Hiring a motorhome in Los Angeles
Where to go in your Los Angeles motorhome hire
Further afield is Las Vegas, in the state of Nevada. A great road trip starts with an RV Rental from Las Vegas and finishes in Los Angeles.
Sunny Los Angeles is a physical representation of the American Dream - a city of shiny new things, reinvention, opportunity and, most importantly, hard work. A huge urban area that has sprung up quickly over the past few decades thanks to the booming entertainment industry, the “City of Angels” is not just about picture-perfect Hollywood. It is a land of beautiful parks and coastlines, interesting eateries, entertainment of all kinds and great shopping.
The city itself is difficult to define, made up of a huge number of neighbourhoods and districts which sprawl inland and along the coast. Incorporated cities of Los Angeles county are often considered part of greater LA and it is hugely diverse and cosmopolitan area. The world has come to the city.
Location is the most important consideration for places to stay. A hip, independent hotel in Hollywood? A big, familiar chain downtown? A Disney resort on the grounds of Disneyland? For beachside digs, try Santa Monica or upmarket Malibu, or Long Beach for a relaxed surfer vibe. Beachside RV parks are great for those with rented wheels. Budget hostels can be found almost anywhere, while outside the city centre are reasonably priced smaller B&B-style hotels. Keen shoppers should check out the San Gabriel Valley, close to factory outlet centres and cheaper than staying downtown.
Besides usual day-to-day attractions, the city hosts many annual events. Sports lovers will enjoy the LA Marathon, Toyota Grand Prix at Long Beach in April and the US Open of Surfing in July or August. For those of an artistic disposition, there’s a huge range of film festivals every year, the Fiesta Hermosa Arts and Crafts Fair on Labor Day weekend and the West Hollywood Book Fair in late September.
Special interest events include Chinese New Year on North Broadway in February, the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival in spring, with summer in the city attracting the LA Gay Pride Parade, the Pasadena Chalk Street Painting Festival and Japanese Festival. In autumn, foodies come out of the woodwork with several food-themed festivals
There’s a huge diversity of food on offer. The big thing on the LA dining scene currently is street food- gourmet food trucks, which are coming up with new eat-on-the-go options. Keep a lookout for Filipino, Vietnamese, Greek and Korean trucks, mobile creperies and waffle huts, along with the classic and famous “Grill Em All” with fabulous specialty burgers. Sick of cooking in your own RV? Let someone else do it in theirs!
Upmarket places such as Casa Vega, Rivabella, Nobu and Fig & Olive are better known for celebrity-spotting than their menus. At the other end of the scale are the wonderful markets, full of local produce and flavours. Try the Grand Central Market on Broadway, the Hollywood Farmers’ Market, Santa Monica Farmers’ Market, or smaller local versions in one of the city’s many neighbourhoods.
One of the most influential cities on earth, LA was once a small Spanish settlement in the New World, of 22 adults and 22 children who founded the town in 1777. It has been home to several tribes of Native American peoples, a part of the Spanish Empire, a city of Mexico, and an American supply centre for the gold rush. Today, nearly half of its population was born outside the States.
The city is blessed with a wonderful location. South California is a place of beaches and sunshine, close to the border with Mexico and on a long and pretty coastline. There is generally a relaxed atmosphere, and with so many wonderful natural landscapes to explore, how can you be uptight? Rent a motorhome and get on the road!
Hollywood is the city’s most iconic neighbourhood, despite the movie industry now outsourced to other locations more than ever. Much of the action centres on Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood Boulevard and Melrose Avenue for shopping, nightlife, dining and entertainment. The Hollywood and Highland intersection is a great place to get a view (and photo!) of the famous sign. Try Hollywood’s Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Walk of Fame, the Griffith Park Observatory and Runyon Canyon Park.
Hit the beach! LA is spoilt for choice - from Oxnard in the north to the O.C in the south. For a more secluded spot, venture beyond Malibu along the Pacific Coast Highway. Santa Monica brings the classic fun in the sun vibe with its historic pier and amusement park, and Venice Beach is the place for people-watching. Manhattan and Hermosa Beaches are great for surfing.
Disneyland always deserves a mention - a magical park of happiness and beloved characters. Other family fun activities include the California Space Centre, the Children’s Museum, Aquarium on the Pacific and outdoor fun at the many parks in the city.
Getting around by car can be difficult due to traffic, so for public transport is a good option for central areas. There is a Metro Rail network which stretches from the San Fernando Valley to Pasadena, Long Beach and LAX - useful for mid-distance journeys between suburbs. A single trip on one line costs $1.50. There is also a bus system which covers most of the county, with different operators in different areas. Rent a car or motorhome for real freedom of movement.
Travelling to and from Los Angeles is possible from almost anywhere. The city’s international airport is the third busiest in the country with a whole host of international and domestic flights. National coach companies offer inter-city routes to and from Los Angeles, and Amtrak, the national rail network, carries passengers to and from Union Station downtown.
The climate is officially classed as subtropical Mediterranean. In effect, this means a lot of sunshine and not much rain – a great weather forecast. It gets colder during winter, but not much colder. July and August can reach sweltering figures, so be prepared.
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