Are you looking for the ultimate Los Angeles 3-day itinerary? You have come to the right place! From walking down Hollywood Boulevard to shopping on Rodeo Drive or taking a surfing lesson in Venice Beach, this travel guide is perfect for first-time visitors or a long weekend getaway with friends. It will show you all the unique things to do and see to make the most of your city break in California.
I visited Los Angeles in October when my brother was living there. It was my first time in the United States, and I loved it! The City of Angels is an eclectic city full of hidden gems where there is always something to do, any time of year.
Hunt for stunning street art, hike to the Hollywood Sign or enjoy breathtaking views from the Griffith Observatory: a trip to LA will create unforgettable memories.
So, are you excited? Keep reading this city guide to discover the perfect Los Angeles 3-day itinerary covering the top things to do and enjoy your vacation stress-free – and without rushing. You will also find practical eco-friendly tips for responsible travel at the end. Enjoy!
My Los Angeles experience: Duration 1 week Dates visited Oct 23 - Oct 30 Season Autumn
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- Overview: how to see Los Angeles in 3 days
- 3 days in Los Angeles – Map
- Detailed Los Angeles 3-day itinerary
- Day 1: Marina del Rey, Venice & Santa Monica
- Day 2: Griffith, Hollywood & Beverly Hills
- Day 3: Downtown LA
- If you have more time
- How to get to Los Angeles
- How to get around Los Angeles
- Where to stay in Los Angeles for 3 days
- Best time to visit Los Angeles
- How to reduce your impact in Los Angeles
- Los Angeles travel planning guide
- 3 days in Los Angeles – FAQ
Overview: how to see Los Angeles in 3 days
DAY 1 – THE COAST
- Marina del Rey
- Venice Canals
- Venice Pier
- Venice Beach Boardwalk
- Santa Monica Pier
- Third Street Promenade
DAY 2 – THE HILLS
- Griffith Observatory
- Hollywood Sign
- Hollywood Boulevard
- Beverly Hills
- Getty Museum
DAY 3 – DOWNTOWN
- Arts District
- The Last Bookstore
- Walt Disney Concert Hall
- Grand Central Market
- Echo Park
- Silver Lake
Looking for sustainable activites on your trip? Check out this article: 10 Eco-Friendly Things to Do in Los Angeles
3 days in Los Angeles – Map
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Detailed Los Angeles 3-day itinerary
This Los Angeles guide covers all the best things to do and see in 3 days and is perfect for travelling with family, friends or as a couple, whether it is your first time in the city or you have been there before.
On the other hand, remember that this itinerary is only a guide with recommendations. You can spend more days in the Californian city or add other stops to your city break.
READ MORE: 5 Days in Los Angeles: Complete Itinerary
Day 1: Marina del Rey, Venice & Santa Monica
1- Discover Marina del Rey
You will begin your first day in Los Angeles with Marina del Rey, a beautiful coastal community known for its stunning harbour, water sports and family-friendly activities on and off the water.
Take time to stroll along the promenade, watch the boats and enjoy the panoramic views. And if you are feeling adventurous, you can even rent a kayak or paddleboard (Kayak and Paddleboard Tour with Sea Lions) or go sailing to explore the coastline and maybe spot dolphins or sea lions.
Unfortunately, it was quite cloudy and cold on the day I explored Marina del Rey, so I did not get the chance to do any water activities, but I recommend it on a sunny and hot day!
Here are other ideas of what you can do and see in Marina del Rey:
- Relax in Burton W. Chace Park
- Rent a bike and explore the coastal path
- Taste fresh seafood with a view
- Visit the Fisherman’s Village
- Stop by Marina Beach (Mother’s Beach)
- Enjoy outdoor concerts, events or festivals
2- Explore the Venice Canals
You will continue your discovery of Los Angeles with the Venice Canals, a historic district and picturesque area within the Venice Beach neighbourhood filled with man-made wetland canals built in 1905, inspired by the canals of Venice in Italy.
Although many of the original canals were eventually filled in to make way for roads, a few remain today and offer a peaceful escape from the bustling and eclectic setting of Venice Beach (your next stop).
The Canals provide a lovely place for a leisurely stroll. You will find many wooden bridges and beautiful houses lining the water, making it a popular spot for photo enthusiasts!
I personally loved the area and taking photos of the houses, which were reflected in the water. It felt very peaceful. I even thought that if I ever lived in LA one day, I would live in this area (although I can not imagine how expensive these houses are).
Here are other things you can do and see in Venice Canals:
- Explore on a kayak or paddleboard
- Stroll along Abbot Kinney Boulevard
- Watch out for public art and street art
- Enjoy a picnic in a tranquil setting
3- Enjoy the views from the Venice Pier
Before reaching the Venice Beach Boardwalk, take a detour to the Venice Pier for fantastic views of the colourful Los Angeles – something I recommend for another perspective on this iconic city.
It is a popular tourist attraction and historic structure that extends into the Pacific Ocean, offering a beautiful panorama and a perfect spot for fishing and photography.
