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Los Angeles (pronounced /lɒs ˈændʒələs/ los--jə-ləs; ) is the largest city in the state of California and the Western United States as well as second largest in the United States. Often abbreviated as L.A. and nicknamed The City of Angels, Los Angeles is rated an alpha world city, has an estimated population of 3.8 million and spans over 498.3 square miles (1,290.6 km2) in Southern California. Additionally, the Los Angeles metropolitan area is home to nearly 12.9 million residents, who hail from all over the globe and speak 224 different languages. Los Angeles is the s

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jblovex3 :

I am planning a trip to los angeles this summer. i have no idea what there is to do there. i wan do do fun enjoyable things like maybe surf, or sightsee. Does anyone know fun places to go, or fun things to do? or any good travel sights that can give me ideas? thank you so much!! =]

iloveedwardcullen :
"venice beach is really cool!! and they have shops along the water and people putting on shows and stuff!"
Rex :
"well let me start: for the beach: there is many but the most famous one's are: Santa Monica Pier - ( Santa Monica, CA) - It's a pier with shops, food games and a ferris wheel (during the summer it gets full. Venice Beach - (in Venice, CA) - many shops along the strip, food beach. And Malibu -( Malibu, CA) -mostly beach mostly celebrities and rich people living there but many people go there. Hollywood and Highland: It's the main place for tourist in almost every corner there's signs indicating you of celebrity maps (homes) The Wax Museum, Ripley's is there it always full of people There's to many to list but that's the main place. I don't know how old you are but if you want to go to clubs the places to go is Les Deux, GOA, Boulevard 3, Avalon etc. This is the website for Les Deux and others: in all of these clubs you have to have bottle service or e-mail them to put your name on the list, unless you have connections. Universal Studios is a great place but not much to do. But if you go in the same place where Universal Studios is at there's city walk it just astrip with a theater,bars,clubs,dinning. Well I could go on I live in Los Angeles county google it or map it !! it will help you a lot. I grew up here and I still have more to explore. If you want to see celebrities they are not in the center of Hollywood they are mostly in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills streets you can serch by are: Robertson Blvd., Sunset Blvd., Hollywood Blvd, Highland, Melrose Blvd, La Brea, Wilshire. If you go downtown Los Angeles it's dirty but there's many beautiful buildings. You shoud goto little Tokyo and go int the Shabu Shabu house the wait is 1 or 2 hours and they close at 2pm and open at 6pm. Well if you want more information these are some Los Angeles based websites: (click in Los Angeles) (reviews) localitesla.com ( the L.A. Scene clubs, bars etc.) for theme parks: Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm,Six Flags Magic Mountain ,Seaworld ( about an hour away from Los Angeles) Hope this helps :]"
BeachSideAve :

Planning on moving to Los Angeles for the first time and want to be located in a good, fun area. I'm in my early 20's, not in college and gay.

European :
"The Moon district comes to mind"
alex s :
"For you it would be Brandwood. LOL, or even better East La"
Jackie :
"I think West Hollywood fits your profile pretty well (young in early 20s, gay...). It's not ridiculously expensive, but it's not cheap either. But it's a nice part of Los Angeles, and fun."
heart_and_troll :
"If you are gay and looking for cheap, you might try long beach, sometimes known as the gay ghetto. west hollywood is your basic other option, but more expensive (check losangeles.craigslist.com and see if you think it's too expensive)."
kontrolfreak66 :
"Nothing is expensive in the LA area. But for your profile, West Hollywood would probably be your best bet. There is a large gay/lesbian/transgender population in West Hollywood, along with a number of stores to accomidate (mainly on Santa Monica Blvd.) There are a number of nightclubs in West Hollywood or very close by that cater to gays (Check the LA Weekly, available for free in many locations including The Pleasure Chest @ 7733 Santa Monica Blvd.) Hope this helps."
Lioness :
"Depends what you mean by "inexpensive." You can get a one-bedroom for about $1200 in south Redondo Beach, which is a relatively nice area, close to the beach, close to the Airport etc. This is pretty cheap considering the area. Other than that, you can live in the valley (Van Nuys etc.) for a couple of hundred less, but you would have to commute and not too safe. Check out Craigslist. PS: We don't care about you being gay, but if you want some eyecandy you definitely want to go to West Hollywood--that's where it's happenin'. Good luck!"
Mel :
"Safe/Fun/Nice = Mucho Expensive"
Sabastien G :

Every single movie I've seen, they portray Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Police as anarchists, troubled and crime/gang infested. Is this really how LA is?

