We’re here to offer peace of mind with a selection of important Q&As, that might just be standing between you and your exploration of all that LA has to offer.
Los Angeles is home to the Santa Monica Pier, Sunset Strip and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It’s a buzzing city full of celebrity and film culture, adventurous activities and culinary delights.
Whether you’re planning on seeing the sights, shopping in style or nurturing your spirit of eccentricity, Los Angeles offers all this and more.
It’s easy to see why so many Aussies flock to Los Angeles each and every year, so what’s holding you back?
What to know before you go
Is Los Angeles in California?
Yes. The City of Los Angeles is the second largest city in the United States of America (second only to New York City) and the most populous city in the state of California.
Is Los Angeles hot?
Los Angeles tends to experience year-round mild-to-warm weather. Its climate is classified as Mediterranean, which is a type of dry subtropical climate, identified by seasonal changes in rainfall. LA usually experiences a dry summer and a rainy season during winter.
It's seasonable temperatures are comparable to Sydney, however the summers are often a bit warmer. Expect dry, 30-degree days if travelling in summer.
Is Los Angeles a desert?
No. It is a myth that Los Angeles is a desert.
Does Los Angeles have mountains?
It certainly does. Los Angeles is home (in part) to the San Gabriel Mountains, a mountain range located in northern Los Angeles County, which also crosses over to western San Bernardino County, California.
Does Los Angeles have snow?
Not really. There are only a handful of occasions in the past 135 years that snowfall has been documented within the urban city of Los Angeles and surrounding areas. There are, however, local mountain ranges within city limits that get snow all on the peaks every winter.
Health and safety
Is Los Angeles safe?
Los Angeles is relatively safe for travellers who are safety savvy. We’ve outlined the important things that an Aussie travelling to LA should be aware of:
- Driving. If you’re planning on renting a car in Los Angeles, avoid rush hour wherever possible. It’s manic, and drivers native to the large and widespread city can be pushy.
- Know where to avoid. LA’s safer neighborhoods generally lie to the north and west of the city centre. Most of the areas with high crime rates are south and east of the city.
- Crime. While there are some more dangerous spots within the city, if you practice good judgment, you’ll be fine. Exercise the same level of sensibility with your personal safety and possessions, as you would in any other city. Avoid dark alleyways and walking the streets alone at night.
- Skid Row. Los Angeles’ Skid Row is famed for being a place of congregation for homeless people, drug addicts and mental-health sufferers. It can be dangerous. If you find yourself in Skid Row, be aware of your surroundings and exercise common sense to avoid endangering yourself.
Getting around and things to do
Does Los Angeles have Uber?
Uber was authorised to commence operation in Los Angeles in January 2016. There are lots of Uber options to choose from including uberX, UberSELECT, uberXL, uberBLACK, UberSUV, UberLUX and pool in LA.
How far is it from Los Angeles to San Francisco?
The distance between Los Angeles and San Francisco is approximately 614 km. This equates to a drive that is just over six hours on the main roads, or longer on the scenic coastal route.
Does Los Angeles have a beach?
Yes, it has many. Los Angeles county has almost two dozen beaches to choose from. These include Paradise Cove, where many films and TV shows have been partially set, and Zuma Beach where, if you’re lucky, you may spot dolphins in the surf.