A Guide to Los Angeles

La-La Land… Every nickname for Los Angeles describes a place where fantasy becomes reality. Schmooze with celebrities, shop on Rodeo Drive, or simply sunbathe at the beach. There’s never a shortage of places to go or wishes to be granted in the City of Angels.

By the numbers

Population: 3,971,883 (city); 13,131,431 (metropolitan)

Elevation: 305 feet / 93 meters

Time Zone: GMT -8 (GMT -7 Daylight Saving Time); Pacific Standard Time (PST)

Weather

Average Annual Rainfall: 15 inches / 38 centimetres

Average January Temperature: 59°F/ 15°C

Average July Temperature: 70°F/ 21°C

Did you know?

Los Angeles allows visitors to glimpse millions of years of geologic history. At the La Brea Tar Pits you can see residue of the days when dinosaurs walked the Earth, and the tar is still oozing in some places.

Los Angeles is home to the only lighthouse in the world that uses green light.

Los Angeles is located on California’s southern coast, about 124 miles (200 kilometres) north of the border with Mexico.

District Guide

People either love it or hate it – but no matter what, Los Angeles makes no excuses and changes itself for no one, and you’ve got to admire that. Made up of dozens of communities, there is not one single experience that can sum up the pulse of this city. But what is noted about Los Angeles, by both tourists and locals alike, is the bustling lifestyle, the vibrant and unique neighbourhoods, and the extreme diversity that sets it apart from any other city. From the eternal sunshine and Hollywood glitz to all the small communities with their own distinct cultural personalities, this City of Angels will forever be many things to many people.

Downtown and the Arts District
While not exactly in the centre of town geographically due to the sprawling nature of the city, Downtown Los Angeles is still teeming with activity. There are cultural hotbeds like Olvera Street and Chinatown that are just minutes away from Los Angeles landmarks like the Walt Disney Concert Hall, home of the LA Philharmonic. And if you have a hankering for more art and culture while Downtown, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is a definite must-see.

Los Angeles.

The Downtown Arts District has over the years seen creative rejuvenation, and the sheer concentration of galleries and alternative art spaces speaks to this growth. Explore the neighbourhood on foot to discover up-and-coming artists, indie boutiques, craft eateries, and more! For art enthusiasts, the Downtown Art Walk, held every second Thursday of the month is highly recommended.

Hollywood
The big sign just about says it all – Hollywood is glitz, glamor, and unavoidable. The centre of things is, without a doubt, Hollywood Boulevard, the location of world-famous tourist spots including TCL Chinese Theater, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the Dolby Theatre.

The Miracle Mile/Hancock Park area is another of L.A.’s historic neighbourhoods. Here you will find Wilshire Boulevard’s Museum Row. The museums are contained within Hancock Park, a small but peaceful oasis in the centre of hectic urban activity. To venture into the distant past, stop by the La Brea Tar Pits; and to immerse yourself in a famous museum, the LACMA: Los Angeles County Museum of Art is a popular attraction on Miracle Mile.

Hollywood traffic - Los Angeles

Ritzy West Hollywood is home to one of the city’s most famous (or infamous) attractions – the Sunset Strip. Here you’ll find most of the city’s hippest clubs frequented by up-and-coming actors and socialites, as well as some of the city’s finest hotels and shopping, including the upscale Melrose Avenue Shopping District. West Hollywood is also the centre of the city’s gay and lesbian community, and it puts on one of the flashiest and most exhilarating annual Halloween parades in the state.

Beverly Hills & the Westside
This world-famous city with its world-famous zip code is synonymous with wealth, status, and celebrity. The understated elegance and grace of the residential neighbourhoods are balanced out by Rodeo Drive, which offers some of the finest – and most expensive – shopping in the world. For some of the freshest locally-grown Californian produce, the Farmers’ Market held every Sunday is a local favourite and a must for all gourmets.

