03 July 2010 // 03:51 pm // 0 Comments
By Hollywood Connect
Los Angeles is a complicated place! Even if you have a GPS service, you'll want to take the time to learn how to navigate the city and its suburbs. Below you will find maps, links, and some great tips to help you get around.
Ever wonder where all those neighborhoods you've heard about are actually located? The maps at this SITE or at this SITE will help you get it all sorted out! We also recommend using Google Maps to get a more precise determination of distance between addresses.
Want to find your way around by the L.A. Metro bus and rail system? The maps found at the L.A. Metro WEBSITE will show you all the routes in that system and all the stops along the way.
But we strongly encourage you to have a car available if possible, as it will cut down on travel time and allow you to be more flexible in your schedule. If you bring a car to L.A., make sure you get a smog check and register it with the Department of Motor Vehicles within 21 days if you are planning on becoming a California resident. The DMV gives fines after 21 days.
We also suggest getting a Thomas Guide. This detailed book of maps of Los Angeles County is available at Target, Costco, and several other places. This is the best map for getting around in Los Angeles, so put it in your car and have it handy for making quick decisions on navigating the city.
Take some time and just drive around Los Angeles! Discover where the freeways and certain major cities within Los Angeles are so you can get your bearings quickly!
Traffic can be the biggest headache of living in Los Angeles. It's unlikely that you will be able to avoid them altogether, but you can keep the problems to a minimum by watching for the tight spots at SIGALERT.COM with its live traffic feed.
Once you get used to navigating Los Angeles, everything becomes a lot easier -- although not necessarily shorter. Remember that people in the entertainment industry expect you to be on time for meetings, auditions, and call times, so it won't be helpful to use the "bad traffic" excuse. Leave plenty of time for getting to your appointments and become a good judge of how long it will take you go get places. That will be a big help in developing a reputation as an entertainment professional!