Los Angeles is a driving city. Public transportation is slow and not as developed as other cities and countries. A few Metro trains will get you to a few convenient locations such as Union Station, Universal Studios, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Pantages Theatre, Culver City and Santa Monica (opening late 2015), and a few others. To get to other places using public transportation, you have to rely on buses, which are often slow due to both the size of the city and traffic.
If at all possible, consider renting a car to make the most out of your visit to LA. If driving on the right side of the road is too intimidating or if you are too young to rent a car, it is still very possible to see a lot of the LA sights. But it is very important to PLAN AHEAD by deciding what you definitely want to see and then use Google Maps and Metro.net to get an idea of transportation options and travel times.
You can also take a look at our Tours section, which can help you see all of the highlights without a car.
LA is one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the entire country. Be prepared to run into people of all sorts of backgrounds. This also means we have great food options ranging from Mexican, Chinese, Thai, Ethiopian, Peruvian and Indian food just to name a few!