See the best of Los Angeles in 3 Days

Los Angeles 3-Day Itinerary

We'll be the first to admit there's a lot to do in Los Angeles. From Hollywood showbiz and studio tours to amusement parks and beaches, can you possibly fit it all into 3 days?

The answer is yes, you can. And here's how. Take advantage of our Los Angeles 3-Day Itinerary along with your Go Los Angeles Card to visit the top attractions and get the full spectrum of L.A. entertainment in just 3 days - while saving loads of money on attraction prices and included extras!

Here's everything you need to know, from how to get there to the best spot for lunch in Santa Monica.

Getting There

    By Plane:

    Most visitors to Los Angeles will arrive at the Los Angeles International Airport, known to most as LAX. This enormous airport is surprisingly easy to navigate and the terminals are connected with free shuttle buses. LAX is very conveniently located just minutes from Santa Monica and the beaches and only half hour (traffic permitting) from Hollywood and the Westside.

    In the neighborhood surrounding LAX, you'll find every popular car rental agency in the area. Conveniently, each of these rental companies offers a complimentary shuttle to and from the airport. For more information about LAX, visit their comprehensive website.

    Other, smaller airports are more favorable to some travelers. The Bob Hope Airport in Burbank is located even close to Hollywood and Downtown L.A. If you want to avoid the L.A. city life, you may want to fly into the Long Beach Municipal Airport, south of LAX on Long Beach and close to northern Orange County. Finally, if your destination is Disneyland, you may want to book a flight to John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana.

  • By Car:

    Arriving by car to Los Angeles can be a good option because Los Angeles is notoriously a car-centric city, and you'll almost positively be using your car to get around. As such, Los Angeles is very well-connected to the rest of the country by several major highways. From the north, you will likely take I-5 or U.S 101 (called the Hollywood Freeway). From the east, you'll be coming in on I-10, which continues through downtown and ends at the beach. From the South, you'll drive north on I-5, merging onto I-405 if the beach communities are your destination.

  • By Train:

    Amtrak services Los Angeles from roughly 500 U.S. cities. The L.A. train terminal is called Union Station and is located on the northern edge of Downtown. From the station, you can either take one of the many taxis that line up outside, board the Metro redline to Hollywood or Universal City, or hop on a Metrolink commuter train to San Fernando Valley.

    For cross country travel, you'll likely have to switch trains in Chicago or New Orleans. For Pacific coast travel, the Amtrak Coast Starlight runs from Seattle to Los Angeles. Additionally, Amtrak runs a train only along the California coast, connecting San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

    For more information check out this use-friendly guide to California Amtrak.

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