LA itinerary, advice needed!
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Jul 12, 2012 11:46 AM Last Post By: SusieGirl7
Jul 10, 2012 11:01 PM
LA itinerary, advice needed!Hey, my family of five would be visiting LA in mid December, and would be staying at the Beverly Laurel Motor Hotel. We would be renting a car, but not directly of the airport. This is the itinerary I worked out and I was hoping you guys could put your take on it.
Day 1 (MONDAY)--- morning arrival after 14h of flight
shuttle to hotel, settle in and then take a walk at West 3rd street
La Brea Tar Pits
The Grove (These are all within walking distances from the hotel as I am assuming we would be jet lagged)
Day 2 (TUESDAY)--- Retrieve rented car (most likely from Enterprise as they seem to be the only company that delivers to car to you or something like that)
Breakfast at 101 Coffee Shop
Day 3 (WEDNESDAY)-- Breakfast at Griddle Cafe
Explore Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Walk of Fame etc on the way back
Day 4 (THURSDAY)-- Ocean Front Walk
Pacific Park--------------------------------------(is this worth visiting? my brothers are 18 and 14, while I am 21)
Third Street Promenade
Rodeo Drive on the way back
Day 5 (FRIDAY)---- Breakfast at Alcove Cafe and Bakery
Stop By Wacko, Griffith Park, Silver Lake-------------------?
Petersen's Automotive Museum on the way back
Day 6 (SATURDAY)-- Breakfast at Jinky's Cafe
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Day 7 (SUNDAY)-- Drive to Las Vegas in the morning
Stop by Big Bear Lake, Calico Ghost Town and Primm on the way there
I have not quite figured out where to go in Las Vegas yet, but right now, my main problem is Day 5, as to will it be boring? The only reason I have that day put in is because SFMM is only opened on the weekends that day and my mother wants more shopping time (budget shopping).
So, is this itinerary okay?
Jul 10, 2012 11:59 PM
1I live in the Land of La. Good choice the Beverly Laurel and surrounding area. rDay 1 everything except the La Brea Tar pits are within walking distance of the BLH. Day 2 is not logistically smart. If you wish to dine at the 101 on Franklin save it for the Day you visit Universal. From Cafe 101 it's a mile or less to Universal. On Day 2 dine at Swingers Coffee shop which is stellar ( did you see the movie Swingers?) and is connected to the Beverly Laurel. Excellent food. Then head out to the Citadel and onto to Disneyland. Just remember Disneyland is about 40 miles south of LA. Need to account for traffic which is always plentiful and constant. Day 3 Fine except save the Griddle Cafe on Sunset for Day 4. From there head out to the coast to see Venice Boardwalk, 3rd Street Promenade and catch Rodeo Drive on the way back! Alcove is great for breakfast and straight on up Hillhurst into Griffith Park to visit the Observatory. Come back out, drive right back down Hillhurst. If it's lunch time might consider a carne asada taco and the Yuca Hut) one of my favorite eating spots in the ethnically diverse megalopolis.
http://www.fodors.com/world/north-america/usa/california/los-angeles/review-148319.html Anyway Hillhurst south to Sunset take a left and visit WACKO. Doesn't open until 11am. Continue on Sunset heading East over to Hyperion in Silverlake. Couple of interesting blocks of stores and restaurants at Sunset Junction. if it's Saturday, small but fun farmer's market to enjoy. Might also enjoy shopping the the 99 cent store across the street from it. Head back sunset to Fairfax ,turn left and follow Farifax South to Wilshire to visit the Automotive Museum. The La Brea Tar Pits are two blocks East on Wilshire. Day 6 walk or drive back over to 3rd and Fairfax, the Farmer's Market, and have the pancakes at Dupar's. Parking will be free with Validation, then on over to Melrose (remembering that most stores open late on Saturday.
Definitely after 10am and often not until noon. Then head north to Six Flags. Personally, I'd have breakfast and head straight to Six Flags which is nearly 35 miles north of LA. BIG park, lots to do. Then drive back to Melrose and shop if you are still interested. Can't comment on Day 7. Despise Vegas. Lastly, cheap shopping isn't going to be found on Melrose. There's a K Mart on 3rd across from the Farmer's Market. OR if you wish to revise the itinerary Santee Alley in the Fashion District in downtown LA is where the deals are. Downtown is a very different vibe but if she's truly looking for bargains that's the place she ought to visit. YOu could have breakfast at The Original Pantry or The Nickel Dinner on Main Street or the Tiara Cafe on 9th. Welcome to the megalopolis!
