Ready for a weekend in Los Angeles? You bet you are! Whether you’re looking to pack everything in to one jam packed weekend, or pick your highlights from the top LA Things To Do, we’ve got options and ideas to suit every budget and every style of traveler. From Theme Parks to Museums, Shopping to Hiking, you can build your own itinerary to make sure you get the best from your 48 hours in Los Angeles. And with recommendations for where to stay and where to eat – we’ll have your city break to Los Angeles organized before you know it! 

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48 Hours in Los Angeles Top Things To Do

48 Hours in LA Things To Do, Where to Stay and  Where To Eat

A Guest Post by Leslie Walker from Blue Skies And Open Roads

If one thing is for sure, you will never get bored in the “city of angels.” Although Los Angeles is infamous for its nonstop traffic and bottle blondes, the awesome attractions and beautiful California sunshine will show you other side of this huge city. From walking along the Pacific Ocean to getting lost in one of the many museums, there really is something for every type of traveler.


Top Things To Do Los Angeles

Griffith Observatory

48 Hours in LA - Top Things To DoDiscover your inner-astronomer side and enjoy beautiful views of Los Angeles from this popular spot. Fun Fact: More people have looked through Griffith Observatory’s telescope than any other telescope on Earth. Below the Observatory, Griffith Park also has great spots for hiking or a nice picnic.


Walk of Fame

48 Hours in Los Angeles - Top Things To DoFind your favorite celebrities stars along the Hollywood Boulevard between Gower Street and La Brea Avenue, and along Vine Street between Yucca Street and Sunset. They have streets full of celebrity names ranging from music legends like David Bowie to movie stars including Marilyn Monroe.

As an alternative, and located 1 block over on Sunset Boulveard, is the iconic Rockwalk – where musical artists are immortalized by their hand prints.

48 Hours in Los Angeles - Top Things To Do

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Venice Beach

48 Hours in LA - Top Things To DoCome here to people-watch, shop the many vendors and stores, and enjoy the views of the ocean. This is a place where you will truly discover in the flesh the large and wide range of people and personalities that LA has uncovered.


Santa Monica Pier

48 Hours in LA Top Things To DoAlthough this a tourist-filled destination, you will have an amazing time exploring the pier or taking a bike ride/ walking along the beach. Santa Monica is also a great area for shopping and eating out!

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Hollywood Sign48 Hours in Los Angeles Top Things To DoFor non-hikers:

The Griffith Observatory has amazing views of the Hollywood Sign and of LA!

For dinner and a view of the sign, check out the Hollywood restaurant Yamashiro.

To get a close-up shot of the Hollywood sign, try the drive up Beachwood Drive.

For the hikers:

Hike Runyon Canyon, which is a park that starts on Hollywood Blvd where you must climb upward toward the sign.

Start at 6100 Rockcliff Drive Los Angeles CA 90068, which starts a 30min hike that will take you to great views of the sign.



48 Hours in Los Angeles Top Things To DoImage of Runyon Canyon Lookout c/o Flickr Creative Commons

The reward for finishing the 3.4 mile hike of Cooper Canyon Falls in you guessed it… a waterfall!

For those who like to end their hikes with a relaxing dip in the ocean, the 4 mile Point Dume to Paradise Cove hike is perfect because it leads you down by the beach!

The most popular hiking spot in LA is Runyon Canyon, where you will find great views of the city and the Hollywood sign.


Check out the Many Museums

48 Hours in Los Angeles Top Things To DoLos Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) holds a large collection of art ranging from ancient to modern styles, with over 130,000 objects to gaze and stare in awe at. The museum also houses the Rain Room, a popular installation of falling water (rain) that pauses wherever a human body is detected. You’ll feel like you have magical powers with the ability to control rain. This is also the museum home to the enchanting Urban Lights display.

The Broad is a contemporary art museum (as you can probably tell from its modern-type architecture that makes the building look like a cheese grater) that holds over 2,000 works of art. This museum has many great perks including Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room, a mirror-lined installment that houses a sparkling and endless LED light display. Not to mention, admission to the museum is free, which is a rarity in LA.

The Walt Disney Concert Hall is the home of the LA philharmonic orchestra and is such a cool building – it’s worth a stop for a quick pic!

48 Hours in Los Angeles Top Things To Do


Universal Studios

48 Hours in Los Angeles Top Things To DoTouring the film studios is an awesome experience for even the non film buffs.   The tour includes viewing of many widely popular sets such as Bates Motel and even Jaws. Universal Studios also acts as a theme park with many rides and attractions, including the very popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter™.


Window Shop in Beverly Hills

48 Hours in LA Top Things To DoSpend one of SoCal’s famously sunny days window shopping as you walk along Rodeo Drive. Try to gain the self-restraint not to enter a store… you’ll be a whole heap richer if you can stick to window shopping!


Enjoy the Talent

48 Hours in LA Top Things To DoImage of the Wiltern Theater c/o Flickr Creative Commons

Check out the live music or a show at one of many venues in LA. Some of the most popular are: The Staples Center, The Wiltern, The Roxy, The Hollywood Palladium, and The Forum. One of the most inexpensive venues is The Smell, which is for those who enjoy experimental and punk and those who enjoy paying as little as $5 for a ticket.



48 Hours in Los Angeles Best Place to Stay

Peninsula Beverly Hills - Luxury Stay ($350+ per night)

Situated in Los Angeles, The Peninsula Beverly Hills offers elegant 5-star accommodation, as well as outdoor tennis courts, a Jacuzzi and a rooftop pool. It also features a sauna, a Turkish steam bath and free Wi-Fi.
The Peninsula Hotel Beverly Hills is within walking distance of Century Plaza Towers, Rodeo Drive and Beverly Gardens Park. Activities such as scuba diving, water-skiing and horse riding are offered nearby.
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48 Hours in LA Where To Stay

Sirtaj Beverly Hills - Mid-Range Stay ($200-$350 per night)

Sirtaj Hotel Beverly Hills provides modern 4-star accommodation in Los Angeles. The numerous facilities this contemporary hotel features include a coffee bar, massage services and valet parking.
Sirtaj Hotel is close to Rodeo Drive. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is just an easy car ride from the hotel.
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48 Hours in LA Where To Stay

Beverly Terrace - Budget Stay ($100-$250 per night)

Beverly Terrace Hotel provides comfortable 3-star accommodation in Los Angeles. A short walk from The Troubadour Nightclub, it offers comfortable rooms equipped with a flat-screen TV, wireless internet access and a refrigerator.
For those wishing to dine out during their stay at Hotel Beverly Terrace, there are a selection of eateries situated nearby. The Hollywood Walk of Fame and Universal Studios Hollywood are just a short car ride from the hotel.
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where to Eat:


Come to Egg Slut for amazing egg, cheese, and meat breakfast sandwiches and delicious coffee. They have high-quality ingredients that makes the food taste fresh and amazing.

317 S. Broadway, Stall D-1, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (213)625-0292


To eat like a true Californian, stop and pick up a Double-Double and animal fries from In-N-Out. A great cheap and fast option and not to mention, very delicious!


Guisados is a must visit for any foodie! They have a variety of options for tacos and other delicious Mexican food, made with fresh handmade tortillas.

2100 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90033 (323) 264-7201



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So there you have it a full run-down of the Top Things To Do in LA along with suggestions for where to stay and where to eat. I hope you have loads of ideas for how best to spend your 48 Hours in Los Angeles, and don’t forget to let me know you’re own highlights once you’re back!

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