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Has anyone been to LA?

Discussion in 'New York/US' started by Pip, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. Pip

    Pip Well-Known Member

    Me and my man are talking about at some point driving down the West Coast, from Seattle to San Francisco, to California.

    The thing is, he's talking about spending about a week in LA :eek: whereas it strikes me as somewhere you'd lol at then want to leave after about a day. Am I being unfair? Is it really that bad? :D

  2. Spion

    Spion I hear ya

    For a start it's huge. You can't just write it all off. Therer are lots of areas worth seeing, but you have to like driving around a fair bit (it can be 20 miles from one part to another). If you've ever watched many movies you'll be constantly surrounded by 'sets' you've seen. Hollywood, Korea town, Santa Monica, Venice and more. I stayed in Santa Monica for 2 weeks once and liked it, great beaches, good town centre (shops, ice cream, coffee, bookshops, nice atmostphere). Admittedly LA is a 'city experience' but it's unlike any city you'll ever experience anywhere else. We also did things like went to the baseball, drove inland to the edge fo the desert (for a vintage car meet :oops:). I just liked being there and driving around seeing stuff I'd unconsciously taken in via 1,000 movies.
  3. Griff

    Griff Hardly posting anymore

    There's quite a bit to see and a lot to eat there. :)

    As mentioned, Santa Monica & Venice are nice. Also it's worth going round the shops at Rodeo Drive for the lulz.

    I was in my element looking at the many old car-dealers there. :oops:

    If you like big rollercoaster & cool rides, there's Magic Mountain to the North of LA I think (it's been 16 years since being there), which will scare the life out of you. :cool: Plus of course Disneyland or Disneyworld, can't remember which one it is. And of course the Universal Studios.

    It's worth spending a couple of days there to be fair then take the Pacific Highway, up to San Francisco preferably in a decent car with the roof down. :cool:
  4. trashpony

    trashpony Never knowingly underawed

    I used to live there :)
  5. spanglechick

    spanglechick High Empress of Dressing Up

    hmm - do the hoollywood stuff (handprints, drive up to the planetarium thing to see the best view of the sign / have your jimmy dean moment), maybe have a look at rodeo drive in the afternoon - dinner at the formosa..

    job done.
  6. kyser_soze

    kyser_soze Hawking's Angry Eyebrow

    Wot Spion sed really ^^^

    I agree that it's a unique city experience - the exprience of being a city that's actually a giant suburb. Very, very weird. Not as fun as SF tho.
  7. Spion

    Spion I hear ya

    I'd keep the roof up for the mornings where the fog doesn't lift til noon ;)

    Driving LA to SF inland via the edge of the Mojave desert, up the eastern side (Owens Valley) of the Sierra Nevada and then cutting across the mountains and down to SF via Tahoe is my fave, but you gotta do the coast route too
  8. Griff

    Griff Hardly posting anymore

    Well I did the triangle of landing in LA, driving to Vegas (in a Cadillac with the King on the radio :cool:) then up to SF then back down along the coast road back to LA.

  9. Yelkcub

    Yelkcub Well-Known Member

    I'd skip Seattle unless you're keen on rain and baseball!

    In LA go to Katana for sushi!
  10. fractionMan

    fractionMan Custom Title

    Didn't like it much. SF is sooo much nicer.

    If you do go, see if you can find the outdoor cinema that runs once a week or so in a cemetery. That was wicked :cool:
  11. Spion

    Spion I hear ya

    I LOVE driving in the desert. With the Doors on the stereo. Some music just seems to work so well there :)
  12. bluestreak

    bluestreak HomosexualityIsStalin’sAtomBombtoDestroyAmerica

    Heh, at some point in time my missus and I have had exactly the same conversation, with me taking your side and her taking his! It definitely doesn't look like a place you'd want to be for more than 24 hours.
  13. bluestreak

    bluestreak HomosexualityIsStalin’sAtomBombtoDestroyAmerica

    Ignore this man, Seattle is great, some real fun to be had if you look in the right places.
  14. fractionMan

    fractionMan Custom Title

    Downtown LA is one of the more depressing bits of america. I'm not sure why anyone would want to be there for more than a day. Hollywood is a triumph of failed expectations. It's shit.

