Los Angeles which also means “The Angels” in Spanish is located in the state of California, United States of America. It is the most densely populated city in the state and is also the 14th largest city in the world. Having such a huge population means people from nearly all races and religions call Los Angeles their home, making it the most culturally diverse city on the planet.
Getting to Los Angeles
Being a mega city, Los Angeles has countless exit and entrance points. As for airports, it has six commercial airports and dozens of private airports. The largest and most famous of these airports is the Los Angeles International Airport which comprises 9 terminals. The terminals are so vast that it takes a good 10 minutes to reach from one to another.
Los Angeles is also accessible by train and by bus. If you are entering the city via train, Amtrak station located at N. and Alameda St next to Hollywood freeway in downtown LA (short for Los Angeles) would be your point of entry. If you are coming in via bus then you have various options like Greyhound terminal or North Hollywood station.
Moving Around LA
A tourist has the option of renting a car or taking a rail system that is connected to most of the tourist attractions in the city. Since LA is such a huge place, it is advisable to opt for the rail system to avoid getting stuck in one of the city’s famous traffic jams and navigating the complex freeway system. Another viable option is making use of the city’s bus system which will take you to almost all the corners of the city, the only drawback is that it is a bit time-consuming.
Hotels and Other Accommodations
Depending on your budget, LA offers the most sophisticated to the basic, a room and washroom crash pads. The choice of picking an accommodation should purely be based on what sights and sounds you wish to enjoy. The options are Hollywood for those who want to witness the glitz and glamour of the world’s largest tinsel town, Beverly Hills for people with extraordinary budgets at their disposal or Santa Monica for those who want to experience sandy clean beaches.
Places To See
The city of LA is a treasure trove of historical landmarks Museums and Art Galleries. For history buffs, there is Olvera Street which has the oldest buildings in the city to Union Station. Famous Museums of LA are the J Paul Getty Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles Museum of Art and Natural History, and the California Afro-American Museum. For nature lovers, a visit to Griffith Park is a must, and a visit to LA will not be complete without seeing Mulholland Drive, which is the epicenter of any movie that was being and is being shot in Los Angeles.
LA offers the best gastronomical experience a tourist could wish for. From traditional big mac burgers to fish n chips and oriental dishes, all are easily available. The in-n-out burger chain, KFC and Mcdonald’s are present in almost every nook and corner for fast food lovers, whereas Genghis Cohen is the place to visit for Chinese food.