The City of Angels, aka Tinseltown, aka La-La Land, or simply L.A., there are few cities known by more nicknames than So Cal’s own Los Angeles. There are many great travel destinations in California, but one that is sometimes overlooked as a travel assignment location is Los Angeles. Once you have decided it is time for a 13-week assignment in Southern California, your only worry will be trying to fit in all of the incredible sights and experiences in our nation’s second-largest city.
Los Angeles is much more than beaches and sunshine, in fact, everywhere you turn is amazing culture, food, and nightlife. If we were to list all of the things you have to see and do while on assignment in LA, you would have to extend your assignment four times just to pack it all in. Instead, here is a list of things you MUST do during your 13-week stay.
The Getty Center. Very few attractions receive a solid 5-star rating with more than 10,000 reviews on Trip Advisor, but this is one of them. This attraction boasts a world-class art collection, amazing gardens to stroll through and breath-taking views of the city below. Best of all it is free admission with blues skies and sunshine thrown in for your ultimate enjoyment.
Universal Studios Hollywood. Whether the kids are traveling with you or not, a day spent at Universal Studios is something you can’t pass up. Where else can you visit with Harry Potter one minute and almost get eaten by a T-Rex the next? Take a tour and see how the magic is made.
Hollywood. If you are going to be in a place called Tinseltown, you might want to plan a visit to one of the reasons why the city earned that nickname. Stroll down the Walk of Fame, and you might be lucky enough to see a celebrity being honored with a star on the sidewalk! While there, be sure to visit Paramount Studios and the Hollywood Heritage Museum.
Sunset Strip. If you are in the mood for shopping, club-hopping, or just people watching, pay a visit to Sunset Strip. One of the most iconic stretches of road in America, the Strip can take you from downtown LA straight to the ocean while passing through many of the cities’ most famous neighborhoods. Check out this handy guide to make sure you don’t miss anything!
Venice Beach. Most of us don’t need a reason to spend a day at the beach when it is sunny and 85 degrees outside, but when on assignment in LA, that beach should be Venice Beach. You really haven’t experienced Southern California until you have spent time on the boardwalk with the rollerbladers, the bodybuilders, artists and fortune tellers. Oh, and the Pacific Ocean is right there also!
Rodeo Drive. Have you ever wanted to see what it was like being a “paparazzi”? Head down to Rodeo Drive and see how many celebrities you can spot. They will be the ladies with the tiny dogs in their handbags or the men who have a baseball hat covering their face. While you are there you can window shop outside of Gucci, Prada, or Luis Vuitton, unless you’ve won the lottery, then you can go inside and buy something!
Pink’s Hollywood. With all of the sightseeing and stargazing you will be doing, you can’t forget to eat. And what better place to grab a bite than at the most famous hot dog stand outside of Coney Island. Known for their chili dogs, Pink’s has a specialty dog to suit any taste, and it’s a favorite spot for many local celebrities too.
Restaurant Row. While on assignment in Los Angeles, it is always a good idea to check out the upscale restaurant scene. If you often have a hard time deciding where to go, a trip to Restaurant Row on La Cienega Boulevard is in order. The area is referred to as Restaurant Row because it is home to a series of fine dining establishments, including Lawry’s the Prime Rib, Tokyo Table, Fogo de Chão, and many others. Definitely worth the trip!
Unfortunately, we don’t have room in this space to continue our listing of great places to visit in Los Angeles, but hopefully, we have peaked your interest in a new assignment. Supplemental Health Care has plenty of opportunities for nurses, therapists, allied and more, just reach out to your recruiter and tell them you are ready for So Cal. If you want to see what is available first, check out our job search tool here. In the interim, share your favorite Los Angeles hot spots in the comment section below or drop us a line on our Facebook page.