Palm trees and power suits; Hollywood glamour and the next big thing in design, art and food; the beach and the hills—there’s something for everyone in LA. Wengage has zeroed in on three of our favourite ways to experience the city if you only have a few hours.
On the Outside for 3 hours
Soak in some California sun and sea breezes! There are a number of classic destinations to explore on foot. Do some people-watching among the luxury shops on Rodeo Drive, and find the plaques of fashion icons set into the “Walk of Style.” Silver Lake, in central LA, is a laidback hip neighbourhood offering plenty of opportunities to duck into an indie coffee shop, record store or funky boutique. You can also rent a bike and cycle along the Santa Monica Path, which begins at the Santa Monica pier and hugs the ocean coastline, making time to stop for a snack at a food truck and a little beach time along the way. And if you want to hike check out: the Westridge hike (take Sunset Blvd to Mandeville Canyon and turn left on Westridge to go straight to the top), Franklin Canyon (starting behind the Beverley Hills Hotel) and Griffith Park (up to the Conservatory).
3 hours in Hollywood
Go on, be a little star-struck. A studio tour is the perfect way to get a closer look at the magic of the movies. For the Paramount studio tour, download the studio tour app before you go so you can scan props and costumes to get a little extra info on their history. The cart tour of Hollywood’s original studio takes two hours and includes a new tour centre and prop warehouse, and a chance to explore spots like the NYC backlot and various sound stages. The Universal Studios “World-Famous Studio Tour” is another option—in just an hour, your tram, narrated by a digital Jimmy Fallon, takes you through iconic scenes from King Kong, War of the Worlds, Jaws, Psycho and the Fast and the Furious. You’ll also have time to fit in a visit to one of the Harry Potter attractions too!
A 3 hour tour of dining and drinks
Start with a leisurely drink at the The Beverley Wilshire in the heart of Beverly Hills. The iconic, dreamily beautiful hotel is home to several eateries, including The Blvd (plush sofas, a long onyx bar and a fabulous wine list) and the Cut Lounge (innovative craft cocktails and appetizers in luxe surroundings). Then, take a walk a couple blocks northeast to Sugarfish, a must-do sushi restaurant which has 10 locations in LA, or hop in a cab and head to Terroni in West Hollywood, where Angelenos love to dine on southern Italian cuisine and choose from a thousand different varietals in the wine library.
So tell us how would you spend 3 hours in LA? We would love to know what you think.
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