From above, Los Angeles looks like it goes on forever with only the mighty Pacific Ocean and majestic Santa Monica Mountains containing its sprawl. But don’t be daunted by the city’s size. As you approach your landing, peer out your plane window and admire this ambitious city full of stars, lights and attractions like the Hollywood sign, the Santa Monica Pier and much more.
In a city full of silver-screen talent and known for its busy hot spots (and more than the occasional traffic jam), it’s important that, you have a Plan A and a Plan B for each step of your Los Angeles itinerary. The following insider’s guide is an invaluable tool to ensure you make the most of your L.A. vacation.
How to Get There
- From Los Angeles International Airport, drive about 20 miles northeast to downtown
- From John Wayne Airport, drive about 40 miles northwest to downtown
Plan A: Hollywood Walk of Fame
Walk the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where the sidewalks are literally paved with stars. Park at the garage at Hollywood & Highland entertainment center for $2 per two hours with validation from nearby participating shops, restaurants and attractions, and explore by foot. Discover the star-studded streets as well as celebrities’ handprints and footprints at TCL Chinese Theatre, originally known as Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. As you stroll Hollywood Boulevard, take advantage of family photo ops with “real-life” proxies of Marilyn Monroe, Superman, Charlie Chaplin and others. To avoid creating an awkward situation with one of your favorite icons, bring cash, as these “stars” work exclusively for tips and don’t offer free photos. As a good rule for staying in the star’s good graces, plan on tipping $2 per entertainer. Insider tip: Make sure to stand with your back toward the theater so it’s captured in your movie-star shot.