The Best of Los Angeles in 3 Days 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 'Best of Los Angeles in 3 Days' 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.
Day 1: Hollywood Glitz & Glamour
Attractions: The Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grauman's Chinese Theater, The Hollywood Museum, Madame Tussauds Hollywood, Movie Stars Homes Tour by LA City Tours
Dining: Square One Dining, Musso & Frank Grill, House of Blues Los Angeles
8:30 AM: Beat the Crowds to Breakfast
Start your day off the best way possible, at Square One Dining on Fountain Avenue in Hollywood. Square One Dining, a favorite among locals and visitors alike, is celebrated for their organic and local menu, and most of all, for their "to die for" French toast.
Plus, you're just minutes from your next stop!
10:00 AM: Stroll the Famous Hollywood Walk of Fame
There's only one way to begin your Hollywood exploration: the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a 3.5 mile walk famous for the stars embedded in its path honoring more than 2,400 celebrities of the industry. The Walk of Fame passes many of Hollywood's most well-known theaters and attractions, including the ones you'll stop at next. You can walk from beginning to end or start somewhere in the middle; just remember you have a big day ahead of you!
A Note on Parking: There are several garages you can park in within just a quick walking distance of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The cheapest garage is at the Hollywood and Highland Center. You'll also be close to LA City Tours where you must reserve your seats for later in the day (3:45 PM).
11:00 AM: Put Your Fingers in the Imprints
Make a stop at Grauman's Chinese Theater, famous for the concrete slabs in its forecourt where you'll find signatures, footprints, and handprints of popular Hollywood personalities from the 1920's to the present.
11:30 PM: Visit the Hollywood Museum
Take a break from "star-searching" to visit the Hollywood Museum, the museum with the largest collection of movie props and costumes in town, including some of Marilyn Monroe's dresses, Indiana Jones' whip, and Rocky's boxing gloves.
1:00 PM: Break for Lunch at the Hard Rock Café
Located at the Hollywood and Highland Center, this classic rock n' roll restaurant is an attraction in itself. While you're waiting for your meal, make sure to check out the memorabilia on display at the Hard Rock Hollywood, like Jimi Hendrix's purple crushed velvet hat and Jim Morrison's leather pants.
2:30 PM: Spend Time with Your Favorite Celebs
Next up is Madame Tussauds Hollywood, where you'll get to take pictures with incredibly life-like wax versions of your favorite Hollywood stars. Just a few of the celebs you'll see are Nicole Kidman, Beyoncé, James Dean, Audrey Hepburn, Lady Gaga, and many more!
3:30 PM: See Where The Rich & Famous Live
Arrive at the LA City Tours location on Hollywood Blvd. a few minutes early for your 2-hour tour of the extravagant homes (and former homes) of 45 of your favorite celebrities. The tour includes the homes of Michael Jackson, Tom Cruise, Paris Hilton, Marilyn Monroe, and many more. You'll also get to see Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, the Hollywood sign, Sunset Strip, and Bel Air - the complete Hollywood experience!
6:30 PM: Enjoy an Authentic Los Angeles Dinner
As you step into The Musso & Frank Grill you'll step back in time at the oldest restaurant in Hollywood. Their classic menu is so esteemed, its remained unchanged for nearly 100 years.
After Dinner Entertainment Options
Enjoy the Big Screen at the Egyptian Theater
The Egyptian Theater, home of the first ever Hollywood movie premiere, now houses the American Cinematheque, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to preserving the experience of viewing movies on the big screen. With your Go Los Angeles Card, you can enjoy two for one admission to any of their nightly shows, which include Hollywood classics, new independent films, sneak previews, and more.
Catch a Show with LA Stage Alliance
Use your Go Los Angeles Card to purchase half-price tickets to dozens of musicals, concerts, plays, live performances and more through LA Stage Alliance. There's nothing like catching a show in the entertainment capital of the world!
Shop and Explore at the Hollywood & Highland Center
Any shopaholics out there? Head back to the Hollywood & Highland Center to explore its 65 stores! The Hollywood & Highland Center also features 12 bowling lanes, 2 night clubs, and 26 restaurants. With your Go Los Angeles Card you'll receive a Complimentary Savings Book to use at the Hollywood & Highland Center.
Day 2: Universal Studios and the San Fernando Valley
Attractions: Universal Studios Hollywood, CityWalk, Mulholland Drive, The Getty Center
Dining: Good Neighbors Restaurant, CityWalk, Pizzicotto
9:00 AM: A Hardy Breakfast Before You Hit Universal
Before you get into Universal City, stop at Good Neighbors Restaurant on Cahuenga Blvd. for delicious and reasonably-priced breakfast fare. Good Neighbors, known for its home-style breakfast, has been family-owned and operated in Studio City for 37 years.
