Los Angeles


If you are thinking of backpacking in Los Angeles read on to discover the must visit attractions, find good places to eat, solo travel in Los Angeles, young person’s travel and more.  Written by fellow travellers, our Los Angeles backpackers guide will help you make the most out of your time in America – you can even post your own experiences and connect with like-minded travellers.


“To live and die in LA”. We hear this phrase so much but what is it that actually make this city so special and travel here so rewarding? Located on the Southern Californian coast Los Angeles (L.A.) is a buzzing city which is home to the nations film and television industry. As a matter of fact Los Angeles easily takes the title as the world's most popular film creation hub, Hollywood!

Besides being the entertainment capital of the world L.A. holds further distinctions; a cultural mecca boasting more than 100 museums, and the place to be for paradise-like weather all of which make Los Angeles popular with backpackers, travellers and holidaymakers from across the globe.

In 1781 when two Spaniard settlers made their home in Sonora and Sinaloa (now known to be Downtown L.A.) they named the new settlement El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles, or The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels. This is where L.A. get’s it nickname “the city of Angels” from which seems to come at no mistake as the city vibe really brings an atmosphere of “perfection”.

The city of L.A. itself is home to approximately 4 million people with its five-county area (Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura, Orange and San Bernardino) standing at 18.8 million residents. L.A. does not have a majority population and with people from more than 140 countries residing in the city it is to no surprise that L.A. is classed as one of North America’s most diverse cultural hubs.

The Hollywood Sign, Griffith Observatory, the Walt Disney Concert Hall at the Music Center in Downtown L.A. and the TCL Chinese Theatre are just a few of L.A.’s iconic landmarks and attractions, so it’s to no surprise that L.A. really is the place to be.

You may also be interested in: New York backpacking guide, San Francisco backpacking guide

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