If you only had 48 hours in Los Angeles, what would you do?
Here’s what I would recommend:
Hop on one of those Starlight Tours trolleys (yes I know this may seem tacky, but bear with me), that way you can see The famous:
Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
- Hollywood Bowl – outside amphitheatre for concerts
- See where the stars live
- Visit Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills
The overpriced street made infamous by Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman”
- Visit various studio lots where actual TV series and movies are filmed
The Famous home of Brenda & Brandon Walsh of 90s hit show “90210”
Then grab lunch at either of these two Hollywood institutions:
Pink’s hotdogs or Mel’s 24 hour drive-in authentic 50s Fare is served here
After you can grab public transport either by bus or subway, I prefer bus as it’s more scenic to spend the afternoon in Santa Monica and Venice beach.
Santa Monica Beach
Sunset in Venice Beach (Right next door to Santa Monica)
If you’re feeling a bit more cultural you can try the MOCA in West Hollywood or The Getty Centre , one of the world’s largest Arts organizations (on the way to the beach).
Another alternative, if you’re a daytime/late night TV show fan, just hang around Hollywood Boulevard long enough and from 4pm onwards you could be one of the lucky few to be recruited for a LIVE TV show audience for Jimmy Kimmel Live or Ellen Show.
After a fun-filled day, you can make your way back into Hollywood namely via the infamous Sunset Boulevard for a star-studded evening, sho know who you may rub shoulders with?
Do check out the notable Viper Room or Whisky-a-go-go for live new up and coming acts. The great Laugh Factory is still live and kicking with great comedy acts and stand up. Home to the notorious Kramer stand up incident.
I’ve left the theme parks for last, because you really need an entire day to get the most out of this experience.
You have few choices:
The Sleeping Beauty Castle – Disneyland
Knott’s Berry Farm – America’s 1st Theme Park
All of these can be reached by public transport, I personally took the bus to each of these.
If theme parks aren’t your thing, there’s more than enough shopping to be done:
- Melrose Avenue
- Rodeo Drive
- Farmer’s Market – Incredible Tram
Whatever you decide to do, you’ll be sure to have a good time. After all, that’s showbiz folks!
For more information visit the Tourist Board website: www.discoverlosangeles.com
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