Stores on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills Los Angeles California

Santa Monica & Bay Cities
Back in the heyday of Route 66, Santa Monica was the end of the line. Today, this beachfront community offers the best in entertainment for all ages on its famous Santa Monica Pier. You can enjoy some carnival-style food and games or take a ride on the Ferris wheel for a breathtaking view of the city and shoreline. When you’re ready for some shopping, the active Third Street Promenade has a diverse directory of stores and eateries.

The motto of the coastal community of Malibu is “27 miles of scenic beauty” – and that just about describes it best. The main attraction here is the drive along the Pacific Coast Highway, which takes you past beach after beach on one side of the road and million-dollar hilltop estates on the other. Make sure you have sunscreen and your camera handy. Even at night, the stars just seem brighter.

Venice, just south of Santa Monica, is the city’s home to all things eclectic and many things downright bizarre. This small, artsy beach town offers one of the greatest collections of cafés, bars, galleries, antiques and one-of-a-kind shops around. Weekend afternoons on the boardwalk are definitely a memorable experience for any visitor to the city.

Venice Beach Skateboard Girl

San Fernando Valley
On the other side of the Hollywood Hills sits “The Valley,” as it’s known by locals. It features a seemingly endless sea of suburban cul-de-sacs, strip malls, funky shops and restaurants. Hollywood makes its presence known in the cities of Burbank and Universal City, which are home to Warner Bros. Studio and Universal Studios. To experience the diversity that makes this area unique, visit the Wat Thai Temple, or get swept up in the region’s natural beauty at the Lake Balboa Park. Stroll around NoHo and drop in for a show at one of the theatres or laugh out loud at a comedy club like the Acme Comedy Club.

South Central & Compton
Although the South Central neighbourhood of Crenshaw gained worldwide publicity as the centre of the infamous 1992 riots, this area is rich in history and culture. South Central is also home to famous Los Angeles landmarks such as the Watts Towers, the historic Shrine Auditorium, and Exposition Park. Within the famed Exposition Park is the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the California Science Center, and the IMAX California Science Center. It has also long been a place of culture and diversity, as evidenced by the African American Cultural Center.

Long Beach & the South Bay
Long Beach is a fairly large city in its own right and is a neighbour to the well-known district of Orange County. Aside from a plethora of shopping and dining options, this beach community is perhaps best known for the Queen Mary, a Titanic-esque ocean liner now permanently docked here and open for tours. They also have many outdoor activities for tourists to take advantage of, as well as museums and beaches that all can enjoy. Kids will especially love the Aquarium of the Pacific, the world’s largest aquarium, located in Rainbow Harbour. The South Bay is made up of smaller beach towns and quiet neighbourhoods such as Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, and Manhattan Beach.

Long Beach California skyline, beach, palm trees

Pasadena & Points East
Pasadena is one of the most prominent communities in the entire state of California. Old Town Pasadena provides one of the greatest clusters of bars, shops, cafés and restaurants in the entire L.A. area. The city is also known for the Norton Simon Museum – the largest collection of art owned by one man -and the Rose Bowl. Every New Year’s Day, this not-so-sleepy town becomes the focus of the entire world for the annual Tournament of Roses Parade.

East L.A., as evidenced by its name, forms the eastern edge of the city and is a great example of a neighbourhood rich in cultural expression.

LAX & Inglewood
LAX is one of the largest airports in the United States when it comes to the sheer number of people passing through its hallways. The airport is the main feature of the otherwise sleepy, suburban neighbourhood of Westchester. This pocket of quiet, tree-lined streets and neighbourhood schools and churches is a refreshing oasis in an often-frenetic city.

Inglewood California

Inglewood features a wide variety of restaurants, music and sports venues. Here you will find The Forum, an entertainment hot spot.

Dining and drinking

When it comes to dining and drinking, anything that can be dreamed up can be found in Los Angeles. Celebrity-only seating on the Westside is countered by family-style seating in Silver Lake, while cuisines from Ethiopian to Polish can all be enjoyed around town. With so many choices and a limited time frame, here are some highlights that should not be missed.

