Tips from Fodor's Los Angeles 2011
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Full-color guide • Make your trip to Los Angeles unforgettable with illustrated features, 34 maps, and 223 color photos.
Customize your trip with simple planning tools • Top experiences and attractions • Practical advice for getting around • Easy-to-read color maps
• Explore Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Venice, and beyond • Discerning Fodor’s Choice picks for hotels, restaurants, sights, and more • “Word of Mouth” tips from fellow Fodor’s travelers • Illustrated features on visiting television and film studios, beach and park activities, and classic drives • Best shopping, nightlife, and side trips from the city
• Opinions from destination experts • Fodor’s Los Angeles-based writers reveal their favorite local haunts • Revised annually to provide the latest information
Not a guide for an under 30 traveler
By Kat on Jul 05, 2011
Bought this guide and then ended up replacing it with the 2011 Lonely Planet guide for LA and Southern California. The Fodors guide is probably fine for anyone who is hoping to enjoy a stay in an upscale hotel, fine dining and shopping at designer stores. However, it's not a guide book for anyone looking for offbeat sites in LA or is on any kind of budget (hostels aren't even included in the lodging descriptions, nor are some of the more quirky neighborhoods).
It's a Fodor's, for better and for for worse
By James Kunz on Jan 24, 2012
There was a time when I decided I was only going to own Fodor's guidebooks. I envisioned my travel bookshelf as a sea of yellow-orange with nothing but Fodor's as far as the eye could see. Two things nipped this plan in the bud. #1: I went on a trip to Atlanta, and Fodor's doesn't make an Atlanta guidebook. #2: I realized that Fodor's has a lot of problems. Now let's shift into specifics. As it so happens, everything good and bad about this line of guides is on display in their 2011 Los Angeles guidebook. The Good: -The book is gorgeous, with a ton of pictures. If you buy Frommer's or Moon you'll get a few B/W photos, but Fodor's really goes to town with the color photography. There are 223 in fact, according to the back of my book. -The information about each entry is very detailed. You get 60-100 words on a restaurant named Gyenari in Culver City, the Hyatt Andaz West Hollywood, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, etc. Some entries are obviously longer than others, but there's no denying that you're going to have a lot of information at your disposal with this guidebook. -Breadth. The book covers downtown, Hollywood, Disneyland, Catalina Island, etc. Suffice it to say that if you're in or around Los Angeles, this guide will almost certainly cover you. The Bad: -The book is just not that easy to use. Instead of having a master set of city maps in the index of the book (like Moon and Eyewitness, among other guides) to complement the smaller maps scattered throughout the book, Fodor's merely provides a pullout map, which is of limited use given L.A.'s huge size. It makes switching between areas rather irritating and sometimes stressful, as you need to find your new location (sometimes hundreds of pages later) if, indeed, a map exists for it -It doesn't really help you plan your trip. This is more of a personal thing--some people want that in their guidebook, some don't--but Fodor's assumes you know what you're doing with your time in L.A. They'll give you info on the sites, but not lay out a plan for how to see a whole bunch of sites in a short time. If you're looking for help in that regard, look elsewhere. -They seem too reluctant to be negative. A guidebook shouldn't recommend everything, they should also tell you what NOT to see, and Fodor's doesn't really do that. Again, maybe it comes down to personal preference, but I find that very helpful. So there you have it. I'm not trying to be negative about the gold guides--they have done right by me in many cities. But the more I use them, the more I notice their flaws. Take my advice with a grain of salt :)
Traveling with Guidance
By D. Saulnier on Feb 15, 2011
Overwhelmed, scared, and confused are a few emotions a traveler might be feeling when traveling to a destination that is foreign to them. Traveling was once quite simple, but as the years go on, it appears there is just too much for a traveler to decide about. One must answer several questions such as; Where to stay? What to do? and What to eat? Luckily expert travelers and locals have decided to help inexperienced travelers in their quests by providing insight and advice in numerous travel guides. Every year most travel guides go through an updating process to provide its consumers with the most accurate information possible. Travel guides come in multiple varieties ranging in variables such as physical size to presentation of contents. Finding the guide that best suits you can be a daunting task in itself. The company Fodor's Travel Guides makes travel guides to over three hundred different places such as London, England, the Bahamas, and Florence. Their guides have a large following and creditability. Fodor's "Los Angeles 2011" offers information for multiple types of travelers going to L.A. in an appealing approach that accommodates the range of audiences it writes for. The Miami Herald states, "Fodor's has emerged . . . as our fave guidebook series for insider tips about things you actually want to know . . ." The only way to do that is with the proper insightful people providing the information. This series has done it right by providing writers who are either experts on the area or whom live there. In Fodor's edition of "Los Angeles 