What Not to Do in Los Angeles

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  1. Don't eat at Pink's Hot Dogs
    You’ll wait in line for about 45 minutes and then wait another 20 just to eat the most overrated hot dogs and chili in L.A. Yes, Pink’s is an institution—but the food just doesn’t live up to the hype. Instead: Go to Skooby's Photo: Greg Balfour Evans / Alamy
  2. Don't walk the Santa Monica Pier
    It’s exactly what you’d expect—endless souvenir shops, dinky rides, and teenagers on the loose. While the Ferris wheel offers some of the best views on the west side, the restaurants and bars are overpriced. Parking can be excruciating and equally exorbitant. Instead: Rent a bike and coast from Venice to Santa Monica. Photo: Prisma Bildagentur AG / Alamy
  3. Don't visit the Hollywood Wax Museum
    Recently dubbed “The Worst Wax Museum in America,” the Hollywood Boulevard mainstay might be the very definition of a tourist trap. Detractors complain that the figures barely resemble the celebrities they pretend to be, and at $30 a ticket, you’d expect a little more authenticity. Instead: Get your movie star fix at The Hollywood Museum. Photo: LHB Photo / Alamy
  4. Don't shop or eat at Universal CityWalk
    It’s free to enter Universal CityWalk, but after that you’ll be throwing down dollars left and right for chain restaurants (think Hard Rock Cafe and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.) and retailers. Swarms of tourist pack the place during the summer and holidays, but it fails to live up to expectations year-round. Instead: Soak up some culture in the NoHo Arts District Photo: PhotoStock-Israel / Alamy
  5. Don't hike Runyon Canyon
    Sure, this Hollywood Hills locale offers great views, but the trail also attracts large crowds, even on weekdays. If you’re not dodging other hikers, you’ll be contending with their dogs. Warning: Some owners aren’t always so meticulous about cleaning up after their furry friends. Instead: Check out Griffith Park. Photo: Sienna Van Nostrand / Alamy