You’ve got a mere 48 hours or less. So we’ve packed you a magnificent itinerary of must-sees and must-does in California. You’ll love it!

How to Spend 48 Hours in Los Angeles

Visitors from all over the globe make Los Angeles one of the most sought after travel destinations. After all, where else can you plan an itinerary of everything from the magnificent California coastline, dazzling international shopping districts and the film industry all within a mere 48 hours? Join us in a quick 48-hour tour of one of the United States’s most glamorous cities!

Day 1


Begin your day at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, site of the first Oscar ceremony in 1929. While looking around this historic hotel where movie stars like Marilyn Monroe spent their days, enjoy breakfast at the 25 Degrees Restaurant.

Graumann's Chinese Theater
Image via Flickr CC – Eric Skiff

Then walk off your meal with a trip directly across Hollywood Boulevard to fit your feet into the footprints of the famous at the forecourt of Graumann’s Chinese Theater.


A short walk to the intersection of Hollywood and Highland, brings you to the Hollywood Museum. Once the headquarters of famed makeup artist Max Factor, it now holds four floors of classic cinema exhibits. Luckily Mel’s Diner is located right next to the museum, featuring a wide arrange of lunch options served ’50’s style.

To see how movies and television shows are created, a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood is in order. Just drive “over the hill” as the locals say or take the LA Metro to the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles and Universal City, California. Here you’ll be able to experience a guided tour of an actual working studio. In addition, every member of the family will enjoy their time at one of the most technologically advanced amusement parks in the world.

During the tour, visitors are invited to watch actual television and motion pictures in production. A trip to the park additionally features rides dedicated to The Simpsons, King Kong and Jurassic Park. An important aspect of your Universal Studios itinerary needs to include its newest addition devoted to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.


As your day turns into night, a fine British dinner awaits you at Three Broomsticks tavern in the center of this old English village. Designed as an authentic rustic pub, everyone can refresh themselves with a mug of (non-alcoholic) Butter-beer and have their fill of menu options usually found on “the other side of the pond.” From Shepherd’s Pie to Fish and Chips, traditional fare is served with pride.

Day 2


There’s no better way to start your day than with a stop at Bob’s Coffee and Doughnuts, located within the Original Farmer’s Market in the utterly diverse Fairfax district of Los Angeles. Virtually unchanged since it’s opening in 1934, the marketplace boasts over 100 different restaurants, grocers and shops. After you’ve had your fill, make your way to The Grove.


The Grove center features luxury shops, activities and trolley car rides around its landscaped courtyard. As lunchtime beckons, nothing says “indulgent” more than a full plate at Morels French Steakhouse. The first-floor bistro serves classics such as French Onion Soup, quiche, and Profiteroles. The restaurant features Prime Dry-Aged steak, oysters, seafood and Caesar salad. Extensive wine list and full-service bar.


Before the sun sets, travel west to the beautiful beaches of Santa Monica.

Santa Monica Pier

A walk along the Santa Monica Pier, takes visitors literally over the Pacific. As the dinner hour approaches, make a reservation at 1 Pico at Shutters on the Beach, a unique boutique hotel right on the sand. Between sips of your cocktail and a gourmet meal, allow the golden sunset to wrap up your seaside itinerary.

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