Nicknamed the “City of Angels”, Los Angeles is a dreamy city that you need to come and see for yourself to believe it exists. The multi-faceted city has so many different sides to it: from the surfer vibes on the wide beaches of Santa Monica, to the glitz and glamour of Beverly Hills and Hollywood, and the boho chic streets of Venice. It may be the second biggest city in the United States, but it somehow has retained that sun-kissed SoCal personality that all of us love.
Los Angeles Travel Guide
Explorer Los Angeles
You can’t come to Los Angeles without visiting Hollywood Boulevard, chocked full of attractions that celebrate L.A.’s rich film and entertainment heritage. Stretching from Highland Avenue to Orange Drive, the boulevard has enough sights for first-time visitors to explore all day.
Santa Monica Pier
Far from the busy downtown Los Angeles, this part of the city is a lot more relaxed and laidback, oozing the SoCal vibes that many yearn for. Since the 1920s, Santa Monica Pier has been a landmark of the city, with an iconic entrance that you can probably recognize from postcards. The pier is also home to Pacific Park,afamily amusement park with its one-of-a-kind,solar paneled Ferris wheel.
Poised on the west end of Los Angeles, this beachfront district is a bohemian enclave, hippies’ paradise and surfers’ hangout all rolled into one. Labelled as the “cultural hub” of Los Angeles, this eccentric district is best known for its canals, beaches, and the Ocean Front Walk, a two-and-a-half-mile pedestrian-only promenade that features performers, gym buffs and skaters.
Overlooking the Los Angeles Basin is this observatory that not only offers an extensive array of space and science-related displays, but also the best views of the Hollywood sign, downtown L.A. and the Pacific Ocean. Since the observatory’s opening in 1935, admission has been free, in accordance with the benefactor’s will, after whom the observatory is named – Colonel Griffith J. Griffith.
Islamic Center of Southern California
Located on Vermont Avenue, this is one of the largest mosques in Southern California and it can accommodate more than 1000 worshippers at each time. When it was founded in 1952, it was the only mosque in the Los Angeles area. The Islamic Centre also houses a daily school for 105 students.
Where to Eat and Drink
If you’ve got a global taste bud, then Los Angeles will surely keep it entertained. With a healthy infusion of flavors from around the world, the city is always an exciting place to find dishes of the different style: from tacos and burgers to sushi and bowls. Whether you’re craving Mexican, Italian or strictly halal food, you’ll find it here in Los Angeles.
This 100% halal restaurant serves up Asian fusion cuisine against a funky, casual setting in the North Hollywood arts district. Its loyal fans swear by the halal burgers on the menu, but this hip, the contemporary joint also dishes up a range of salads, sandwiches, and burritos.
The Halal Guys
New York’s famous The Halal Guys are now doing big things in Korea Town, with their halal cart chicken and rice drawing in long lines daily. They are the pioneers of American Halal Food, featuring flawlessly cooked, premium quality halal meats seasoned to perfection.
Along fixture in Los Angeles’ Mexican food scene, this flamboyant restaurant is headed by the famous chef Rick Bayless, winner of Bravo’s Top Chef Master in 2009 and best American Chef of the Year several times in a row. The world-class restaurant delivers a combination of prime steaks and seafood using authentic Mexican sauces prepared with ingredients sourced from local farms.
For feel-good comfort food, this warm and friendly deli/restaurant will make you feel right at home with its contemporary rustic cuisine. It is the brainchild of award-winning chef Suzanne Goin and sommelier Caroline Styne. Designed by Jeffrey Alan Marks, Tavern brings together a trio of concepts under one roof – a full-service dining room.
When Los Angelenos are looking for fresh and delicious healthy foods, they come here. You won’t go wrong at Tender Greens, where cheap organic food are easily available (dishes cost $10.50 each) at different locations in Los Angeles.
Part of the environmentally-conscious Kimpton boutique chain, this high-end boutique hotel embodies the SoCal style with spunky designs and bold colors. The fashion-forward traveler would love its sleek rooftop restaurant set next to a glistening pool where epic views of the city (and the Hollywood sign) are paired with craft cocktails, fire pits, and lounge-y cabanas.View
Farmer’s Daughter Hotel
Eclectic and quirky, this unique barnyard-style hotel brings the country feel into Los Angeles’ urban center. The Melrose area where it’s located is home to the historic Farmer’s Market. After a make-over in the late 90’s, the Farmer’s Daughter has been transformed from a simple country girl into an L.A. icon.Today, it offers down-home hospitality, country-inspired rooms with award-winning design — all within walking distance to museums, Grove Entertainment Complex, and CBS Television city.View
An intimate, romantic boutique hotel set in West Hollywood, Petit Ermitage is designed to resemble a gypsy den, with Bohemian chic ambiance, inspired artwork, and a mystical air. The centerpiece of the hotel is its mosaic-tiled rooftop that plays host to a lavish restaurant, stylish bar, outdoor garden, and heated a saltwater pool.View
The trendy hipster hotel offers great value for money with simple but stylish rooms that come with an affordable price tag. Located in Korea Town, the hotel is easily recognizable with a massive peace tree mural on its exterior. Its in-house Korean restaurant is also a hit with the locals.View
Best Time to Go
In general, Los Angeles experiences very mild climate, with winter temperatures around 20 to 23°C in the day and 9 to 12°C at night, and summer temperatures around 28°C in the day and a comfortable 18°C at night. Summer (from June to August) is the peak travel season in Los Angeles and is best avoided due to heavy smog levels and sky-high hotel rates. Winter (from November to February) is low season but can also be a pleasant time to visit as prices are lower and temperatures are mild, although rain is prevalent.
The best times to visit Los Angeles is in spring (from March to May) or autumn (from September to November), when the air is cleaner and the crowds are less oppressive. Average temperatures during these times remain in the 20s, which makes exploring and visiting outdoor attractions much more comfortable.
Many airlines fly from Saudi Arabia to Los Angeles, including Emirates, Etihad Airways, and Saudia. There are several direct flights to Los Angeles from Jeddah, though most flights have one or two stops. The journey is at least 16 hours.
GETTING FROM AIRPORT TO CITY
The nearest metro station to Los Angeles (LAX) Airport is the Metro Green Line Aviation Station and there is a free shuttle bus service (G shuttle) that leaves from the LAX Shuttle & Airline Connections sign on the Lower/Arrival Level in front of each terminal to the station. However, the city is not well connected by metro and it can take more than an hour to get to downtown Los Angeles.
FlyAway is the easiest and fastest bus service that connects LAX with the city center and various parts of Los Angeles. Fares range from $8-10 each way depending on where you are going and time travel is around 35 minutes to 1 hour. They pick up passengers on the Arrival level outside all of the terminals.
Official taxis are easily available at the Arrival level of all terminals. The approximate cost to downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica or Hollywood is around $30 to $38 each way and the journey takes 30 to 35 minutes.
The official language of the United States, including Los Angeles, is English.
The currency in the United States is the US dollar (USD). The current exchange rate is 1 SAR to 0.27 USD.
The United States uses 110-120 volts.
The plugs in the United States have two flat blades. Some plugs also have a third rounded grounding pin.