Things to know BEFORE you go to LOS ANGELES – LA Travel Tips 2019

In this video, we’ll cover all you need to know before traveling to Los Angeles. Check out also 👉10 things to do in Los Angeles

#16: THE MAP OF L.A.

Google Maps: (iOS), (Android)
Waze: (iOS), (Android)
Apple Maps: (iOS only)
Travel between 10 AM and 3 PM and after 9 PM in the evening (weekdays) – rush hours can stretch either way and there are no guarantees.

#14: SAFETY: LA has both extremely safe as well as extremely dangerous neighborhoods. Avoid these places: Skid Row, Pico-Union, South Central, Westlake, Boyle Heights, Compton, etc.

The warmest months: July – September, average temperature in August is 84 °F (29 °C)
Water temperature (ocean): ~ 68 °F (20 °C) in the summer
Winter months: more wet, especially February, average high temperature: ~ 68 °F (20 °C) with the lows ~ 48 °F (9 °C) during the day
Smog is a very common phenomenon in LA.

#12: BEST TIME TO TRAVEL: March-May, September – November. Average temperatures range between 70 °F and 84 °F (21°C and 29°C) during the day
An average 3* hotel costs around $150 per night. Best areas to stay are Downtown, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Venice, Beverly Grove, West Hollywood, and Westwood.
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10.1 FROM AND TO THE AIRPORT: Rent-a-car, Airport FlyAway Bus ( shuttle service, Uber/Lyft, Shared Ride Shuttles, taxies. A free shuttle that takes you to the metro station.
10.2 GETTING AROUND THE CITY: Rent-a-car, poor public transportation (TAP card:, Uber/Lyft, Zipcar -registration needed – Zipcard: (iOS), (Android)

#9: BEST APPS TO USE IN LA: Google Maps, Waze, Apple Maps, Uber, Lyft, ParkMe, BestParking, ParkWhiz, GasBuddy, L.A Weekly,
5 EVERY DAY, GrubHub, Airbnb, Eatwith, Lime, Bird
(Links coming soon)

#8: LINES ARE EVERYWHERE: LA is usually a crowded place, you can expect lines everywhere.

#7: FOOD
An average meal at an inexpensive restaurant: ~ $14, mid-range (three-course meal for two): ~ $55.
Find less-expensive options with these apps:
TripAdvisor: (iOS), (Android)
Yelp: (iOS), (Android)

TIPPING: You should always tip in bars and restaurants. The normal rate is between 15% and 20% pre-tax for restaurants, $1 to $2 per drink for bartenders, or 15% to 20% of the bar tab. You should know that servers in the US are usually paid minimum wage or less and rely heavily on tips.
POWER PLUGS: There is a chance you will need special US power adaptor.

#5: DRINKING WATER: Tap water is as clean as bottled water

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Go Los Angeles® Card:
SoCAL City Pass:
Free attractions (pay only for the parking ~ $15): the Getty, Griffith Observatory, Getty Villa

#2: WI-FI
Wifi Finder: (iOS), (Android)
Wiman: (Android only)
Sim card providers: T-Mobile (, Mint (

Griffith Observatory, Hollywood sign, Echo Park, Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, Mount Wilson Observatory, City Hall, Getty Center, etc. Visit OUE Skyspace LA (SkySlike):

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44 thoughts on “Things to know BEFORE you go to LOS ANGELES – LA Travel Tips 2019

  1. Manny Garcia says:

    downtown has gotten really nice but dont stay there. ive lived in LA all my like 35 years. Hollywood is ok during the day but avoid at night. i say start on the east and head westward as the day ends. westside is normally safer

  2. mayanking213 says:

    I grew up in Pico-Union and I agree, it's still a fucking war zone, it's calmed down, but nevertheless it's still fucked up, I do visit there often, but it's close friends and family!

  3. Nishat Anjum says:

    Also, keep in mind that people don't signal before changing lanes, so you need to stay focused at all times on the road. You might get hit by a Porsche or a Maserati if you aren't too careful! 😆 And the water is bad for your hair, I mean it might be good for drinking and all, but it's really bad for your hair. Maybe it's a personal opinion, but it might be true for you as well. Also, the nights get a little chilly, so you gotta have all kinds of clothes, not just shorts and plain t-shirts.

  4. Nishat Anjum says:

    I'm vacationing in LA right now and staying at my uncle's house in West Hills. You definitely forgot to mention how far these places are from one another. I mean, you made it look like Hollywood to Downtown is 10 mins! Lol. It's NOT. And don't go out during the weekends! It's INSANE! And the climate is super super super dry compared to the tropics, so you need to moisturize a LOT and use sunscreen at ALL TIMES( except of course when you're in a cool air-conditioned house 😛). California is super sunny, and it's gonna "burn" you. It will!

  5. mji245 says:

    I am glad that you mention Uber/Lyft. 
    Are you saving up to visit L.A for less than 2 weeks? Then put a budget ($100-$300 maximum) for Uber XL/Lyft with 6 passengers.

    Why rent a car? You just saw in the video (and it's very true) that ordinary places charge $10 for parking! When you rent a car you have to drive in atrocious traffic, worry about the car getting damaged or stolen, and pay for its rental and gas money. Plus, if you are dealing with a crooked rental company they'll make up complaints about damages that you need to pay. Be smart and use Uber/Lyft, it's very cheap in California.

  6. Siamak Atabaiky says:

    Hollywood’s Safe? Lmao 😆 I think you need help Hollywood is like a pretty dangerous place at might so it’s so “safe” isn’t it -.- wrong if u wanna be safe lol you should move to Long Beach Redondo Beach Manhattan Beach and Hermosa beach those are really good places to live in in LA also Pasadena and Santa Monica if you want a cheap place go ahead and live in the valley or Tarzan a if you wanna love somewhere rough fancy and all that shit go ahead to west LA Westwood downtown LA and Beverly Hills if you want to live cheap and totally unfavorable go to Florence

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