Jul 11, 2012 12:56 AM
2Thank you so much for all your help clod!!!
I will check santee alley out! To think I almost missed it! Actually I would estimate 2-3 days in Las Vegas(guess its a must-go since we have never been there before) and upon returning to LA, my family and I could try a day using the public transportation in the city?
I noticed that Santee Alley is relatively close to the California Market Centre, The Original Pantry (am very excited to go to this one:)). Would it be convenient for my family and I to carry on this journey to the Union Station, Grand Central Market, Angels Flight Railway, then to Olvera Street to try the famous Philippe-The Original and lastly Chinatown? Or isit just better if we drove? We are most likely doing this after our Vegas trip so we could have a change in hotel if BLH is out of the way..
We also plan to take a bus back from Las Vegas, so they do have several fixed drop-off locations.
Jul 11, 2012 10:40 AM
3I'd rather not have a car delivered to me; I prefer to look at my choices first. Most off-airport rental locations will pick you up with maybe a 5 mile radius (presumably Enterprise, as well). Off-airport locations will have a much smaller selection of cars than those at the airport, however. Make sure, especially if it's a franchise location, there aren't mileage charges, etc.
If you want to take a shuttle, both Supershuttle and Prime Time Shuttle operate from LAX. You can walk right out of most terminals and book. On our last trip, the two shuttle companies were right nexet to each other outside our terminal. If you get a shared van, as most people do (due to cost), you will have to wait some, and stop at other terminals, and also stop to let others off at their destiantions.
Original Pantry is good; an historic L.A. establishment (though some feel it's more greasy spoon). Grand Central Market has several places to eat. As does Olvera Street. Angels Flight "train" is fun. Stop by the Bradbury Building, where several movies have been filmed. I haven't been to L.A. Live,including the Grammy Museum. If you're more interested in an in-depth studio tour than theme park with studio attractions, you might consider Warner Brothers (Burbank), Paramount (Hollywood) or Sony (Culver City) vs. Universal. But many do like Universal. Lots of good museums in the L.A. area, including the Getty Center, Getty Villa, Norton Simon Museum, Gene Autry Museum of the West and L.A. County Museum of Art. I think the historic USS Iowa aircraft carrier is now open for tours in San Pedro.
Jul 11, 2012 1:08 PM
4I hate saying this but I find walking downtown depressing. Even with the new blood (the new tenants now inhabiting the once dilapidated buildings, now expensive lofts and condos) the homeless population still dominates the sidewalks. That said it isn't unsafe, just sad. If you are up to walking some long blocks and using public transport consider this option. Drive East on Beverly to Highland. Drive North on Highland. At the corner of Hollywood and Highland, turn right. Go East on Hollywood Blvd to Argyle, one block past the corner of Hollywood and Vine. The W hotel is on your right and the Pantages theatre on your left. Drive past both and turn right on Argyle and then an immediate left into the parking lot. (take note, a huge construction project across the street on Hollywood Blvd is starting to commence, so this lot I'm talking about might be taken over for trucks) If it is when you arrive, simply go around the block again so you are back at the corner of Hollywood and Vine. Go North one block (toward the Capital Records building) and park in the lot there or across the street. Thinking these are both $10 flat fee lots. Then head over to the metro station that is located beneath the W Hotel. Buy the $5 all day pass ticket from the self serve machine. Hop on a Red Line train heading to Union Station. Right side of the track. Overhead monitors tell at what time train is due to arrive. Front of the train says it's final destination. Right side of the track. Stay on it to the 7th Street Metro Station. Exit and walk from there south on Figueroa to the Original Pantry. About 4 blocks. After breakfast walk down Figueroa past Staples Center to Pico and turn left. Follow Pico for about 9 blocks and you'll start to see the beginnings of the Fashion District from about Main street on. The Fashion district is about 90 blocks of "stuff." Turn right on Santee. From here shop your heart out, walk back on Pico to the Pico Blue Line stop. You'll have see it when walking from the Pantry. Hop on the Blue Line train for the one stop to 7th, get off and take the Red or Purple lIne train to Pershing Square. From here