un1k3n :
"To an extent, yes. The police are probably more corrupt than in most other places, and violence (specifically gang violence) is rampant. That doesn't mean you can't walk down the street, just be careful where you do it. And stay the hell out of Huntington Park. I was robbed at gunpoint there and the cops told me it was my fault for being a white guy in a Hispanic neighborhood. And when I offered to give the detective on my case a list of numbers they called on my cell after they stole it, the detective wouldn't take it. No desire to solve crimes there."
Obviousman :
"For a number of reasons, we get a bunch of questions asking what it’s like in LA. First of all, I'll tell you what it's NOT like: It's not like anything on TV. People watch shows on TV and think that’s what it’s like out here. The “Real OC”, Newport Beach, The Hills, etc. Ever wonder why people in those shows never have to pay bills, do laundry, and are NEVER stuck in traffic? Because it’s FAKE. And the news doesn’t help either, since they know that sex and sensationalism sells. News flash: There aren’t running gun battles in the street. There aren’t shootouts every day. Also, you don’t see celebrities just walking down the street, all glammed up, or sipping a cappuccino at Starbucks waiting to sign autographs. We don't go surfing during lunch hour. Some sections are REALLY nice, others are “ghetto”. Too many people have this vision in their head that LA is one or the other (either Beverly Hills or Compton). In fact, most of it is working class and middle class stiffs working to pay the bills. You NEED a car to live in Southern California. We don’t have an effective public transportation like New York or San Francisco. One reason is that LA is larger in area than either of those, without a central hub where everything is. Back in the 1960’s, we might have done it. But by the time local governments got their act together, it was much more difficult to make a working public transit system. Also, unlike NY, we have earthquakes, which make it a little more difficult to build underground. The freeway traffic is probably the worst thing about living here. The 405 is the worst. Know why they call it the 405? Because you go 4 o' 5 miles per hour, and it takes 4 o' 5 hours to get where you're going. Freeway Traffic is bad from 6-10 AM and bad from 3-7 PM. I don't know why they call it rush hour. It's more than an hour, and nobody's rushing, that's for sure. The gangs are the cause of many rumors. Keep in mind that there are gangs in any large town, in every part of the country. In LA, the gangs aren't really downtown, they are in South LA, East LA, and north Long Beach (an extension of the South LA gangs, actually). And here's the deal: Mostly, they just kill each other. Gas is expensive in California. It’s about 20-30 cents above the national average. Yes, gas and real estate are very expensive in SoCal. However, this would be the best time to BUY a house because it's a buyer's market right now. There are a lot of foreclosures, and too many houses on the market. Yep, freeways are a drag, it's smoggy in summer, and expensive to live here. Yet, if it's so bad, why do we have thousands and thousands of people moving here? Weather, Activities, Plenty of jobs, Beaches, mountains, deserts all within driving distance, and plenty of opportunity for those who have the skills and tenacity. The job market is good here, mainly because there are SO many people here that it creates its own job market. Then there are MANY industries, including tourism, entertainment, shipping, manufacturing, etc. It’s an incredible economy. However, it is not for everyone. Every time someone posts this question, you get the LA haters who post their bile and venom. A lot of them don’t know what they are talking about. Some people never even visit, and hate it on principle and stereotypes. Some actually visited once, and found out it wasn’t like it was on TV, and it certainly wasn’t Mayberry. And some actually lived here, and couldn’t deal with the expense, the traffic, or the somewhat impersonal nature of living in a large metropolis. To those I would say “good luck” to you wherever you are, but please don’t spew your hatred in this forum. As for lifestyle, it’s rather casual. You work during the week, and then go do something fun on the weekend, so that you can impress your coworkers around the water cooler on Monday. To summarize, LA a HUGE metropolis that really defies easy description. I live in one of the nicer suburbs, but the commute is no fun, often 1-2 hours each way each day. However, 340+ days of sunshine really helps. Yeah, it's expensive. Mrs. Obviousman and I both have to work to pay the mortgage. But is it worth it? You bet! As for the LAPD, think about this: Are they ever going to make a movie about regular cops who do their job well every day? No, they're going to find those few bad apples and make a movie about that. Sure, you've got bad apples at LAPD. And other agencies, as well. But those are in the minority, but they get the biggest press. I know quite a few cops, on different police forces. For the most part, they are decent human beings doing their job. There's always a couple jerks, but that's the way life is in general. I have found LAPD cops, in particular, to be very professional in my dealings with them. However, not everyone has that experience."


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