Planning the Perfect Trip to Los Angeles

California is the 3rd largest state of the United States and has the largest population. These statistics are not surprising since the weather is steady in the mid-70s during the spring and fall, perfect for venturing outdoors and enjoying a run, a walk on the beach or a visit to the many parks, theaters, shops and restaurants. Los Angeles is a favorite destination for many travelers. It offers plentiful amounts of sunshine, ocean views and the activities are as diverse as its population. Visit West Hollywood where you’ll find the Sunset Strip or venture into the city limits where you’ll find great food and a fine collection of museums.

Vintage Hollywood

If you’re a fan of the old movies, Los Angeles has many great places to visit. There’s the Hollywood Walk of Fame, TCL Chinese Theater and Paramount Pictures, the only studio left in Hollywood. And of course, there’s the bus trip through Rodeo Drive that’s a definite must. After you’ve enjoyed the sight-seeing tour, you can take a walk or drive (it’s 2 miles long) and venture into a few of the exclusive shops along the drive just to see how the other half lives.

As the evening sets in, there are so many choices for enjoying a relaxing evening out in a vintage eatery. Places like the Pacific Dining Car, which opened in 1921 and made famous from the movie Training Day, serves up hearty steaks. Or, head over to the Dresden where you’ll dine to the delight of a piano bar. And of course, if you want a late night snack, Canters is open 24/7 and serves one of the best Pastrami sandwiches in town.

Museums

If you’d rather spend your time visiting museums, you’ve come to the right place. While Los Angeles is mostly known for its stars, sunshine and gorgeous beaches, there are hundreds of museums, both public and private located in the city and all across Los Angeles. Some of the more famous museums worth your time and guaranteed not to disappoint are the Los Angeles Museum of Art, the Getty Center, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, the Peterson Automotive Museum, California Science Center, Autry Museum of the American West, the Griffith Observatory and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Famous destinations

While the Sunset Strip is less than 2 miles long, it seems much larger. Here you can literally get lost in the crowd. It features multiple clubs like the Roxy Theatre and The laugh Factory where you enjoy an intimate environment and performances by up and coming comedians. If you’re into rock and roll, the Rainbow Bar & Grill has live performances from the hottest local bands. Or, if you prefer the Whiskey a go-go is where go-go dancing still lives on. Want to step back into time? Eat at the famous Mel’s Diner; it’s open 24/7 features a western theme and even a working mechanical bull. If you’re planning a day trip to the Sunset Strip you’ll want to visit the shops. Here you’ll find anything from erotica to family clothing stores.

Beaches a Plenty

Depending what your interest are there’s a beach for every lifestyle. Leo Carrillo State Beach is a popular destination for those with RVs and who enjoy camping outdoors. There are campsites, fire pits, nature walks and of course over a mile of beach front. If you’re on a getaway honeymoon the El Matador Beach is a romantic hideaway where you can enjoy a picnic for two under the moonlight while enjoying the gentle waves. Santa Monica State Beach is one of the most popular beaches around. It sits just north of the infamous Santa Monica Pier and stretches nearly 2 miles long. Join in a game of volleyball, take a bike ride or simply relax on the beach. Venice Beach is much more than a beautiful beach with sand and surfing. The boardwalk along this beach is an interesting place. While on your stroll you can have your palms read, listen to folk art and meet an entourage of colorful characters.

Whether you’re planning a one day stop over or a two-week vacation you’ll have plenty of things to do. Make sure to plan ahead to get the most out of each day. And remember, it might just take you a few return visits to take in all that great places on your itinerary.