Los Angeles is a big city. During your visit, odds are good you’ll want to explore as much of this sprawling metropolis as possible.
Some people opt to achieve this goal by taking tours. Although these can offer major benefits, there are also some drawbacks to a traditional tour, in which a guide decides where you will go, what you will see, and how much time you spend at any given attraction. Maybe you’d prefer to dictate your own route and experiences.
This guide will help. To plan your ideal LA self-guided tour, keep the following points in mind.
How to Enjoy the Perfect LA Self-Guided Tour
Choose a Theme
It’s impossible to see all of LA during a single short visit. You may wish to focus on specific types of sites, attractions, and experiences you want to explore in order to design a tour that makes optimal use of your time here.
That’s easy to do in LA. Are you a movie fan? If so, you can decide to go on a Hollywood tour. Do you have an interest in LA’s right history? Consider picking one or two neighborhoods in close proximity to one another, and research their historical sites. You can take a similar approach if you’re a foodie, researching the areas where LA’s best food trucks are most concentrated.
Regardless of which theme you choose, make a list of spots you want to see, and use a simple GPS tool like Google Maps to design a tour that lets you visit all of them in a day. Just remember that some attractions may only be open to the pubic during certain hours. Conduct research ahead of time to ensure you don’t visit one of the spots on your list when it’s closed.
Modify Virtual Tours
The idea of researching sites worth visiting during your tour may be intimidating if you don’t know much about the area. What if you overlook a major attraction?
In the age of smartphones, this isn’t something you need to worry about. You now have the option to download numerous walking tour apps. The tours they offer provide many of the same benefits as a traditional tour, without the cost and limitations. You can follow along at your leisure, or use the app’s tour as a foundation for your own self-guided one. Simply review the spots it will bring you to, compare them to Google Maps, and make any modifications you consider necessary.
Know Your Neighborhoods
It’s a good idea to research the various neighborhoods of LA before planning your self-guided tour. Again, you likely won’t be able to walk the entire city at one time. By doing research beforehand, you can find out which neighborhoods offer the experiences that most interest you. You’ll also know which neighborhoods are close enough to each other to be included in the same tour.
Of course, you can always ask local experts for advice. Our team at Century Park will be happy to make recommendations, ensuring your self-guided tour of LA is as enjoyable as possible.