for me to see everything I want to see (granted, I’ll likely not get to all of it) it would likely cost me upwards of $40 just to get to one destination and that’s not accounting for getting back. I’m staying in Manhattan Beach and taking an Uber all the way from there to Malibu just sounds way too long to sit in the back of a stranger’s car and sounds like a fuckload of money. Some of y’all are scaring me about renting a car. Do you think it’s crazy of me to be considering renting a car near LAX and driving around myself and just putting up with the traffic and parking?

  • Norwegian Blue says:

    LA is a hard place to visit purely as a tourist. It's better if you know somebody there if you plan to do more than going to a theme park, movie studio tours and seeing some museums. Honestly, you can save yourself a lot of hassle and just go to San Diego instead. People in LA go to San Diego when they want to get away.

  • Coming from NYC this June, thanks man, super informative lol being from NYC might help me though, the traffic sounds like hell though hahaha

  • Don't isolate yourself. There are people who have been through what you might be facing right now and they overcame it. Don't push people away, surround yourself with people who are spiritually mature and get the help that you need. Isolation when you are in pain and don't know if there's a way out is dangerous and that's why we have suicide cases. Listen, there's nothing that you can be facing that God is not able to solve for with God nothing is impossible. Hold on. Jesus loves you.

  • To the person reading this, you are who God says you are. You are made in the image of God, The Creator of  heaven and earth. Because of His love for you and I, He sent His only Son Jesus Christ to die for you so that you can have everlasting life and not go to hell. Jesus Christ arose from the dead, He is alive and is the only Messiah, the King of kings, the Beginning and the End. Jesus Christ is the Savior of the whole world. Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, invite Him into your heart/life today. Wherever you are, He can hear you for He is everywhere. Remember Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to God the Father. Jesus loves you sooooo much so that He gave His life for you. You are valuable…You are loved.

  • Subway system: Real clean modern system…
    Me: You haven't been on the Blue and Green Lines through the hood I see.

  • 6:48 There's a such thing as short pants? I am from Inglewood, it gets down in the 60s in July! Tourist Tip: Hollywood Blvd is a tourist trap!

  • You can find authentic food from all over the world in L.A. We have amazing Korean; Phillipino; Thai; Vietnamese; Chinese; Japanese; Lebanese; Ethiopian; Peruvian; Cuban; Salvadorian; Indian; Russian… and some of the most amazing Mexican food you can have outside of Mexico. The only problem is that a lot of these food places are located in areas that most tourists are being warned against. Do your research, find a cuisine you'd like to enjoy, and take a risk in an area you wouldn't normally go to. You'll expand your horizons, and find that some of these areas are not as scary as they're being portrayed.

  • Alexander Alal says:

    Good summary! The coast is the best option. I have been here since the early 70s – the population has exploded to overcrowded epidemic levels everywhere. I don't go out any longer; too many rude people in person and in cars; but, there is good and bad in all cities.

  • vonda denson says:

    Well after all that food…I guess I'll go to the market buy food cook in my hotel .😁 the gang thing so guess I'll stay 2 days.

  • One more thing the best place to spend a day in Southern California is Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. Hands down the best museum in the USA if not the world, and the best thing its undiscovered. Many of the wold best artists work on display.

  • Los Angeles sucks. Been there one time… overrated overcrowded over Price….save your money and dont visit.. aw yeah food sucks too

  • I suggest putting your lists behind your camera so you don’t have to look down constantly. Less awkward from a viewers point of view.

  • I grew up in the 90's in Colorado and the term "valley girl" was often used. After all these years I finally get what that meant. Also some of my family is from the central coast. Cheers

  • fucc yourself says:

    Damn i live in La and i thought every city had this problem with traffic, parking, and weather. Like damn i dont wanna live here anymore

  • As an Angeleno I agree 100% with all your advice. The only thing I would add is that locals measure driving distances in time and not in miles. For example if someone asks? "How far is the Griffith Park Observatory?" Or "How far is Dodger Stadium?" You'll get a response like "If you take the 5 it's 40 minutes but if you take the 101 it's 20 minutes".

  • Ronald Crisosto says:

    Did he say they want you to wear a shirt? I just imagine a people wearing no shirts and entering restaurants

  • Philip Taylor says:

    Why is Angel City your photo for "#10 – RUNDOWN"? That place is not rundown and it's a pretty cool spot in the middle of the Arts District. Also, City Hall looks great, could you really not find better examples of what is rundown?

  • jumbalayaismisspeells says:

    My 14 yo daughter and I are going to LA next month. We are the quintessential middle class white women. Will we be in danger traveling alone?
    We are landing in LAX, visiting San Marino or Hermosa beach and then staying in Riverside for a few days.
    Is there anything I should be aware of? I'm not a big traveler.
    We also both have long hair. Is it dangerous to wear it down?

  • LOL! Yes, you nailed it with most of it. If you like King Taco, you’ll love Sam’s Tacos on Whittier and Soto. I actually like it more than King Taco and it’s open 24 hrs. About public transport…. my grandma and I mom never owned a car and they got around their whole lives just fine in L.A. My husband and I just got our first car last year at age 34. I still take the bus to work because I work only a 10-min bus drive away with a ten minute walk from the bus stop. He works all the way in Walnut, so he takes the car during the week, but it’s convenient on weekends. Still, now we have to deal with traffic and parking, so we end up taking the bus or Uber anyway, especially if we plan to go bar-hopping to DTLA.

  • Jonathan Barbee says:

    Its funny, when I read these comments I can tell what white people are thinking. For me, I don't like Malibu, its too white and fake. I love Venice Beach, it has a more urban vibe to it, with a lot of activities. But you white people call it a dumb, because its too many of you know who are over there. If LA was so bad, then why are there so many people who live here and is trying to move here?

