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profile member asked on Mar 18, 2008

how many days should i stay in LA?

Hi,

I am from Singapore and it's my first time to USA.

i'm coming from Las Vegas and planning to visit LA for a few days.

i would like to see Hollywood/Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, factory outlets and just 1 theme park which is 6 flags

(i've already visited disneyland and universal studios in other countries and would choose not to visit these 2 theme parks again)

may i know where are the factory outlets located? how do i get there if i don't drive?

also, what is around downtown LA area?

thanks so much :)

Los Angeles

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answered on 3/18/08 by
a VT member from Richmond

Here are some key websites you should check out for your stay:

There is the Garment District in downtown LA: [original link]

For public transport, check out MTA's website: [original link]

Downtown history and architecture walking tours: [original link]

Check out the boutiques along Melrose Avenue: [original link]

Near Santa Monica/Venice there is also a cool shopping district, Abbot-Kinney: [original link]

The closest outlet mall is the Citadel. You could probably easily take a cab there: [original link]

I hope that helps!


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answered on 3/18/08 by
a VT member from Orlando

Hi [VT member 7cf64],

The number of days would be driven by the activities you wish to do. LA is one of the largest, if not the largest county in the US - distances to most places are long.

If you don't drive, I would suggest you base yourself from around Santa Monica and take some Gray Line tours, which will get you to Hollywood, etc.

Six Flags is past the San Fernando valley - I am not sure what public transportation exists to go there, but it looks like Grey Line handles this too:
[original link]

I would recommend staying near the beach in Santa Monica, and you can spend a "beach day" - you can also rent bikes and go thru Venice, which is an experience. There is a nice bike path across the beaches. You could have lunch in Marina del Rey (but lock your bike!).

Can't help much with the outlets, maybe someone else would post - but I think the hotel selection will be important, also using the tours would keep transportation simple to most of the places you want to visit.


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answered on 3/18/08 by
a VT member from Los Angeles

You can stay a week and see a lot. LA needs a car though. If you don't drive I'm not sure how much you'll be able to see. Below is the metro web address:

[original link]

The outlets are in Downtown, near 9th street. Santee Alley is a big spot for cheap knock off purses and women's clothing. Some of it looks cheap, some of it's cool. Below is a link to a map of the fashion district:

[original link]

North of L.A., in Camarillo is an outlet mall. Camarillo is a better neighborhood and more beautiful area than the Citadel. Not sure if it's deals are any better or worse.

[original link]

I agree w/ the other replies that you should stay in Santa Monica or Venice, by the beach. The scale of the city is pedestrian friendly and public transportation is good. Also, you've got the beach! The grey line tour is also an idea to see other parts of LA.


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answered on 3/18/08 by
a VT member from Orlando

anacapa's response brought many memories - in the late 60's I used to work at the building in Los Angeles and 9th! I am positive there would be good public transportation from Santa Monica to the area. The area is perfectly fine during the day, but it can get funny after 5 PM or so.

If you're downtown, you may want to swing by Olvera Street (wow, they have a web site now!) [original link]
It's a touristy place, but I find it has a certain historic charm if you look past the tourist stuff.


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answered on 3/18/08 by
a VT member from Los Angeles

I just noticed that you can order a free printed map of the fashion district from their site. (I just did it to check it out.) Thought I'd pass along the info:

[original link]


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answered on 3/18/08 by
a VT member from Los Angeles

It's easy to spend more than a few days in LA. You'll enjoy Six Flags - about 30-45 minutes north of Los Angeles. The rides are amazing. You can easily spend a whole day there. Depending on when you choose to come, the park might have seasonal hours. Sometimes the park closes for private parties/groups. So, check their schedule.
I haven't really noticed a tremendous savings at the factory outlets. The ones that are worthwhile are not in LA. Ontario Mills - so-so. Cabazon (towards Palm Springs) is nice and the Camarillo Premium Outlet.
Things that I would do in coming to LA - spend time hanging out at Venice Beach (absolutely wild!), see the Getty Villa (breath taking!), the Griffith Observatory is very cool if you like astronomy stuff, definitely shop-eat-be seen at 3rd. Street Promenade in Santa Monica. My favorite town is Pasadena.
Anyway, lots to see and do! Have fun!


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answered on 3/19/08 by
a VT member from Singapore

thanks for all the replies, they're really useful!

may i know how to get to the Getty Villa?

so, is it wise if i just spend 4 days in LA?

- 1 day- Hollywood/Bevery Hills (or do i need 2 days for this)?
- 1 day- 6 flags
- 1 day Santa Monica/Venice Beach
- 1 day- free and easy, maybe visit downtown or somewhere else.

is this ok?


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answered on 3/19/08 by
a VT member from Orlando

The plans look good, but it you want to go to Getty Village I would add another day, and this depends much on your travel preferences or if you are going to another place and are a little short on days.

Re Getty Village I did a few Google searches and found a note using public transportation:

[original link]

I have not been there (never heard of it when the 21 years I lived in LA!) but do not it is important to make reservations - and be there at the time given ... see below - perhaps you already have this, but just in case:

[original link]


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answered on 5/25/08 by
a VT member from Los Angeles

Here are some other interesting tour options... guided tours are my favorite way to explore a new place:

Karie Bible (Hollywood Forever cemetery tour) - [original link]
Anne Block (custom guided tours) - [original link]
Dearly Departed (celebrity scandal tours) - [original link]
Esotouric (crime, rock and roll, literature tours)- [original link]
LA Conservancy (architecture, downtown LA)- [original link]/tours/tours_main.php4
Museum of Neon Art (double decker night sign sightseeing)- [original link]
Charles Phoenix (retro nostalgia tours) -[original link]
Urban Shopping Adventures (personalized shopping sprees)- [original link]

Have a great trip!

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