How to Spend A Perfect Day (or 4) in Los Angeles

Four L.A. Day-Trip Itineraries for Every Kind of Traveler That Are Guaranteed to Keep You Out of Rush Hour Traffic on the 10 Freeway

Start your day in the center of LA at The La Brea Tar Pits

DAY 1: “The Center” [Miracle Mile, Beverly Glen, & West Hollywood]

Breakfast @ Republique in Miracle Mile [$$]

Republique is a great choice for breakfast & weekend brunch near LACMA, La Brea Tar Pits, and the Petersen Automotive Museum.

Activity #1: La Brea Tar Pits on Miracle Mile [$15]

After the La Brea Tar Pits, take a selfie with the recognizable ‘Urban Lights’ in front of LACMA — it’s only a short walk.

Lunch @ Pink’s Hot Dogs [$]

Activity #2: Explore Melrose Avenue

Melrose Ave. is famous for its numerous boutiques and for its plethora of mural walls perfectly suited for your next Instagram photo.

Dessert @ MILK [$]

Activity #3: Shop Till You Drop @ The Grove

MILK offers up some of L.A.’s best ice cream sandwiches | The Grove’s famous fountain

Dinner @ The Original Farmers Market [$$]

Drinks @ Employees Only in West Hollywood [$$]

Employees Only’s ‘Henry’s Room’ | The Comedy Store

Activity #4: Take in the Late-Show @ The Comedy Store [$ — $$]

DAY 2: “The Westside” [Malibu, Santa Monica, & Venice Beach]

Activity #1: Choose Your Adventure: The Getty Villa OR The Getty [Free]

The Getty | The Getty Villa

Lunch @ Malibu Seafood [$]

The Corral Canyon Trail

Activity #2: Choose Your Adventure: Hike The Malibu Bluffs or Chill on the Beach

Activity #3: Explore Santa Monica Pier and Third Street Promenade

Activity #4: Experience The Venice Beach Boardwalk

Tocaya Organica | Townhouse Venice

Dinner @ Tocaya Organica in Venice [$$]

Drinks @ Townhouse Venice [$$]

DAY #3 “La La Land” [Los Feliz, Burbank, Atwater Village, Hollywood]

Breakfast @ Alcove Cafe and Bakery in Los Feliz [$]

Activity #1: Griffith Observatory [Free]

Tam O’Shanter

Lunch @ Tam O’Shanter in Atwater Village [$$]

Explore Abandoned L.A. Zoo

Activity #2: Explore Griffith Park [Free]

Visit the set of Friends — Central Perk onThe Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Activity #3: Warner Bros. Studio Tour in Burbank [$69–79]

Musso & Frank Grill — Ask for The Charlie Chaplin Booth (the only one by the window)

Dinner @ Musso & Frank Grill in Hollywood [$$$]

The Hollywood Bowl

Activity #4: Catch a Show in Hollywood

Tramp Stamp Granny — Hollywood’s Best Piano Bar

Post-Show Drinks @ Tramp Stamp Granny’s in Hollywood

DAY #4 “The Eastside”: [Pasadena, Downtown, & The Arts District]

Breakfast @ Lucky Boy’s in Pasadena [$]

Activity #1: Shop Old Town Pasadena [Free]

Activity #2: Take in the Arts on Downtown’s Bunker Hill [Free]

Lunch @ Grand Central Market [$]

Japanese Village Plaza and Kyoto Gardens will make you feel like you are in Japan.

Activity #3: Find Yourself in Little Toyko[Free]

Lost Spirits Distillery Tour | Arts District Brewery | Angel City Brewery

Activity #4: Brewery Crawl in the Arts District

Clifton’s Republic | Pacific Seas | Perch LA

Late Dinner @ Perch LA [$$$]

Drinks @ Clifton’s Republic

Hello! My name is Austin & I am a product manager, career coach, and podcast host.

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