Welcome to La-La Land
24 hours in Los Angeles? You're kidding, right? No, it's seriously possible. It just means there's more things you can pack into your day. Los Angeles is indeed one of the largest and most expansive cities in the world, yet 24 hours is definitely doable.
First of all, rent a car in Los Angeles. You'll thank us later. While public transportation is doable, with only 24 hours, you'll be able to maximize your visit with your own wheels. After you've rented a car, you can be most places in L.A. within as little as 30 minutes, depending on traffic.
Grab some breakfast to go and start off by heading to Santa Monica. Santa Monica is what many consider the real start of the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway. Driving along parts of Santa Monica you'll begin to see why so many love the drive up and down the California coast. No visit to Santa Monica is complete without a walk down Venice Beach and taking some photos at the Santa Monica Pier.
Just a short drive from Santa Monica toward Beverly Hills is the Paul Getty Museum, which is one of the most popular museums in America. The museum features the works of some of the most notable figures in history, including van Gogh, Rembrandt, and others. It also features beautiful panoramic views of Los Angeles, which is great for taking photos.
From the Getty Museum, make your way toward Hollywood, stopping first in Beverly Hills. On your way, make sure to stop at In-N-Out Burger, which has a few locations in the Beverly Hills area. A California icon, the double burger and milkshake is a quick lunch stop. Before you get to Beverly Hills, pick up one of the celebrity maps, which will show you where some of L.A.'s most notable celebrities live. While we can't promise you'll get any views of your favorite celebs, you may be interested in the beautiful architecture of many of the homes.
Hollywood Boulevard is a good spot to stop off for a couple hours to walk around. The Hollywood Walk of Fame lets you take your photo by your favorite celebrity's star. From there, you'll find several other nearby attractions that are worth a short visit, including Grauman’s Chinese Theater, Hollywood Wax Museum, and the Kodak Theatre. While you can't walk or even drive up to it, you can get a photo of the Hollywood sign from afar.
As your time starts to wane, you can't visit L.A. and not make it to downtown. End your 24-hour jaunt by heading to L.A. Live in downtown. This has become the ultimate entertainment venue in Los Angeles, and is a great spot for hitting some of the area's main attractions. It's also a good spot for grabbing a late dinner and a couple drinks, as there are several restaurants, bar, and lounges within walking distance of one another. One of the top attractions of L.A. Live is the Grammy Museum, which features music artifacts and memorabilia and other interactive exhibits.