LA links has things to do, places to see, and events to attend. I recommend these sites ranging from mainstream to alternative for residents and tourists.
1. Discover Los Angeles
This Web site bills itself as “The Official Guide” to Los Angeles. It can get away with such a claim because it’s operated by the Los Angeles Convention and Visitor Bureau. This well designed site has information about everything from dinning to hotels to hiking in Los Angeles. And you thought no one walked in L.A.?
2. Los Angeles Times – The Guide
“The Guide” section of the Los Angeles Times Web site comes in at number two in part because it’s a great resource if you’re looking for something fun to do. It’s also highly rated because of the info gathering power of one of the country’s top newspapers. If it’s happening in L.A. you’ll find it in “The Guide.”
Laid out like a blog, LA.com has oodles of articles about what’s hot and happening around town. The entries are great if you’re not sure what you want to do and need some ideas. If you’re looking for something in particular check out their calendar section. It’s located in the top right corner of the homepage.
4. LA Weekly
This site is similar to the Los Angeles Times in the sense that while you’re looking for a great restaurant you’re bombarded with news headlines. Still, most of LA Weekly’s Web site is dedicated to music, restaurants, films, and the arts. It also has a calendar with a daily “3 Best Things To Do” feature.
5. Los Angeles Around Town (NBC Los Angeles)
The Around Town page of NBC Los Angeles is a great resource for everything that’s going on in and around the City of Angels. Here you’ll find articles on food, drink, shopping, fashion, and events. Underneath the site’s header you’ll see a link for “What You’re Doing Tonight” it’s indispensible.
6. Eye Spy LA
Eye Spy LA is a nice little site that’s not only very informative but quite welcoming. Promoted as “The Local’s Guide to Los Angeles and South California” Eye Spy has news, reviews, and editorials on a bunch of fun things to do in the city. This is a terrific site for folks looking for a unique yet quintessential L.A. experience.
8. LA Live
Lalive.com is the website dedicated to L.A. Liveâ€”the entertainment district surrounding Staples Center and Nokia Theatre. The area contains night clubs, restaurants, movie theaters, and even a bowling alley. This is also a wonderful resource if you want to see big time music acts and top sporting events that often appear at L.A. Live’s two main venues.
9. Los Angeles.com
Losangeles.com is a great reference site for the city. Even though it’s more suited for tourists than residents it’s still a page you’ll want to bookmark. The site contains extensive, evergreen information about Los Angeles’ major attractions. You won’t find the offbeat here but you will find a lot of information on mainstream L.A.
My Most Useful Websites links and Web Apps
- ctrlq.org/screenshots – for capturing screenshots of web pages on mobile and desktops.
- dictation.io – online voice recognition in the browser itself.
- zerodollarmovies.com – find full-length movies on YouTube.
- screenr.com – record movies of your desktop and send them straight to YouTube.
- goo.gl – shorten long URLs and convert URLs into QR codes.
- unfurlr.come – find the original URL that’s hiding behind a short URL.
- qClock – find the local time of a city using Google Maps.
- copypastecharacter.com – copy special characters that aren’t on your keyboard.
- codeacademy.com – the best place to learn coding online.
- lovelycharts.com – create flowcharts, network diagrams, sitemaps, etc.
- iconfinder.com – find icons of all sizes.
- office.com – download templates, clipart and images for your Office documents.
- followupthen.com – the easiest way to setup email reminders.
- jotti.org – scan any suspicious file or email attachment for viruses.
- wolframalpha.com – gets answers directly without searching – see more wolfram tips.
- printwhatyoulike.com – print web pages without the clutter.
- ctrlq.save – save online files to Dropbox or Google Drive directly.
- ctrql.rss – a search engine for RSS feeds.
- e.ggtimer.com – a simple online timer for your daily needs.
- coralcdn.org – if a site is down due to heavy traffic, try accessing it through coral CDN.
- random.org – pick random numbers, flip coins, and more.
- pdfescape.com – lets you can quickly edit PDFs in the browser itself.
- tubemogul.com – simultaneously upload videos to YouTube and other video sites.
- scr.im – share you email address online without worrying about spam.
- spypig.com – now get read receipts for your email.
- myfonts.com/WhatTheFont – quickly determine the font name from an image.
- google.com/webfonts – a good collection of open source fonts.
- regex.info – find data hidden in your photographs – see more EXIF tools.
- livestream.com – broadcast events live over the web, including your desktop screen.
- iwantmyname.com – helps you search domains across all TLDs.
