The City of Angels in America’s California is a haven for entertainment, attractions and (let’s be honest) utter wackiness. From Hollywood where anything and everything happens, to Venus Beach where the unexpected should be expected, and Beverly Hills where not even a rubbish bin is acceptable on the curb side; Los Angeles is there to thrill.
Weather your visit to L.A is a stop over, or you’re staying a few days or more, this Los Angeles City Guide will help to maximise your time.
Time Best Spent
L.A has so many interesting precincts (Gotham City, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Venice Beach to name a few) that time is best spent out and about. The city is huge, and travel time can be lengthy due to congestion, so when exploring L.A it’s best to rise early and jam a day full of sightseeing.
Start the morning with sun rise in Santa Monica. Walk along the Promenade to Venus Beach where along the way you’ll pass the famous Santa Monica outdoor athletic area which is always fun to stop and watch the acrobats practising moves. If walking isn’t for you; hire a bike to head down the Promenade. Once at Venus Beach there is plenty to see. Side walk buskers, market stalls, basketball courts like in the movies, and the World famous Muscle Beach outdoor gym. Venus Beach tends to be one of those places where crazy is expected.
Head back towards Santa Monica and board an open top bus tour from Ocean Ave.
Open top bus tours are perfect for orienteering yourself with the city and hopping on and off whenever you please. Because traffic in L.A can be slow and congested, the open top bus tours are a fast way to explore the sights. StarLine Tours have a few route options to choose from and plenty of convenient bus stops.
Hop off at Hollywood and explore Hollywood Boulevard which is a haven of characters and colours. The Walk of Fame and Sunset Strip, will entertain the eyes. Board the open top bus tour from Melrose Ave and head past Beverly Hills. The impressive manicured gardens and home fronts of Beverly Hills tell the story of a suburb where perfection takes precedence. Visit Universal Studios, Rodeo Drive, and then head back to the Santa Monica Pier for the evening.
Los Angeles is a major city which manages to also have outdoor pursuits for all fitness levels and abilities. For those wanting a gentle stroll or cycle, then choose to wander the promenade from Santa Monica to Venus Beach (return if energy serves you well).
For the gym or yoga athlete, spend time on the free outdoor bars and ropes at Santa Monica Beach, or partake in weight training at Muscle Beach. For an entire day trip, Runyon Canyon near the Hollywood sign is a playground of walking and running trails. The only trouble a traveller will run into here is setting aside enough time to explore Runyon Canyon; traffic can be tedious.
Where to Eat
Los Angeles has no shortage of restaurants, diners and everything in between. Wholefoods is a popular restaurant chain serving delicious meals which are also nutritious. If you want to try a diner experience, Johnny Rockets in Santa Monica is a fun place for burgers and shakes.
Where to Sleep
Santa Monica is our recommended place to stay when it comes to travelling Los Angeles. Close to the airport, walking distance to the beach, pier, shopping precinct and morning walks along the promenade to Venice Beach. Plus one of the stops for the open top bus tour in on Ocean Ave making it convenient to reach other parts of Los Angeles from Santa Monica.
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What to Avoid
Avoid planning too much in a single day. Los Angeles is mega city and traffic matches such. Long delays caught in traffic are an easy way to destroy short time frames.