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Visiting LA in a month or so...
• What area to stay in
• What to do
• Where to get laid
• Where to avoid
I was just there. If you want to get laid or try to, the Standard hotel downtown was FILLED with hot girls. We stayed there from Tuesday - Saturday. Rooftop pool and bar is really nice.
We rented a car and people are right: have a car out there. Don't mess with public transportation as a tourist. It didn't seem as easy to figure out as something like Chicago ( where I live) or NYC.
It also didn't seem as spread out as people make it seem like it is when you get down to popular areas like downtown, Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Hollywood. We drove to Venice and Santa Monica, took the highways obviously and it maybe took an hour to get there on a Friday afternoon and less time getting back in the evening.
Things do feel spread out when it comes to shopping and bars. Never felt like there was a "main strip" in areas like Silver Lake and Echo Park which are just outside downtown. Felt like we were in and out of the car a lot.
I'd love to go back and do outdoor stuff well outside the city. Joshua Tree, Sierras. We did drive from LA to SF and spent time in Big Sur, which was really great. But that's not a day trip really.
- Thanks, one my clients lives and works in Santa Monica. I might even stay in Venice?utopian
- I think SM would be nice to stay in. Right down the road from Venice. Do you skate, btw? >mg33
- Venice skatepark is free and awesome.mg33
- Don't skate but would love to shoot some pics.utopian
- "If you want to get laid or try to" --- never read that in a tour guide before :-)SimonFFM
To do list:
• Getty Museum
• Griffith Observatory
• Venice Beach/Santa Monica Pier
• Hollywood Boulevard
Anything else worth doing/seeing?
We took one of those Hollywood tours through HWood hills, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, and Hollywood. Seemed cheesy but was actually fun. If you're into beautiful homes, massive homes, and that voyeuristic "this is where famous people live," it's kind of fun.
TMZ apparently has a new tour service that's supposed to be nice. We did anyone one, there are tons to choose from.
If not your thing totally fine.
there's also mulholland drive, the sharon tate house, the museum of death and the museum of jurassic technology if you wanna do a spooky tour
on south corner santa monica and orlando (block east of lacienega) there is a place called 'therapy'. guaranteed you'll get laid there.
• Abbot Kinney for hipster/artsy shops
• PCH through Malibu is pretty
• MOCA is okay and there's two different ones downtown if I remember correctly. I hear downtown is coming back too.
Stay in Sunset Strip if you want the classic LA experience, Beverly Hills if you want to be pampered and ripped off, or Santa Monica if you want to be near the beach.
I like Venice and Santa Monica.
Rent a car
Best advice no one gave me.
stay off the 405 between the hours of 5:am - 4:59am
Have lunch at Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire. See the suits in meeting from William Morris Endeavor Entertainment just around the corner.
W Hotel in Westwood is quite lovely.
Fred Segal = over rated
Koreatown = awesome food / night life
Valet park in Koreatown
- less chance of getting mugged walking to your car
- just avoid walking in koreatown
When in doubt take Wilshire Blvd.
Zuma beach in Malibu is beautiful and great for relaxing. kinda far from the city.
drive to san diego to visit some of your fellow qbners.
the getty is really only good for the architecture. Every time I go there I feel like I am walking into a church. the art is so religious feeling. but whatever floats your boat.