5 days in L.A!
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Oct 1, 2012 5:58 AM Last Post By: clodbod
Sep 21, 2012 2:13 AM
5 days in L.A!Hi!
I hope someone can help!
My boyfriend and I are visitng L.a in March 2013 a a stop over for NZ, we arrive in the evening of the 5th and depart the evening of the 10th.
We have no idea what to do with our 5 days. Would you suggest staying in l.a and visitng the usual tourist sites. i.e walk of fame, venice beach, santa monica,beverly hills etc. If so what area would be best to stay.
Or hire a car and do a bit of a road trip we would love to see san fran and yosemite but is 5 days enough for this? Also if we hired a campervan would it be too cold in March.
I would prefer the latter but is it realistic for such a short amount of time. If we stayed in l.a our budget would be roughly $100pn but i would expect it to be abit more if we did a road trip.
Thanks for your help
Sep 21, 2012 2:48 AM
1If you wonder about the crazy yank car culture;
Petersen's Automotive Museum is full of customized '50s and 60's cars, early Bonneville Salt Flats racers, midget racers and stuff. They have one of thos monster trucks too.
web site. map to, photos.
Its near Hollywood and La Brea Tar Pits, where they found hundreds of dyr wolf, saber tooth tigers etc. They had gotten caught in the pit of tar in the Pliestocien age. Great museum there too.
Sep 21, 2012 3:42 AM
2LA is huge. Public transport sucks. 5 days isn't a long time BUT you can see both LA andSF. (CA native who grew up in the Bay Area and lives in the Land of La) Rent a car, stay at the Beverly Laurel Motor inn. Day 1, arrive, get rental, drive to Motor Inn, get settled, drive East on Beverly, North on La Brea and up into Hollywood. Park at Hollywood and Highland. See Grauman's , Max Factor Hollywood Museum, Hollywood and Highland, Walk of Fame, leave, follow Sunset Blvd into Beverly Hills, turn left on Rexford, drive through the BH neighborhood, cross over Santa Monica Blvd, into BH proper, park, walk, window shop, visit Rodeo drive, back in car, East on Wilshire to Fairfax, north on Fairfax to the Farmer's Market on 3rd and Fairfax, pull in, park, explore, stroll over to the adjacent Grove shopping center. Somewhere either in the market on in the Grove you'll find a spot for dinner. Eat, then drive north on Farifax a couple of blocks, turn left on Beverly and back to your motor Inn. Get good night's sleep. Day 2 will be your Venice, Santa Monica, Malibu day. Simply follow Santa Monica Blvd. West to the ocean. Venice is south. Malibu north. Day 3 pack your bags. You will have made flight reservations on Southwest airlines for an early morning rdtrip flight from Burbank to Oakland, Ca. Drive to Burbank airport. Take Beverly East to North on LaBrea to Hollywood Blvd, right onto Hollywood, and take Cahuenga Blvd over the hill to Barham. It's an odd route as Cahuenga parallels the freeway but is the best route. Turn right on Barham which goes past Warner Brothers studios to Hollywood Way. Turn left and follow Hollywood Way to the airport Park in lot D left side of the road right before the airport entrance, park, shuttle to the airport. Arrive in Oakland (45 minute flight), walk outside the airport and board the AirBART bus. $3 fare. Exact change. Take BART under the Bay to San Francisco. Depending on where you chose your hotel will help decipher where you get off BART. I like the floor to ceiling windows in the Westin on 3rd. Finding accommodations in SF can be daunting but somewhere like the King George Hotel usually has good on line rates. All depends on your budget. Spend 2 nights in SF. BART back to Oakland airport in the morning, fly back to Burbank, pick up your car, drive back up Hollywood Way to Magnolia (R) to Cahuenga, then a (L) and up to Universal City, spend a few hours on the rides, leave and return to LAX drop of the rental, shuttle to your terminal for you flight back home. Exhausting 5 days but doable and you'll seen portions of LA as well as The City By The Bay. Yes, you'll pay for a car that you won't use while in SF but a car is essential in LA and if you do aweeky rental you won't be loosing that much. The parking at Burbank is $12/day. Factor that in as well into your budget. OR drop car off at LAX and fly directly to SFO and back. You'll simply miss Universal City unless you add it to one of your LA days. Book flights a minimum of three weeks in advance for the better get away fares. If you choose this option, you can BART from SFO as well into the City.
Sep 21, 2012 4:06 AM
3Don't waste your time and money on Disneyland. It'll burn lots of both. There are too many other things to see. I reckon choose places that are reasonably close to where you're staying.
have fun / not schedules
Sep 21, 2012 6:12 AM
4Five days is a decent amount of time to see some sights. You say your preference is to take a road trip to see San Francisco and Yodemite. You could do that although I'd forget the camper van and just fly or take the AMTRAK train to San Francisco where you won't want a car anyway, much less a camper van. I'd leave Yosemite for another time as it will be cold and snowy in the mountains in March and trying to squeeze it in would be too rushed.
You could do three days in San Francisco, then return to L.A. allowing a day or two for sights there (Venice Beach, Hollywood, etc).
Sep 21, 2012 6:15 AM
5Oh, meant to add, if it is a road trip you want, March would be a good time to visit Death Valley National Park. Weather would be good (cold at night, but nice during the day) and it is surrounded by spectacular mountain ranges. Even the drive from L.A. up to the park on highway 395 is magnificently beautiful.
Sep 22, 2012 7:24 PM
6Clodbod gave good advice. The problem is not so much what to see in LA as how to get to what you want to see. It's simply an enormous city, and traffic is nuts. I would stay on the "West Side", which means somewhere from West Hollywood to Santa Monica. I would not bother with downtown, or Disneyland. Maybe hang out at Santa Monica beach near the Pier for a day. Rent bikes and ride the beach bike path. Maybe get an early start and drive up into the San Gabriels to visit Mount Wilson.
I think you could do San Francisco, but you might want to leave that for another trip. Going up on I-5 (fast, but boring), spending a day in the city, then coming back down the coast highway via Monterrey, Carmel and Big Sur. Pretty ambitious, but if you think you may not be back to California, you have to do it.
Or drive up to Sequoia. Or drive to Palm Springs and either take the tram ride or do a daytrip around Joshua Tree NP.
Sep 23, 2012 6:55 PM
Sep 27, 2012 12:43 PM
8I would do a road trip (no need for a camper van). I was in Pasadena earlier in the summer and we visited LA for a day, wasn't my scene at all! So we decided to head to Yosemite early, and then go on to San Fran. Yosemite was beautiful, the drive there got a bit scary at times though, but we stayed until dark and the rock of the mountains was glowing in the moonlight! San Fran was awesome, definitely visit Haight-Ashbury, and ask around for a good Thai restaurant.
Sep 27, 2012 11:27 PM
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