What is the best way to see Los Angeles in two days?

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Start your first day in the artsy, east-side neighborhood of Los Feliz with one of the best breakfasts in town at Square One Dining. After a plate of pecan-bourbon brioche French toast, make your way toward the Griffith Park area. If you’re traveling with the kids, head to the L.A. Zoo to see some incredible creatures. Next, get yourself to Griffith Park for some hiking or a leisurely stroll. Once your legs have had it, or you need an A.C. break, make your way to the Griffith Observatory for a planetarium show and lunch at the observatory’s Wolfgang Puck café.

After you’ve learned all you can about celestial bodies, get on the 101 freeway and drive downtown. Once there, stop at the Museum of Contemporary Art for a quick peek at an excellent selection of contemporary art offerings. After MOCA, it’s time to visit the stunning Walt Disney Concert Hall for dinner and a show. Then it’s off to see the L.A. Philharmonic or maybe a concert with Natalie Cole or Air. After the show, cap off your evening at the swanky Rooftop Bar at The Standard Hotel.

Get ready to see some stars, because Hollywood here you come. On day two, drive north on Highland, and park your car at the Hollywood & Highland complex. From there, walk to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, where you can get a close-up view of Marilyn Monroe’s tiny footprints. Outside of Grauman’s you can also board the Starline Tours bus (one departs every half hour from outside the Chinese Theatre) for a guided tour of the city - you’ll see celebrity homes, Rodeo Drive and Sunset Strip haunts.

After the bus drops you back at Grauman’s two hours later, head west for an afternoon at the beach. But before you bask in the sand, cruise along Santa Monica Boulevard for a quick peek at the palm tree-lined Beverly Hills and a snapshot of the infamous Rodeo Drive. Then dart over to Santa Monica Pier’s Pacific Park, where you’ll find a slew of carnival games and theme park rides. After you’ve won a stuffed animal with your skeeball tickets, walk over to Spokes N’ Stuff and rent a bike. Saddle up and pedal your way down the bike path to Venice Beach and its boardwalk, where you can see all kinds of crazy street performers. After you’ve worked up a sweat biking, enjoy a relaxing lunch at Gjelina, where you can order a wonderful sandwich or pizza. When you’re ready to move again, head back to Santa Monica to the Third Street Promenade, where you can window-shop at more than 200 stores and leisurely watch street performers until dinnertime.

You’ll definitely want to rent a car! The concierge team will assist you to select a luxury car through our Midway Platinum Collection — this will allow you to design your own itinerary with the assistance of the concierges. We can map out the most exciting landmarks, sights and things to do.

Focus on different parts of the city throughout your trip — you’ll want to see Beverly Hills; the beaches of Santa Monica, Venice and Malibu; the Sunset Strip; downtown Los Angeles and, of course, Hollywood.

If you have two days, the best way to see Los Angeles is to rent a car.

Christina Xenos

From a sprawling coastline to the twinkling stars of Hollywood, spending two days in Los Angeles holds limitless possibilities. First you need to decide what attractions and activities you're most interested in seeing. For a general overview, plan to at least hit a few of the bigger museums like the art collection at The Getty Center, antiquities at the Getty Villa, wide range of art offerings at Los Angeles County Museum of Art and modern pieces at Museum of Contemporary Art; beaches that stretch from Malibu to Pacific Palisades; attractions like the Griffith Observatory, Griffith Park, the Sunset Strip, and the Hollywood Sign and Walk of Fame. Plan few shopping detours along your way Rodeo Drive, Robertson Blvd. or Melrose Ave. and perhaps plan a spa getaway if all the touring takes its toll.

Obviously, you need some form of transportation. You can rent a car, but a private car tour or helicopter tour could also allow you to experience the city without the exhaustion of driving around all day.

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