To quote Miss Cyrus,”Hopped off the plane at LAX everybody’s looking at me now.”
Yes, you guessed it, Los Angeles was our first stop on our Californian coast roadtrip. As with a lot of road trips, most stops tend to be a whirlwind visit. So we attempted to cram as much in 48 hours of LA as possible.
So accordingly here is…
Top things to do in Los Angeles on a time limit.
Hollywood Walk of Fame
As many people will tell you, the walk of fame is not as glam as one might think it would be. In fact quite the opposite, however if it’s your first visit to LA, it’s a necessary tick in the box. Walk through the bustling crowds, avoiding the hawkers and try and spot your fave stars.
Gateway to the stars, home of the Tesla Coil and filming location of James Dean’s Rebel Without a Cause. The hill top spot is the perfect destination to watch the sun go down on the Hollywood Hills. As a warning you will not be the only one with this idea, so drive up earlier and get a parking spot or you will be waiting a while for your Uber. Trust me when I say it is worth every minute though.
You will struggle to find somewhere better to watch the sunset so central in LA, so grab someone to share it with and take it in.
Explore Rodeo Drive
Rodeo Drive; what person doesn’t think of Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman when the thinking of this infamous shopping destination? With Roy Orbison playing in the back of your head take a wander down this street. With wealth oozing from every corner this place is somewhat everything I thought/hoped Los Angeles would be.
Take a wander around this illustrious neighbourhood and see how the other half live… The palm tree lined boulevards are already enough to make you swoon.
and whilst you’re in this gorgeous part of town you must stop into…
The Beverly Hills Hotel
This historic hotel which actually gave the city it’s name rather than the other way round, basically emulates everything that this city is; elegance and glamour.
The Beverly Hills Hotel, which is part of the Dorschester group, offers a number of restaurants and bars to explore, but admittedly brunch in one of the pool side cabana’s is rather quintessential.
Now of course any trip to the City of Stars is not complete without a visit to the famous Hollywood Sign. Obviously you can see the imposing sign throughout the city, however there are plenty of hikes that go up into the hills, and the view is well worth the effort.
Leggings and Sports Bra: Zara
Venice Beach, pairing white sandy beaches with the “alternative” vibe of street performers and skate parks, its a sight not to be missed. Stretching on for a mile and half, you would will find a sudden urge to be a Katy Perry’s California Gurl (or boy) and rent a bike or a pair of skates to breeze down the down the boardwalk.
And of course no trip to Los Angeles is complete without an exploration of the glamorous nightlife. LA is very spread out so it’s worth making sure you have uber or lyft on your phone to take you from place to place as and when you need it. Having only been there for a limited time, we went off recommendations so the first bar of the night was SkyBar. As part of the Mondrian hotel, SkyBar is famed for its beautiful views and cocktails to die for so add it to your list.
Cocktail bars are in abundance in LA but one that had a bit more of an edge was EP + LP. The lower floor is home to a south asian restaurant (EP), but the decked out rooftop (LP) is where the fun really happens. So grab your friends, put on your glad rags and head to the roof.
What’s your favourite place in LA? Do you have any other places that you think should be on the list?