Traveling to Los Angeles area

posted 2 years ago in Travel
Post # 2
2114 posts
Buzzing bee

SunC19:  Hello!

Unfortunately, the Staples Center and Universal Studios are not very close to eachother. You would indeed have to rent a car (or take a taxi and stay at another hotel).

Is there anything else you want to do/see in the area over the weekend? That might help narrow down which area you should stay in. Staples Center is right in the heart of the city and has a big mall attached for some shopping and walking around.

Universal Studios is in Hollywood and also has a great mall and little museums, walk of fame etc. 

Post # 3
6171 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i was in LA a few months ago.  My favorite restaurant was The Gorbals, very reasonably priced. 

Check our AirBnB for a place to stay.  Though we stayed with a friend in LA, we used it for San Diego and a few other cities we travel to.

Post # 4
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - The Biltmore Ballrooms

Hello!! How exciting that youre planning a trip to the beat city ever (I’m biased of course). My suggestion to you is to stay close to the staples center. There are plenty of new hotels… just depends on your budget- the JW marriot is amazing and about two years old.  


I suggest staying new staples because there is more today. Staplea Center is part of “LA LIVE” which i wouldnt necessarily call a “mall” as it is mostly reataurants. 

i wouldnt rent a car If staying in downtown la (staples area) because parking is a WITCH with a capital B and hotels charge an arm n a leg for parking. 

Staples center area is near the red line and the redline has a universal city atop which is a 5 minute walk to city walk/ universal studios.. Which is in studio city or universal city (not hollywood – but fairly close)


using uber or lyft for everything else would be an awesome choice. 


downtown is more public transport friendly. But be sure to stay as close to la live as possible Because at night downtown la is a little shady if your outside of the tourist areas.


Love my city though!! 

Post # 6
596 posts
Busy bee

I would recommend a car if you don’t want to be confined. LA has terrible public transportation!

If you’ve never visited LA, here are a few places you might want to check out:

– Griffith Observatory

– Getty Center

– UCLA campus

– Santa Monica 3rd street promenade area (you can also rent bikes and ride along the water)

– Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills

Some food recommendations: Father’s Office, Umami Burger, Mozza, Korean BBQ (there’s a bunch of good places in Ktown!), Alibi, Din Tai Fung…if you let me know what genre you prefer, I can try to narrow it down a bit.

Post # 7
1131 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

LA does not have terrible public trans, it just doesn’t have a great underground system yet. Look for air bnb is Los Feliz or Silverlake – nice, cool, safe hoods between downtown, where Staples is, and Studio City, where Universal is. You can take the flyaway bus from LAX for $8 to Union Station, and a taxi from there to your hotel. Also, there is a subway stop at a Sunset and Vermont that can get you around but you may have to bus to it. You can also walk or bus to Griffith Park and hike up to the observatory. there are wonderful restaurants of all price ranges in the hoods i listed – if you tell me what you like, I will recommend.

Honestly I DO recommend a car. Are you really going to stay in LA for 4 days and NOT go to Venice Beach or Santa Monica? These areas are totally accessible (easier by car). I live right here in the city, feel free to hit me up in PM if you have specific itinerary questions.

Post # 9
596 posts
Busy bee

Depends on what part of LA you will be in but the weather should be really nice. Generally, it will be cooler along the coast and warmer as you drive more inland towards/in the San Fernando / San Gabriel valleys. But nighttimes can get cool. So I would recommend light layers. 🙂

Post # 10
1648 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

SunC19:  The Hubby and I have season tickets to the Kings so we’ll be at just about every home game. If you have any questions about Staples Center, feel free to PM me. For pre-game drinks/snacks, I recommend Rock-N-Fish in LA Live as it’s not too high-end (like The Palm) or too overpriced (I’m looking at you, Wolfgang Puck), or too trendy. The blackberry martini is heavenly and the crabcakes are super-yummy. Get there early or call for reservations as it does tend to get busy on game days (also, be prepard for a loud/rowdy crowd). Weather should be fairly mild with cooler evenings. Bring a light-to-medium jacket. 

Activities: Griffith Observatory, Venice Beach (it’s an experience), Santa Monica, Malibu Cafe, Rodeo Drive, Exposition Park and nearby museums, Huntington Library and Gardens, Umami Burger, sushi (there are some AMAZING sushi places in downtown), Hiking (Solstice Canyon in Malibu has gorgeous views, take the Rising Sun Trail, it’s steep, but SO worth it), and lots more. If you decide to venture to the other side of the “Orange Curtain” (head south into Orange County), let me know what you’re in the mood for and I can provide suggestions. Have fun!!

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