Recently, a close friend and I took a spontaneous 4-day trip to Los Angeles. We "hopped off the plane in LAX" around 10PM without a single itinerary, schedule or checklist.
I hear the collective gasps of all of you planners out there. You all are probably breaking into an open sweat just reading about the fact that we had no carefully laid out plan. We knew we had lodging and a car rental covered, and that was enough for us.
We did have ideas of things we wanted to do, and each morning we would spend about 20 minutes talking through where we wanted to go. We looked up addresses, and mapped out a rough order for the day. This strategy really worked well for us, and we were able to do and see so much in such a short period of time - all without being exhausted by the end of the vacation. Winning!
Shortly after our trip, another friend of mine reach out to me for travel recommendations. She was gifting her teenage daughter with a visit to L.A. for the first time and wanted to get a feel for some fun, must-see places they could check out around the city.
I ended up spending over an hour creating two different detailed itineraries, each consisting of things to do with only 1-day in L.A. and 1-day in Southern California. I was sure to add addresses and some miscellaneous notes to make it even more personal.
I absolutely love curating these itineraries after visiting different cities around the world! This one includes some of my all-time favorite places in L.A. Enjoy!
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Los Angeles 1-Day Itinerary
If you only had one day in LA, here’s what I would suggest...
Eggslut in Grand Central Market
317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
or 1611 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291 (this one is closer to the following locations)
Abbott Kinney Blvd
1661 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
Tocaya Organic Venice
1611 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291
Tom's Flagship Store
1344 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles, CA 90068
The Griffith Observatory
2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Best Fish Taco in Ensenada
1650 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
If you're wanting to substitute a couple of hours in your day, these two spots are both great places to check out!
Los Angeles Theatre
615 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Santa Monica Pier
1602 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401
So there you have it! Another 1-day itinerary for your adventure seeking and exploring self! I hope you have the time of your life making memories and meeting new people along the way!
Your fellow wanderer,