The Bottom Line: I hate LA. Always have, always will. Avoid this place like the plague.
I do not like Los Angeles. That is my warning to you before you read this review. I have been to the Los Angeles area on many occasions, the last time being May of 1999. I don't know if I'll ever go back, although my career seems to be directing me that way.
The main reason I don't like LA is because of all the traffic. No matter what time of day you're on the freeway, you will be stuck in traffic. Let me tell you, there is no way the Speed bus wouldn't have blown up. It's awful! You can be going North, South, East, or West, and you will hit traffic. Be aware of that before driving anywhere.
People say that New Yorkers are rude. I stayed in the Radisson on Sepulveda, and I have never encountered such rude people before! Maybe it's because I'm young, but the people in the hotel and restaurants I went to were completely unattentive and totally rude. Even the people in the airport-- regardless of me volunteering my seat and getting bumped onto another flight-- had bad attitudes.
Regardless of the traffic, there is a lot to do in LA-la Land. If you're into amusement parks, you have a wide variety to choose from. There's Knott's Berry Farm, Disneyland, and a bunch more. Knott's Berry Farm has a lot more thrill rides, whereas Disney is geared more towards families. Of course, they're both relatively expensive.
Or maybe you're a sports fan? Any season you go, you can catch a game. Every time I go to LA, I make sure to catch a Dodger game. Dodger Stadium is so clean! And, tickets are really inexpensive. (I got field-level seats for $16 a piece.) Be sure to bring a sweater, though-- it gets chilly in the evening. There are also the Lakers (basketball), Anaheim Ducks and LA Kings (hockey), and plenty of minor league teams.
As for nightlife, there are a plethora of night clubs, movies, and restaurants. If you're like me and enjoy a good show, you can find Broadway quality shows there. After all, it's entertainment central! (There's nothing like Broadway in NY, though.) For the more traditional people, you can find tons of movie theatres.
If you're a beach person, definitely go down to Venice Beach! It's like a huge flea market and carnival, with characters (though they're real people) all over the place. Be careful, though-- There are lots and lots of pick pockets around. And, don't go alone-- have at least one other person with you.
Something that is really cool is that you can get tickets to see virtually any show that is filmed with an audience that you want. There are a bunch of phone numbers in visitors guides that you can call to get tickets. I got tickets to see Donnie and Marie, which had my favorite soap star (Jensen Ackles) as a surprise guest!!! Tyson Beckford and Joy Beyhard were there, too.
I could do very well without Los Angeles. There are people that I'm friends with that are absolutely dying to move there, but not me. I'll find some way to bear it, though, should that ever be the case.
On a side note, my last trip to Los Angeles ended very well-- I wound up flying home, sitting next to and playing Spades with Tyson Beckford!
AN UPDATE: 2/24/04 I still hate Los Angeles. I ended up living in the quiet suburb of Palmdale, located north of LA in the desert. I lived there from 2/17/01 - 12/17/03, and I hated every minute of it. LA, I'm sure, is a nice place to visit, but definitely not a nice place to live.
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Los Angeles is home to just under 4 million people, making it the 2nd largest city in the United States. It was founded in 1781 and its surrounding metro area is home to people from hundreds of ethnic groups. Today, Los Angeles is home to some of the richest and poorest people in the country and continues to attract thousands of new residents every year.