Planning a weekend getaway to Los Angeles? If you’re looking to pack everything into one jam-packed weekend to see highlights of Los Angeles in 48 hours, this guide has options to suit the needs of any traveler regardless of a budget.
Los Angeles has everything that can satisfy any experience you want out of this world-class city. With the numerous Parks, Museums, Attractions, Shopping and Outdoor Activities, your itinerary will never deliver a dull moment.
These recommendations for where to stay, play and eat will generate excitement for your 48 hours in Los Angeles.
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A Weekend Guide To Experience Los Angeles In 48 Hours
The extraordinary thing about Los Angeles is you will never get bored. Whatever your impression is about Los Angeles, the attractions and the warm California sun will show you another side of this immense city.
Los Angeles Attractions
Discover your inner-astronomer side and enjoy lovely conceptions of Los Angeles from this popular spot.
Fun Fact: More people have looked through Griffith Observatory’s telescope than any other telescope on Earth.
Below the Observatory, Griffith Park also has great spots for hiking or a nice picnic.
Walk Of Fame
Find your favorite celebrities stars along the Hollywood Boulevard between Gower Street and La Brea route, and along Vine Street between Yucca Street and Sunset. They have streets full of superstar names ranging from music legends like David Bowie to movie stars including Marilyn Monroe.
As an alternative, and located 1 block over on Sunset Boulevard, is the iconic Rockwalk – where musical artists are immortalized by her hand prints.
Come here to people-watch, shop the numerous retailers and enjoy the views of the ocean.
This is an area where you will discover a large and wide range of people and personalities that LA has uncovered.
Santa Monica Pier
Although this a tourist-filled destination, you will have an amazing time exploring the pier or taking a bike ride/walking along the beach. Santa Monica is also a good place for shopping and eating out!
If you’re wanting to see more of the USA, why not idea a Road trip? 3-4 Weeks Across the States from LA to New York by starting at the beginning of Route 66.
There are two ways to get a great view of Hollywood sign while visiting Los Angeles, the hiking way or the non-hiking way.
The Griffith Observatory has an amazing view of the Hollywood Sign and LA!
For a view while you eat, I suggest checking out the Hollywood restaurant Yamashiro.
If you want to drive close to get a close-up shot of the Hollywood sign, try the drive up Beachwood Drive.
For The Hikers:
Hike Runyon Canyon, which is a park that starts on Hollywood Blvd and you climb upward toward the sign.
Start at 6100 Rockcliff Drive Los Angeles CA 90068, which is a 30min hike that will take you to great spot of the sign.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) holds a large collection of art averaging from ancient to present-day plans, with over 130,000 objects to gaze and stare in awe at.
The museum also houses the Rain Room, a popular installation of falling water (rain) that pauses wherever a human body is detected. You’ll feel like you have magical powers with the ability to control rain. This is also the museum home to the enchanting Urban Lights display.
The Broad Museum
The Broad is a modern art museum (as you should probably tell from its modern-type architecture that makes the building look like a cheese grater) that holds over 2,000 works of art.
This museum has many great perks as well as Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room, a mirror-lined installment that houses a luminous and endless LED light display.
Not to mention, admission to the museum is free, which is a rarity in LA.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
The Walt Disney Concert Hall is the home of the LA philharmonic orchestra and is such a cool building – it’s worth a stop for a quick pic!
Touring the film studios is an awesome experience for even the non-film buffs. The tour includes visiting some of the popular sets in motion picture history.
Spend one of SoCal’s famously sunny days window shopping as you walk beside Rodeo Drive. Try gaining the self-restraint to not enter a store… you’ll be a whole lot richer if you stick to window shopping!
Take In The Live Entertainment
Looking for things to do in Los Angeles at night?
Check out the live music or a live show at the many venues in and around LA. Some of the popular venues are: The Staples Center, The Wiltern, The Roxy, The Hollywood Palladium, and The Forum.
Keep an eye open to the many small venues in the city as well. There are so many live performances throughout the city that you can loose track. Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Dynasty Typewriter.
Oh, and check out Rooftop Cinema Club if you have a chance. Watch a movie outdoors on a rooftop in Hollywood, it’s like a drive-in without a car.
Where To Stay In Los Angeles
Los Angeles is an enormous metropolis, and trying to figure out where in the city to stay can be challenging.
You can open the pocket books and stay at a luxury resort along the beach and act like a Movie star. Or you can save a few dollars on an affordable accommodation to ensure you have enough spending money for the rest of your getaway.
If you’re not sure where to stay or spend, here are some choices for you that you can call home for a short period of time.
Peninsula Beverly Hills - Luxury Stay ($350+ Per Night)
Situated in Los Angeles, The cliff Beverly Hills offers elegant 5-star accommodation, as well as outdoor tennis courts, a Jacuzzi and a rooftop pool. It also features a sauna, a Turkish steam bath and free Wi-Fi.
The Peninsula Hotel Beverly Hills is within walking distance of Century Plaza Towers, Rodeo Drive and Beverly Gardens Park. Activities like scuba diving, water-skiing and horse riding are offered nearby.
Luxe Rodeo Drive - Mid-Range Stay ($200-$350 Per Night)
Casual luxury boutique hotel located on world-famous Rodeo Drive, one block north of Wilshire Boulevard.
The Beverly Hills Hotel combines classic warmth with minimal chic and the relaxed spirit of Southern California with the elegance of Beverly Hills.
The only hotel on Rodeo Drive, the Luxe offers unique easy access to world-class shopping, dining and entertainment.
BLVD Hotel & Suites - Budget Stay ($100 - $250 Per Night)
BLVD Hotel & Suites – Hollywood Hotel near Hollywood area attraction offers great amenities, online reservations, tour packages and specials.
Airbnb / Uber
If you are looking for other ways to save money on accommodations on your next trip, I will suggest Airbnb.
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Also, Join Uber with this link to $5 off the first ride.
Where To Eat In Los Angeles
Los Angeles cuisine has anything and everything for the weekend getaway. Los Angeles is probably one of the greatest places to eat in America because the multiculturism the city has as well as some of the most talented chefs and restaurateurs in the world.
Below represent just a taste of the places you need to eat at to get the true Los Angeles experience.
Come to Egg Slut for amazing egg, cheese, and beef breakfast sandwiches and delicious coffee. They have high-quality ingredients that makes the food taste fresh and amazing.
To eat like a true Californian, stop and retrieve up a Double-Double and animal fries from In-N-Out. A good cheap and fast option and not to mention, very delicious!
There are various locations around Los Angeles but the two I visit the most are:
Providence is temple of creativity and excellence. The setting – high ceiling – open space – evokes serenity.
It is all about cuisine here – there is no scene, no music, no people-watching to distract you from the reason you came- tonight’s chef’s choice tasting menu. It will be tend toward seafood, and will delight you.
Ways To Save Money In Los Angeles
* Groupon have awesome local deals for Los Angeles and is updated all the time – from massages and beauty treatments, to dining deals and money off things to do.
* Tour search engine Viator offers affordable organized tours to see diverse parts of LA
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This Weekend Guide To Experience Los Angeles In 48 Hours is just a taste of what to expect. These suggestions on what to see, stay, play, and eat will get you started on planning your next getaway.
I hope that when you visit Los Angeles you create exciting memories that will last forever.
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