Downtown
After a prolonged period of economic hardship, Downtown L.A. went in for a facelift, replacing the old shabby buildings with new businesses and recreation centres. A downtown hot spot is the Water Grill, which offers upscale seafood for the international dining set. If you’re looking for a unique and entertaining experience without the sky-high prices, enjoy a meal at Shabu Shabu House Restaurant—a form of Japanese cooking where servers bring out plates of fresh meat, and the customers cook it themselves in hot pots.

La Cienega & Beverly Hills
When dining in this celebrity “hot zone,” be sure to bring your high-limit credit cards and your best evening attire. Some great options include the world-famous Spago Beverly Hills headed by Wolfgang Puck. La Cienega Boulevard offers L.A.’s famed “Restaurant Row,” which features The Stinking Rose for all your garlic desires, and the highly favoured Fogo de Chao Churrascaria for some Brazilian fare, both of which sit alongside other local favourites.

Hollywood & Melrose
A short distance away from the big money of Beverly Hills, these hot spots offer a warmer and hipper version of the same scene. Musso & Frank’s Grill offers American cuisine with Old Hollywood style. Joachim Splichal serves the highest of haute cuisine at Patina. If you’re in the Griffiths Park area near Glendale, have lunch at the Trails Cafe, which serves vegetarian food and has killer pastries. Finally, for lowbrow gastronomic pleasure that should not be missed, wait in line for a meal that has become a Hollywood tradition: a chili cheese dog from Pink’s.

Santa Monica, Venice & Malibu
The beachfront neighbourhoods of Santa Monica, Venice and Malibu offer the full range of dining options, from earthy-hippie cuisine in Venice to star-studded glamor in Malibu. When not gazing into the deep blue Pacific, be sure to focus your attention on Geoffrey’s for fresh cuisine with a jaw-dropping view of the California coast. For some of the best coffee in the area, head to Montana Avenue’s Cafe Luxxe. Wolfgang Puck’s Chinois On Main is a wonderful dinner choice, as well as The Lobster for some artfully crafted seafood dishes.

Person Holding Burger At Beach Against Sky

Entertainment

As the entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles is overflowing with theatre, art, dance, film and television. The city has a variety of options for every entertainment taste.

Theaters
Downtown Los Angeles houses many of the city’s major illustrious theatre venues, including the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion where you can watch the best concerts, the Mark Taper Forum, a Tony-winning theatre that’s known for its exceptional and innovative productions, the gorgeous Art-Deco style Pantages Theatre, and the Ahmanson Theatre where musicals and award-winning theatrical performances find a home. Westside’s Geffen Playhouse hosts Broadway performances and seasonal new performances in a glittering space. Smaller spaces like the Bootleg Theater are known for their alternative indie bands, spoken-word and theatre events. For experimental theatre, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater is one of the best in the city.

Museums
Los Angeles is indeed multi-faceted: with beautiful beaches on one end, trendy clubs on another, and amazing museums spread throughout, it is no wonder people flock here to get a taste of everything it has to offer. The Getty Villa is a breathtaking architectural work that’s stunning even before you even see the collections inside. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has impressive permanent collections as well as top-billed shows. If contemporary art is more your cup of tea, then pay a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) which has featured extremely innovative art exhibitions. L.A. is also home to many smaller, private galleries, concentrated especially in Venice and Melrose. If nature and science excite you more than a rare Van Gogh, the California Science Center is a hands-on educational facility that takes science to the extreme while the Natural History Museum has 35 galleries of environmental science displays to explore. For a more serious-minded museum visit, the Los Angeles Museum of Tolerance is a stop for the humanitarian tourist. The museum offers classes in racial diversity and acceptance as well as tours for school children and interested adults. It is a moving and informative institution.

