Last Updated on June 22, 2020 by Iris Sinilong
Los Angeles is a jungle, but amidst the chaos and high-cost of living are plenty of gems simply waiting to be explored. From majestic coastal towns, world-class entertainment, thriving nightlife, celebrity-frequented restaurants, and iconic structures, Los Angeles has a special way of dazzling and impressing visitors.
Wrapping up L.A. in just one weekend can be a challenge, but if you’re short on time, here’s a quick reference of all the must-sees and dos in this city of highly glamorous and beautiful people.
Day 1: Long Beach
Located about 25 minutes from the Los Angeles International Airport, Long Beach is one giant playground nestled right in the heart of Southern California. Here you will find the spectacular Aquarium of the Pacific which is home to over 11,000 animals, enjoy refreshing ocean views atop the bluffs at the Long Beach Museum of Art, explore the eclectic East Village Arts District, and of course lounge under the magnificent Californian sun.
Night 1: Downtown Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles offers world-renowned attractions, iconic architecture, incredible restaurants, walkable streets, and a bustling nightlife. From the Angels Flight which is named as the world’s shortest railway, the spectacular L.A. Live entertainment complex, the stunning Walt Disney Concert Hall, to acclaimed exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Art Houses, Downtown L.A. has something for every traveller.
For a relaxing evening, make your way to The Mixing Room. Situated on the lobby level of the JW Marriott Los Angeles, at L.A. Live, The Mixing Room will offer you the chance to delight in world-class mixes and innovative appetizers. Looking to party? Drop by the Mayan Nightclub and experience a visually enriching atmosphere. The Mayan Nightclub plays all music from house, top 40, hip hop, reggaeton and more!
Day 2: Hollywood & Beverly Hills
Hollywood and Beverly Hills often come hand-in-hand. With star-studded streets, haute couture boutiques, classic museums, and regal homes, a visit to Hollywood and Beverly Hills promises to be memorable. Start your day in Universal Studios Hollywood and come across a wealth of exciting theme parks, rides, and shows. While you’re here, make sure to also visit the crowd-favourite Hollywood Walk of Fame and the state-of-the-art Dolby Theatre. When you’re ready to part with Hollywood, walk in style at Rodeo Drive and find one of the world’s greatest streets of designer labels. After, head over to Paley Center for Media, where you can select from an international collection of nearly 150,000 television and radio programmes.
Night 2: Santa Monica
Featuring a blend of urban vibe, beach town energy, and world-class oceanfront accommodations, Santa Monica is not to be missed by anyone dreaming about L.A. Top attractions include the Santa Monica Pier and Third Promenade, award-winning restaurants, and trendsetting boutiques. When the sun goes down, head over to Michael’s restaurant and select from an ample array of casual specialties. There’s no better way to end your Los Angeles getaway than with a delicious cocktail and the breathtaking Pacific Ocean as your backdrop.