10 things to do in Los Angeles: immigrant tips
No need to console yourself with hopes that you will be able to understand and see the whole of Los Angeles if you come here for a week. The city is huge and diverse, writes Nikolai in his channel on "Yandex.Zen".
The population of Los Angeles is 3 people. To be precise, it is better to call it not a city, but a district consisting of 792 cities located on more than four thousand square miles. Among these cities are Hollywood, Venice, Santa Monica, Downtown, Beverly Hills, Malibu, Long Beach ... So cut “LA woman” in your headphones and get ready to complete the minimum to-do list in the city of angels.
1. Rent a car immediately!
Or find a driver friend. There is nothing to do here without a car. Public transport in LA is poorly developed and expensive - there are no free transfers between buses and metro trains. The metro connects only the central districts and has only six lines. Taxi is a luxury. You can rent a car right at the airport for all days of the trip.
2. Visit Universal Studios Hollywood Park
Home to the oldest Hollywood film studio in existence, Universal Studios Hollywood is one of the most exciting parks in the world. The amusement park occupies a huge area in the vicinity of Hollywood. The atmosphere of specific films is recreated here. For example, there is an attraction dedicated to the film "Earthquake", where daredevils experience real tremors of more than 8 points, and "Jurassic Park" offers a water trip along the river, along the banks of which dinosaurs walk. Daily entrance tickets cost about $ 100. If you come here for one day, then it is better to take a ticket at a higher price (about $ 160), which gives you the right to enter all the rides without a queue. This will save you a lot of time. But it's best to come to Universal Studios Hollywood for two days.
3. Relax in Santa Monica
Santa Monica has kilometers of white beaches, a long beautiful promenade, a pier with attractions and various entertainment. Here you can simply dine at some fish restaurant overlooking the waves of the Pacific Ocean. You can ride bicycles or take health jogging, filling your lungs with sea air. You can ride the waves on the board or just lie on the sand, having a picnic. Be careful: there are hungry seagulls everywhere!
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4. Break away in Venice
The area of Venice (Venice of California) is known to the world thanks to the TV series Californication. This is where the attractive and dangerous Henk Moody lives. Walk along these streets - you will understand Hank's choice. Venice is full of crazy weirdos. On the oceanfront promenade, you will be offered weed every three steps. Buy bright glasses for $ 8, hit the shoulder of a cheerful hippie on rollers and with a tape recorder, then explore the area further from the ocean - there you will see canals, it will become clear why this place is called Venice.
5. Stomach bellies at Cheesecake Factory
The excellent chain of Cheesecake Factory establishments will delight the sweet tooth with a huge selection of cheesecakes, but not only - the menu also offers full-fledged hot dishes for quite reasonable money by the standards of Los Angeles. The history of the institution goes back to the beginning of the 20th century - in those days the Cheesecake Factory was just a shop. These cafes now serve gigantic portions of good quality food. Our advice to you is not to overeat, otherwise you will not be enough for the cheesecakes themselves. The cheesecakes are also huge here - one piece will be the size of a whole cake, we are not exaggerating. Here is the address of one of the cafes - 189 The Grove Dr.
6. Walk downtown
It is better to come here in the evening, but not very late - when the office clerks have already left the streets, and the homeless people have not yet had time to settle at each wall with their carts for the night. You must come here with a pleasant company. Choose a place for dinner, where you can, for example, drink wine to the sound of a double bass.
7. Drop into Chinatown
Small Chinese cities within other big cities have a magical nature. When you cross the road, everything changes around: lanterns, dragons, hieroglyphs, spicy smells of kitchens from open windows. If you are lovers of porcelain and silk (real!), Then this is the place for you. Those who are not in a rush to shop can visit the Chinese theater, Chinese temples or dine at a Chinese restaurant - thereby, by the way, saving a little.
8. Spend a day at the Griffith Observatory
Firstly, the observatory is interesting in itself - it is such an interactive museum where you can touch the exhibits or find out what your weight will be on the Moon. And by the way, the entrance is completely free. Secondly, the observatory is located in a very beautiful place - on the territory of Griffith Park on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood. This mountain offers a wonderful view of Los Angeles and the famous Hollywood sign. There are a lot of tourists in the park, arrange a picnic and you.
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9. Discover Hollywood
Even though Hollywood Boulevard is not as remarkable as it seems, it doesn't matter - every day there are thousands of tourists. Walk the boulevard back and forth, peeking into the souvenir shops and cautiously avoiding the Japanese vigorously photographing the names of celebrities in the Avenue of Stars. Visit the Guinness World Records Museum and the Wax Museum Head to the Kodak Cinema for the annual Academy Awards.
10. Refresh yourself with hockey at the Staples Center
Even if you are not a fan, the atmosphere of the Staples Center will win you over. The Staples Center is home to the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers, (NBA), Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA), Los Angeles Avangers "(AFL). Here - like in a movie - interactive with the audience is popular. So if the camera chooses you, and you see yourself on the big screen, do not be alarmed and do as you are told: you need to kiss your neighbor - kiss!
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