My girlfriend and I have recently booked a rtw trip beginning in January. We are scheduled for a two night stopover in LA on our way to New York and are wondering how to make the most of this regretably short stay ie. where to stay?, what to do? how to get around?
All suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Lets see only two nights in LA. Well I guess it depends on what you two like to do? There is Disneyland and the California Adventure thing. But if you like amusement parks I think Magic Mountain is much better. There are some great museums. The Getty is very beautiful and you have to take a train to get to it. I believe its free. MMM. There are the beaches like Huntington Beach. Downtown LA is fun, you can see the Manchurin Theatre.....er I think that is what its called. Universal theatre Walkway always has something going on with live music and great shopping and restaurants. hmmmm. I hope I help a little. Have fun on your RTW trip.
Lovelee makes some great suggestions.
I would suggest taking her last suggestion--and going to Universal Studios (an amusement park that also shows how movies are made), then go to the Universal Citywalk right outside of the Studios afterwards for dinner and entertainment (like a comedy show or concert). Since Universal Studios is right next to Hollywood, there are also lots of clubs and shows not far away. Try the Comedy Store on Sunset Blvd. (also known as the Sunset Strip), or clubs on that same street. I've saw both Robin Williams and Richard Pryor when they performed there. This is my suggestion for day 1.
On day two, if the weather is good, I would go to Huntington Library and Gardens in San Marino (northeast of Los Angeles)--there is a beautiful building, a variety of gardens (desert, japanese, lily pads, rose garden, roman garden, etc.), and an art gallery all in one. I would grab dinner at El Cholo (nearby in Pasadena), a place that has the excellent mexican-american style food you would expect to find in LA.
P.S. If you do decide to go to Disneyland (also a good choice), which is in Anaheim--there is a Universal Citywalk a little ways south of there in Irvine where the 133 highway meets the I-405.
I forgot to mention. The only way to get around is by renting a car. You can take a bus that goes directly to a tourist attraction if you are terrible with directions, but otherwise opt to drive yourself. The distances are terrible, so try to book your hotel close to where you plan to go, because if you try to drive there in the morning through rush-hour traffic, just write off two to three hours wasted. If you do what I suggest, get your first night's lodging in or near Hollywood or Burbank (Burbank is cleaner and safer), and get your second night's lodging near Pasadena (although it's not a real long way from Burbank, so you could keep the same hotel). If you go to Anaheim, though, you simply must change hotels the day before, or you will be very sorry you didn't.
P.S. Rough distances. Airport to Burbank: 27 miles, airport to Pasadena: 35 miles, airport to Anaheim: 40 miles Burbank to Anaheim: 25 miles
You've been a great help!!!!
Just thought I'd mention - if your going to do a theme park, 6 flags magic mountain is the one to do if you prefer big rollercoasters, universal is better is you prefer simulator rides plus as mentioned before you get to tour the studio backlot but be warned there aren't really any big rollercoasters here.
Also - we stayed at Orbitz hostel in hollywood which I thought was very good, miles better than the manky ones we stayed in on the east coast. Was clean, fun and made activities (like visiting theme parks) easy and cheap even without a car.
Rent a car. Stay in West Hollywood (clean and safe, also lots of restuarants). Close day trip is your choice: Universal Studios -- i found it boring, The Getty (also good for nights and picnics), Long Beach, Santa Monica, Westwood, Hollywood.