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West Hollywood Gay Guide


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Getting to Know West Hollywood - 2014-2015 West Hollywood Events Calendar
Fountains and colorful plantings, Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, California, USA.
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Here are quick links to the other pages that make up the West Hollywood Gay Guide:
Getting to West Hollywood - the Lay of the Land
West Hollywood 2014/2015 Events Calendar - West Hollywood Gay Travel Resources
Exploring West Hollywood - Cool Neighborhoods and Attractions
West Hollywood Restaurant Guide
West Hollywood Gay Bar Guide
West Hollywood Hotel Guide

A West Hollywood Profile

The small but bustling city of West Hollywood, which is completely encircled by the city of Los Angeles, has come to be identified as one of the world's great gay meccas. A good many of its nearly 35,000 residents are gay, and the city contains the greatest concentration of gay-popular hotels, restaurants, shops, and bars in greater Los Angeles. It's also the site of some of the area's largest GLBT events, such as Los Angeles Gay Pride, Outfest, and West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval. For gay visitors to L.A., West Hollywood is a must-see, and also a good base for exploring the entire region.

For a guide to the gay scene in L.A.'s nearby beach communities, check the Santa Monica and Venice Gay Guide.

When to Go:

West Hollywood is a sunny desert city that receives little rain and only limited humidity. There's no bad time to visit, although late spring through summer sees the hottest and calmest days, which means the city's notorious smog can be more stifling then. Winter is cooler and can even be quite rainy, producing occasional floods and mudslides in the hills but also fresher days.

Average high-low temps are 68F/48F in Jan., 73F/54F in Apr., 88F/65F in July, and 79F/60F in Oct. Precipitation averages 3 to 4 inches/mo. Jan. to Mar., and inch or 2 in Nov. and Dec., and less than an inch at other times.

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