WORST Scams and Tourist Traps in Los Angeles (Watch Before You Go) !

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  1. Here Be Barr

    September 20, 2019 1:48 pm

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  2. Mark A. Drexler

    September 20, 2019 3:16 pm

    I found the mascots to be more aggressive in LA, particularly because it seems as though there are no regulations against them and they can go anywhere/harass anyone. Also, Union Station is across from Olvera Street and is a BEAUTIFUL old station that is filmed constantly for good reason. I think you basically covered all the scams, although I think Santa Monica Pier looks nice from afar and doesn't even warrant a visit to the actual pier.

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  3. Hari M

    September 20, 2019 4:42 pm

    Thank you and TeamAdriana for the excellent videos and tips.
    How about also one on getting around via the LA public transit?

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  4. Bella Noche

    September 20, 2019 4:50 pm

    I used to live in Venice and I forgot about the CD guys, they were awful and so aggressive. Some of the hollywood tours are OK, just depends on the company. I went on the one with TMZ, that sucked, but did another one for less $ and it was great!

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  5. oggie1967

    September 20, 2019 5:25 pm

    Carneys in Sunset Bvld!
    Cheap eats on a railroad carriage!
    Go here for burgers & beer & the trainwreck fries are to die for!
    $75 for a family of 4 to stuff our faces till we thought we’d burst!👍

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  6. The Shady Brunch

    September 20, 2019 6:15 pm

    Thanks for the tips we’re going there in December and these scams are definitely everywhere. Awesome videos!

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  7. Mick Angelhere's World

    September 20, 2019 6:30 pm

    Had my photo of the Hollywood sign at the mall liked Santa Monica if I never visit Venice Beach again I wouldn’t care loved Farmers Markets LA is a big city so much to see 👍👍👍👍great video

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  8. Randall Carrier

    September 20, 2019 8:20 pm

    You missed the most important thing to be aware of: the horrific homeless crisis. YouTube has many graphic vids of this in all the places you visited. Tourists are especially vulnerable to robbery, assault, and disease. Not to mention stepping in feces.

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  9. 2000konnie

    September 20, 2019 11:11 pm

    Nice video! I have been researching going to L.A. for a few days (week days) to just do touristy sightseeing things. (I don't buy stuff anymore when I travel anymore.) It is daunting and discouraging due to the distance between. Santa Monica is definitely on my list. — How did you guys get around?

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  10. Runner Girl

    September 21, 2019 3:30 am

    I live here in Los Angeles. I do go to New York City three times a year. Please STAY in New York — Please don't come here to criticize my town. For NYC videos, I subscribe to ActionKid – he's much more appealing than you are. Stay away from LA if you don't like it — don't come here to criticize my town.

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  11. edvaira6891

    September 21, 2019 5:41 am

    Hey, Hollywood Forever Cemetery IS the CURRENT home of LOTS of Celebrities, so it’s the PERFECT “Tour of the Celebrities Homes”!

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  12. Fifi Mylène

    September 21, 2019 6:31 pm

    Bonjour Jon….merci pour cette belle visite de L.A….mais mon coeur est å New York 😊❤ team Adriana 💓

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  13. Alex Summy

    September 22, 2019 3:19 am

    If anyone is staying in downtown LA, then you've GOT to stay at the Hotel Cecil. You meet the most interesting people there, security is top notch, and the tap water tastes wonderful. Did I mention its historic?

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  14. Wendy Aguilera

    September 22, 2019 4:20 am

    Please visit a bit up north ❤️ the sequoias or Yosemite national park and don’t get me started on Hearst castle in the coast. Greetings from Central Cali to you and Adriana.

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  15. Joe Dazey

    September 22, 2019 7:14 am

    There are a good amount of shows being recorded that offers free tickets to be an audience member ie; CBS Television City, NBC/Universal etc. Also, Downtown Pasadena goes under the radar for a good entertainment area. It is15 miles from Hollywood. Just take the 101 (Hollywood Freeway) to north bound 110 (Pasadena Freeway) and this will take you straight there!

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  16. Sareen Palassian

    September 22, 2019 5:28 pm

    An even better place to get a view of the Hollywood sign: Barnsdall Park. Picnic on the hill followed by a day of exploring Los Feliz makes for a great/overlooked itinerary!
    Not quite a tourist trap but a tourist *mistake*: the LA metro. Notoriously spotty service and one of the dirtiest I’ve ridden in the world – particularly the Red Line. Out of towners would do better to call an Uber or Lyft than ride the metro for a stress-filled, pee-puddle-hopping 45 min-plus journey. The santa monica expo line, however, is decent and the most recently built.

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  17. COBRA COMMANDER

    September 22, 2019 6:42 pm

    Bro I disagree! Chinese Friends restaurant in Chinatown has the best Chinese food and better reviews than the Alhambra restaurant you recommend

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  18. Jay ONeill

    September 23, 2019 9:05 pm

    Excellent list of rips from this LA local, the cool thing is that you offer some fine alternatives. Well done.

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  19. Ethan Mendoza

    September 25, 2019 8:14 am

    Honestly, it’s kind of jarring seeing a video like this for tourists in LA when I’ve practically lived there my entire life. I’ve really taken living there for granted.

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  20. Nelson Falcao

    September 25, 2019 7:36 pm

    The Fake Monk scam takes place in Toronto as well. I had one try to hand me a coin thing and then as my attention was drawn to it he was trying to sneak his other hand into my shorts pocket. I caught him but still not a good experience

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  21. BLACK MAN

    September 25, 2019 8:43 pm

    The Los Angeles Parking Enforcement is the biggest SCAM ever. The city was built around the automobile and there’s no where to park.

