8 Things You Probably Wouldn’t Know About LA Until You Visit

My whole life I dreamed of travelling to California. I always imagined that would be where I ended up living and spending the rest of my life. This past weekend, my dream came true. I had a great time and took full advantage of all the touristy things LA had to offer, in just 2.5 short days.

While I did enjoy myself, I think my expectations were too high (what do you expect when you spend 15+ years dreaming of one place??) and certain things about LA let me down. So, I wanted to make a list to help all future LA travelers avoid being let down. Here are a few things you should know about travelling to Los Angeles that you probably wouldn’t know before getting there:

  1. LA traffic is NOT a myth – It took 2 hours to get from LAX to downtown Los Angeles which should be only a 30 minute ride at most according to my friend.
  2. Everything is very spread out. Hollywood, Beverly Hills, LA, Santa Monica, etc. If you think you’re getting around without a car, you are in for a rude awakening.
  3. Public transportation? What’s that?! Sure, they have trains but the trains are only in some areas and don’t connect you to all the places you want to go. Your next option would be to take a bus, in which case, refer to #1.
  4. It’s actually not that hot. I couldn’t really go swimming and sometimes when I wore shorts I was really cold.
  5. There aren’t as many palm trees as you would expect!
  6. Celebrities are not on every corner. I was hoping to at least bump into some paparazzi…but not such luck!
  7. Hollywood Boulevard is super short. I walked the whole walk of fame in under 20 minutes.
  8. Rodeo Drive is pretty small as well.

I think everyone should travel and see LA for themselves to form their own opinion. However, read this list over so that you know what to expect. In conclusion, I no longer want to live in LA just because there isn’t as much access to everything as there is here (unless you have a car, and I HATE driving!) But I would like to go back and stay for a little longer maybe sometime in the summer when I can enjoy the heat. Have any of you been to LA? What did you think?

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. trini1986 says:

    I totally agree, Last spring I literally was in LA, beverly hills more like it atleast once a month to visit my then girlfriend, and yea the traffic is awful lol

    1. Samantha says:

      It’s horrible!!

  2. PAKKAPORN CHATTHAWORN says:

    Sometimes, I want to move there because of the weather in NYC is too cold but i did bump the celebrities in Subway, Central Park and at the gym in NYC. I met David Morse while i was waiting the train in subway, I met Ben Stiller at Central Park after the NYFW last year and I met John Travolta at the gym 🙂

    1. Samantha says:

      It’s funny because you find celebs in the most random places in NYC! Like the grocery store or the park.

  3. hernandezmonica says:

    One of the main reasons why I cannot see myself living in Los Angeles again is because it is too spread out. NYC spoils us with the quick access to trains and public transportation. Once you’ve had a taste of that, it’s impossible to imagine a life without trains. Glad you got to experience LA though.

  4. abaalkhaila says:

    The best place where I lived there. If you do not have a car it will be too difficult to move . Transportation is not like New York city.

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