LosAngeles

Travel Planning, Fun Facts, Highlights

  Travel Planning

Weather

October in Los Angeles is warm, dry and sunny - pleasant and ideal for exploring all the city has to offer. Temperatures averages a maximum of between 75 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit (24 to 28 degrees Celsius). The minimum temperature usually falls between 57 and 60 °F (14 to 16 °C).

Air Transportation
The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is 19 miles from the conference hotel - about a 30-45 minute drive. The FlyAway® bus service provides frequent non-stop transportation between LAX and locations throughout the city.

Transportation within the city
Consult the Los Angeles Transportation Guide.   

Hotel: The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, Los Angeles, California, USA. EAPA 2017 Los Angeles hotel room block is now open.  Rate: $179 per night (plus taxes and fees, estimated 15.5%.) Attendees can also call 800-937-8461 to make their room reservations. Be sure to mention the EAPA 2017 conference. 

Hotel proximity to Los Angeles attractions
The Westin Bonaventure Hotel is located in close proximity to an endless number of attractions, restaurants, shopping, sporting venues and more. From Universal Studios, to the famed Farmers Market, from the Hollywood Bowl to Rodeo Drive. Check out this list for more information.

 Fun Facts about Los Angeles

 Did You Know That...
  • Los Angeles' full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula," which translated from Spanish, means "The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels of the river of Porziuncola."
  • Los Angeles is home to people from more than 140 countries speaking 224 different identified languages.
  • Based on population alone, if the Los Angeles urban area were a state it would be the fifth largest in America behind only California, New York, Texas, and Florida. 
  • Los Angeles didn't permit any part of buildings other than decorative towers to be more than 150 feet high before the late 1950s. So from its completion in 1928 until 1964, the City Hall, at 32 floors and 454 in height, was the tallest building in LA, and is still the tallest base-isolated structure in the world. It is designed to stay standing after an 8.2 magnitude earthquake. 
  • Los Angeles and San Francisco become 2.5 inches closer every year, because they are on opposite sides of the infamous San Andreas Fault.
  • Los Angeles has at least 90 stage theaters and over 300 museums, which is more than any other American city.
    Los Angeles Walt Disney Concert Hall
  • Los Angeles has about 200,000 small businesses, or more than twice that of any other part of the country. No wonder it has been called the "entrepreneurial capital of the world".
  • Los Angeles has the largest number of women-owned businesses in the nation.
  • Marina del Rey is America's largest yacht harbor.
  • Los Angeles is the only non-European city to have hosted the Summer Olympics twice.

 Highlights

Unique Attractions
  • The Griffith Observatory and Griffith Park. The observatory hosts fascinating exhibitions and a fantastic planetarium. Visitors also cite the beautiful setting did you see La La Land?) http://www.griffithobservatory.org
  • The Getty Center is one of the most impressive architectural achievements in the United States — and it also contains some of the finest works of art in the world. The circular concrete-and-steel structure was designed by renowned architect Richard Meier, and it houses an abundance of art from various ages and nations. 
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame and TCL Chinese Theatre. One of Hollywood's most iconic and memorable sites, opened in 1927 and represents the excess of Hollywood's Golden Age when lavishly-designed theaters were the movie-going standard. While you're here, take a stroll along the free-to-enjoy Hollywood Walk of Fame, where hundreds of movie stars have left their handprints and signatures along the sidewalk. 
  • La Brea Tar Pits. Hot tar has been bubbling from the earth at this spot for about 40,000 years. And from the gooiest part of L.A., about 100 tons of Ice Age fossils, representing between 400 and 600 different species, have been discovered. The adjoining Page Museum houses many of the artifacts that were found at the tar pits; consequently, it is home to one of the largest collections of Ice Age fossils in the world. 
  • Universal Studios Hollywood features rides and amusements based on some of the most popular scenes and characters from film and television. You can take the famous tram tour through "Jurassic Park" and visit the "Wizarding World of Harry Potter." There is a ride for everyone.
Fantastic Eats
  • Farmers Market. Founded in 1934, this cream-colored facility reels in both residents and tourists with the promise of fresh produce and a 100 plus food stands and eateries. Check out the video.
  • Spago Beverly Hills. One of many swanky Beverly Hills restaurants that draws more than its fair share of celebrities, Spago is perhaps Wolfgang Puck's most famous restaurant in the United States. Winner of the James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Service Award in 2005 and the Wine Spectator Grand Award in 2010, Spago turns out exactingly presented gourmet fare at prices to match. 
  • Lawry's. Located in the heart of La Cienega Boulevard's Restaurant Row, Lawry's is perhaps most famous for the annual Beef Bowl, where the competitors for the Rose Bowl game square off to see who can eat the most beef. However, this is where many Angelenos go when they want prime rib, carved right from the roast at their own tables and served with traditional Yorkshire pudding and creamed corn. Everyday folk have been rubbing elbows with celebrities at Lawry's since the 1920s. 
  • Pink's Hollywood. Possibly the most famous hotdog stand east of Coney Island, Pink's has been a favorite of the Hollywood elite for years. Located on La Brea Avenue in West Hollywood since 1939, Pink's serves a wide variety of specialty hotdogs, all for reasonable prices, though they are most famous for their chili dogs. One of LA's favorite late-night destinations, Pink's is open until 2 a.m. or later. 
  • Yamashiro Restaurant. Looking like an out-of-place pagoda and offering excellent views of the Los Angeles Basin from its perch in the Hollywood Hills, Yamashiro Restaurant  has served LA's elite for about nine decades. This has been a favorite haunt for movie stars from the silent film era to the present. Originally specializing in authentic Japanese food, Yamashiro now serves Cal-Asian fusion dishes, blending the culinary best of California and Japan. 
Fantastic Shopping
  • The Third Street Promenade, popular with shopaholics, has an eclectic vibe similar to its Santa Monica locale. This open-air shopping mall is filled with major chain stores, as well as more unique shops. You'll also find that outdoor dining options — many of which use local ingredients — are plentiful. Despite all the tempting spending options, the promenade's atmosphere is the main draw for travelers. Unexpected extras like the sculptured shrubs and talented street performers are particularly popular with visitors. 
  • Rodeo Drive. Immortalized by Julia Robert's "Pretty Woman" shopping spree, Rodeo Drive is an upscale shopping street in Beverly Hills that features designer label stores and small private boutiques. The area is popular with wealthy shoppers, sunglass-wearing celebrities, and tourists hoping to see fashion icons. 
  • Fred Segal. Fred Segal opened his 700 square foot West Hollywood store over five decades ago. Since that time, notable LA born brands have been discovered exclusively through the eponymous retailer, following his vision for fashion liberated by lifestyle and inspired by design. 
  • American Rag CIE. A self-proclaimed mainstay of California culture, American Rag CIE contains a broad swath of merchandise spanning from designer garms and niche homeware, to premium grooming products and ornate art books. A few bonuses? The space boasts both a cafe and a denim bar (it is LA after all). 
  • Rocket Fizz. Your sweet tooth has not seen a confectionery store with so much liquid candy since Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. There is a superior collection of novelty soda pop in such tempting varieties as Buffalo Wing Rootbeer, Snooki's limited-edition Wild Cherry Soda and Cock's Cola. Working up a thirst for all this soda is easy; there's international candy galore stocked on every shelf. There's also a plethora of vintage-inspired Coca-Cola, beer, music and movie signs and other nostalgic memorabilia. 

 Debbie Mori, Manager, Association Services, at conference@eapassn.org.