Visit Los Angeles - Best of Los Angeles

This place has witnessed the birth of Leonardo Di Caprio, Angelina Jolie, Blake Lively and seen the rise of Quantin Tarantino, Serena and Venus Williams and an uncountable list of stars. Talking about Los Angeles is incomplete if you do not mention celebrities; which does not come as a surprise considering it is the place of Hollywood. This is one place where you'd spot the who's who of Hollywood just walking by. But it would be unfair to say that that is all Los Angeles has to offer you! In midst of blonde beaches and amazing rolling hills, you'd find out that this city holds a mystic nature. It probably inherits that trait from the Yogis who first got this knowledge to the eastern world. Apart from that, you will also have a chance to come across the works of various writers who hail from this very city. Keeping what the city has given us already aside, let's for a moment consider what the city still gives us in terms of tourism (check more than 200 Los Angeles tours in the list). You want to enjoy a fancy cocktail at a high-end bar? Granted. You want to get sloshed with your friends at a slightly reasonable pub..Granted! Want to just watch a sunset in the lovely skies or want to be mesmerized by the dophins off Point Dume or simply lay on the beach contemplating life, this city provides you the option to do all of that. The moment you think you have explored it all, Los Angeles would surprise you with her night music! Whatever you do, definitely experience the night life of this city because its totally worth it. Anytime of the day is lively and vibrant in this city. Los angeles deserves to be on the top ten cities in any traveler's wish-list! Each one of you should visit Los Angeles at least once and experience all that it has to offer considering the best time to visit Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Los Angeles tips for your visit

Time Zone: Pacific Time Zone (UTC 08:00)

Currency: USD

Electricity and Internet

  • Set at 110 Volts and 60 cycles. 220 Volt power is used in homes only for large appliances like stoves, water heaters and clothes dryers. It is not normally available for personal appliances.
  • If you bring any electrical appliance to the USA, you may need an adaptor to fit the US electrical receptacles. You may also need a converter to change the voltage from 110 volts to 220 volts.
  • Most common appliances will function with either 50 or 60 cycle current. Electrical frequency can affect electric clocks, audio equipment and some other electronic gear. You should check your electrical equipment for compatibility with 60-cycle current before you bring it to the USA.
  • Most areas and hotels have a free wi-fi or reasonable packages for you to stay connected.

Languages

  • Spanish is the most widely spoken first language in Los Angeles. Other languages that are commonly found are Korean, Filipino, Armenian, Chinese, and Persian.
  • Everybody speaks in English as well and everybody around California, the most spoken language is English.

SECURITY

Security Numbers

  • Call 9-1-1 when there is a life-threatening emergency that requires the immediate response of emergency services such as police, fire or paramedic.
  • Call 3-1-1 for any non-emergency City services.
  • Non-emergency Police: 877-275-5273
  • TTY Service: 213-847-0652
  • Park-related emergencies: 323-913-7390
  • Water Service: 800-342-5397
  • Power Service: 800-342-5397
  • Gas Service: 800-427-2200
  • Traffic Signals: 213-580-1177
  • Road closures (Cal Trans): 800-427-7623
  • Street Lights: 800-996-2489
  • American Red Cross public information: 213-739-5200
  • Animal Services: 888-452-7381
  • Building Inspection: 888-524-2845
  • Storm damage/mud slide reports: 888-524-2845
  • Refuse collection: 800-773-2489
  • Sewer/storm drain problems: 800-773-2489
  • Trees down/debris removal & related problems: 800-996-2489

SECURITY ADVICE

  • Walking at night in some areas of the city (and some suburban cities as well) should be conducted with caution; and depending on the area, in groups.
  • If traveling by car there is little threat of being harassed day or night, provided you avoid driving around neighborhoods that are known for gang activity.
  • In L.A., where the automobile is worshipped-and will be, no matter how high gas prices go-the freeways are the best way for you to get around town.
  • Renting a Car: Definitely plan to do it at the airport. It's also a good idea to spring for a GPS system.
  • Parking: With the exception of Downtown high-rises, where parking costs can be exorbitant, parking in L.A. is not inexpensive and plentiful.
  • Avoid rush hour (before 10 am and between 5 and 7 pm) if at all possible, and remember that even-numbered freeways run east–west, and odd-numbered ones run north–south.
  • Ride: sharing services like Uber, Sidecar, and Lyft are other options.
  • The air pollution in L.A. may affect sensitive people in different ways. When pollution levels are high, it's a good idea to plan a day indoors or on a windy beach.
  • The sun can burn even on overcast days, and the dry heat can dehydrate, so wear hats, sunglasses, and sunblock and carry water with you.
  • Los Angeles is not a 24-hour city like New York, but in many places business hours extend well into the evening, especially for bigger stores and shopping centers. On Monday, many bars, restaurants, and shops (including outdoor sports outlets) remain closed.
  • Many L.A. museums are closed on Monday and major holidays. A few of the preeminent art museums, including the Norton Simon and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, stay open on Monday.

Tipping

  • If any (restaurants, guides, drivers)
  • About 20% in restaurants.
  • 5-10 dollars for anybody providing service to you.

Customs

All transit rates start at a base fare of $1.75. In addition to a single-ride fare, options include the Metro Day Pass ($7) and the 7-Day Pass ($25). On the Metro Rail and the Metro Orange Line, single-ride fares, passes and stored value must be loaded on a Metro TAP card.

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Facts and Stats for Los Angeles*

  • Pollution Statistics in Los Angeles

    Know the pollution level of Los Angeles before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 55.32 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 60.25 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 58.75 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 52.43 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 41.91 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 37.12 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 43.1 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 46.17 (Moderate)
  • Los Angeles: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Los Angeles for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Los Angeles.

    • Burglary and Theft 43.87 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 41.3 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 49.75 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 46.77 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 44.49 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 50.49 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 42.84 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 61.04 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 70.49 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 45 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 45.37 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 33.74 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 54.43 (Moderate)
  • Living in Los Angeles - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Los Angeles is 148.11 (High)

    • Safety Index 51.91 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 95.5 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 60.16 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 47.41 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 79.15 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 65.23 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 7.97 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 109.8 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Los Angeles

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Los Angeles

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.14 USD
    • International Movie per seat 15 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 40.15 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 79.86 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 52.97 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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