- homestyler.com – design from scratch or re-model your home in 3d.
- join.me – share you screen with anyone over the web.
- onlineocr.net – recognize text from scanned PDFs – see other OCR tools.
- flightstats.com – Track flight status at airports worldwide.
- wetransfer.com – for sharing really big files online.
- hundredzeros.com – the site lets you download free Kindle books.
- polishmywriting.com – check your writing for spelling or grammatical errors.
- marker.to – easily highlight the important parts of a web page for sharing.
- typewith.me – work on the same document with multiple people.
- whichdateworks.com – planning an event? find a date that works for all.
- everytimezone.com – a less confusing view of the world time zones.
- gtmetrix.com – the perfect tool for measuring your site performance online.
- noteflight.com – print music sheets, write your own music online (review).
- imo.im – chat with your buddies on Skype, Facebook, Google Talk, etc. from one place.
- translate.google.com – translate web pages, PDFs and Office documents.
- kleki.com – create paintings and sketches with a wide variety of brushes.
- similarsites.com – discover new sites that are similar to what you like already.
- wordle.net – quick summarize long pieces of text with tag clouds.
- bubbl.us – create mind-maps, brainstorm ideas in the browser.
- kuler.adobe.com – get color ideas, also extract colors from photographs.
- liveshare.com – share your photos in an album instantly.
- lmgtfy.com – when your friends are too lazy to use Google on their own.
- midomi.com – when you need to find the name of a song.
- google.com/history – see your past searches, also among most important Google URLs
- bing.com/images – automatically find perfectly-sized wallpapers for mobiles.
- faxzero.com – send an online fax for free – see more fax services.
- feedmyinbox.com – get RSS feeds as an email newsletter.
- ge.tt – qiuckly send a file to someone, they can even preview it before downloading.
- pipebytes.com – transfer files of any size without uploading to a third-party server.
- tinychat.com – setup a private chat room in micro-seconds.
- privnote.com – create text notes that will self-destruct after being read.
- boxoh.com – track the status of any shipment on Google Maps – alternative.
- mondrian.io – create vector drawings in the browser
- draw.io – create diagrams and flowcharts in the browser, export your drawings to Google Drive and Dropbox.
- downforeveryoneorjustme.com – find if your favorite website is offline or not?
- ewhois.com – find the other websites of a person with reverse Analytics lookup.
- whoishostingthis.com – find the web host of any website.
- labnol.org – software tutorials and how-to guides.
- disposablewebpage.com – create a temporary web page that self-destruct.
- urbandictionary.com – find definitions of slangs and informal words.
- seatguru.com – consult this site before choosing a seat for your next flight.
- unsplash.com – download images absolutely free.
- zoom.it – view very high-resolution images in your browser without scrolling.
- scribblemaps.com – create custom Google Maps easily.
- alertful.com – quickly setup email reminders for important events.
- picmonkey.com – Picnik is offline but PicMonkey is an even better image editor.
- formspring.me – you can ask or answer personal questions here.
- sumopaint.com – an excellent layer-based online image editor.
- snopes.com – find if that email offer you received is real or just another scam.
- typingweb.com – master touch-typing with these practice sessions.
- mailvu.com – send video emails to anyone using your web cam.
- timerime.com – create timelines with audio, video and images.
- stupeflix.com – make a movie out of your images, audio and video clips.
- safeweb.norton.com – check the trust level of any website.
- teuxdeux.com – a beautiful to-do app that looks like your paper dairy.
- deadurl.com – you’ll need this when your bookmarked web pages are deleted.
- minutes.io – quickly capture effective notes during meetings.
- youtube.com/leanback – Watch YouTube channels in TV mode.
- youtube.com/disco – quickly create a video playlist of your favorite artist.
- talltweets.com – Send tweets longer than 140 characters.
- pancake.io – create a free and simple website using your Dropbox account.
- builtwith.com – find the technology stack to know everything about a website.
- woorank.com – research a website from the SEO perspective.
- mixlr.com – broadcast live audio over the web.
- radbox.me – bookmark online videos and watch them later (review).
- tagmydoc.com – add QR codes to your documents and presentations (review).
- notes.io – the easiest way to write short text notes in the browser.
- ctrlq.org/html-mail – send rich-text mails to anyone, anonymously.
- fiverr.com – hire people to do little things for $5.
- otixo.com – easily manage your online files on Dropbox, Google Docs, etc.
- ifttt.com – create a connection between all your online accounts.