11 Great Apps For Getting The Most Out Of LA

LA Skyline | Courtesy of Pixabay
LA Skyline | Courtesy of Pixabay
Photo of Mary Pettas
31 October 2016

With a little helping hand from technology, the best of LA can be at your fingertips. From hiking tips to food delivery, traffic navigation to the scoop on nightlife, grab these apps to hack life in LA.

1. Modern Hiker

You need this to participate in LA’s favorite outdoor exercise. Locate different trailheads along with the length and difficulty before you head up and out so you don’t end up halfway up a trail as dusk is settling, wondering which way is down.

2. KCRW Radio

Bring LA’s most popular radio station with you anywhere – 89.9 is all about an eclectic mix of music and talk shows including NPR. The app allows you to stream live or pick and choose your favorite shows on demand so you don’t have to be sitting in your car stuck in traffic to be listening to the radio.

3. Lyft

Speaking of LA traffic, there are ways to get around besides driving in it yourself. So have someone else drive you. However, Uber here is extremely popular and sometimes the fares cost up to 5x the normal amount. Be smart, use a different app that does the same exact thing for less.

4. Go Metro Los Angeles

Even better than taking the streets, opt for the new and improved metro services. This app offers detailed directions to navigate LA’s infamously difficult metro systems including route times, connections, and real-time expected arrivals. The best part? It’s free and user-friendly.

5. LAX

LAX can be a nightmare when it’s busy. Avoid disaster by checking real time flight updates on arrivals, departures, and delays. You can also view flight cancellations, parking conditions and security traffic along with terminal maps, ground transportation, and current weather. In short, everything you need to know to make sure you don’t miss your flight.

6. Roo

Roo is designed specifically for bars and nightlife and uses your location to tell you the bars in your vicinity, along with their ratings based on user reviews. It will also give you recommendations for drinks, the type of establishment (i.e. sports bar vs cocktail lounge) and even wait times to get a table or to get inside so you don’t spend half your night out waiting in lines.

7. Postmates

This delivery app always has great deals and discounts on the most popular restaurants around of all types. It is a user demand-based app that works just like Uber but for food delivery, and they have reasonable delivery charges based on how far the driver needs to go. However, the number one reason we recommend it is because they consistently feature free surprise offers from around LA, including two lattes from Starbucks – made for the caffeine emergency.

8. Waze

A must-have for LA traffic. Get updates from other users about traffic reports everywhere you go. The best feature is that users will update what is ahead such as accidents or construction and how long it will take to move past it, so you’ll finally know what’s causing the 405 to turn into a parking lot.

9. My LA 311

Use this app for services that are public issues that need attention but are not emergencies such as pot holes, graffiti, or damage to city property. However, it also is a source for community locations such as libraries, police and fire stations, parking garages, golf courses, parks, and everything that the city has to offer.

10. Our Malibu Beaches

This is the app that everyone is buzzing about and is sure to optimize the sweet summertime days. It offers maps and tips on how to access even the most secluded and secret beaches in Malibu that are actually part of public property. Sure to make the best beach days even better.

11. Culture Trip

Get the insider tips and tricks for every neighborhood of the city at the tip of your fingers. The Culture Trip app is an easy to use, interactive, and comprehensive guide to everything culture in LA, including but never limited to art, fashion, nightlife, restaurants, film, and theater.

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