Visitors think of Hollywood and Disneyland but Los Angeles and the
surrounding region has enough to keep visitors and residents busy for a
lifetime. Bring sunglasses and sunscreen year 'round and prepare for a
casual and friendly place where no one can claim more than a few
generations of personal history there.
Los Angeles is truly a region - including Los Angeles and Orange
Counties. If you include the towns in eastern Riverside County, the LA
Basin extends at least 60 miles from the Pacific Ocean inland.
Highlights include: LA County Art Museum, Getty Museum, Queen Mary
(Long Beach), Huntington Gardens, Disneyland, Universal Studios, Venice
Beach, Santa Monica Pier, Hollywood Boulevard, Rodeo Drive, Griffith
Park, Huntington State Beach, Dodger Stadium, Knott's Berry Farm (not a
farm at all - an amusement park!), and Sunset Boulevard. Of course,
there is the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda if that is what you are
Everything is connected by highways referred to as "the 110" or "the
605" but not necessarily easily. Traffic is part of the LA experience
so try to miss the commute hours. Public transportation is somewhat
limited as a choice for visitors to the region.
LA has no "off-season" but you can be sure it won't rain from April
through November and after that it is still rare. There are many
excellent public beaches, nearby mountains and hiking trails (to the
north) and if you really need to escape the urban LA, take a boat or a
helicopter over to Catalina Island where everyone travels on foot or by