One Week in Los Angeles Itinerary – 7 Day Itinerary for Your Vacation

Spending one week in Los Angeles but aren’t sure how what to do and how to make the best use of your time?

Maximize your vacation with this Los Angeles 7 day itinerary, filled with a wide variety of attractions, activities, and dining options that will truly showcase the best of L.A.

Visit each of the included attractions with a 7-Day Go Los Angeles® Card and save on combined admission costs vs. paying at the gate.

This 7 day itinerary includes:

  • Universal Studios Hollywood
  • The Queen Mary
  • Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Harbor Cruise
  • Pacific Park
  • Malibu Celebrity Homes Tour
  • Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
  • Los Angeles Zoo
  • The Huntington Library
  • Madame Tussauds Hollywood
  • Behind-the-Scenes Hollywood Tour
  • Hollywood Museum
  • Dolby Theatre® Guided Tour
  • Whale Watching Cruise
  • Knott’s Berry Farm
  • LEGOLAND® California

Remember, this one week itinerary is just one of many ways to experience Los Angeles.

The Go Los Angeles® Card gives you the flexibility to create your own itinerary, so you can choose from dozens of top attractions and create a vacation tailored to your interests.

Only have a few days in Los Angeles? We’ve also put together a 1 day, 2 day, and 3 day Los Angeles itinerary.

DAY 1

Stop #1 – Universal Studios Hollywood

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What better way to start off your L.A. vacation than with a day spent at Universal Studios Hollywood? This entertainment megaplex has something for the entire family.

Please note – tickets to Universal Studios are included exclusively on 3-, 5-, and 7-Day Go Los Angeles Cards.

Begin with a behind-the-scenes tour of one of the country’s most prominent working studios, then spend the rest of your day enjoying their thrilling theme park options.

You’ll love their totally immersive experiences and rides that bring your favorite movies to life. Some of their most popular rides and attractions include: “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” “Fast and Furious: Supercharged,” “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem,” and more.

We recommend reserving between 5-6 hours for this attraction. Plan to spend the whole day here.

Getting In: Universal Studios Hollywood tickets are included on 3, 5, and 7-Day Go Los Angeles Cards.

Lunch near Universal Studios

Whether you stay within the confines of the park itself or choose to dine along Ventura or Cahuenga Boulevards, there are many dining options nearby.

However, if you plan on doing more in the park that day, it may be easiest to stay within the park at Universal CityWalk (see below).

Stop # 2 – Universal CityWalk (free!)

One of the most charming parts of Universal Studios is their Universal CityWalk, a free area that offers dining, shopping, and more attractions to visitors.

Take a little time after lunch to stroll the CityWalk and soak up the atmosphere. You’ll love how festive and invigorating everything feels, and it’s fun to window shop, too.

Getting In: We recommend reserving about 1 hour for this attraction.

Dinner at Universal CityWalk

Since you’ll have had plenty of time to explore the CityWalk, you’ll already know they have a great selection of dining destinations.

They’ve got plenty of food options in a wide variety of cuisines and styles, so everyone will be able to find something they love.

DAY 2

Stop # 1 – The Queen Mary

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The Queen Mary is among the most famous ships in popular history; from its stint as a party boat in the 30s to its WWII service, this storied vessel is truly legendary. Take a tour of the now-haunted ship and learn all about its fascinating exploits.

Built in the 1930s and transitioned from luxury liner to Allied troop ship, she earned the nickname “Grey Ghost” because of her newly camouflaged exterior. It was first reported to be haunted once it was permanently docked in California, and remains a spooky experience today.

If you’re visiting during the fall, be sure to check out their special event series which emphasizes her haunted history.

We recommend reserving between 1.5 -2 hours for this attraction.

Getting In: Queen Mary tickets are included on the Go Los Angeles Card.

Stop # 2 – Aquarium of the Pacific

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Looking to explore the marine life of the Los Angeles area and beyond? Stop by the Aquarium of the Pacific for an educational and informative experience.

Learn all about the inhabitants of the world’s largest ocean at this Long Beach destination.

With more than 11,000 different creatures across several diverse exhibits and habitats, the Aquarium of the Pacific has tons to offer the marine enthusiast. Featured exhibits include: Sea Otter Habitat, Shark Lagoon, and the ever-popular Jellies.

