Expert Travel Advice to Los Angeles

Top Answers To Los Angeles Travel Questions

  • Anonymous user answered:
    West LA is a very safe area. There are some shady parts of Mar Vista and Santa Monica. BEWARE of the area around USC. The area was known as South Central (check out Wikipedia). They now call the area South LA, like a name would change anything. I wouldn't let my daughter live anywhere near USC -- BEWARE.
  • Anonymous user answered:
    Cali is basically one big movie set, but some of the scenic highlights are probably the Hollywood hills, Orange County beaches, stretches of California Highway One and Big Sur, the giant redwoods of the northern coast, and the vineyard regions around Santa Barbara and Napa to the north. Anyone else have recommendations?
  • Alistair answered:
    Assuming you're heading out from Las Vegas, I'd probably you drive over to Los Angeles and then make your way north along California Highway One. Not sure how long you have, but Santa Barbara is a really lovely place at which to stop. Maybe also spend a night or two up in the Big Sur area, before scheduling a stop in either Monterey or Carmel (Big Sur Nepenthe restaurant is a prime spot for a lunch stop with a view!). Carmel is very quaint and has some nice inns and guesthouses. You could also go a bit more upscale at somewhere like the Inn at Pebble Beach or Bernardus Lodge (http://away.com/resorts/bernardus-lodge-bl-hotelid53531.html) in this area. After Monterey, it's a fairly straight shot up to San Francisco, where you could obviously spend some more time sightseeing before flying out. Best advice, though, is not to overdo the driving and enjoy the scenery along this wonderful stretch of coastline (it can also get a little slow during peak travel seasonss).
  • Alistair answered:
    I can't speak to the Rose Bowl Parade side of things (though from what I understand, people recommend checking out the floats the night before), but my wife and I drove California Highway One the other way round from San Francisco a few years back. A few highlights: - Santa Barbara: beautiful location, great beaches, albeit a bit pricey. - San Luis Obispo: not a whole lot going on, but might be a fun place to party with all the students from the university here; there's hiking and swimming at Santa Margarita Lake County Park, plus some area vineyards round that might be worth checking out. - Hearst Castle (not sure it's worth entrance fee, but pretty cool to see from the visitor center); don't miss the elephant-seal colony at nearby Piedras Blancas. - Big Sur scenery -- stop for an awesome lunch with a view at Nepenthe, go hiking in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. - Carmel and the pretty beach here, though the town itself feels quite stuffy; stay in nearby Monterey or even up the road in Santa Cruz. Enjoy, and take your time! Lots to see and do, so don't rush through it.

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