Los Angeles – Worth the Trip?

With so many mixed reviews of Los Angeles available to us on the internet, it’s hard to know if it’s a good place to visit or not. Los Angeles has a population of close to eight million people and covers hundreds of miles of space, so there isn’t one clear answer to this question. The neighborhoods in Los Angeles range from the luxurious Hollywood Hills all the way down to the rough and dangerous neighborhood of Compton. The reason this question is hard to answer is because of the diversity that you find in L.A. There certainly are great areas that are a lot of fun but there are also certainly areas that you should steer clear of so we wanted to share with you some of our findings while roaming around the streets of L.A.


Hollywood is full of glitz, glam, million dollar sports cars, and some of the most famous people on the planet. If you were to walk down Rodeo Dr., you could easily find yourself looking at thousand dollar handbags and pairs of jeans that would suit only the richest people on the planet. Hollywood is a very unique place because of the amount of money people have to spend here which is why we recommend coming here. Even if you’re not making millions of dollars and can’t afford the finer things in life provided to you in this town, we still think it’s a fun place to hangout and people watch. If you sit around this town long enough you’re sure to see some stars and you’ll also see some “wanna” be stars that will probably make you laugh you butt off. It is true that you won’t find the most hospitable environment here. Most people think they’re too good to be nice to people and they’re above being a normal human being.

Aside from the glitz and glam of this town, there are also some fun things to do here aside from shopping and people watching. Hollywood is home to the infamous Universal Studios theme park. This is a place that we would highly recommend visiting if you are with your family or have small children. There are tons of cool rides and attractions here and it is very easy to kill an entire day walking around the park. If you don’t feel like spending a bunch of money on entertainment, take a trip around some of the nicer neighborhoods in Hollywood. There are tons of million dollar mansions in the area and even more in Beverly Hills which is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Hollywood. There are even tours that will take you around to the nicest neighborhoods L.A. has to offer so you can get a glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous.

Even though you can have an amazing time in L.A., if you venture into the wrong neighborhood you can have a horrible time. Crenshaw & Compton, just to name a few, are some of the roughest neighborhoods in the entire country. We highly recommend getting a map and becoming familiar with the areas that you want to visit and make sure to steer clear of the ones you don’t. It’s not uncommon for tourist to end up in the wrong part of town and get robbed or car jacked. We hope these tips help guide you if you’re looking to take a trip to L.A. We want you to experience this awesome city but we also want you to be careful and know what really goes on here.

San Diego – Perfect Weekend Get-Away!

San Diego CaliforniaNo matter where you live in Southern California, San Diego is always a great idea for a weekend get away. There is so much to do in San Diego that you couldn’t possibly tackle everything in a weekend, but you can certainly do a lot of fun activities. So what should you do when you finally get a chance to escape life at home for the weekend? We’ve got some ideas for you to do in good old San Diego.

If you’ve never been to San Diego but you want to go to the beach, we recommend two main spots. Our first recommendation would be Pacific Beach. Here you will find tons of great restaurants, clubs, and bars along with miles and miles of beautiful beaches to relax on. While some of the restaurants and bars are located right on the beach, most of them are really close and definitely in walking distance. We recommend to relax on the beach during the day, bring a change of clothes, than stick around for a nice evening out on the town. There’s a good mix of pretty much every type of food you can imagine and they even have some restaurants that are a perfect fit for families with kids. No matter what your situation or what you’re looking for, you can easily have a nice relaxing day at Pacific Beach. The next beach we wanted to mention here is Black’s Beach. This beach is more of a get away that is far from any restaurants or bars. When you come here, you come here to relax and escape anything that resembles the hustle and bustle of everyday life. If you’ve ever been to the Caribbean, you know what it’s like to be away from the stresses of life. Black’s Beach offers just that without having to go thousands of miles away or spending thousands of dollars going to an exotic beach.

Ever been to Pet-co Stadium? If you’re in town during baseball season we highly recommend catching a game here. This stadium is one of the newest and most state of the art ballparks in all of the United States. The great thing about this stadium is that it’s located in the center of downtown San Diego so you can easily turn going to this stadium into a very eventful night out. Downtown San Diego is full of nightlife and some of the best restaurants in the country. The Padres haven’t exactly been on top of their game in the past 10 years but despite the team struggling, a night out at Pet-co park can still be a memorable one. We actually recommend checking out hotels in the downtown are because it’s so close to the main beaches and a lot of very cool attractions. If downtown is too pricey for you, the gas lamp district in San Diego can be a little big more affordable but is still located in an awesome location. We hope these tips help you have a fun weekend get away in San Diego, California. This post has been brought to you by OrangeCountypatiopros.com