They’re excellent for hiking most of all. However, if you’re used to places with rivers, lakes, forests, and plenty of green nature in general, LA can feel very dry. California has a huge drought problem, as we all know, and we do live next to the desert. There are no autumn leaves falling everywhere like in New England, no lush green mountains like in Switzerland. The concept of ‘nature’ itself is different for a lot of people who move here, and they end up missing the nature they’re used to as a result.
This is something that everyone can agree on, except for those who try to convince everyone that you can live in LA without a car. You may be able to live here without a car, but you cannot seriously compare public transportation in Los Angeles to places like New York or London, for example. The subway system is a joke and doesn’t take me from Downtown to Santa Monica. Uber has made LA really livable these days at least, but public transportation in LA sucks. As a result, LA is only walkable in pockets, and if you’re from any other major city with easily accessible public transportation, you will miss it greatly.