2011" the writing staff is composed of a Los Angeles journalists, a lifestyle expert, an arts reporter, a poet, and others whom have strong roots in L.A. life. This particular guidebook is vastly colorful composed of thirty-four maps and two hundred and twenty-three color photos. The illustrations given to the reader through the use of the real life photographs really appeal to the guide's target audience. Although Fodor's makes specialty travel guides including ones tailored to Family Vacations, Travelers on a Budget, Cruise Travelers, and even Quick Getaways this particular guide is more general doing its best to serve a multitude of different audiences within one text. It does so by devoting whole sections and icons of the guide to certain groups. The traveling family who may just be sightseeing can look throughout the guide's section on "Los Angeles Top Attractions" and "Los Angeles with Kids". Also throughout the rest of the guide they can keep their eyes out for the "Family-Friendly" logo. For people traveling on a budget or with a limited amount of time there are sections titled, "Free and Almost Free" and "Great Itineraries". In "Free and Almost Free", travelers can experience tours and activities at no cost to them. Among the cheap treasures that are featured is an on location film studio tour at Paramount Ranch. Along with information about the tour is contact information to learn more about it. This is one of the great-added features of the guide. It gives the reader addresses, phone numbers, and sometimes even websites to continue your research. This section not only provides readers with inexpensive activities, but according to the guide these attractions are also the lesser known and crowded ones. In the "Great Itineraries" section a traveler with a limited amount of time can make the best of it with provided schedules for half and whole days in certain areas of L.A. Other sections include Downtown, Hollywood, Best Beaches, Nightlife, Performing Arts, Shopping, and Maps. There is something for everyone. The purpose of this travel guide is to make the traveler's trip more enjoyable by providing descriptive analysis of different topics of L.A. It doesn't use technical or complicated jargon rather it uses easily understood clear language and format. The reader never needs to question whether they are reading a review, tip, or description. Fodor's simplifies the knowledge so the reader can enjoy the trip more instead of being lost in the words of the guide. Fodor's does a good job of presenting its audience with only information that is interesting or important to your experience. The fact that Fodor's adds submitted data by normal people, who have used their guides for personal adventures in the past, proves that the guidebook is not out to trick travelers into gimmicks or tourist trap. Fodor's website states, "Fodor's helps you unleash the possibilities of travel by providing the insights and tools you need to experience the trips you want. While you're always at the helm, Fodor's offers the assurance of our expertise, the guarantee of selectivity, and the choice details that truly define a destination. It's like having a friend wherever you travel." Upon opening the guide you will find that Fodor's wants to you to join their team as a Fodor's Correspondent. They want to know when they're right and wrong. Also they want you to tell them what else they should include. Fodor's does an excellent job presenting Los Angeles' attractions in incredibly detailed arrangements which are easy to break down into elements throughout the following example. In the Performing Arts section Fodor's introduces the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The book provides us with interesting background information of the location. Facts are presented about who performs there and also about the building as a whole. At the end of the piece the reader is supplied with the address and phone number. Another place similar to this might also list prices and or a website. In addition to the basic piece this one has two extra components, a tip and "word of mouth". The tip gives the reader advice on how to better their experience by view the seating chart because of the different style of seating the hall contains. Yk states, "I took the Walt Disney Concert Hall's free guided tour on my last trip, but we didn't have time this time. I bought our concert tickets a month before our trip. Our seats were in the "bench" section, which is behind the orchestra. I liked these seats because we get a good view of the orchestra plus we were able to watch the conductor." In this "word of mouth" we learn a lot from someone who is similar to the audience and has been through the experience that the audience might be planning on going through. Lastly this piece has a symbol next to it that stands for Fodor's Choice. Fodor's Choice is the highest ranked places and activities posted throughout the book. Fodor's does a great job balancing the range of topics throughout the book. Priced at an average nineteen dollars Fodor's is worth the money. The travel guide is about the normal size of a book that you might travel with solely to read for pleasure. This lightweight book can fit it a large purse or normal size backpack. Chances are the guide won't be leaving your hands. The consumer of this guide doesn't need to worry about directions because Fodor's provides them with a handy pullout map along with the collection all ready printed throughout. Some locations even come with step-by-step directions of traveling to them and what time of day is best for you to visit. With all that Fodor's stands for and provides to it customers, it is hard to beat.