    #Corrupt City Government

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  22. VLAD RM

    September 25, 2019 8:54 pm

    By far this is the best video for things to avoid, i went there in november 2018 and all is true. Don't waste time and money on these things. For me the best free things to do in LA was the visit at the exhibition rooms in Griffith observatory, the view from the top of Los Angeles city hall in downtown, the hiking to the Hollywood sign starting from Lake Hollywood Park (bring a lot of water), walking the santa monica pier area and the Broad museum in downtown. You can do easily all this by your own, you can use uber or metro or rent a car.

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  23. Michael Gordon

    September 25, 2019 10:27 pm

    Why does anyone even bother visiting Hollywood Blvd? It is probably the most overrated tourist spot in the world. Everything there is a rip off and the experience isn't that great. I recommend visiting all of the other wonderful spots in LA instead.

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  24. jim evans

    September 26, 2019 12:52 am

    Hand me a CD and then expect tip, I'll give you 25 cents, don't like it give me back 25 cents and I'll give you back your CD.

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  25. Bill Chen

    September 26, 2019 4:07 am

    As a LA native currently living and working in NYC, I would say the Hollywood Boulevard is definitely a tourist trap, just like the Times Square here in Midtown Manhattan. I never went there when I was living in LA.

    Santa Monica? Well, as a native of Santa Monica who lived there all my life before moving to NYC, I would say while the Pier and the 3rd St promenade are full of tourists, it is still a pretty cool place to walk around even as a local.

    Rodeo drive is so overrated in comparison to the Fifth Avenue/Madison Ave or Chelsea/Soho here in NYC, the street is just too short, it would only take five minutes to walk through, I would much rather go the South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa for shopping if I were in LA.

    Unlike the Chinatowns in SF and NYC, LA’s Chinatown is not where you should go to get the authentic Chinese food. the Chinese food in San Gabriel Valley is much more authentic, just like I would usually go to the Flushing Chinatown/Manhattan Chinatown to get Chinese food.

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  26. Suz Valentino

    September 26, 2019 11:13 pm

    I would like to say we took the TCM tour bus and it was great. We saw where many old movies were made, downtown LA and so much more. I know what you mean about the movie stars homes being hidden by high walls or hedges, our airb&b had the same high hedges and gate that hid our beautiful place in West Hollywood. LOVED LA.

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  27. ELATION

    September 27, 2019 5:54 pm

    Just went to LA a couple of weeks ago. Good advices but as a first time tourist, most of those are worth the look. The alternatives are great for the second visit. Thank you.

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  28. Greg Manukyan

    September 27, 2019 11:50 pm

    I wouldn't eat anywhere on Hollywood Blvd if I could avoid it. Food is either garbage, overly expensive, or very crowded.

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  29. Jorge Luis Farfán Vila

    September 28, 2019 4:39 pm

    I’m traveling to LA in 3 weeks and this video is everything I needed! Thanks Jon! Huge fan of your NY videos and so glad you’ve now made some LA videos. Did you have a chance to go to Pink’s Hot Dogs? Tourist trap or not?

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  30. Jonathan Serrano

    September 29, 2019 4:36 pm

    I use to work at the Hollywood and Highland Shopping Center, and the CD guys are also there on the walk of fame, watch out for them. Also, any pictures offered to you are not free, they will hassle you so just ignore them and walk away. As for the Grove, you can find most of those stores at Citadel Outlets in Commerce, which is like a 15 min drive from Downtown, which always has discounts and deals (stores range from Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, Gap, Nike, etc…)

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  31. Denis Lynch

    October 2, 2019 2:46 am

    I lived in LA all my life and enjoyed the video. One correction though, it's pronounced AL-HAM-BRA not AL-HUM=BRA

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  32. Bud Stephens

    October 3, 2019 11:03 am

    Great information… here’s a tip .. wherever you are …… be rude !!! ANYONE ever comes to you and want to give you something . Look at them and say fuck off . They tend to move in to the next sucker.

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  33. G -

    October 4, 2019 4:16 am

    If you visit LA County…. make sure you have health insurance cause you may get sick by all the homeless people :‐/

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  34. Manuel Esparza

    October 5, 2019 8:54 am

    Just pretend u dont care about anything or anyone. Or what theyre trying to sale u and u would have a great time this guy is full of it

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  35. Steve Martinez

    October 5, 2019 9:19 pm

    They forgot to mention the pic pockets in every single area you name to go to Born in raised in the barrio like your host Sid earlier fucking douche bag just say the bad areas

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  36. Bryan Flores

    October 6, 2019 11:46 pm

    Okay if you're a tourist, go to hollywood in the morning, lunch at joes pizza, catch a Kings game (or lakers idk) then finish the day with a Philipes sub sandwitch, heavy on the an jus sauce. Unless you want "fun for the family" if you want LA culture, thats it. Oh yeah, no trip is complete without an origional Tommy's burger. And get some chili for the road. Youll thank me later but your burning rectum wont.

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  37. Beasty Studios

    October 8, 2019 3:02 am

    I see so. Much people taking pictures of my house with those cameras and are like there’s no houses like that we’re we live

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  38. SpringInFialta

    October 9, 2019 6:21 am

    Al ambra? Really? No 'H'? Weird. Are you one of those PC guys that pronounces the area near Griffith Park Lows Fuh-leez?

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