Los Angeles is home to the famous Hollywood. It always has nice warm weather and great scenic coastline. It is also one of the most happening cities of the USA.
Praveen lived in Los Angeles for quite some time and I would fly to Los Angeles on most weekends to meet him. This meant that I mostly flew on Friday nights and had come back to Utah on Sunday afternoon. On one of the long weekends, we decided to explore Los Angeles. Otherwise we usually ended up on the beaches chasing sunsets and never really bothered to explore much as I just only a day’s time.
This was our itinerary for a quick getaway to Los Angeles.
This was my first visit to this museum and Praveen had visited this twice before in Washington and New York. Los Angeles visit to Madame Tussauds was his third time.
Time required: ~2 – 3 hours
We had fun posing with all celebrities. It was cool. We also got our hands’ wax statue made there.
2.Walk of Fame
This is one of the most famous sidewalks with five-pointed stars embedded in the sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
Time required: ~1 hour
Driving to Hollywood sign is bit difficult as the roads in BeachWood Canyon is narrow and it is a residential area. The boards are all confusing and it’s like a circle, you end up in starting point again and again. Instead of using the Hollywood Sign in Google Maps, use the Lake Hollywood Park. You can get amazing views of Hollywood sign without disturbing the locals.
- Hike type: Easy walk. (as per individual interests) Or you can hike all the way up till the Hollywood Sign.(We did not do the hike)
- Parking: Free parking across the street
- Time Required: ~1/2 – 1 hour
Be kind to other travelers who would like to click pictures too.
Santa Monica Pier
We visited the Santa Monica Pier in the evening. It was fun and lively. Do get a light jacket as it gets windy.
- Parking: Paid Parking
- Time required: Close to two hours if you want to try any rides.
Malibu is very touristy and crowded.
There is also a temple which we visited often during my visits to Los Angeles.
Venice Beach and
El Matador Beach
This is one of our favourite beaches on the West Coast. I loved the beaches at El Matador and this is further west of Malibu. The rocks makes it more unique and looks like a little cave. If the tides are low, you can go inside those little caves.
- Parking: Paid parking. Always crowded.
- Time required: 1 hour is a good time
5.Drive North on Highway 1
If you go further north of Malibu you can drive on Highway 1 for quite some time to enjoy the view of the beaches and cliffs on the other side. They are all rocky and we totally love to drive that way maybe a little north of Ventura. If you continue to drive you will reach San Francisco. This is one of the most amazing road trips I have ever been on. So many things to do with spectacular views every time. Check out my blog post on Highway 1 Road trip here. In case you want to go South, then you will end in San Diego, one more beautiful destination of course. This is again famous for its beaches and its warm climate. You can check my blog post on San Diego here.
6.Disneyland and Universal Studios
We visited Disneyland and Universal studios in Orlando, FL and hence we never planned to visit this place here in Los Angeles. Book your tickets in advance so you can have more time inside the park.
The Griffith Observatory is one of the cultural attractions here in Los Angeles offering spectacular views from the Pacific Ocean to Downtown Los Angeles. It is located on Mt. Hollywood in Griffith Park.
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Have a nice day!