Cinema
As the epicenter of America’s movie industry, it should come as no surprise that Los Angeles has a variety of great theaters for cinephiles to catch a matinee. TLC Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard stands out as one of the most famous cinema houses ever built. Crowds descend upon the faux-Asian theater every day to measure the famous feet and hands imprinted on the sidewalk outside. Across the street, the Egyptian Theater stands in its Vegas-style glory. On sunset drive, the retro single screen cinema, Vista Theater boasts Spanish Revival architecture while the Village Theater in Westwood Village has earned iconic status thanks to its 170-foot tower. Besides these, the Downtown Independent, a modern cinema screens indie movies and has a great line-up of festivals and regular events.

Comedy
There are countless small clubs in Los Angeles that have open-mic nights for comedians. For a more polished performance, check out the famous Groundlings. This well-known “training camp” for television shows like Saturday Night Live has an ever-changing lineup of up-and-comers with an occasional star headliner. The Improv and the Comedy Store consistently feature well-known headliners as well as budding new talent.

Music
When they are not out partying on the Sunset Strip, rock-and-roll musicians can be found performing at several Los Angeles venues. The El Rey Theatre and the Palladium are great for watching shows while in the city. The Forum and the Staples Center are the locations of choice for larger rock shows. Classical and jazz concerts are usually found at the Hollywood Bowl and The Greek Theatre. Bars and cafes in LA are known for their great lineup of talent. Among the favourites, The Baked Potato is your go-to for great jazz, The Mint for a night of great music in an intimate space rocking an old-school vibe, The Troubadour for a classic LA Music Club experience and an evening of rock and roll, or the Echo for a relaxed evening of fantastic music.Sporting Events
L.A. sports fans have plenty to keep them busy with the Los Angeles Lakers, the Clippers, the WNBA’s Sparks, the Dodgers and the Kings. This City of Champions boasts several world-class sporting venues like the Staples Center, L.A. Memorial Coliseum, Rose Bowl and the StubHub Center.

Amusement & Theme Parks
Los Angeles and its surrounding areas are home to many world-famous and exciting amusement parks. The most well-known the world over is Disneyland, which is “the happiest place on Earth.” Experience the magic of movie-making at Universal Studios and check out the family-friendly rides at Knott’s Berry Farm. For roller-coaster thrills visit Six Flags Magic Mountain. On a hot day, the best way to cool down is to head to Raging Waters.

Shopping & Hanging Out
People-watching in Los Angeles can definitely be considered a spectator sport. Although it bears no resemblance to the former hit television show, Melrose is the best sidewalk spectacle. Crammed full of sidewalk cafés, bars, coffeehouses and boutiques, the street is always full of activity and unusual characters.

If true Hollywood stars and über-glam shopping are what you are looking for, Rodeo Drive is the ultimate destination. The world-renowned street is always bustling with movie stars in baseball caps trying to blend in and Hollywood wives in diamonds trying to stand out. You’ll find Gucci, Prada, Tiffany & Co. and other upscale shops here.

Another great spot for shopaholics is Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade which has a wide variety of upscale boutiques and well-known chains, all under the shining sun of this beach town. Universal City Walk is the Valley’s answer for quirky shopping and entertainment along a stretch of pedestrian walkways.

Nightlife
After the sun sets, the party kicks off in Los Angeles. Among the best neighbourhoods to enjoy a night out, the lively bars and pubs of DTLA and Chinatown, swanky cocktail bars in Hollywood, and beachside fun at Long Beach have plenty to offer. Sip a drink at an upscale hotel bar like the Mixing Room or chug down a microbrew at the very popular Beachwood Brewing and BBQ in Long Beach. From handcrafted drinks to on-tap brews and niche mezcal bars, the bar scene is diverse and constantly evolving with the latest trends in this vibrant city.

City Life Friends at Night

Recommended tours

Walking around Los Angeles is not an easy task. As one of the world’s largest metropolis, Los Angeles has become as famous for cars and traffic as it is for its film industry. So rent a car and make your way out to these tourist hot spots.

