I grew up in LA, lived most of my adult life there, and understand that it’s still fashionable to hate my beautiful city. Yes, this is a place where cosmetic surgery is all the rage and traffic seems to go on forever. But those who only see LA for these stereotypes miss this exciting, beautiful and diverse city so much.
As the entertainment capital of the world, LA is buzzing with Hollywood buzz. We have Oscar parties, the Hollywood sign, and parts of town where you might see a celebrity on your morning juice. And all of that is exciting, but it’s only one aspect of our kaleidoscopic environment.
Beyond the glitz and glamour, the often-overlooked natural landscape here is stunning and easily accessible. Spend a day on our beaches – some of the widest stretches of sand, from waves to road, that I have ever seen in the world. Exercise on the hiking trails, from the serene, wooded canyon of Solstice to the must-see, urban canyon of Runyon.
LA is also a cultural melting pot. People over 140 countries, speaking 224 different languages identified, call this town home. And their cultural imprints enliven our world-class restaurant scene, with everything from divine street food to Michelin-starred fine dining and the best Mexican cuisine in the entire city.
We have world-class museums, many of which are located next to each other on the Miracle Mile stretch, including the all-new Academy Museum, LACMA, La Brea Tar Pits, and more. And visitors can enjoy the city as pampered guests in some of the most unique and iconic hotels. Or, with so much to choose from in this huge metropolitan area, you can also find plenty of budget and mid-priced options among the lot.
If you are planning a visit, get ready for an unforgettable experience. With so much to do, your biggest gripe – other than traffic, of course – might just be having to choose.
Here’s everything you need to know to plan a fantastic trip to Los Angeles, according to one Los Angeles resident.
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