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1. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 318 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi All,
I have always availed of this forum for travel advice and have never been disappointed. The input has always been great. As the subject of this message suggests, this is with regard to a trip I plan to make to Los Angeles next weekend. I only have two days to myself while I am there. I have a few quick questions. They are as follows:

a) Is Venice Beach everything that people make it out to be? If so, what is the best time of the day to visit the area? Any specific hotspots that I should not miss while I am at Venice Beach?

b) Any input on the Beverly Hills trolley tour (assuming this tour is still around)? Besides the homes of the Hollywood stars, does the tour cover anything else?

c) Have any of you tried to get tickets for the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on the day of the taping. If so, any input on how long the lines get in the morning? I know they give away tickets at 8:00 a.m. on the morning of the taping. Anything else I need to know about this besides the information on NBC’s website?

d) Besides Universal Studios, and Venice Beach, anything else that I should NOT miss while I am in Los Angeles?

Your input will be much appreciated. I hope to hear back from as many of you. Thank you.


2. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2003 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

If it were me, the three things in LA that I wouldn't want to miss would be:

(1) Newport Beach during the day--just a load of fun--although I guess you can make Venice Beach or Santa Monica substitute for you;
(2) Attending the Sawdust Art Festival at night in Laguna Beach (just magical), --maybe see Pageant of the Masters at the regular Laguna Art Festival or else just have a big bonfire on the beach; and
(3) Visiting the different gardens at the Huntington Museum in San Marino.(They have azalea gardens, japanese gardens, desert gardens, rose gardens, and water lily gardens).

Also fun is Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, the Getty Museum, a soccer game at the new Home Debot Center stadium in Carson (with David Beckham and Landon Donovan headlining for the LA Galaxy), surfing in Malibu (I understand Matt Damon has taken up the sport and surfs at Malibu often), a night out in Westwood, a day shopping in Santa Monica, and drinking Mexican beers while having a great fish fry at Ports O'Call Village in San Pedro (during the day on the weekends). And what you have in mind (Venice Beach and attending The Tonight Show) is fun also.

Not sure I'd recommend the tour of the stars' homes, though. Most of the tour maps are the same ones they've been using for the past 20 years.


3. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 318 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Calcruzer,
THANK YOU for the response. Some fantastic ideas. Your ideas have motivated me to ask more questions.

a) I checked out the webpage for the Sawdust Art festival. It looks really interesting and fun. You mentioned that I should go there at night. I am aware that it shuts at 10 p.m. How much time do you think I should alot for this?

b) Are there certain sections within Venice Beach that I should not miss (I've heard it's dead at night. Is this true?)

c) Does the trolley tour in Beverly Hills only cover the homes of the stars? The website indicated that it was just a tour capturing the essential highlights of Beverly Hills. Any thoughts?

Thank you once again for your very helpful response.



P.S: Loved the 'LA Galaxy game" idea. Sadly, they're not playing during my stay in Los Angeles. I believe they're playing up in Toronto.