We recommend reserving between 2-3 hours for this attraction.

Getting In: Aquarium of the Pacific tickets are included on the Go Los Angeles Card.

Lunch in Long Beach

There are practically too many restaurants to choose from in Long Beach, even if you narrow your search down to right near the water.

From seafood and Mexican to brew pubs and Italian, you’ll find it all. Check out the venues on Ocean Boulevard for some great views while dining.

Stop #3 – Harbor Breeze Cruises Harbor Cruise

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Next, we suggest you take a Whale Watching Cruise or Harbor Cruise by Harbor Breeze Cruises from Long Beach.

Explore the beautiful waters of the Pacific as you sail past stunning views of the city skyline.

Each cruise is narrated by charming professionals, and encompasses a wide variety of points of interest and landmarks. If you’re not interested in a harbor tour, then opt for a whale watch!

Advance reservations are required, as these are both very popular cruises.

Getting In: Long Beach Harbor Cruise or Whale Watch tickets are included on the Go Los Angeles Card.

Stop # 4 – The Pike in Long Beach (free!)

This waterfront entertainment complex and dining center is the perfect place to stroll around after your tour.

It’s located near a number of waterfront parks and is filled with shops, restaurants, and more attractions, so there’s a lot of exploring to be done.

Dinner in Long Beach

If anything strikes your fancy at the Pike, then feel free to stop in there for some delicious grub.

If you’re looking to roam a bit further afield, there are plenty of options along Ocean Boulevard and in the East Village neighborhood.

DAY 3

Stop #1 – Pacific Park

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Located at the Santa Monica Pier, Pacific Park is a great classic amusement park that will delight visitors of all ages.

Enjoy traditional rides, slides, and arcade games as you spend an entertaining morning at this pier-side park.

As a special bonus, they’ve got the only solar-powered Ferris wheel in the world! This park has been making families happy since 1916.

We recommend reserving between 2-3 hours for this attraction.

Getting In: Pacific Park – Santa Monica Pier tickets are included on the Go Los Angeles Card.

Stop #2 – Malibu Celebrity Homes Tour

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If you’re a fan of celebrity culture, you’ll want to hop aboard this Malibu Celebrity Homes Tour.

It’s the perfect introduction to local celebrity homes and an enjoyable, breezy ride near pristine beaches all in one. This tour is also a great introduction to Malibu as a whole.

Drive along the famous Pacific Coast Highway and throughout Malibu for a glimpse at over 40 famous celebrity homes, current and former.

Some of the highlights you may see include the homes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruce Willis, Cher, and more.

This tour lasts approximately 2 hours.

Getting In: Malibu Movie Stars’ Homes Tour tickets are included on the Go Los Angeles Card.

Lunch in Santa Monica

Once you return from your tour, be sure to spend a little time exploring the Santa Monica Pier and the entire Santa Monica beachfront neighborhood.

It’s filled with delightful restaurants of all shapes and sizes, with plenty of tasty beachfront options to choose from.

Stop #3 – Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

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Image Credit: Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

True lovers of the sea will relish the chance to explore this charming aquarium. The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium particularly specializes in marine life of this region and is operated by the environment organization Heal the Bay.

You’ll see more than 100 species of organisms, from ocotopi to sea urchins, all of which call the Santa Monica Bay home. It’s the perfect introduction to the natural diversity of this beautiful beach community.

We recommend reserving between 1-2 hours for this attraction.

Getting In: Santa Monica Pier Aquarium tickets are included on the Go Los Angeles Card.

Stop #4 – Santa Monica State Beach (free!)

Spanning three miles and 245 acres, this gorgeous and iconic beach is a must-see Santa Monica destination.

It’s perfect for sunbathing, swimming, strolling, and even biking (along the nearby trails). It’s easy to rent beach equipment, too, if you haven’t been able to bring your own.

Depending on what you want to do at the beach and how you want to fit this into your day, we recommend reserving between 1-3 hours for this attraction.

Dinner near Santa Monica Pier

As you’ll have noticed by now, there are a wide variety of dining options available right on the water, including favorites like The Lobster (located at the top of the Pier) and several ice cream joints. It’s a great way to end the day.

DAY 4

Stop #1 – Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

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Today is the day to explore the natural side of Los Angeles, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Pay a visit to the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Griffith Park to get a real feel for the California wilderness.

