Its Hollywood glitz, dazzling beaches and dizzying shopping are just a few of the options for enjoying this major port. For just about anyone, there are plenty of reasons to love L.A.

Insider’s tip: Yes, the traffic really is that bad. Budget extra time when driving anywhere close to rush hour.

Fun things to do:

Check out the people, from chic to freak, at the city’s legendary Venice Beach.

It might be touristy, but visiting Universal Studios is also a guilty pleasure.

Whether you can afford it or not, the shops on Rodeo Drive are a sight to behold.

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