All you need to know about Los Angeles, CA
What to Do in Los Angeles
A trip to Los Angeles would not be complete without going to one of the nearby theme parks, such as Disneyland in Anaheim or Universal Studios Hollywood. If you will be visiting with your family, head to the Santa Monica Pier where you can go on rides, play games, and shop for souvenirs. For a quick day trip in California, you can drive to Mount San Antonio (aka, Mount Baldy) in the San Gabriel Mountains, which is known for its hiking trails.
Driving Tips in California
Driving Tips: There are a few things you should know before driving in California. Speed limits are 25 mph in residential areas, 55 mph on rural highways and 65-70 mph on Interstate highways and freeways. On steep, narrow mountain roads, the vehicle facing downhill must yield and make way for the one going uphill. It is also mandatory to use headlights in bad weather and 30 minutes before sunrise or sunset.
Toll roads: There are multiple toll roads in California, although those in and around LA are express lanes. There are Metro Express Lanes on I-10 and I-110 in Los Angeles County and the prices are dynamic based on the amount of traffic and how far you drive. You can expect to pay $15.40 for the full length, but the express lanes are free if you’re carpooling.
Where to Park in Los Angeles
Parking in LA is a necessity, and there are plenty of parking garages, lots and on-street options. On-street parking is plentiful but be sure to check time limits and don’t park in front of driveways. If you want to be sure to find a spot on the street or in a garage, use an app like Spot Hero to book one in advance and know how much you’ll have to pay.
Best Road Trips from Los Angeles
Santa Catalina Island: Hop on the Catalina Express ferry for about 1 hour to go to this channel island off the Pacific Coast. Once there you can explore Avalon, go SCUBA diving or hike or bike.
Palm Springs & Joshua Tree: Drive less than 2 hours east of LA to the Coachella Valley and Palm Springs. You can go golfing, relax at a spa or use the city as a base to explore Joshua Tree National Park.
Yosemite National Park: Drive for roughly 5 hours northeast and you will be in a nature lovers paradise on this road trip. Yosemite is a top destination for rock climbers, hikers and more, but you can also just enjoy the majestic scenery.
San Diego: Take the scenic Palms to Pines highway, aka State Route 74, and make the drive south to San Diego. Once there you can hit the beach, try your hand at surfing or explore the city.
Napa Valley: Wine and food lovers can make the 6.5-hour drive to the Napa Valley. In addition to bountiful vineyards and lush farmland you can also relax at a spa or try one of the many top restaurants in the area.