We scheduled in 4 days to explore LA during our two week road trip – this was definitely enough time to see the main touristy sites and take in the Los Angeles culture. I would have liked longer to try out some more cool bars, restaurants and clubs but that will have to wait until next time 😉 Below is our 4 day LA Itinerary – we did so much and saw so much in the 4 days and I totally fell in love with the city!
DAY 1 – Venice Beach & Santa Monica
- Check into Cadillac Hotel on Venice Beach. The location of this hotel couldn’t have been better, less than 10 ft to Venice Boardwalk and a view of the Beach from the rooms and hotel rooftop! The hotel itself was slightly outdated but we had no complaints with such a great price and location!
- Hire skates from one of the many places along Venice Boardwalk ($12 for two hours). We skated along the cycle path to Santa Monica Pier, it was so much fun I would DEFINITELY recommend it, or even just hiring a bike, its a great way to see the beach and get to Santa Monica. There are lots of weird and wonderful people around Venice and it was one of my favourite days of the road trip!
Watch my YouTube video of us skating here:
- Lunch at Bubba Gump. We stopped at Santa Monica pier for some lunch, Bubba Gump is a famous chain restaurant themed around the film Forrest Gump – its great if you love the film or if you love eating fish! We then walked around the pier – it is extremely busy and touristy, suited more to younger children and families because of the fairground rides.
- Skate back to return the skates and for a chill on the beach
- Muscle beach and Venice Skate Park. We walked to the opposite end to see the locals work out at the outdoor gym and show us their skate boarding skills at the skate park.
- Dinner on Abbot Kinney at Hal’s Bar and Grill – The hummus was really good, and so was the Sausage Pasta!
- The Bungalow for drinks – an awesome venue for Saturday night drinks, the layout makes it feel like you’re at an actual house party with sofas, pool tables and book cases etc it was decorated head-to-toe in halloween theme as well which made it even better! Couldn’t recommend this place enough!
DAY 2 – Malibu Beach & West Hollywood
- Malibu beach and pier. We drove our car to Malibu and had a much needed chilled afternoon on the beach. Make sure you take a good look at all the amazing houses on the water front!
- Checked into our West Hollywood Airbnb – a beautiful two bedroom apartment less than a minute walk from Santa Monica Blvd, Wholefoods and lots of cool restaurants! Very reasonably priced and an amazing host!
- Dinner at Laurel Hardware on Santa Monica Blvd. A very hipster restaurant with the exterior of a hardware store, you wouldn’t have a clue that its a restaurant until you went inside – definitely recommend! I had the jerk shrimp with cauliflower and polenta – was yumm!
DAY 3 – Hollywood Blvd & Hollywood Sign
- Breakfast at MoCafé – great for breakfast, so much choice and HUGE portions! I had the breakfast croissant with scrambled egg and feta cheese with potatoes.
- Hop-on hop-off bus around Beverly Hills and Hollywood. $49 for 24hours with CitySightSeeing. Unless you have a long list of places you want to see around Hollywood, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend spending the money on the hop-on hop-off bus – it may work out cheaper to get a normal bus to the Walk of Fame or even an uber.
- The Grove shopping street (cute street that looks like Disney!) We had a wander round the shops and had a drink to get out of the 39degree heat!
- Got back on the bus to the Walk of Fame. I didn’t realise just how far the Walk of Fame goes on for, you can be walking miles before you find the name you’ve been looking for! *Check online before you go to see what number/street your favourite famous person’s star is on, this will save you lots of time*
- Uber to Griffith Observatory (the observatory is closed on Mondays which we didn’t know, luckily we could still drive up there and see the amazing views of Los Angeles).
- Hiked to the Hollywood Sign. There are lots of hiking routes from the Observatory to the Hollywood sign, you will find maps dotted around so you can follow certain routes (the maps have estimated times that each route should take, which is helpful!) It took us around 2 hours to get to the sign, we wanted to see it at sunset but we left it a bit too late and it was dark by the time we got there! (If we had started even 10 minutes earlier it would’ve been perfect timing!)
- Dinner at Stout Burger and Beer. For proper American dirty burger this is the spot – I had the Veggie Burger which was really good and another recommended by the group was the Goombar Burger! *The side dishes are huge so don’t over order and try sharing!*
DAY 4 – Citadel Outlets
- Breakfast at Joeys Cafe – I totally recommend – pancakes or waffles with fruit, egg AND bacon! Yum!
- Drive to Citadel Outlets for some serious shopping! The weather was too hot to be outside so it was the perfect excuse to take advantage of the air conditioned stores!
- Lunch at Ruby’s Diner at Citadel Outlets – a proper old school diner with fried food in massive portions! Recommend the Shrimp Bites, Potato Tots, Calamari and OF COURSE a milkshake the size of your head!
- Back to West Hollywood for Drinks at Delilah’s on Santa Monica Blvd – another drink and dining spot with discreet and plain exterior but inside is amazing 20’s decor, live music and amazing service. The drinks and food are expensive but worth it!
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