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The great diversity that you find in Los Angeles gives our restaurants the unique spice that the gourmet palate enjoys. Los Angeles is home to some of the best dining destinations in the world. It's hard to believe that any one city can do so many different types of food so well. There is culinary goodness at every turn.

Casual Hangout Spots

Yes they actually exist in LA. In a thriving metropolis like Los Angeles you bet there are lots of places to choose from where you can actually get away from the noise, sit back to surf the internet, and enjoy our year long sunny weather.


Los Angeles has its own performing arts that will blow you away. You'll find a wide variety of dramas, musicals, comedies and classic revivals.


Most people in Los Angeles get around by car. Contact your local Department of Motor Vehicles office for information on driving licenses and vehicle registration. If you wish to drive and have a valid driver's license from your home country/state, you are allowed to drive in California but would need to obtain a California Driver's License within 10 days of your arrival. Please check out this site for more info: If you need to wait 2 weeks before you can apply for a social security number (which is necessary for your driver's license application), the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will not penalize you for not obtaining a license within 10 days. However, they recommend you do it as soon as you obtain your SS#. Make sure to bring your passport and immigration documents when applying for a driver's license. There is usually a long queue at the DMV, and I would recommend making an appointment (if they will allow it). Here's the link for the application requirements:

You might also choose to get around by rail or bus -- LA has an expansive Metro system to get you where you need to go. Discounted Metro passes are available to JPL employees at the JPL Store, and to Caltech employees at the Caltech Bookstore.

There are also three area airports (LAX, Ontario International, and Bob Hope Airport) to help you make travel plans of any kind.


The Greater Los Angeles Area is home to several different sports teams:

  • Baseball: Dodgers and Anaheim Angeles
  • Hockey: Kings and the Anaheim Ducks
  • Basketball: Lakers and Clippers
  • Soccer: Galaxy

Additionally, several local colleges sponsor sporting events.

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