you can make your way to see Angels Flight, Bradbury Building and CA Market. Walk back, hop on another train heading two stops to Union Station. Hop on a Gold Line train to Pasadena, go one stop and exit at Chinatown. Explore. Either have the slippery shrimp at Yang Chows or a sandwich at Phillipe's Depending on your frame of mind (exhausted and cranky or still energized imagine that will depend on how many bags you are carrying) Either walk over to Olivera Street or take the metro back to Union station, admire this architectural masterpiece, walk out the front door and across Alameda to Olvera Street. I know there is a small transport bus that you could take from Chinatown to Olvera street but don't know the schedule. If the tall. lanky dark haired guy with glasses is at the Union Station information center is there ask him. Very knowledgeable. To get to your car in Hollywood it back to Union Station to take a Red Line train heading to N. Hollywood Exit at the Hollywood and Vine Station. Day is done. Lots of walking but hey LA is nothing but a spread out mass and thus the adage, "nobody walks in LA." I'm exhausted re reading this post. Maybe you just drive down to the Fashion District. From the motel take Beverly East to La Brea, turn right, follow it about 2.5 miles to Pico Blvd. and turn left on Pico. Follow Pico into downtown. Cross Main street and continue on to Santee. Pay a flat fee to park (numerous lots and structures) look for men waving red flags directing you into a lot or structure. BE absolutely certain it's a Flat Fee lot. Most of Joe's Auto Parks are such lots. Shop, put your finds in the boot of your car, leave the Fashion District and drive to Chinatown. Park in another flat fee lot. Believe the one between N. Spring and New High Street is a flat fee or drive over to the Chinatown Metro station off N Spring at College and park in that lot. Hop on the Gold line train heading to Union Station, get out and then take another train to Pershing Square. As noted before. Back on a train to Union Station and out the front door to Olvera. Could walk to your car or retrace the Gold Line train ride one stop from Union Station to Chinatown. This would save a lot of travel and walking with shopping bags. From her drive back to Caesar Chavez and turn right. In a few clocks the sunset Blvd moniker is restored and you'll be driving past the entrance to Dodger Stadium in Echo Park, crossing Alverado, into SilverLake. keep going until the intersection of Sunset and Hollywood Blvd. Turn left and follow Sunset all the way to La Brea. Turn left again and follow La Brea South to Beverly, turn right and back to your accommodations. That's all I got.
Jul 11, 2012 1:12 PM
5The wait at Jinky's on a Saturday morning is going to be forever unless you arrive at the crack of dawn. Just something to plan for.
Day 2 needs to be just Disneyland and leave as early as possible. See if you can get the car the day before. Move the Citadel visit to Friday or just visit the much better Cabazon outlets on your way to Vegas. I realize that's a detour but you can then take a different route to Vegas. And skip visiting Big Bear Lake.
I also think that Melrose is nothing special but I realize it's a place people have heard of. Maybe do a "pre-visit" on your first day and then decide if you want to go back. I also think the same of the Farmer's Market - it's just a weird old mall near the Grove - a lovely outdoor mall that gets very crowded.
Downtown is great without a car since parking there is expensive. I don't care for the Original Pantry but the Grand Central Market is always interesting. Head to Chinatown for Dim Sum. LA Live is a bunch of restaurants but tourists seem to love it and it has a few museums.
If you're interest in Pacific Park just go on their website and see if their rides are something you would enjoy.
And I assume you realize that many things in Vegas are only open to those who are over 21. Your brothers can't even be on the casino floor.
Jul 12, 2012 6:16 AM
6Oh, many thanks to all the help! guess we'll drive on the day to chinatown. I have heard that it is more active in the day than at night?
However a quick question, Big Bear Lake looked quite cool on their website and it snows in December?? Why isit not encouraged?
Jul 12, 2012 11:46 AM
7You can of course visit Big Bear Lake but it's quite a detour. Also, the last time I tried to visit in December, the traffic going up there was insane. It took about 2 hours to drive up the mountain. And it's really nothing special. I'm sure all the cabins advertised for rent looked lovely, but you will only be spending a few hours up there.
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