L.A. is a stopover to the world and sometimes its tempting to stick out your layover in the airport. But even with a short stop of just 24 hours there is so much you can see. Here are some quick ideas to get your travel bug twitching:
Be a tourist and see some of the famous sights. The easiest way is a hop on/hop off bus tour, you can purchase a 24 hour adult ticket for $39 dollars here. The famous Starline Yellow Route and Red Route offer some key stops like a view of the Hollywood Sign, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (for the hands and feet of the famous) and also Beverly Hills.
It turns out I have the same size hands as Marilyn Monroe! Her feet were tiny though (and apologies if you now have that Kelly Rowland song stuck in your head!)
Hollywood Cemetery Not only is it the resting place of many a famous people but along with Cinespia they also host outdoor films for just $14 per ticket. A bargain I say!
Sqirl – Whether its a pastry for breakfast or the Famous Damus Sandwich for lunch, all your needs are catered for. Don’t waste your time and health at the greasy chain stores peppered all over town. Instead opt for a nutritious meal to keep you going – it will be a busy 24 hours! Their Instagram page will also make you hungry (@sqirlla)
Do some shopping for the home and check out Sunbeam Vintage pieces. They have some insane art deco pieces and other retro joys such as this recent arrival:
I mean who doesn’t need a bar cart?
If you prefer to have everything all in the same place, are happy to eat at chain restaurants such as the Hard Rock Cafe, then you should head to Universal’s City Walk which has restaurants, bars, shopping and movies all on one huge site.
If you have got money to burn (or want to pretend you do) head to Rodeo Drive and hit the shops. It is home to signature brands such as Tiffany and Co – which is actually one of the largest in the U.S. – but also amazing vintage boutiques such as Maxfields on Melrose Avene which features pieces from all the big names like Chanel and Dior, all housed in an incredible geometric concrete building!
If you are more of a mall person head to Westfield on the Santa Monica Boulevard (oh dear now its that Sheryl Crow song in my head. People should stop singing about L.A. Jeez!)
Or if this all seems a little too hectic, jump in a cab from the airport straight to Manhattan Beach where you can chill with a beer and a bite to eat.
Of course there is so much more to do but this is just a little taster of the ball you can have even with a short stopover. Perhaps on your way to Hawaii? Maybe that will be our next Wednesday Wanderlust feature. Hmmmm, lets see where the wind takes us.