Downtown
Located in the heart of downtown, the modest Pueblo de Los Angeles is the city’s oldest structure. Located in the middle of the historic pueblo is Olvera Street, an L.A. landmark since the early 1930s. Any day of the year, this cobblestone street is alive with inexpensive Mexican delicacies, kitschy shopping and several wandering mariachi bands. If too many hours on Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive Shopping District have strained the magnetic strip (or the limit) of your credit card, the Garment District offers a great low-cost shopping alternative. The Cooper Building and Santee Alley house designer outlet stores and clothing in all styles, labels and sizes.

Hollywood
The Griffith Observatory is one of the largest observatories in the country. At night you can stargaze from balconies on the outside of the building, or from the rooftop. Face north in the parking lot and you will get a spectacular view of the Hollywood Sign. Before you go stargazing you can see a different type of star nearby. Take Hollywood Boulevard approximately three blocks to Vine. At this famous intersection begins the Hollywood Walk of Fame, so named for the bronzed stars placed into the pavement that bear the name of a legendary entertainer in music, movies or television. Continuing up Hollywood Boulevard you will come to TLC Chinese Theater, more famous for the front courtyard than for any film ever shown there. The footprints and handprints outside include so many stars and create such a stir, it’s sometimes hard to squeeze your way in.

Malibu & Santa Monica
The beach community of Santa Monica offers great shopping and dining. The Third Street Promenade and The Pier are major centres of activity. Here you can ride rollercoasters, shop, eat, fish or just look at at the ocean. When you’re ready to hit the road, head north on the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway. A few miles north of Malibu is Leo Carillo State Beach. This unique inlet features rock formations and tide pools overflowing with some of the most unusual aquatic life in the world. If you are lucky, you will also be able to see dolphins frolicking just offshore.

Tourists walking on footpath by beach during sunset

Pasadena
The 110 Freeway North ends at Colorado Boulevard, where you will turn right and head into Old Town. In addition to being a quaint historical city, Old Pasadena is known for world-class restaurants, thriving theatre and many antique shops. One of the best features of Old Town is the architecture. An elegant dining option nearby is Bistro 45, which has contemporary French options on its menu. For those who feel confined by gravity and want to get a different perspective of Pasadena, simply follow signs to the Angeles Crest Highway and head up—straight up! This winding (and at times treacherous) mountain road takes you through the Angeles National Forest en route to the Mount Wilson Observatory, some 5000 feet (about 1.5 kilometers) above sea level.

Museum Row
This stretch of Wilshire Boulevard is also known as Museum Row, and with good reason. Most of the city’s main museums are located here, as well as several small but influential art galleries, such as the Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. After checking them out, take a quick drive up Fairfax to another Los Angeles historical monument, Canter’s Deli. This Jewish American diner has long been a Hollywood tradition. After your first bite of a Canter’s Deli sandwich, you will know why stars, locals and tourists have made this eatery a Los Angeles must-see location. After indulging in all the best that Canter’s has to offer, finish the day off with the astounding glamor of the mansions in Hancock Park, a neighbourhood dotted with homes built in the golden years of Hollywood. If you’d like to do something more educational the famous La Brea Tar Pits is just a short drive away.

If you are planning on checking out a few centrally-located things, going on foot is fine. However, if you want to explore the parts of this sprawling city that are hard to get to without a car, planning a day with a tour company is recommended.

