- On Jun 9, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
If you're planning 48 hours in Los Angeles for a weekend vacation, what kind of things you can do? To see the stars, the sign and the studios on a weekend. Book a 2~3 days Los Angeles tours on Globerouter.com website and let's guide to look around.
5 p.m. – Most people vacationing in Los Angeles will have a rental car, because of the size of the city and the lack of public transport, but there are ways of getting to your hotel without a private vehicle. Los Angeles’ main international airport, LAX, is as vast and sprawling as the city itself, but it is about an hour away from downtown. You can catch the LAX FlyAway bus to several inner city hubs, or catch a cab, which will cost about $70 to take you downtown, but can cost a lot more depending on traffic.
7 p.m. – Once you’re checked in at your hotel, spend the evening in downtown LA. Start at LA City Hall, where you can take the elevator to the 26th floor and get a fantastic view over the city from the balcony, free of charge. This is also an ideal spot to go to get a good photo of the Hollywood sign.
8 p.m. – For dinner, take the short walk to Chinatown, where you’ll find no shortage of excellent Chinese restaurants – Yang Chow is particularly good. After dinner head out to a show: the stunning Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall is nearby for those who want to hear music; while the Staples Center and Dodger Stadium host concerts as well as sporting events all year round.
9 a.m. – Saturday is the perfect day for a trip to Santa Monica. Start with a quick bagel in the Palisades Village, before heading up to Will Rogers State Park. The short hike up to “Inspiration Point” isn’t too challenging and the view from the peak is beautiful.
1 p.m. – No trip to LA would be complete without a bit of shopping, and there’s nowhere nicer to do that on a sunny day than Third Street Promenade, a shopping strip described as an “outdoor mall”. When your bags are full, zip down the California Incline to Patrick’s Roadhouse for lunch. The superb food makes this beachside spot a favorite of Santa Monica locals like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Try the “Governator Special” – if you think you can handle it.
5 p.m. – Now make your way to Santa Monica Pier for a quick visit to the big wheel and to rent some bikes from Sea Mist Rentals tucked away under the pier. Cruising down the cycle path is the best way to see the sights of Santa Monica Beach and you can head all the way down to Venice Beach. Once in Venice, check out the famous bodybuilders at Muscle Beach and the nearby skatepark. Here you can even cross Pacific Avenue and ride through the peaceful Venice Canals Walkway.
7 p.m. – Cycle back to the pier to drop your bikes off, then get a cab up to the Getty Museum. This wonderful building is beautiful in itself, and is filled with some of the best art collections in the city. The gardens are gorgeous, and the balconies looking down over the city are the perfect place to watch the sunset.
9 p.m. – Santa Monica has no finer place to eat than Tar & Roses, whose oxtail dumplings are famous for miles around. It has a great selection of wines and beers too, and is close enough to the beach for a late night stroll too.
9 a.m. – Sunday will be devoted to LA’s most famous district: Hollywood. Start off on Hollywood Boulevard to see the Walk of Fame and TCL Chinese Theatre, formerly known as Grauman’s. The really dedicated can even join a Hollywood Starline Tour, which starts nearby.
11 a.m. – The Hollywood Museum is full of fascinating insights into the history of Hollywood and the West Coast film industry from its early days to now. An extensive and well-laid out collection makes this unmissable for movie buffs or Marilyn Monroe fans: there’s an entire floor dedicated to her!
1 p.m. – Grab a sandwich at a local store and then wind your way up Mullholland Drive to the Hollywood Bowl Overlook, where you can eat your lunch with a fabulous view.
3 p.m. – Head back through Hollywood to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). This LA institution puts on consistently excellent exhibitions of both classical and modern art. If none of that appeals to you, try the Petersen Automotive Museum across the road, or go and see the mammoth skeleton at the La Brea Tar Pits next door.
5 p.m. – There’s just time to get a trip to Beverly Hills in before you go. Head to the Roof Garden bar on top of the Peninsula Hotel and enjoy being treated like a movie star while you sip a farewell mimosa in the heart of 90210.