One Day in Los Angeles – The Perfect Itinerary

One Day in Los Angeles – The Perfect Itinerary

What to do if you only have one day in Los Angeles? See my best tips and spots for your perfect day.

Top 12 Main Attractions Of Los Angeles

To help you know what to expect when you visit Los Angeles for the first time, here is a little overview of some of the main sights.

1. Griffith-Observatorium and Park
Observatory and viewpoint.

2. Santa Monica Pier
Pier on the Pacific Ocean with rides and stores.

3. Getty Center
Campus of the Getty Museum.

4. Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles art museum founded in 1910.

5. Hollywood Sign
Famous Los Angeles landmark.

6. Hollywood Walk of Fame
15-block long sidewalk with stars honoring celebrities.

7. TCL Chinese Theatre
Cinema at Hollywood Boulevard.

8. Universal Studios Hollywood
The first Universal Studios theme park.

9. Venice Beach
Famous Los Angeles beach area.

10. Venice Canals
Historic neighborhood, with picturesque canals and bridges.

11. Farmers markets
Especially popular are The Original Farmers Market and Mar Vista Farmers’ Market.

12. Hollywood and Highland Center
Shopping center and entertainment complex on Hollywood Boulevard.

One Day Itinerary For Los Angeles

Morning

Start Your Day With A Good Breakfast

For some it’s the most important meal of the day, here are some places to enjoy it:

Visit the Walk of Fame

Walk along the Walk of Fame and look out for your favorite stars. You also shouldn’t miss to take a look at the  Chinese Theatre.

Drive Along Your Dream Roads

Anyone who dreams of Los Angeles probably also dreams of scenic drives along palm trees. 

The perfect route for this is Sunset Boulevard. Drive on it from Hollywood to Beverly Hills and end your ride with a little window shopping on Rodeo Drive.

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Afternoon

Eat Lunch At In-N-Out

Have lunch at Los Angeles’ most popular burger chain In-N-Out Burger!

(Also check out their animal style fries)

Activity Option 1: Visit Griffith Park

Visit Griffith Park and the Observatory, where you can get a fantastic view of Los Angeles. But be aware that the trip is probably not worth it on a foggy day.

Activity Option 2: Visit a Museum

Another great thing to do is visit one of LA’s awesome museums:

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Evening

Explore The Beach Side Of Life

There’s plenty to discover on and along the beach. From downtown Santa Monica to the Venice boardwalk. Visit Santa Monica Pier or walk along the Venice Canals.

But you should’t miss the opportunity to experience a magical sunset on the beach.

Enjoy A Delicious Dinner (And Drinks)

Here is a selection of restaurants (with bars) that you might enjoy:

Visit One Of LAs Famous Tiki Bars

If you still have some energy left and don’t mind the drive, you should visit one of the famous tiki bars. They impress with a fun ambience and great cocktails:

Some of them also serve food.

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Tip: You can also start your day with sunrise on the beach and end with sunset at Griffith Obervatory (though it’s very crowded at this time).

Additional Los Angeles Attractions:

  • Hollywood Bowl
  • Walt Disney Concert Hall
  • Universal Studios Tour
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour
  • Paramount Pictures Studio Tour
  • The Grove & Original Farmers Market
  • Palisades Village
  • Silver Lake & Sunset Junction
  • Drive along the famous Mulholland Dr
  • Sunset Strip
  • La Brea Tar Pits
  • Runyon Canyon Park
  • Zuma Beach
  • Olvera Street (Mexican Market)

Day Trip Ideas:

  • Disneyland
  • Santa Catalina Island
  • Santa Barbara
  • Channel Islands National Park
  • Palm Springs

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