Travel·Updated on Dec 6, 2019. Posted on Apr 27, 201917 Mistakes Tourists Make When Visiting Los Angeles For The First TimeTwo words: LA. TRAFFIC.by Jasmin SuknananBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink We recently asked LA locals who are part of BuzzFeed Community to tell us about some of the biggest mistakes tourists make when visiting their city. Here are some of their tips: BTW, while the majority of these tips are from our users, a few are not Community submissions. 1. Most tourists consider only LAX when flying to LA, despite the fact that other airports, like Burbank's, are often more convenient and less congested. @lizzys4ae25d5f2 / Via buzzfeed.com "Fly into Burbank. Honestly, LAX can be a nightmare."—lizzys4ae25d5f2 2. They don't pay attention to whether they're using the bike lane or the pedestrian lane — and potentially get hurt as a result. View this photo on Instagram @hecken92 / Via instagram.com "Along Santa Monica and Venice, there are two parallel paths lining the beach: one for pedestrians and one for bikes. Pedestrians should not pose for pictures on bike paths, and cyclists should not try to plow down beachgoers on pedestrian walkways."—nataliec33 3. They sacrifice cost for convenience by parking their cars as close as possible to the beach. Tttuna / Getty Images / Via gettyimages.com "If you want to go to Venice Beach, park in the Marina del Rey area and walk/scoot over to Venice because the parking fees and traffic are a nightmare in Santa Monica. A prettier and less populated alternative is taking the Pacific Coast Highway up to Zuma Beach."—heatherbeshe 4. They underestimate the time it'll take to get from point A to point B. View this photo on Instagram @manashuklahale / Via instagram.com "Our traffic is terrible. Commuters should add half an hour to an hour whenever they want to go anywhere."—aimeecurameng 5. And as a result, they often think they can pack visits to multiple parts of the city into one day. Philip Klotzbach @philklotzbach Heavy rain and Los Angeles rush hour traffic is a bad combination. 01:14 AM - 18 Feb 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite @philklotzbach / Via Twitter: @philklotzbach "Tourists think they can 'plan' their day without any understanding of traffic. Like, no, you cannot see Malibu, Santa Monica, and DTLA all in one day."—jennifers4d8f34cb1 6. Tourists rent cars for the duration of their stay when Uber, Lyft, and public transportation are actually much cheaper alternatives. View this photo on Instagram @drivingtogether / Via instagram.com Rideshare fares in Los Angeles are actually much cheaper compared to prices in cities like New York. This makes it easy for passengers among a group to pay just a couple of dollars each to get where they need to be. 7. Those who do end up driving make the mistake of traveling on the Pacific Coast Highway during peak hours. View this photo on Instagram @cali_from_the_valley / Via instagram.com "The best time to drive on the Pacific Coast Highway is between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., if you can help it."—heatherbeshe 8. Many tourists simply underestimate the sheer size of Los Angeles. Frankramspott / Getty Images / Via gettyimages.com "It is pretty hilarious how off their sense of the city's geography tends to be. The city of Los Angeles is more than 500 square miles, and Los Angeles County is nearly 10 TIMES that size. My advice: study your Google Maps!"—katiekawaii 9. Tourists think jaywalking isn't a big deal and don't realize that fines are heavily enforced. View this photo on Instagram @ronnietoursthings / Via instagram.com "Don’t jaywalk!! You will get a $250 ticket, which is still better than getting hit by a car."—shrivercircus 10. They get a little *too* up-close and personal to stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. @hntrjustin / Via Twitter: @hntrjustin "I have seen people lie down and take photos of themselves kissing stars on the Walk of Fame. Fam, I guarantee you that someone has shit, pissed, vomited, or all three right there. Do not put your mouth on the sidewalk anywhere, but especially not in Hollywood!!"—zombiancae 11. And they forget that there's more to see and do in LA besides visit Hollywood. View this photo on Instagram @contakyvya / Via instagram.com "Hollywood is one of the trashiest places to visit."—otakuthefangirl 12. Tourists think that Hollywood is the celeb-spotting jackpot. Nicholas Hunt / Getty Images / Via gettyimages.com "You have a better chance of seeing a celebrity at Bristol Farms or Whole Foods in Thousand Oaks than in Hollywood. And they’re all around Toluca Lake. They're way more prevalent in the San Fernando Valley or Conejo Valley."—heatherbeshe 13. They waste time and money going on celebrity home tours, only to return with photos of empty yards and locked gates. View this photo on Instagram @dreamylover / Via instagram.com Most celebrities don't even live in Hollywood or Beverly Hills. Regardless, they appreciate their privacy and you definitely won't be able to see much beyond the giant gates outside their homes. 14. Tourists make the mistake of trying to have an authentic Mexican food experience at high-end restaurants. View this photo on Instagram @tacosaltiro / Via instagram.com "Going to fancy Mexican restaurants is a bad idea! It's gonna taste horrible! Find a local hole in the wall — those places have top-tier salsa." —aliothgreen 15. And some don't realize that a trip to Disneyland could literally take up half of their visit. View this photo on Instagram @pixie_taai / Via instagram.com "Please don't go to Disneyland if you're going for less than a week. The lines are really long, even for the most minute things, like buying food. Universal Studios is a lot better, plus the studio tours are fun and lines are short during the springtime." —otakuthefangirl 16. They inadvertently become victims of theft when they leave luggage or valuable items in plain sight in their cars. Niserin / Getty Images / Via gettyimages.com According to locals, thieves smash car windows and grab items that catch their eyes. They go through luggage and dump them in bushes where residents find them. While this is normal, opportunistic crime for the city, neighbors have noticed that these break-ins occur frequently near trailheads like the ones leading to the Hollywood sign and the Wisdom Tree. 17. And, they visit the Venice Beach Boardwalk on the weekends when it's basically a mob scene. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com / Via instagram.com Home to some of the greatest shops and restaurants in the city, the Venice Beach Boardwalk is a unique LA experience....just not on the weekends. You'll be elbowing your way through hoards of people. Want to be featured on BuzzFeed? Follow the BuzzFeed Community on Facebook and Twitter!