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12-01-2010, 12:30 PM
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OT: Places to check out while in LA?

Long story short, I am coming down to the Los Angeles area from homebase in Guelph (Ontario) with friends to visit family and celebrate Christmas (December 23 - 31).

I will be able to check out places on my own this time (last time I went I was with my parents) and I was hoping if there is anything outside of the usual touristy places to visit.

My friends and I are going to watch the Ducks vs. Kings game on the 26th, so that's something to look forward to, but anything after that I have no idea.

So basically...

What malls, shopping areas?

Clubs (for the younger crowds, we're just over the drinking age)

Historical spots maybe?

Beaches?

Flea markets, swap meets (would love to find some old SNES games)

Anything that will be a short drive, we are probably going to have to rent a car to get around.

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Can we sticky a "Visiting LA Thread" already?

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http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t...ht=visiting+la

http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t...ht=visiting+la

http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=518364

http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=648255

All those have some good info.

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I suck at searching.

Sorry mods, close the thread if need be.

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First you will have to rent a car, no question.
I am old so I will leave the club to the hip kids on this board.
Venice Beach/boardwalk and the Santa Monica Pier and maybe the Third Street Promenade are a good afternoon of fun. They are near each other and have beach, amusment park and shopping. It might be too cold to see a lot of bikinis (except on guys think Borat)

here is something I want to see someday
http://angelsflight.com/
It is near historic downtown that has Olivera Street, China town, Pershing Square, LA jail (ha) and Union Station


Also Hollywood and Highland, has Manns Chinese theater and shopping and the Hollywood walk of fame and weirdos dressed as movie tv people that want you to pay them for a picture.

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I suck at searching.

Sorry mods, close the thread if need be.
Not a big deal, I just remembered there were threads like this in the past. We probably should get a sticky thread about visiting LA going.

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First you will have to rent a car, no question.
I am old so I will leave the club to the hip kids on this board.
Venice Beach/boardwalk and the Santa Monica Pier and maybe the Third Street Promenade are a good afternoon of fun. They are near each other and have beach, amusment park and shopping. It might be too cold to see a lot of bikinis (except on guys think Borat)

here is something I want to see someday
http://angelsflight.com/
It is near historic downtown that has Olivera Street, China town, Pershing Square, LA jail (ha) and Union Station



Also Hollywood and Highland, has Manns Chinese theater and shopping and the Hollywood walk of fame and weirdos dressed as movie tv people that want you to pay them for a picture.
I believe Angels Flight is currently closed due to a death and subsequent lawsuit. It happened several years back so maybe it re-opened, but last I heard it was closed

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Honestly, I would check out the shopping and entertainment around Staples. They are revitalizing downtown. Usually it's everything around LA you check out.

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I believe Angels Flight is currently closed due to a death and subsequent lawsuit. It happened several years back so maybe it re-opened, but last I heard it was closed
It is open again and it is only a quarter but try not to die when you are on it.

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I believe Angels Flight is currently closed due to a death and subsequent lawsuit. It happened several years back so maybe it re-opened, but last I heard it was closed
I rode on it just a few weeks ago. But, if you're going to do this part of downtown, like Broadway, the "Historic Core," the fashion district, it's really a lot better to google a walking tour that comes with some information. I could tell you a ton about the different building styles, when they were put up, or the development of the city over time, but if you don't understand the context, much of this area will just seem like a run-down old city.

Otherwise, visit the Getty. It's free and incredible. Lots of museums have free days every month, once again google that and you'll find stuff.

If you want hipster bars, go to Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Echo Park, and areas like that. Yelp will tell you specific ones.

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Tito's Tacos in culver city will give u a *****

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Isn't that the joint with Johnny Pastrami's next door?

Try them both, you won't regret it.

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Isn't that the joint with Johnny Pastrami's next door?

Try them both, you won't regret it.
Yes it is, and I Concur on the recommendations.

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There's this really small burger joint called In n' Out. I hear theres like one or two of em in the LA area and they're apparently delicious.

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Don't forget to visit Nickerson Gardens for the awesome flowers and vegetation. Breathtaking. You'll never forget it.

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Isn't that the joint with Johnny Pastrami's next door?

Try them both, you won't regret it.
I know many people who can't stand Tito's, myself included. Don't know anyone who doesn't like Johnny's.

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Thanks for the all the suggestions guys.

Also, how would I go about getting good tickets for the Ducks/Kings game on the 26th?

I was about to do the ticketmaster route, but decided otherwise.

What does everyone suggest? Wait until gametime then go to the booth? Scalpers? Or should I go ahead and pre-purchase them through ticketmaster or the Kings site?

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Thanks for the all the suggestions guys.

Also, how would I go about getting good tickets for the Ducks/Kings game on the 26th?

I was about to do the ticketmaster route, but decided otherwise.

What does everyone suggest? Wait until gametime then go to the booth? Scalpers? Or should I go ahead and pre-purchase them through ticketmaster or the Kings site?
Stubhub is your friend.

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Thanks for the all the suggestions guys.

Also, how would I go about getting good tickets for the Ducks/Kings game on the 26th?

I was about to do the ticketmaster route, but decided otherwise.

What does everyone suggest? Wait until gametime then go to the booth? Scalpers? Or should I go ahead and pre-purchase them through ticketmaster or the Kings site?
Stubhub is nice

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If you like museums, go to the Getty Villa or the Getty.

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If you like museums, go to the Getty Villa or the Getty.
Completely forgot about the Getty.

Chances are I'll be going alone (I'm the only one with the Studio Art/Art History major )

But it would be something to check out for sure.

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As far as clubs. Best bet is probably in Hollywood. Also you can pick up a LA Weekly to find night life

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Stubhub is nice
I must agree with the lovely lady here. You can often buy 2 or more seats in a suite or the PR level and get the Royal treatment for less than sitting in the lower bowl. You can order th fancy food right in your seat. I think I paid 65.00 ea (plus the god awful fees) for four of us and only two other people were in the suite big enough for 14 people. This being a Ducks game prices may be higher on Stubhub because Ducks fans sometimes go to hockey games.

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I suck at searching.

Sorry mods, close the thread if need be.
No worries.. people ask this all the time and we should probably have a sticky.

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There is a street called "Success Drive" or something that goes right through there.. how ironic!

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Thanks for the all the suggestions guys.

Also, how would I go about getting good tickets for the Ducks/Kings game on the 26th?

I was about to do the ticketmaster route, but decided otherwise.

What does everyone suggest? Wait until gametime then go to the booth? Scalpers? Or should I go ahead and pre-purchase them through ticketmaster or the Kings site?
Stubhub, eBay and there is a ticket exchange thread here that might have some people selling or I post deals occasionally. Off the top of my head I know the Kings are doing no ticketmaster fees on tickets purchased on Wednesdays. So if you go that route, make sure to buy them on Wednesday. Maybe check lakings.com for info on that. They also run "family packs" and other deals on there depending on the date.


I agree with others.. hipster bars in Silverlake. I'd personally avoid Hollywood. Lots of traffic, trash and people that think they are somebody. Lots of bars/clubs to go at Hermosa and Manhattan piers. Santa monica has a nice promenade and Venice is a freakshow (I'd strongly recommend this). Downtown Long Beach has some ok places for night life but also the Aquarium of the Pacific, Ferry's to Catalina (island off the coast of so cal), booze cruises and the Queen Mary which also has bars and tours etc. Ithink they do a New Years Eve thing there if you are oging to be here for that.


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