Home to more than 1,000 creatures from around the world, the L.A. Zoo is a fascinating and educational place to explore. You’ll find many of your favorites here, too, including lions, bears, elephants, giraffes, and plenty more.

The Botanical Gardens are themselves both beautiful and informative, as you’ll learn all about different habitats, growing seasons, and the uses of various plants. A must-see for nature-lovers!

We recommend reserving between 2-3 hours for both attractions.

Getting In: LA Zoo & Botanical Gardens tickets are included on the Go Los Angeles Card.

Lunch near Griffith Park

One fun lunch option would be to actually have a picnic in the park itself, if you’ve been able to make a quick stop at a grocery store or market for some supplies.

If not, check out the plethora of dining options in nearby Glendale or just a bit south into the Hollywood neighborhood.

Stop #2 – Huntington Library and Gardens

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The Huntington Library is like a super attraction – it’s actually four magnificent things all rolled into one.

It’s part library (home to such textual artifacts as the Gutenberg Bible and some Shakespeare folios), part botanical garden, part art museum, and part research facility.

Depending on which time of year you visit, you’ll be able to view a wide variety of lush, gorgeous plant life in their temperate gardens.

Rotating special art exhibits and permanent collections in the art galleries provide a new experience each time you visit, and the library always has something fascinating to see.

We recommend reserving between 2-3 hours for this attraction.

Getting In: Huntington Library & Gardens tickets are included on the Go Los Angeles Card.

Dinner in Pasadena

Leave yourself some time to explore this new neighborhood as part of your commitment to true variety on this vacation.

If you’ve got time, explore the historic One Colorado Mall. But more importantly, there are tons of dining options in this neighborhood, including the popular favorite Indian restaurant, Akbar.

DAY 5

Stop #1 – Madame Tussauds Hollywood

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Today is your day to enjoy all that Tinseltown has to offer visitors, from museums and tours to all sorts of unique attractions.

Start off your day with a visit to the iconic Madame Tussauds Hollywood, the one-of-a-kind wax museum that has been dazzling visitors for ages.

This is your best chance to “meet” your celebrity crush and snap a few photos with that musician or actor you’ve been dying to see.

With multiple exhibits across several floors, this attraction has something to offer everyone from classic cinephiles to lovers of reality T.V.

We recommend reserving between 1-2 hours for this attraction.

Getting In: Madame Tussauds Hollywood tickets are included on the Go Los Angeles Card.

Stop #2 – Behind-The-Scenes Hollywood Tour

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After taking some time to explore Hollywood’s finest in their most static forms, take a Behind-the-Scenes Hollywood Tour to get a real feel for the industry and its history.

This tour will take you to several hotspots throughout the city, from the famous stars on the Walk of Fame to a hotel allegedly haunted by Marilyn Monroe to the famous Egyptian Theater.

Listen to your tour guide explain the story behind each of these significant landmarks as you walk throughout the entire Hollywood neighborhood.

This tour lasts approximately 75 minutes.

Getting In: Hollywood Behind-the-Scenes by Red Line Tours tickets are included on the Go Los Angeles Card.

Lunch in Hollywood

There are literally dozens of restaurant options available right on Hollywood Boulevard, and even more if you venture a few blocks away to Sunset Boulevard or La Brea Avenue.

Don’t even worry about getting back into your car – a quick walk in any direction will find you near plenty of options.

Stop #3 – Hollywood Museum

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Now that you’ve seen the sites, come to the Hollywood Museum to scope out the props, artifacts, and costumes that your favorite celebrities used in their most iconic roles. With four floors of paraphernalia, you’ll be able to spend hours just wandering through these exhibits.

Some of the highlighted objects you’ll be able to see on your visit include a few of Marilyn Monroe’s gowns, Rocky’s boxing gloves, Indiana Jones’ whip, and more! Don’t forget your camera (and a bit of money for souvenirs at the gift shop).

We recommend reserving between 1-2 hours for this attraction.

Getting In: Hollywood Museum tickets are included on the Go Los Angeles Card.

Stop #4 – Dolby Theatre® Guided Tour

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Take the opportunity to go behind the scenes at the home of Hollywood’s most famous award ceremony – the Academy Awards®.

A tour of the Dolby Theatre®, where the ceremonies are held each year, will take you to all of the important locations within the theater itself, from the center stage to the gorgeous spiral staircase.