Walking Tours

Los Angeles Conservancy Walking Tours (+1 213 623 2489 / https://www.laconservancy.org/tours)

Off’N Running Tours (+1 310 246 1418 / http://offnrunningtours.com)

Melting Pot Food Tour (+1 323 306 0131 / http://www.meltingpottours.com)

Studio Tours

Warner Bros. Studio Tour (+1 877 492 8687/ http://www.wbstudiotour.com/)

Paramount Studio Tour (+1 323 956 1777 / http://www.paramountstudiotour.com/)

Sony Pictures Studio Tour (+1 310 244 4000 / http://www.sonypictures.com/studios/)

Bus Tours

Starline Tours (+1 800 959 3131 / http://www.starlinetours.com/)

Guideline Tours (+1 800 604 8433 / http://www.guidelinetours.com/)

Los Angeles Sightseeing Tours & Charters (+1 800 870 1886 / http://www.lasightseeing.net/)

Adventure Tours

Catalina Adventure Tours (+1 877 510 2888 / http://www.catalinaadventuretours.com/)

Descanso Beach Ocean Sports (+1 310 510 1226 / http://kayakcatalinaisland.com/)

Adventure Helicopter Tours (+1 818 612 3676/ http://www.adventurehelicoptertours.com)

Boat Tours

Spirit Cruises (+1 310 548 8080 / http://spiritmarine.com/)

Harbor Breeze Cruises Whale Watching Tours (+1 562 432 4900 / http://2seewhales.com/index.asp)

Sports Tours

Big League Tours (+1 866 619 1748 / +1 317 534 2475 / http://www.bigleaguetours.com/)

History

California’s earliest residents were Native Americans. Prior to the mid-18th Century, several native peoples dominated the area, most notably those from the Tongva nation.

The earliest key date in the development of Los Angeles is August 2, 1769. It was on that afternoon that a group of Spanish explorers from the east, led by Juan Crespi and Captain Gaspar de Portola, entered what came to be known as Los Angeles in the area around Elysian Park. It was then that Crespi realized the potential the area had to become a sizable settlement. Then in 1771, Junipero Serra created the Mission San Gabriel Archangel in the present-day San Gabriel Valley. It wasn’t until 1781 that the town was founded and named “El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río de Porciúncula”—quite a mouthful to say and subsequently shortened to Los Angeles.

Throughout the late 18th and early 19th Centuries, Los Angeles was only a small farm town that remained part of Mexico, until the Mexican-American War. On March 9th, 1842, Francisco Lopez discovered gold in the Santa Clarita Valley, and by 1845, U.S. troops began battling for control of California. On January 9, 1847, Commodore Stockton recaptured Los Angeles for the third and final time, and just days later Mexican general Andres Pico surrendered California to U.S. General John Fremont. A subsequent boundary dispute ensued as to where the borders of the city and county should be. But on April 4, 1850, the city of Los Angeles was incorporated, with California officially entering the union five months later.

The late 1800s and early 1900s saw Los Angeles grow exponentially. One reason for this was the railroads, which finally reached Los Angeles from the East. The railroads resulted in a major expansion of economy and population, as evidenced by the fact that L.A.’s population doubled in the last decade of the 1800s and tripled in the first decade of the 1900s. In 1913, William Mulholland built an aqueduct, which allowed water to be brought to Los Angeles from 200 miles north. This important event, coupled with the earlier railroad boom, is considered to be largely responsible for L.A.’s growth into a major population center.

By the 1920s, many industries were beginning to stake their claim in the city. The most popular of these industries was the budding film industry. Filmmakers from the East came to Southern California for its eternal sunshine and varied landscape. Where else in America could they find perfect weather and largely empty surrounding land, as well as mountains, lakes, forests and beaches all within an hour’s drive? As movies and movie-making became more ingrained in American culture during the 1940s and 50s, millions began flocking to L.A. in hopes of becoming a star and striking it rich. By the mid-to-late 1950s, the population of L.A. had reached two million and appeared to be going nowhere but up.

