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How to Spend One Day in Los Angeles: 24 Hours Itinerary by a Local

How to Spend One Day in Los Angeles: 24 Hours Itinerary by a Local

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Spend One Day in Los Angeles: 24 Hours Itinerary by a Local

LA is my hometown and I have been working as a local realtor for quite a long time now. 

My work and college life has enabled me to experience everything across Los Angeles, California which will help me guide you on how you can spend 24 hours in Los Angeles while visiting the best attractions. 

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How to plan your one day trip in Los Angeles?

Are you ready to see the best of LA in just ONE DAY?

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My personal suggestion is to arrive one night before, have a good night sleep, wake up fresh and get ready to enjoy the day ahead.

Now you are ready to head out to enjoy a list of incredible things throughout the city.

Lets begin with the first activity of the day:

1. Hiking on the Hollywood Sign

You have an option to chose from three trails to the Hollywood sign. Once you reach the sign, you’ll have stunning views of Los Angeles. 

The total hike is around 3 miles with only an elevation gain of 500 feet. Make sure your backpack has water, sunscreen, a cap or umbrella, trekking stick as well as few energy bars. 

2. Stroll on the Venice Beach

After this, head over to the Venice Beach to relax on the beach. This beachtown is a must see for LA and you must not miss this.

Take a stroll along the broadwalk on the beach, enjoy different restaurants, street performers, relaxing spas, enthusiastic skaters and other tourists roaming around.

While you walk across the beach, head towards the Venice canals to experience the beauty of Venice, Italy while being in California.

3. The beautiful Santa Monica Pier

After the Venice Beach drive for 15 minutes to reach the Santa Monica Pier.

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Here you will find loads of boutiques and flower shops, the famous ferris wheel. Enjoy the cool breeze, stroll around the pier, grab a cup of coffee, flowers for your loved ones and move towards the next attraction. On the way, don’t forget to have a look at the multi million dollar mansions nearby.


4. Third Street Promenade Shopping Spree

You might want to skip this attraction if you are travelling on a budget and don’t want to drain your savings on shopping luxury brands. The street is full of luxury boutiques and fine dining restaurants for you to enjoy and shop till you drop. 


These are some mandatory things to do in Santa Monica, if you miss these, you will miss the main thing.

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5. Visit the Getty Center

The most popular tourist attraction in LA is The Getty Centre. This hilltop museum is a must visit, regardless of the time you are visiting LA for. It will be an amazing experience, MUST NOT MISS. 

What will you find in it? The museum is full of historic valuable art collections that are spread across different buildings and galleries. Other than this you can experience an astonishing, lush green garden that is spread across 134,000 square feet.

6. Shopping Spree on the Rodeo Drive

Another famous spot among the visitors in LA is the Rodeo Drive. Everyone loves it. This is a high end retail outlets spot and you should expect to spend a few. thousands if you decide to shop. Otherwise, a window shopping spree does not hurt either.

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Along the shopping spree, have a nice lunch at one of the fine dining restaurant on the Rodeo drive before going towards your next spot.

7. Drive Along Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard is one of the famous neighbourhood of LA. It starts from Hollywood and ends in Beverly Hills. It is home to luxury boutiques, night clubs, high end restaurants and different local shops.

8. Walk the Famous Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Walk of Fame is internationally acknowledged Hollywood Icon which displays 2600+ stars, with the names of worldwide famous actors, producers, celebrities etc. These are embedded in the side walks except for the one, which belongs to Muhammad Ali, the boxing champion. His star is embedded on the wall.

9. End your Day in LA at the Griffith Observatory 

The best time to visit this is right before Sunset, so in a short period of time you can experience the day and night time bird eye view of the City.

Observatory is the best spot in LA to take a panoramic picture of the downtown Los Angeles. You can also get a clear view of the famous Hollywood sign, which is located exactly on the opposite hill.

The Observatory is the best spot to take a panoramic picture of the downtown Los Angeles. Also from up here, you can catch an unobstructed view of the Hollywood Sign, which is on the opposite hill.


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