Layover in Los Angeles ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

I am very lucky that with my job as a flight attendant I am able to travel around the world and see all these wonderful places.ย  Even with a short layover, I always take full advantage of the time I have and try to see and do as much as I can, so here are my tips for Los Angeles.

1. Venice Beach and Canals

This area of Los Angeles is a buzzing beach town that stretches for over 2 miles and is known for its bohemian atmosphere. The boardwalk is full of quirky shops, cafes, street performers, colourful murals, a skate park, cycle path and the Muscle Beach outdoor gym. In 1977, this was the roller skating capital of the world!

I found that sunrise was a good time to wander around this area. It was a lot less busy but there were still early birds in the Muscle Beach gym and several cafes were open.

Venice Beach
Venice Beach

2. Hollywood Boulevard

You can’t come to LA and not visit Hollywood, an LA cultural icon, with Hollywood boulevard being full of things to do!

  • If you walk up to the Chinese Theatre there are star’s hand and footprints in concrete outside. See if you have the same size hands and feet as an actors or actresses! I fit into Kristen Stewart’s foot prints!
  • Stretching all the way down the boulevard is the Walk of Fame, lots of stars dedicated to some of the most famous names in television, film, radio and other media. See if you can find your favourite star!
  • Further down is the Hollywood Wax museum. This is the most famous museum of its kind in the world and features life-life figures of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Leonado Di Caprio, Michael Jackson and many more.
  • There are lots of different tours leaving from all over the boulevard, most of them featuring the homes of the different stars.
  • When you have a had enough of star spotting, there are lots of souvenir shops and a small shopping centre (near Hollywood and Highland metro station) where you can just see the Hollywood sign in the distance.

Top Tip: Keep an eye out for any celebs! One might just walk past you

Walk of Fame, Los Angeles
Los Angeles

3. LACMA

This stands for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Iv’e never actually been inside the museum although I have heard it is fascinating.  For me, the main attraction is outside, where there is a forest of street lamps from the 1920s and 1930s that once lit the streets around Southern California.  These have been restored now and have been given the name Urban Light

Los Angeles

4. La Brea Tar Pits

Just up the road from the LACMA are the La Brea Tar Pits.  These are one of those weird and wonderful things that you should make a stop at for a quick look.

It is a group of tar pits around which Hancock park was formed in urban LA.  There is natural asphalt, which has seeped up from the ground over tens of thousands of years.The tar tends to be covered with leaves, dust or water and it has preserved the bones of trapped animals dating back to the ice age.

Los Angeles

5. Walt Disney Concert Hall

This is a must do when in LA and is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

The concert hall was originally gifted by Lilian B. Disney to the City of Los Angeles in 1987 and was ready for opening in 2003. It was designed by Frank Gehry, spans a 3.6 acre area, has state of the art acoustics and was recognised as an architectural masterpiece and one of the most sophisticated concert halls in the world.

Top Tip: Step inside and treat yourself to a concert

6. The Grove Farmers Market

This is the original farmers market in LA and was established around 1934. It has over 100 gourmet grocers, food stalls from all over the work, sweet stores and even a couple of souvenir shops.  It is a great place to go for a snack, lunch or even a drink, as there are so many different stalls that you are spoiled for choice!  There is plenty of outdoor seating and even an atm as some stalls don’t accept card

Top Tip: Make sure you are hungry when you visit as there is lots of delicious food on offer

Los Angeles

7. The Broad Museum & The Last Bookstore

Both of these are situated just around the corner from each other in the downtown area of Los Angeles.

  • The Broad is a contemporary art museum featuring exhibitions by Andy Warhol, Christopher Wool and Yayoi Kusama. The exhibition that I was interested in was the infinity mirrored room by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. The infinity mirrored rooms are in museums all over the world and each one is different.
Los Angeles
Infinity Mirror Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away
  • The Last Bookstore is (funnily enough) a book shop selling all genres of books, rare books, vinyls and gifts. The great thing about is it the way that books have been used for decoration. Go upstairs to have a look at the ‘book window’.
Los Angeles

Top Tip: The Broad is free to enter. Occasionally some exhibitions require tickets but time slots for these can be booked online

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8. Rodeo Drive

Welcome to one of the world’s most exclusive and luxury shopping destinations! A lovely peaceful street, with buildings with different facades, Rodeo Drive features shops such as Dolce & Gabbana, Dior and Prada just to name a few. If you need a break, there are a few smart cafes dotted about.

Top Tip: Keep an eye out for celebs here too!

Rodeo Drive

9. Hollywood sign

One of the most iconic views when you think of Hollywood or Los Angeles.

This can be viewed from several places such as the Griffith Observatory, Lake Hollywood Park, the shopping centre on Hollywood Boulevard and Canyon Lake Drive. I found Canyon Lake Drive to have the best view but it is difficult to get to. The easiest way is to take an uber.

Top Tip: If you are feeling extremely energetic, why not hike all the way up to the Hollywood sigh?! Details can be found here.

Viewed from Canyon Lake Drive

10. Santa Monica

Why don’t you finish off your day in Santa Monica, the perfect area to watch sunset?

Santa Monica features lots of upscale bars, cafes and restaurants that overlook the beach but the best thing has to be the Santa Monica Pier.

The pier was constructed in 1909 and is part of Route 66 (the end of it). Explore the pier to see the sign! Nowadays the pier features arcades, restaurants, performers and a small amusement park. There is even a spot for fishing. At sunset, stroll down to the edge of the pier, overlook the beach and watch the sun falling into the Pacific Ocean.

Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Beach
Santa Monica
Route 66

Transport

I find that the best way to get around the city is either by the metro or on the hop-on hop-off bus.  Traffic in LA is terrible!

  • The metro is easy to use, cheap and there is bound to be a stop near where you want to go. A lot of machines only accept cash so be sure to visit an atm. There are several options for tickets but a day pass is probably best. The only downside is that it can take a long time to get across the city and between areas.
  • There are 2 lines for the hop-on-hop-off bus: Red (Hollywood Loop) or Blue (beach Loop). The red line takes you around the city to places such as: The Dolby Theatre, The comedy store, Whisky a go go , Beverley Hills and Rodeo Drive, LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), the farmers market, Paramount Studios,Hollywood Boulevard and the world famous Sunset Boulevard. The blue line takes you to Beverley Hills, Westwood village, Santa Monica, Ocean Park beach, Venice boardwalk and Muscle beach. I would recommend booking your bus tickets in advance.

C.King

Brit girl on a bummel. A solo female traveller accompanied by her camera, aiming to see as much of the world as possible and sharing what she's learnt along the way!

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