As the city grew, more people meant more problems. In 1943, a clash between sailors, marines and local Hispanic gangs broke out, known as the Zoot Suit Riots. For several days and nights, downtown Los Angeles was transformed into a battle-zone. Although the riots were finally quelled by police, this would not be the last time the city witnessed large-scale urban unrest. Devastating race riots erupted in 1965 and again in 1992, after the Rodney King verdict, giving the city its reputation for being a hotbed of racial tensions. Riots, however, weren’t the only problems that affected the history of Los Angeles. Runaway air pollution and the damage caused by several earthquakes—the largest and most memorable of which was the Northridge earthquake in 1994, with a total magnitude of 6.7—have also given the city its fair share of crises to deal with over the years. But with the 21st Century has come an increase in the improvement and gentrification of many parts of the city.

Certain things can always be trusted to thrive in L.A.: cultural diversity, beautiful weather, the well-known traffic on the 405 Freeway, and eager souls arriving each day to the City of Angels in search of their own piece of heaven.

Getting there and getting around

Getting There

From the Airport

Airport Parking Service:

Park ‘N Fly at Park One ( +1 800 763 6895/ http://www.pnf.com/)

Shuttle: A free shuttle bus service provides transportation from the airport to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bus Center ( +1 800 266 6883 / http://www.mta.net/ ) and the Metro Green Line Station.

The shuttle can be picked up under the LAX Shuttle & Airline Connections sign on the Lower/Arrival Level in front of each terminal. From there, city buses are available to serve the Los Angeles area.

Bus: Metropolitan Express ( +1 800 338 3898 ) is a bus service that provides transportation from LAX to downtown Los Angeles.

Union Station/LAX FlyAway (+1 866 435 9529 / http://www.lawa.org/FlyAway/) is a 24-hour service that provides airport shuttle service from Union Station to LAX for a small fare.

Taxi: The following companies provide taxis that can easily be located at the Lower/Arrival Level in front of each terminal:

Beverly Hills Cab Company ( +1 310 273 6611 )
Independent Taxi Owners Association ( +1 213 666 0040 )
Checker Cab ( +1 213 482 3456 )

Car Rental:

Alamo ( +1 800 327 9633 / http://www.goalamo.com/ )
Avis ( +1 800 331 1212/ http://www.avis.com/ )
Budget ( +1 800 527 0700 / http://www.budget.com/ )
Dollar ( +1 800 800 4000 / http://www.dollar.com/ )
Enterprise ( +1 800 736 8222 / http://www.enterprise.com/ )
Hertz ( +1 800 654 3131 / http://www.hertz.com/ )
National ( +1 800 227 7368 / http://www.nationalcar.com/ )

Car Share: Another attractive ground transportation option is using car share, which operates in certain U.S. cities. This new breed of rental car allows you to rent on an hourly basis rather than a daily basis. Be sure to register online before your trip.

Zipcar (+1 877 353 9227 / http://www.zipcar.com/)

By Bus
Greyhound ( +1 800 231 2222/ http://www.greyhound.com/ ) accesses Los Angeles from major cities around the country. The downtown bus station ( +1 213 629 8401 ), located at 1716 East 7th Street, is open 24 hours daily.

By Train
Amtrak (+1 800 872 7245/ http://www.amtrak.com ), located at 800 North Alameda Street, provides service to Los Angeles via several national routes including Coast Starlight, Pacific Surfliner, Southwest Chief and Sunset Limited.

By Car
Approach Los Angeles from the east by Interstate 10, from the northeast and southwest by Interstate 5 and south via Interstate 5 and take Interstate 110 from the south.

Getting Around

Public Transit
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (+ 1 800 266 6883 / http://www.metro.net ) provides local and express bus service throughout Los Angeles and to major surrounding attractions including Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood. Other services include the Green Line light rail and the Metro Red Line subway.

If rollin’ like a celebrity is your wish, call on New Century Limo (+1 800 250 9434 / http://www.newcenturylimo.com).

Metro Rail

LA has it’s own subway system that is becoming more popular by the day. ( +1 323 466 3876 / https://www.metro.net/)

Traffic Information
To find out city traffic information go to http://www.traffic.com/

If traveling overseas, for helpful, practical advice about traveling technicalities and safety standards check out http://travel.state.gov/.