Trip Plan Details
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Hmmm...from the vicinity of Redondo Beach...how 'bout:
--Venice Beach/Santa Monica Beach & Pier/3rd Street Pedestrian Mall (if you're up to it, you can even walk a little further north to the tony Montana Ave shopping district)
--the Fairfax district: Farmers Market/The Grove mall, Cantor's Deli, the funky stores of Melrose Blvd, 3rd St & Fairfax Ave, CBS Television City.
--I second previous recommendations for "downtown" - if your friend is willing to drive you there! - Olvera Street, Chinatown, Angels Flight, Union Station, Philippe's, the Bradbury Bldg (Bladerunner), the Biltmore (Ghostbusters) and Bonaventure Hotels, Grand Central Market, the Museum of Neon Art, City Hall and the L.A. Library's cool main branch, all in one compact package! Little Tokyo is a bonus.
Westwood has some interesting sights, but not a whole day's worth. I also don't recommend Rodeo Drive - overrated.
Tammy "I Love L.A." A.
- The Getty Center1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049-1666recommended The Getty CenterIf you only have time for one museum during your visit to LA, consider picking this one. Art + awesome views of the West LA cityscape, especially at sunset, when the white Travertine marble of these ... read moremodernist buildings glows with pastel colors. Admission is free if you come by bus, or pay for parking (no reservations needed). The museum's cafe with panoramic glass windows is not half bad, though it is pricey.Sara Benson
You can get here by bus from west LA.
- Main Street Santa Monica4th Street and Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401recommended Main Street Santa MonicaMain St. in Santa Monica is like the 3rd St. Promenade's slightly more hipster sister. The clothing stores and boutiques here tend to be a little more independent, a little more skater/hipster than ... read moremainstream big brands. There are tons of great bars and brunch restaurants on this stretch as well. On weekends, you can also catch the Farmers' Market here.Recommended for:TrendstersTraci
Depending on your preference, you can shop here in addition to the Third St. Promenade.
- A Bike & Skate Rentals1200 Palisades Beach Rd, Santa Monica, CArecommended A Bike & Skate RentalsA fun weekend activity for locals & tourists alike - you can rent a bike for the day starting near the Santa Monica Pier and take the concrete bike path south towards Venice Beach. It's a great way to ... read moreexperience the beach beyond sunbathing - and there is plenty of great people watching on the bike path! Bike rentals are cheap (although the beach cruisers are not necessarily in the greatest shape) and it's a nice relaxing way to spend the day.Recommended for:Traci
this is one of many options to rent a bicycle from to ride up and down between Santa Monica & Venice Beaches
- Santa Monica Pier321 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA, United Statesrecommended Santa Monica PierThere is a lot to do here, everything you would expect from a carnival/boardwalk but located in one of my favorite cities ever. The most iconic, of course is the ferris wheel, so definitely do that if ... read moreyou're here -- you can get a great view of the whole coastline. You can also hang out on the beach, and walk up from the beach to Ocean Ave & the Third Street Promenade where there are lots of restaurants, shops, street performers and musicians.Recommended for:Traci
If you can get dropped off here (probably only 15-20 min away from Redondo Beach if you take La Cienega or Lincoln), this is a place you can definitely waste a day without ever needing a car. You can shop on the 3rd street promenade nearby, rent a bicycle from one of the stands on the beach and bike down to Venice to check out the action there and bike back. Beautiful and relaxing way to spend the day, without ever needing a car!
- Universal Studios100 Universal City Plaza 5511-6, Hollywood, CA 91608recommended Universal StudiosYou can spend a day there with all the things the rides/attractions. Even if you do not want to pay for admission there are tons of great sights, restaurants and shopping spots to spend all day ... read morechecking out and people watchingRecommended for:
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You can have your friend drop you off in Santa Monica or Venice Beach. Both are pretty pedestrian-friendly, and if you get bored with the area you can rent a cruiser and bike the boardwalk from Santa Monica to Venice or vice versa. Downtown LA also has a lot to offer in a day. (Olvera St., Filippe's, Disney Concert Hall, Fashion District - especially on the last Friday of every month...there are some serious sample sales going on in those showrooms) Plus, from downtown there are metro lines one can take including the new Expo Line to Culver City or USC/the museums at Exposition Park.
- Grand Central Market317 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, United Statesrecommended Grand Central MarketAh--just when you think LA is a faceless agglomeration of freeways! You (OK, I) walk in here and feel a real old city vibe. Beautiful produce, Mexican music blaring, and lots of tasty food stands and ... read morefriendly people.
- Bradbury Building304 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, United Statesrecommended Bradbury BuildingMovie magic! This place is so, so beautiful inside. It's probably best known as a set for Bladerunner, but has been used for a bunch of other movies and TV shows. The interior atrium goes all the way ... read moreup, surrounded by intricate filigree cast-iron staircases and railings. So glad I got to see this place IRL.
- Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels555 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CArecommended Cathedral of Our Lady of the AngelsThis huge modern cathedral was built by Rafael Moneo, a Spanish architect who won the Pritzker Prize. It's a really striking building, and beautiful inside, in a slightly already-dated way. The one ... read moredrawback is truly awful acoustics--the sound just bounces around inside. But definitely worth a stop on a stroll around downtown LA.Recommended for:Art & Design LoversZora O'Neill
I'd say go downtown if you're at all interested in architecture. If you just want more street life, boutiques, etc, then W. Hollywood or Venice would be good.
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Where in LA are you staying?