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4 Days in LA... what are the MUST do's

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1. Posted by Englishman (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi, two English guys arriving in LA on the 11th May 2006. Please can you give us advice on what we MUST see whilst we are around and the best places to party.

Thanks, Rich.

2. Posted by Lissyrl (Budding Member 29 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

With 4 days in LA- here is what I would do:

1-2 Days- stay in Hollywood- check out the tourist sights, like Mann Chinese Theater, hollywood sign, etc. Sunset strip is the best place to party here- as well as some local spots. Sunset has clubs, bars, etc, but a lot have a list which makes it hard to get in so get there early and dress to impress. Check out- Sky Bar, Saddle Ranch,The Standard Hotel, Viper room, Red Rock, and just by walking the strip you'll pass a ton more- like House of Blues, etc. There are a bunch of clubs in hollywood as well- you kinda just have to ask people where you are staying whats the hotspot that week.

2-4 days- head to the beach towns. Santa Monica and Venice is the best area to stay. They are neighboring towns within walking distance. Main street is filled with bars, clubs, restaurants, and its a much cooler vibe than hollywood. People are a lot nicer- (you'll find a lot of tourists in hollywood and the Paris Hilton types) whereas here at the beach, its flip flops and jeans and cheaper drinks if that is what you are looking for. Plus, venice has an eclectic boardwalk worth seeing and there is the Third Street Promanade in Santa monica. If the weather is nice, you can skate or bike on the beach route.

hope this helps. 4 days is kinda quick but I've lived in LA for 8 years so this is what I would recommend!

3. Posted by Berkules (Inactive 13 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I don't think Lissy could've put it much better.

Living in LA, places like Hollywood get old fast but when you're new it's always exciting. I still remember my first trip to HW when I was younger and how impactful a place like that is. I now live close to Santa Monica and Venice and I agree that if you don't spend time out here, you'll have no idea what 2000s LA is really about. I recommend finding a hotel off the beach a little bit on Santa Monica or Wilshire Boulevard (both run east-west from the ocean) and you can spend the days walking or rent some bikes.

I agree 4 days isn't much time- but check out the hotsy totsy bars in Hollywood then there are plenty of English-style pubs in Santa Monica. Check out Ye Olde King's Head on SaMo and 2nd (1 block from the beach) especially.