You’ll also see the beautiful architecture of this classic building, tour a gallery containing images of some of the most iconic Academy Award® winners, into the intimate audience chamber, and more.

Of course, other awards ceremonies are held here, too, including the American Idol finals, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and the Daytime Emmys.

This tour lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Getting In: Dolby Theatre® Guided Tour tickets are included on the Go Los Angeles Card.

Dinner on Rodeo Drive

Give yourself a little time to explore before selecting a dining destination, as there is plenty of window-shopping to be enjoyed in this neighborhood.

If you’re in the mood for some high-end dining, plan a meal at Mastro’s Steakhouse. If you’re looking for something a little more affordable, then there are plenty of options for you, too.

DAY 6

Stop # 1 – Whale Watching Cruise

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If you opted for the Harbor Cruise while in Long Beach, an attraction you won’t want to miss in Newport Beach is an informative and exciting Whale Watching Cruise.

With several daily departures available year round, you’ll be able to enjoy this adventure any time you visit.

A few of the majestic species you may see on your adventure include the California Gray Whale, Giant Blue Whales, Orcas, Minke Whales, Humpback Whales, and other sea creatures including dolphins, seals, sharks, and more.

The whale watch cruise lasts approximately 2.5 hours.

Getting In: Newport Landing Whale Watching tickets are included on the Go Los Angeles Card.

Lunch in Newport Beach

Take a little extra time to explore the Newport Beach neighborhood after disembarking from your cruise.

There are tons of options just on Newport Landing itself, so you won’t have to wander far. Although you’ll find predominantly seafood restaurants, you’ll also have Mexican, Californian, Asian, American, and more to choose from.

Stop # 2 – Knott’s Berry Farm

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For your next attraction of the vacation, take a short drive up north to Knott’s Berry Farm. This classic theme park attraction is the very first theme park in California, but it definitely holds up today as an exciting modern destinations.

Enjoy dozens of fun rides, slides, and other enjoyable attractions. Some of the highlighted attractions include their breathtaking roller coasters, children’s rides, family rides, and water rides.

We recommend reserving between 2-3 hours for this attraction.

Getting In: Knott’s Berry Farm tickets are included on the Go Los Angeles Card.

Stop #3 – Anaheim Gardenwalk

Take a quick drive southeast to the Anaheim Gardenwalk area, a fun and charming shopping space with plenty of dining options.

Be sure to check out the architecture!

Dinner near Buena Park

Since you’ll be in the area after your visit to Knott’s, check out some of the many dining options available – from the restaurants within the park to the many chain and independent restaurants in the near vicinity.

Lincoln Avenue in particular has a wide selection and tons of options. Or, feel free to dine at the Anaheim Gardenwalk.

DAY 7

Stop #1 – LEGOLAND® California

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This is the place where everyone’s favorite toys come to life. LEGOLAND® California is also the place where your kids’ dreams come true, as they can ride, slide, build, and immerse themselves in the world of LEGO® for hours on end.

Young children will enjoy the DUPLO® areas, where older kids will best enjoy the exciting roller coasters and Miniland USA. If you’re looking for the complete LEGO® experience, check out the new LEGOLAND® Hotel!

We recommend spending the entire day at LEGOLAND®. Plan to eat lunch here.

Getting In: LEGOLAND® California tickets are included on the Go Los Angeles Card.

Dinner near LEGOLAND®

When dining options abound, there’s no real reason to look elsewhere for your dinner plans.

They’ve got delicious food in a variety of cuisines, from comfort food like pasta and seafood to healthier fare like salads and sandwiches. Of course, you can also venture out into Carlsbad for some more options, too!

Let’s Recap

Get the most enjoyment out of your one week in L.A. by following this itinerary.

This Los Angeles 7 day itinerary is specifically designed to maximize your time, energy, and money, in addition to providing you with a great variety of what to do in Los angeles for a week and its surrounding neighborhoods.

Visit each of these included attractions with a 7-day Go Los Angeles® Card and save on combined admission costs vs paying at the gate.

Plus, you can save even more with included extra discounts on shopping, dining, and additional attractions.

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Comments

  1. elaine says

    hi,
    it looks good but how to you get around to each of these different sites, and attractions, I am not planning to rent a car.
    thank you so very much,
    elaine

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