    Pasadena was a nice leafy suburb, but again, why would you want to spend a holiday there? Not been to the beach so perhaps that's better.
  15. Yelkcub

    Yelkcub Well-Known Member

    I did have fun, especially with the Mariner's Moose!:D

  16. paolo

    paolo Well-Known Member

    LA is California's Birmingham.

    Like Birmingham, it's not all shit, it's just that most of it is.

    I'd try and tweak the tour dates to stay in places like Santa Barbara or Laguna Beach. You can pretend that it counts towards staying in LA. :)
  17. beeboo

    beeboo geek chic

    I loved LA - I've got more of a hankering to go back there than SF. The touristy bits of Hollywood were dire though, like Leicester Square but worse.

    Los Feliz was my absolute favourite area, I could live there and go to the Good Luck Bar every night :cool:
  18. chilango

    chilango By the many, not the few.

    LA is horrible.

    I liked it.
  19. Pieface

    Pieface New Member

    God I really want to go on holiday to America. So much to see.........I'd like to spend a couple of months there.
  20. Spion

    Spion I hear ya

    I hear both of you. :)

    I grew up in Birmingham, btw

    Really tho, it's mostly the geographical sprawl of the place that's like Brum (more like the whole West Mids really).

    Brum doesn't have the sun, the strange familiarity you have from so many movies, the ludicrous wealth next to the downright scuzzy, the desert, the beaches, the variety (and extremes) of neighbourhoods.
  21. paolo

    paolo Well-Known Member

    Sutton Coldfield, Kingstanding? :confused: :D

    (No, you're right... LA is a bit polar like that)
  22. Spion

    Spion I hear ya


    Wrong side of town for me. Different rules. *shudder* :D
  23. ovaltina

    ovaltina Well-Known Member

    Another vote for Santa Monica and Venice Beach here. Not sure about the rest of it though.
  24. damnhippie

    damnhippie shark sandwich

    err yeah, agree. you could probably spend a fun couple of days there but a week would be pushing it.

    also helps if you have a local who knows where very specific cool stuff is.

    when i was there we went to a bar that was pretty much someone's front room, a punk rock radio station, a squatted music venue, a bicycle co op and some great food places... all great fun but none of which were the kind of thing i'd have found without supervision.
  25. middle C

    middle C New Member

    San Fran is in Cali :rolleyes:

    LA was alright. I didn't enjoy it much. It's so spaced-out. It felt empty there :(
  26. Spion

    Spion I hear ya

    LA's like Marmite. You either like it or you don't.

    That said, if you know someone there or are resourceful enough to find your own way around there is tonnes to be seen and done
  27. middle C

    middle C New Member

    Agree with this.
  28. Biglittlefish

    Biglittlefish Well-Known Member

    LA is awesome. Most people pass through for a quick trip and hate it but thats another plus point as far as I'm concerned. Firstly you have to have a car. Not having one will make doing anything a proper pain.
    The Getty museum is a really incredible site way up in the hills overlooking the city. Whatever you do get there. Downtown is like nowhere else in the world. Some would say its grim, but I love it, every corner has a dilapidated old theatre or a cool mural. At night there are a ton of rock clubs, bars and lounges. (Find out about one before you go down there or you'll just drive around missing them). Venice is an exp in it self. Like an unselfconscious Camden. gets crowded though. Santa Monica is a nice up market shopping district with a beautiful long beach. V crowded on sunny wkds holidays/though.
    The sunset strip is pure, clubs, bars and drunken girls and frat boys. Worth a trip for the exp. If you feel like seeing some b list movie stars leering over beautiful willing woman go to one of the upmarket clubs on the strip and give the bouncer a hundred. They'll be only too keen to accept it.
    Drive up to mulholland drive, get out and walk around the hills overlooking the city. La has great Mexican food, its cheap and everywhere. eating in a restaurant is also a lot cheaper than in the UK for the quality of food on offer. O and the thai food is legendry (its even mentioned in the Pulp fiction script) Its also cheap and everywhere.
    The best advice I could give you about la is to pick a few places you want to see and just head there. Its not really a city you can wander round and find stuff interesting things. Its too spread out.
  29. MightyAphrodite

    MightyAphrodite rosebud R.I.P.

    If you want to feel like youre on another planet for a while you should visit LA. :D
  30. Yelkcub

    Yelkcub Well-Known Member

    If you're into clubs Avalon is the best of a bad bunch in LA. Americans just aren't bery good at clubs unfortunately.

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