• 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 & attractions
• Lodging comparison charts
• Easy-to-read color regional 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.
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By Michael Lee on Apr 14, 2013
It was a good book to go through before the trip. LA is organized into sections, so for trip planning, this was good. I found that I didn't really use it so much when I was actually in LA. Some of the recommendations didn't match what yelp or tripadvisor users would say. So I was skeptical to follow the book.
Not much better than the internet
By Penitent1 on Nov 09, 2012
Just not a very informative book. I didn't feel a continuity or good organization from the beginning. Skip this one and try a different book.
Great for LA, not so much for Disneyland or points further away
By Andrew C Wheeler on Sep 03, 2012
This book lists seven writers, an Editorial Contributor, and twelve various art/design/production folks, so pardon me if I don't name them all. I'm assuming Rachel Klein wrangled them all to turn their contributions into a book, so she gets the credit here. FODOR'S LOS ANGELES appears to be a quite comprehensive guide to all of the things one might want to do while visiting the City of Angels -- quite a lot of those things seem to involve shopping for clothing, watching for moderately famous actors, or clubbing, none of which appeal to me, so I'll take the book's word for it that they are desirable activities. (My own tastes tend towards shopping for books, watching random unknown people, museum-ing, and wandering randomly, and those are totally different.) I'll be in the LA area for about a week this fall, as part of my family's big annual trip. The main draw this time is Disneyland, but that's not enough for a whole week, so I'm doing some due diligence to figure out what else to do while we're there. (I am the official family entertainment planner -- if I don't figure out what to do, it won't be done.) FODOR'S LOS ANGELES has a subtitle that promises coverage of Disneyland and Orange County, but that's quite secondary -- LA itself is the focus on the book, and there's a lot of city there to describe. Fodor's is a classy, professional, long-lived travel-book series, with all that implies: a knowing tone, excellent design with lots of sidebars and charts, gorgeous color photography throughout, and a good-sized map stuck into the back. You could very easily use this one book to plan a trip and bring it along (to leave in the hotel room or chuck in the backseat of the rental car), and it would be quite valuable. Not quite so much for me, though, since my geographic focus is a bit south and west of LA itself. Still, it gave me a better grounding of the geography -- and, probably most important, emphasized that Anaheim is not LA, and getting from one to the other will take time and effort (particularly on freeways at rush hour).