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Spend the day exploring Downtown Los Angeles, or cruise up the coast to Santa Barbara. Hike to the Hollywood Sign or go people-watching on Santa Monica 3rd Street. With multiple cities and regions easily accessible by car, Westlake Village the perfect starting point for your Southern California vacation.
A day spent in Hollywood proper is a must on any traveler’s list, offering some of the world’s most iconic landmarks and recognizable sights such as the Hollywood sign, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a stop at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Known as the entertainment capital of the world, Hollywood is also home to the premier outdoor concert venue, The Hollywood Bowl, along with Hollywood and Highland for premier shopping and restaurants, the Pantages Theatre for Broadway’s biggest touring productions and the El Capitan Theatre.
Experience the excitement of West Hollywood, also known as “WeHo,” for a fun and lively evening out and about in Los Angeles. With dozens of entertainment venues including the House of Blues, the Comedy Store, The Whiskey and The Viper Room stretching down the Sunset Strip, West Hollywood is the ultimate destination for a taste of LA nightlife. Explore the three famous boulevards of Sunset, Robertson and Santa Monica for a variety of eclectic shops, bars, nightclubs and restaurants with fixtures such as Saddle Ranch and Nobu. WeHo is also home to Southern California’s largest LGBT community and is the site of the annual Gay Pride parade in June and the Halloween Costume Carnaval every October.
BURBANK AND NORTH HOLLYWOOD
Spend the day in the Media District of Burbank, visiting Warner Brothers or Paramount Studios, then head over to Universal City for a backlot tour at Universal Studios. Our Concierge can also assist with reserving tickets to be in the audience for live television tapings for shows like The Ellen DeGeneres Show and more. Foodies will appreciate the variety of restaurants, including ethnic and fusion favorites that stretch all along Ventura Boulevard, the main thoroughfare of the San Fernando Valley. For an evening of entertainment, venture into the NoHo Arts District located in North Hollywood, for a variety of eclectic theatres, restaurants, art galleries and comedy clubs.
THE FAIRFAX DISTRICT
Known for its variety of shopping options, world-renowned cultural attractions and unique dining options, the Fairfax District also boasts unmatched views of Los Angeles and the surrounding valleys. Stop by shopping and entertainment landmarks including The Grove, Original Farmers Market and the Beverly Center, then enjoy lunch at Canter’s Deli, one of LA’s most famous delicatessens. Spend the afternoon soaking up culture at the J. Paul Getty Center, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) or digging up some history (along with one or two fossils) at the La Brea Tar Pits.
Featuring world renowned break points for surfers and a bustling marine harbor perfect for boating, sport fishing and catching some of the most spectacular sunsets on the West Coast, the beach city of Ventura offers something for everyone. Take a leisurely stroll along the Ventura Pier, where you can also savor fresh-caught seafood and local fare. Downtown Ventura offers an assortment of eclectic boutiques, antique shops and art galleries as well as local breweries and live music.
An abundance of greenery, parks and signature palm trees set amidst the urban surroundings of Los Angeles define the city of Beverly Hills, known for housing over 100 world-renowned designer and couture boutiques including those on famous Rodeo Drive. The city also features five-star dining with restaurants including Scott Conant’s Scarpetta, Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Culina LA at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles and Wolfgang Puck’s CUT, located at The Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel.
Take a scenic drive an hour north on the 101 or enjoy a pleasant ride by train for a day of shopping, sunshine and scenic views in the beach town of Santa Barbara. Known for its white sands and blue skies, the city also is perfectly walkable or easily enjoyed via bicycle, with rentals available for the day. Popular attractions include the world-famous Santa Barbara Zoo, Stearns Wharf and State Street for hours of shopping, outdoor restaurants, gastropubs and wine tasting rooms and boutique galleries.
SANTA MONICA AND VENICE BEACH
Spend a day at the iconic Santa Monica Pier, a popular site for sports fishing and home of the Pacific Park amusement park and stroll down the famous boardwalk along Venice Beach. Shoppers will delight in over 100s of brand name and boutique retailers located in the heart of Santa Monica at the 3rd Street Promenade, where you’ll also find dozens of popular eateries, hot restaurants and hours of endless entertainment and street performances. End the day with a sunset stroll over to The Place at Santa Monica, an open air shopping center featuring restaurants boasting ocean views. Shop or dine in the many electric, local boutiques along Abbott Kinney in Venice, named "Coolest Block in America" by GQ Magazine in 2012.
Experience historical Los Angeles with an assortment of entertainment and sporting venues around every corner. Visit LA LIVE, an impressive entertainment complex offering restaurants, nightlife and concert venues along with the GRAMMY Museum, ESPN Zone, movie theatres and Lucky Strikes Lanes. The neighboring STAPLES Center is also a popular venue, home to the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Sparks. For an evening of world-class arts and entertainment, the Walt Disney Concert Hall houses the Music Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theatre and Mark Taper Forum.
Home to the world’s most famous beaches, perfect for surfing, sailing or just soaking up some sunshine, the city of Malibu also features local wineries, upscale shopping, trendy boutiques, art galleries and restaurants.