10:00 AM: Get in on the Action at Universal Studios Hollywood
At Universal Studios Hollywood, you'll enjoy three quintessential LA experiences in one: the studio tour, the theme park, and the outdoor mega-marketplace known as CityWalk. Start with the 1-hour tram-ride tour through actual movie sets. Then hit the theme park for classic rides like "Jurassic Park: The Ride" and "The Simpsons Ride."
1:00 PM: Break for Lunch at CityWalk
By now, your stomach is probably rumbling again. Head to CityWalk, the movie-set street expansion (designed with consultation by Steven Spielberg!), for some casual dining. The restaurant options are numerous, including Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Tony Roma's, Camacho's Cantina, and more - a very diverse mix of cuisine styles.
2:00 PM: Continue Exploring CityWalk
After lunch, embark on a brief exploration of the eclectic mix of shops and entertainment at CityWalk.
2:30 PM: Take the Scenic Route of the San Fernando Valley
To your next destination, take the scenic route along the celebrated Mulholland Drive. Along the way you'll marvel over several scenic views of the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles and pass by the grand homes of L.A.'s elite.
3:30 PM: Gape at the Glorious Getty Center
Featuring beautiful architecture, tranquil gardens, breathtaking views, and an impressively extensive collection of Western art, the billion-dollar Getty Center is truly a sight to behold. Spend a couple of hours exploring the Getty Museum and its glorious backdrop. Note: The Getty Center is closed on Mondays
6:00 PM: Authentic Italian Dinner in Brentwood
According to locals, Pizzicotto on San Vicente Blvd. is the closest to the "real thing" you can get without boarding a plane. The northern Italian style food, friendly staff, and casual but classy atmosphere make this place a dinnertime favorite on the Westside.
After a long day on your feet, head back to your hotel and rest up for your third and final day in Los Angeles!
Day 3: Santa Monica and the Beaches
Attractions: Spokes N Stuff Rentals, Venice Beach Ocean Front Walk, Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica Beach, Pacific Park on Santa Monica Pier
Dining: Jinky's Café, Urth Caffé, Harbor Grill
8:30 AM: Beach Breakfast at Jinky's Café
First stop: Jinky's Café on Second Street in Santa Monica. This restaurant, a favorite among the locals (not to mention Brad and Angelina!) features an extensive menu and a friendly, beachy atmosphere.
9:45 AM: Begin Your Day By Renting a Bike
Head to Spokes N Stuff right on Ocean Front Walk, and rent a bike to best explore Venice Beach. The bike is yours for the day; just make sure you return it before sundown!
10:00 AM: Ocean Front Walk at Venice Beach
On your bike, cruise down the Ocean Front Walk for an unforgettable experience unlike any other. The bohemian and eclectic Venice Beach scene is ideal for people-watching and bike riding. The bike path along the beach is 8 miles long, so you may only want to bike a portion of it. Feel free to stop for any beach shops, entertaining performers, or snacks.
11:30 AM: Cool Off in the Pacific Ocean or Catch Some Rays
Well, you can't leave California without spending some time on the beach, and the beaches don't get better than they are in Santa Monica. For a calmer beach experience head back toward the Santa Monica Pier and find a spot on the Santa Monica Beach to claim for a couple hours.
2:00 PM: Lunch Time!
Return your bike and head back into town for lunch at the infinitely popular Urth Caffé. You can't visit Los Angeles without paying a visit to this organic coffee house, favored even among Santa Monica celebrities.
3:30 PM: Shopping on Third Street Promenade
Whether you're shopping or only window shopping, you can't leave Santa Monica without a trip to the pedestrian-friendly Third Street Promenade. You'll find everything from high-end shops (Brandy Melville and Burberry) to vintage boutiques to your everyday chain stores.
5:00 PM: Get Your Wristband for Pacific ParkHead back to the Santa Monica Pier and use your Go Los Angeles Card to get your Unlimited Ride Wristband. Make sure you stop in to get your wristband before 5:30!
Evening Fun & Food on the Pier
After you have your wristband, you can enjoy Pacific Park on the Pier for the rest of the night! Evening is the best time on the Santa Monica Pier, when the place is gleaming with spectacular lights. Breathe in the ocean air (and take in the ocean views) from the world's only solar-powered Ferris wheel in California's only amusement park on a pier. Enjoy coasters, thrill rides, and games - and when you get hungry, hit the Harbor Grill (on the Pier) for traditional American fare.