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NYC to LA: 5 Reasons to Move to the West Coast

NYC to LA: 5 Reasons to Move to the West Coast

In Los Angeles, we're about being successful, not stressed. Happy not haggard. Healthy not hurried. We know New York boasts some great potential and produces phenomenal people—but we're pretty cool too. If you are looking for reasons, here are five to get you to move to the beautifully diverse West Coast.

The Scenery

Deserts? Beaches? Snow-covered valleys? California has it all. In Southern California, you can lie on a warm sandy beach while enjoying views of snow-capped mountains in the distance. The weather is fantastic all year round. Biking and hiking trails through the Santa Monica Mountains offer stunning views and exciting terrain. Old growth forests, lakes and deserts are all within easy access of the city. Water surfing and snow skiing can be done in one winter's day. When was the last time you did that in New York? Can you imagine doing it on a regular basis?

The Attitude

You don't have to be stressed in order to get things done. In California, we are environmentally-minded. We are laid back, eat avocados, wear flip flops to work, do yoga and enjoy the sand between our toes. People don't yell at us when we order bagels and we still like our pizza, even if it isn't as good as yours. We drive to work in our earth-friendly electric cars—wait, do you even have a car in that jam-packed city? If you do, TransportCompanies.com offers car shipping. Get your car here and see what it's like to drive with nothing but the ocean and mountains surrounding you. You'll see how we enjoy the journey—and get things done—and not get stressed while doing so.

The Things to Do

People can hate but with 16 championships the Lakers are a sight to see. If basketball isn't your thing, California has something for everyone—even the "seen-it-all" New Yorker. Littered with amusement parks like Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm and Six Flags Magic Mountain, Southern California is a playground for kids and adults alike. With art and specialty museums such as The Getty Center, Nethercutt Museum and Autry National Center, along with parks, zoos, aquariums, theaters and historical sites, Los Angeles isn't lacking in things to do. Though maybe not as well-known as Central Park, the beloved Griffith Park comprises more than 4,000 acres of natural attractions, amazing views and prime people watching spots.

The Food

We've got international cuisine, food carts and small cafes on corner streets, too. We are home to food critic Jonathan Gold, the first food writer to win a Pulitzer Prize for criticism. We have incredible vegetarian dining experiences, authentic Korean BBQ, famous burgers and hot, homemade tamales from the guy down the street. Plus, we do Mexican food right. I'm not talking about burritos, beans and rice or enchiladas. Angelenos dive into mariscos, poblano and Oaxacan cuisine, which I'm sure you've never heard of. Look it up. It'll change your world. Oh, and we like our salsa hot.

The People

Remember how I said the people are laid back AND successful? Well, we are also friendly. You might come across a raging maniac every once in awhile, but for the most part our ethnically diverse population keeps people friendly and adaptable. Often accused of being fake, plastic or shallow, Californians sometimes get a bad rap in the news for lacking character or personality. But dig deeper and you'll find we are nice. We are good people. We are just like you, except we already live in the beautiful, lovely locale of Los Angeles. 

Come join us.