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1. Posted by jambo101 (Respected Member 414 posts) 6y

I've noticed a recurring theme of people coming to the USA and including LA in their travel plans.Other than the probable need to use the airport what is exactly the fascination with LA ? I've visited the city a few times while on flight layovers and found the smog and the traffic to be almost unbearable and not much in the way of tourist traps that cant be found elsewhere.

2. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 6y

I think its the way the city is portrayed in the movies and TV--plus the prospect of becoming (or seeing) a "Hollywood" star. Also, people do like to go see Universal Studios or Disneyland--not realizing that the Florida parks are much more built-up (although the weather in Florida can be much worse--especially in late summer or early Fall).

I lived in the area for 30 years--and found that if you live by the beach (which I did) it's a great place, but if you live inland near the smoggy or congested areas (or go to most of the areas downtown), there's really not that much to write about.

So for this reason, if you are going to LA--go to the following areas:

Huntington Beach
Newport Beach
Santa Monica
Manhattan Beach
Malibu
Belmont Shores section of Long Beach
Laguna Beach
Universal Studios in Hollywood, and
Disneyland in Anaheim

and consider visiting (like the Los Angelinos do):
Las Vegas (LA East)--about 4-5 hours drive
Santa Barbara (LA Northwest)--about 2 hours drive
and San Diego (LA South)--about 2 to 2 1/2 hours drive

3. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 6y

I totally agree, and it seems like all I do on TP is to warn people to avoid LA at all cost! The fact is that people don't believe us until they've seen it for themselves. I moved to LA (Encino in the San Fernando Valley) at age 8 (in 1957) when LA was near paradise. This was pre-freeway, and we actually did have movie stars to look at. Times have changed - the movie stars now live in Rancho Mirage or Nashville, and the traffic, smog and overbuilding have ruined this once-paradise.

4. Posted by SassyKitty (Budding Member 46 posts) 6y

The smog in LA is ridiculous, has to be by far the most overrated city I've ever been to!!

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6. Posted by lily89 (Budding Member 50 posts) 6y

so if someone was plannin to go the U.S L.A would be a 2-3 day trip then head south?
i do want to go back to L.A as i went when i was younger but want to go to a few other places never been so good to know

7. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 6y

LA near the beach (beaches) is worth a 2-3 day trip--but after that, go somewhere else north or south. (San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Paso Robles and its wineries, Hearst Castle, Pismo Beach, Solvang, Yosemite, Gold Country towns like Murphys, Sequoia National Park, Lassen Volcanic Park, Palm Springs, Arcata, Napa Valley and Lake Tahoe all come to mind as other places to go in California--and then there is Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and the beautiful Crater Lake just across the state lines in Nevada, Arizona, and Oregon, respectively.

8. Posted by lily89 (Budding Member 50 posts) 6y

Quoting Calcruzer

LA near the beach (beaches) is worth a 2-3 day trip--but after that, go somewhere else north or south. (San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Paso Robles and its wineries, Hearst Castle, Pismo Beach, Solvang, Yosemite, Gold Country towns like Murphys, Sequoia National Park, Lassen Volcanic Park, Palm Springs, Arcata, Napa Valley and Lake Tahoe all come to mind as other places to go in California--and then there is Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and the beautiful Crater Lake just across the state lines in Nevada, Arizona, and Oregon, respectively.

that would be kool, a trip from california to Vegas, what a drive that would be.
My friends researched into that and read that you esentially need supplies such as water and food as if you have car trouble on the road to Vegas you could be there for hours waiting for help.

9. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 6y

Well, you go through the middle of one of the most remote deserts in the USA--so you would expect it to be deserted, right?--Wrong.

Check out this article from back in 2006 talking about how crowded this route gets:

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aye_ZS2Q1oYk&refer=us

To quote: "Anytime you have 10 million people driving back and forth on a road, you pay attention. We sure do."
And, "The climate doesn't help. Backups can be caused by vehicles that stall because of problems such as overheating. I-15 goes through Baker, California, a Mojave Desert town where summer temperatures average more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius). It's the gateway to Death Valley, which holds the U.S. record high of 134 degrees."

So, yes, if you are travelling this route in the spring, summer, or early fall, be sure to take some water along. The California Highway Patrol travels the route everyday--but as you can tell by the article, it may take them sometime to deal with every broken down car or traffic issue when the weather is extremely hot.

10. Posted by StaceyD (Inactive 20 posts) 6y

LA is one of the popular cities in the U.S. and is rich in terms of tourist charisma like the beaches, parks and "Hollywood" establishments. For the traffic, you can always choose a good route or travel earlier where there are few vehicles present on the road/highway. What are you fond of doing?In that way I can think of must see places in CA for your reference.

Cheers!:):):)