Recommended itineraries Los Angeles
In Los Angeles, the notion of an itinerary should be taken with some reservations ... First, nothing (or almost) can be done on foot, LA was designed for the automobile! So before you get behind the wheel, download a good navigation app on your smartphone (type Maps.me, Waze, City Mapper or Osmand), which will be of great use to you. Also plan a good budget for parking and avoid rush hours (traffic jams guaranteed, especially on highways).
That said, in some neighborhoods, you can easily use public transport (in Downtown and Santa Monica, in particular) or even rent a bike or electric scooter (in Santa Monica, Venice). You can also combine the two ...
Itinéend in Los Angeles
- If you only have 2 days to spend in Los Angeles, be aware that most museums (especially art museums) have a cafeteria or a restaurant where you can have lunch for a reasonable price.
- In the evening, the choice of your hotel and the restaurant that goes with it will depend above all on your desire to immerse yourself in the myth:
- West Hollywood for the crazy and festive side,
- Santa Monica or Venice for the California dream life,
- Downtown and Arts District if you are more into fashion and art ...
- and of course Hollywood if your goal is to visit the Universal Studios theme park
- Downtown Art Museums (The Broad, MOCA)
- Museums located on Wilshire Boulevard (LACMA, Petersen Automotive Museum, La Brea Tar Pits Museum)
- The Art Deco buildings of Wilshire Boulevard (well lit at night)
- Daytime detour through Arts District and Fashion District
Los Angeles bling-bling
We can also pretend ”:
- Shopping sessions on Melrose
- Showcase on Rodeo Drive
- Take a tour of celebrity homes in Beverly Hills
- Browse the Hollywood Walk of Fame
- Visit some museums in passing
- Night out on the West Hollywood side on Sunset Boulevard
- Go out at night at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Robertson Boulevard, where the evenings are caliente!
Santa Monica and Venice
- Fans of sunset selfies will drop their bags in Santa Monica or Venice.
- Visit local art museums (Getty Center, Getty Villa).
- Treat yourself to an afternoon of shopping on Abbot Kinney Boulevard
- Rent rollerblades, an electric scooter or a bicycle to explore the boardwalk
- Stroll among the canals of Venice
- And why not take a foray into UCLA.
3-4 days in Los Angeles
E4 days ahead, it opens up more possibilities ...
- For example, you can stay in Pasadena at first (rather quiet city)
- Visit its art museums, then Griffith Park, Los Feliz (Hollyhock House),
- Burbank and Warner Studios
- Why not the Universal Studios theme park
Then, several possibilities ”above).
- Either combine this program with a visit of Downtown in 2 days, with optional museums in the Exhibition Park (Natural History Museum, California ScienCenter, etc.);
- either go to Santa Monica or Venice;
- either favor Beverly Hills and Hollywood if you are more into cinema and people.
A week in Los Angeles
Two days in Pasadena (interesting for families, because motels are cheap), to explore the city's museums (Norton Museum, Huntington Library).
- Move to West Hollywood (if you like to party) or Hollywood (for the movies).
- Then continue towards the ocean: Santa Monica, Venice (more expensive hotels but cheap backpacker hostels), Manhattan Beach or Hermosa (more family-friendly) if a little surf session tempts you, in the evening, when you come back from your visits.
From there, 2 options:
- either visit Downtown (see “Cultural Trip” above);
- either favor the Los Angeles port by following the coast to San Pedro (the museums on the LA Waterfront and the seafood restaurants)
- and why not Long Beach (the Queen Mary, the Aquarium of the Pacific),
- then come back via Watts (to see the towers) and Redondo.
- As a last option, a week also allows you to go see Mickey in Anaheim and push to Palm Springs.
A week also allows:;
- go see Mickey in Anaheim
- and push to Huntington Beach,
- or even Palm Springs and Joshua Tree National Park.