  • #14 Any time you find a nice spot to sit down outside, be ready to move a handful of used syringes and a few human dookies.

  • Hristos Stylianou says:

    Flying to la in September and staying with a friend in the valley, into nerdy/fashion stuff and cannot wait, so far got the Griffith space observatory and Getty villa down, I’ll be in la for about 10 days. Any more recommendations would be approximated

  • I have to be honest. Coming to LA for the past four years, I enjoyed the nice personality it has. Always alive downtown, seeing the Hollywood sign from afar. Going to Santa Monica and Venice. Yet, I can't help but notice the trash on the streets are building each year. It's kinda like, the rich movie stars are living among the top area of Beverly Hills. Away from the filth. But it definitely has great mexican food!

  • Steve williams says:

    PARKING TIP Even out of state disabled parking placard can give you free parking at city street meters. Many city-owned parking lots at the beach offer free parking but look for the wavier sign on side of the pay station. California is a very disabled person friendly. All stores, malls, theme parks, theaters have convenient parking for such needs. If your flying in and have only the lic. plate check with your DMV, or AAA club for a temp. hanging placard.

  • Steve williams says:

    The Summer months Southern California has county fairs. If you are visiting from out of state and have been to your local county fair, you might be amazed at how big the fairgrounds are here. The largest county fair in the United States is in the city of Pamona In LA county

  • Jesse Sanchez says:

    If you get off in a bad neighborhood exit, don’t worry you’re safe. There aren’t many drive by‘s like seen in the movies. Unless you’re in a gang 😅 Just follow your maps app to get to your destination. Like all cities you have good and bad parts. Use common sense and proceed with caution anywhere remote like any city you visit. You might see stars at the local restaurants in West Hollywood or Beverly Hills. The San Fernando Valley sucks, old, crowded and run down…skip it. Instead head to Malibu or the Getty Center. Studio City and Encino down Ventura Blvd is really nice for shops, restaurants and night life. In Downtown, LA Live is nice but only go when there is an event going on. Otherwise you’re only taking pictures of athlete statues at Staples Center. The Children’s Library on 5th and Flower is really nice and great place to visit with kids or not. Chinatown and Little Tokyo near downtown have good food and shops plus there is an art district nearby. Olvera Street has good Mexican food and always some sort of entertainment. I’m Mexican and King Taco has gone down hill, pricier and smaller portions…skip it. Whole in the wall restaurants or food trucks are great. California is known for In N Out burgers. Get yourself one! Also head to Long Beach area and the Shoreline where the Queen Mary is located. You can even fly in to the Long Beach airport instead of LAX. 10 times less busy. Long Beach, Hermosa, Manhattan and Huntington beaches are all nicer than Santa Monica and Venice. Better nightlife too. Born and raised in LA myself!

  • Andrew Mackey says:

    I'm coming to LA for the first time in October from Australia and love your videos Chris, very informative!

  • Yes as a Californian when visiting LA get out of LA asap lol. The outskirts of the LA region are the best. As for beaches except for Malibu, go south for the nice beaches past Long Beach all the way to San Diego.

  • The one place you can see a bit of Old Hollywood glamour is The Roosevelt Hotel, kitty-corner to The Chinese Theatre. After a visit to the Chinese, I always take tourist friends there for a drink in the lobby and they LOVE IT! Also, even though they have made it more complicated to get up there, everyone loves going to The Griffith Observatory. I also like to take visitors to the Adamson House in Malibu. That way, they get to see a classic LA estate AND there's a great public beach right next door! Also, I tell tourists to go to Santa Barbara, because that's what they think LA is going to look like! Lol! 🤣

  • I am from Yorkshire, the degrees are in the 20s celsius, bring shorts and short t-shirts, i melted in the 34 degree heatwave with only long trousers

  • Another addition as an Angeleno to tourists: if you want to see the REAL Hollywood, go visit Burbank. Burbank is where all the major studios are located, such as Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros., Universal Studios (well it's in Universal City but it's literally RIGHT next door), Burbank Studios (which used to be NBC's west coast studio but has now gone independent), LOTS of other production studios, etc… If you manage to book a studio tour or participate in a taping for a show, Burbank is the place you'll most likely end up driving to, never to the neighborhood of Hollywood!

  • I totally agree about the Mexican food. I was in New York for four year's. All their so called Mexican food is terrible. Los Angeles Mexican food is awesome!

  • Here in Texas Mexican food is the same…GREAT! Both, Tex-Mex, and authentic Mexican food. Although, it is different (different origins) than California, but EXCELLENT (usually).

  • I Disliked this video because while it was informative the guy said a lot of negative things about our city. Yes Hollywood has its homeless, but so does the rest of the country. Hollywood itself is a very nice place. Hollywood and highland is a very busy area and there’s much to see and do on Hollywood Blvd. When I travel I look for the good of the place not the negative. The transit system here is very good yes there’s a few stinky people that ride the buses and trains but overall it’s clean and if someone is that stinky then just get up and move. When they get that bad I don’t think the bus driver lets them ride. Los Angeles is still a great place to visit , and it needs a little work. But there’s plenty to do here and you won’t go away unhappy.

  • I must be the only one who still enjoys LA even after the 7 th time I‘ve been there. But I can’t help it. Every time I go there, I know where the good spots are, the ones I like and that’s where I go. We have lots of poor streets and homeless people too in my country so it’s not like I‘ve seen them for the first time. That said, again I love LA. It looks real nice, because I love Californian cities with palm trees and sunny weather.

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