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Old 05-01-2010, 06:21 AM
 
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Default Planning a "pre-move" trip to Los Angeles-any advice?

I am planning a trip to LA in a few months to really check out the area before I move there sometime next year. I can stay for a maximum of probably 5 days. I'm not 100% sure where my employer will need me yet, and it may come down to my choosing between several locations. Therefore, I want to be able to make an educated decision.

I was planning on renting a car and spending a day just driving around LA. I'm a bit scared of getting lost in a bad area, since I'm not very familiar with LA yet. Do you have any advice? I'm interested in checking out the beach areas (South Bay), West LA, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, the Valley (Burbank), etc. I don't want to make a wrong turn into South LA or something, which I've heard is pretty easy to do. I'll definitely have the GPS though.

Also, where is a good safe hotel in a central location, and how much should I expect to pay?

Any other advice regarding things I must do while I'm here, if I am planning to move? Thanks!!
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Old 05-02-2010, 09:14 AM
 
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Bad areas? Don't worry, man. I mean, sure, they exist and all, but the city is nowhere near as bad as you probably think it is. The city has mad tremendous strides since the 90s and is now one of the safest big cities in the country. And, uh, South LA is pretty hard to make an accidental turn into, especially since you have to cross the 10. Besides, the areas on the other side of the 10 are the best in South LA, and offer superb Craftsman/Victorian architecture (..even white people live there!)
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