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1 Week in Los Angeles, California

Nov 28, 2018 | California | 0 comments

Updated: Nov 1, 2020

My Must Do’s & Suggestions while traveling to Los Angeles. Hold on tight while I get straight to the point on this epic vacation destination.

Must Do in Los Angeles:

Rent a house in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood located in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, California. The neighborhood is located in middle of everything, without the Beverly Hills price tag. Its close proximity to the 101 freeway offers quick access to Hollywood and Downtown, too.

Woman enjoying the views in Sherman Oaks, California. | 1 Week in Los Angeles, California

Suggestion:

Rent a house on VRBO or Airbnb, it is cheaper than a hotel room. Also, Dollar rental has great prices on car rentals.

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Fun Fact: Several celebrities live in Sherman Oaks such as Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Aniston, Paula Abdul, and Luke Perry (RIP).

Woman enjoying the views in Sherman Oaks, California. | 1 Week in Los Angeles, California

Day 1 in Los Angeles

Must Do:

Visit the “Hollywood Walk of Fame”

Lanewood Ave &, N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Suggestion:

Do a celebrity home tour while on the “Walk of Fame,” there are many to choose from. Check online reviews for accuracy, you do not want to be stuck on a fake tour. They will haggle on pricing, most are cash only.

Next, have lunch:

Must Do:

After your Hollywood tour go down the street to Pink’s Hot Dogs in Hollywood. You will not be dissatisfied!

Pink’s Hot Dog

709 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Suggestion:

Everything on the menu is amazing, so get what you want!

Woman taking a selfie with her hot at Pink's Hot Dog restaurant in California. | 1 Week in Los Angeles, California

Must Do:

Visit Santa Monica Pier

200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Take a picture at the Santa Monica 66 End of Trail street sign, and check out the beach!

Suggestion:

Try one of the ice cream shops at the pier. They make a cookie monster ice cream that is to die for.

Woman taking a selfie on the beach at Santa Monica Pier in California. | 1 Week in Los Angeles, California
Woman posing with Route 66 sign at Santa Monica Pier in California. | 1 Week in Los Angeles, California
Kids eating ice cream at night at Santa Monica Pier in California. | 1 Week in Los Angeles, California

Day 2 in Los Angeles

Must Do:

Universal Studios Hollywood

100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

Buy discount tickets. Log into Ebates, click on Expedia, and order tickets for 4% cash back. You can buy a day and get a second day free! While at Universal don’t forget to go on the “World Famous Studio Tour” only available at the Universal Studios Hollywood.

Suggestions:

Try “Butter Beer” at Harry Potter World and a Duff Beer at Moe’s Bar in Simpson Land. To top it off don’t forget to eat a Homer sized donut and a genuine Krusty Burger! Also, the Mummy Roller Coaster Ride is by far the most thrilling at the park.


Day 3 in Los Angeles

Must Do:

Use your free Day ticket at Universal Studios Hollywood. Whatever you couldn’t get to on Day 1, lucky you Day 2 is free.


Day 4 in Los Angeles:

Must Do:

LA Zoo

5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027

If you have small kids the LA Zoo is must. They have animals that we do not have here at our Houston zoo, including most other zoos around the U.S. Maybe it’s because they are so close to the San Diego zoo?

Family posing in front of the LA Zoo in California. | 1 Week in Los Angeles, California
Nightlife

Must Do in Los Angeles:

SUR Restaurant

606 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Get a babysitter and hit up Hollywood. Make reservations at the famous SUR Lounge and request a celebrity server. Try to take a picture in the back alley with the SUR sign (Where all the delicious drama happens on “Vanderpump Rules”).

Suggestion:

Order the Goat Cheese Balls. They are Stassi’s favorite on the “Vanderpump Rules” show and quite delish.

Must Do in Los Angeles:

TomTom Bar

8932 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Leave your car with Valet at SUR lounge and walk to “TomTom’s” Bar. Stay late because that’s when the celebrities show up! While we were there we saw Lisa Vanderpump, Tom, Jax, and Britney!

Suggestion:

Order a round of “Stroke of Midnight” drinks. They are strong & yummy. Honestly all of their signature cocktails are strong and yummy, you literally cannot choose a bad drink.


Day 5 in Los Angeles:

Must Do:

Visit The Hollywood Sign

Los Angeles, CA 90068

Research hiking videos and maps on Youtube. Our favorite trail was Beachwood Canyon Trails.

Must Do:

Masa of Echo Park

1800 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Stop for some delicious deep dish pizza at Masa of Echo Park. Keep in mind the deep dish takes 45 minutes to cook, but soooooo worth it.

Suggestions:

Get an appetizer while you wait, if you’re starving. And don’t forget to indulge in some local draft craft beers.

Slice of deep dish pizza from Masa of echo Park in LA in California. | 1 Week in Los Angeles, California

Day 6 in Los Angeles

Must Do:

Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park

8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620

Visit Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park. This place has ton of rides for all ages, the whole family will be happy. Order tickets online via your phone at the gate, it will save you $$$.

Suggestion:

Check out all the amazing food at the park. If thrill rides are your thing get a fast pass. There is almost zero wait for this option, but it basically costs the price of an additional ticket. The famous chicken at the Knott’s Chicken Restaurant was HUGE disappointment for me. What can I say I’m from the south so I have high expectations.

Rides at nightime at Knott's Berry Farm Theme Park in Buena Park in California. | 1 Week in Los Angeles, California
Mom and daughter on rides at Knott's Berry Farm Theme Park in Buena Park in California. | 1 Week in Los Angeles, California
Little girl riding rides at Knott's Berry Farm Theme Park in Buena Park in California. | 1 Week in Los Angeles, California
Bowl of dessert from Knott's Berry Farm Theme Park in Buena Park in California. | 1 Week in Los Angeles, California

Day 7 in Los Angeles

Must Do:

La Brea Tar Pits

5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Visit the “La Brea Tar Pits.” Walk around outside and view the tar pits for free or pay a small additional fee and you can visit their museum.

Suggestion:

Go inside and view the museum. You’ll see lots of great fossils of saber tooth cats, wooly mammoths, and dire wolves. A 30 minute show is included with the museum ticket price, which goes over the history of this famous site.

Woman posing with the welcome sign for La Brea Tar Pits and Museum in LA in California. | 1 Week in Los Angeles, California
Dinosaur display in the lobby of La Brea Tar Pits and Museum in LA in California. | 1 Week in Los Angeles, California

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