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Los Angeles - Need help with Itinerary based on location!

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Los Angeles - Need help with Itinerary based on location!

My husband and I are visiting Los Angeles this upcoming week and neither of us have been to the area (CA at all for that matter). I have a list of places we want to visit/see while there. Looking specifically at Su-Tues, so 3 days. Can you please help me out by telling me which of these places are in the same area so we go about this in the best way.

Also, it’ll be my birthday while we’re there, do you know of any great bday deals?

Or how about the best seafood place by Santa Monica?

Thank you in advance!!

Places we want to visit/see:

Griffith Observatory

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Beverly Hills

Venice Beach (plan to go on Sunday)

Santa Monica Pier (plan to go on Tuesday)

Rodeo Drive

Sunset Blvd

Little Tokyo

Laguna Beach

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1. Re: Los Angeles - Need help with Itinerary based on location!

You need to get a paper map for this trip. I don’t have the time right now to group all of this for you, but one thing that immediately stands out as wrong is that you should be seeing Venice and Santa Monica on the same day, not on different days.

Laguna Beach is over 60 to 120 minutes away in Orange County.

Edited: June 08, 2018, 10:44 pm
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2. Re: Los Angeles - Need help with Itinerary based on location!

You don't have time for Laguna Beach. It's a lovely town and worth a visit, but you only have three days to do everything on your list without Laguna.

Venice/Santa Monica/Malibu is the same day. There are many seafood choices - Reel Inn (extremely casual), Mastro's Ocean Club (very expensive but on the water with beautiful views), Neptune's Net (casual, far north), Water Grill (heart of SM), Lobster (on the Pier).

Sunset Blvd you drive down on your way from Hollywood to Beverly Hills Rodeo Drive. Griffith Park is your Hollywood day. Maybe fit in the Grove/Farmers Market.

Not sure why you want to go to Little Tokyo, but I would recommend Sawtelle Ave for a meal. Google it for information. That's your one outlier, Little Tokyo. It could be a lunch one day.

Where are you staying?

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3. Re: Los Angeles - Need help with Itinerary based on location!

I think it depends on what you mean by "visit/see" all these sites. Are you going to drive down Rodeo Drive and Sunset Drive (and what part of Sunset? It is a very long street) or do you intend to get out and visit locations? The same goes for all of these locations; do you have a sense of how long you intend to spend at each and what you want to see at each?

Laguna Beach would be an half a day at the least and closer to a full day, depending on plans.

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4. Re: Los Angeles - Need help with Itinerary based on location!

Instead of Laguna Beach, which is pretty far flung, consider Malibu, which can be combined with a Santa Monica beach day. Drive PCH through Malibu, stop at Leo Carillo State Beach for tidepooling (check online for full low tide, be there an hour before), run down the big sand dune nearby, turn around at Pt. Mugu and you're on the ocean side, there is legal parking along PCH, so hop out to visit a beach that appeals to you. Check out the surfers at the pier, have lunch, arrive in Santa Monica, park at a beach lot south of the pier (google Beach Parking Lot 4). Venice beach will be to your left facing the ocean, you'll see the Santa Monica pier to your right, and Perry's Cafe's in front of you on the beach (for bike rentals). The rest of your time on foot or bike, just leave the car parked. Return to lodging after rush hours if weekdays (after 7:30)

My favorite seafood/fish in Santa Monica is Water Grill ($$$$) or Enterprise Fish ($$$).

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