Los Angeles, California
Population: Over 3.8 million (2013) Source: U.S. Census Bureau
From the beach mansions of Malibu to the dive bars of Echo Park, this sprawling west-coast metropolis is home to filmmakers, artists, hippies, surfers, and dreamers alike. You can count on this feel-good city for great celebrity spotting, tacos, hip-hop, and of course, year-round sunshine and waves. Clean Plates (Free) The City of Angels is a playground for health-food junkies, harboring upscale raw restaurants, vegetarian fare, and organic tonic bars around every corner. Whether you're on a gluten-free diet, off sugar, or looking for locally produced meat, Clean Plates will help you find delicious restaurants nearby that fit your dietary restrictions.
5 Every Day (Free) Vacations are the perfect time to go outside your comfort zone. To that end, the makers of 5 Every Day drum up a handful of L.A. happenings for you to explore each day. The app is simple, listing five activities, such as a concert at the Getty Center or a moonlight roller derby. You can tap the activity to get details, price, and directions.
KCRW Radio (Free) If you want to find out what the locals are up to, you can turn to this independent source of local news, curated tunes, and listings of concerts and events. You'll find a pleasant mix of NPR news, locally produced programming such as political talk show Left, Right & Center, and music to rock out to on a hike or in the car.
Waze (Free) You're a real noob if you don't use Waze in Los Angeles. Traffic jams lurk around every corner in this subway-less city, but thanks to Waze, you can time your departure just right to avoid rush hour, and Waze will automatically reroute you when it sees trouble ahead.