North America

Los Angeles, CA

While the majority of the world thinks of Los Angeles in terms of Hollywood, Beaches and Baywatch, this metropolis is quickly changing and it’s incredibly cultured and diverse. After moving here, I discovered what this wonderful and weird City is actually about.

A melting pot of bold creatives and eclectic world cultures, Los Angeles offers so much beyond the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. It’s a city worth exploring again and again once you realize L.A. is an umbrella in which many different towns reside. In the past, the City of Angels was associated with extremes, with beaches, near-perfect weather, and a parade of seemingly famous, good-looking people on one side, and the legendary tangle of freeways, infamous smog, and American sprawl on the other. In reality, the best of Los Angeles lies between the two, in the city’s abundance of good museums, vibrant ethnic communities, and cutting-edge culture that’s tempered by a sunny sense of fun. Many travelers visit Los Angeles to experience Hollywood, but as the A-listers themselves know, there’s much more to the city once you stray beyond the Walk of Fame. The business of the East is switching West and bringing many new people and culture to the city, which I wrote about in an article: The Marriage of Media, Entertainment and Tech in the New Hollywood

West Side (“west of the 405”): Santa Monica, Venice, Playa Vista, Culver City…Malibu & Topanga

Central: West Hollywood, Laurel Canyon, Hollywood, Studio City, Beachwood Canyon, Los Feliz, Silverlake


South Bay: Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes

The OC: Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Irvine, Anaheim’s Disneyland Resort

*Day/Weekend Trips: Santa Barbara, Ojai, Laguna Beach, Palm Springs, Cambria (Hearst Castle), Paso Robles, Big Bear, Arrowhead Lake, Las Vegas

Author: Carrie Mitchell

Carrie A. Mitchell is the founder of L’Aventure Travel, the host of the Suitcase Sojourn Podcast, and author of the children’s travel book “To Be We”. Carrie is a global travel and hospitality expert who works with publications, brands and entertainment outlets on a number of travel related projects, from marketing consulting to editorial coverage to hosting & producing content for the web, TV and podcasts. She is always seeking to learn from people and places around the world, and share through her cultural exploration (40+ countries and counting)