11 weird and wonderful reasons to visit LA

There are plenty of reasons to visit the City of Angels– from the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to the All-American cuisine found on every corner. If you’re still not convinced, take a look at our 11 weird and wonderful reasons to visit LA.

Its shopping hotspots are one of a kind

Forget the designer shops and thrift stores of LA’s trendy neighbourhoods and head to the Time Travel Mart. A designated convenience store for time travellers, you can pick up everything from dinosaur eggs to robot milk.

There are four times as many hamburgers consumed in LA than in the rest of California

It’s not hard to see why either. With roadside diners and burger bars a mainstay of LA, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to gorge on a burger or two.

Los Angeles and San Francisco become 2.5 inches closer each year

This is due to the fact that they are on opposite sides of the San Andreas Fault. So take a holiday to LA and you could be closer to San Francisco than you think…

You can take a hike under the stars

LA is renowned as a great place for hiking, but what about at night? Take a trip up to Griffith Park, where you can follow one of the many trails through LA lit only by the lights of the city and the glow of the moon.

It has a museum dedicated to scientology

The L. Ron Hubbard life exhibition is located in LA and shows visitors the mysteries of scientology as well as its fascinating history.

It is illegal to lick a toad in LA

Perhaps something to bear in mind on your next trip?

The iconic Hollywood sign didn’t always look that way

From 1923-1949, the sign actually read ‘Hollywoodland’ and was built as an illuminated advert for a real estate development of the same name.

There are hidden tunnels underneath the city

There are said to be 11 miles of tunnels under the city of Los Angeles. In the past, they’ve been used for everything from transporting prisoners, bodies and large sums of money. They were also used to shift bottles of prohibition era alcohol to LA speakeasies.

It was the original inspiration for Disneyland

Walt Disney came up with the idea for Disneyland as he watched his children ride a merry-go-round in Griffith Park and wished there was a theme park for families to enjoy together. Years later, the dream became reality.

You can visit the Museum of Death

Fancy doing something different? Pop in to the Museum of Death, where you’ll encounter the world’s largest collection of serial murderer artwork as well as a body bag and coffin collection and even pet taxidermy. Not for the faint-hearted.

It’s the top place to find fast food

It is said that the average Los Angeles local eats 28 pounds of friend chicken, 50 pounds of French fries, 22 gallons of ice cream and 12 pounds of tortilla chips each year. We told you the food was good!

 

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