Once on the Pier, enjoy the sea breeze, watch surfers catch waves and admire the natural beauty of the coastline. At the end of it, there is also an observation deck with an elevated vantage point for a better view of the ocean or to watch the sunset.
Walking on the Venice Pier was something I truly enjoyed! It was the perfect way to get a first glimpse of the coastal part of Los Angeles and take lovely photos.
4- Stroll along the Venice Beach Boardwalk
You will finally reach one of the most famous neighbourhoods in LA: Venice Beach and its emblematic Boardwalk, a lively stretch of beachfront known for its eclectic and bohemian atmosphere – one of the top attractions in Los Angeles!
You will find many fun things to do and see in the area, as it is the perfect place to experience local culture, art and entertainment whilst enjoying the beautiful seaside setting.
Take a stroll along the coast, go to the beach, watch impressive street performances or discover stunning street art, such as the iconic angel wings!
Venice Beach was my favourite neighbourhood in LA. I visited it twice as I loved the atmosphere of the promenade. I spent time watching skaters and surfers, relaxing on the beach, doing some shopping, eating at local restaurants and enjoying the sunset.
Here are some of the best things to do and see on the Venice Beach Boardwalk:
- Watch street performers and artists
- Stop by shops selling locally-made products
- Visit the iconic Muscle Beach gym
- Skate at the Venice Skate Park
- Explore the Venice Art Walls
- Rent a bike or rollerblades for a fun time
- Take a photo in front of the Venice Sign
- Relax on the beach
- Try surfing: Group Surfing Lesson
5- Have fun on Santa Monica Pier
Continue your walk along the coast to head towards Santa Monica, a charming city located west of Los Angeles. Your first stop will be Santa Monica Pier, one of the most iconic landmarks in Southern California and a popular destination for travellers and locals alike.
One thing you should not miss on the Pier is its Pacific Park, an amusement park with a Ferris wheel, roller coaster and other rides that provide stunning views of the ocean – a great place for families with children!
But Santa Monica Pier is not only a hub of fun and entertainment, it is also the ideal spot to enjoy the scenery with a sense of nostalgia, a must-visit location on your 3 days in Los Angeles.
Exploring the Pier and its amusement park was such a fun thing to do! I even hopped on the wheel at sunset to enjoy the views of the ocean and LA in a peaceful setting: it was fantastic. Something I also highly recommend to couples looking for a romantic escape.
Here are the top things to do and see on the Santa Monica Pier:
- Hop on a roller coaster
- Relax on Santa Monica Beach
- Shop for souvenirs
- Play arcade games
- Look out for street performers
- Visit the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
- Watch the sunset
6- Visit the Third Street Promenade
Your next and final stop of the day will be the Third Street Promenade, a bustling pedestrian street located in the heart of Santa Monica, just a short walk from Santa Monica Pier and the beach.
It is a popular shopping, dining and entertainment district with a lively atmosphere, perfect for ending your first day in Los Angeles.
And for all the shopping enthusiasts out there, you have come to the right place! The Third Street Promenade is known for its many shops and boutiques, from markets selling local goods to luxury designer stores. It is an excellent place to indulge in a shopping spree and bring back a souvenir for a loved one or yourself.
Here are a few other things you can do and see on the Third Street Promenade and nearby:
- Watch street performers whilst you stroll
- Stop by a movie theater
- Explore art galleries and exhibitions
- Look out for events and live entertainment
- Enjoy the nightlife scene at a club
Finally, if you have time, return to the coast to watch a spectacular sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Take a stroll along the promenade or sit on the bench and admire the beautiful scenery: it is one of the best things to do in the area. You will not regret slowing down and enjoying this moment.
Day 2: Griffith, Hollywood & Beverly Hills
1- Visit the Griffith Observatory
Your second day in Los Angeles will begin at the Griffith Observatory, one of its most iconic landmarks and a must-visit destination for anyone interested in astronomy, space science, or simply enjoying some of the best views of Los Angeles, the Hollywood Sign and the Pacific Ocean.
Located in Griffith Park, the building offers a unique blend of science and space education through its shows, lectures, special events and stargazing programs with breathtaking panoramas and architectural beauty.
And if you have time to return in the evening, you will be able to enjoy free public telescope viewing, allowing you to get a closer look at the Moon, planets, stars and other celestial objects.
I absolutely loved exploring the Observatory and its exhibits and enjoying the views over LA and the Hollywood Sign! It was a cloudy day, but we could still see most of the city, and it was perfect. It is a great place for science lovers and photo enthusiasts.
Book a guided tour: Los Angeles: Griffith Observatory Guided Tour.
Here are a few top things to do and see at the Griffith Observatory:
- Marvel at the stunning architecture
- Admire the 360 panoramic view
- Visit the astronomical exhibitions
- Enjoy a telescope viewing in the evenings
- Visit the Samuel Oschin Planetarium
- Go on a scenic hike to the Hollywood Sign
2- Climb up to Hollywood Sign
Next on your LA bucket list is the famous Hollywood Sign, an internationally recognised symbol of glamour and entertainment and a must-see attraction for anyone exploring Los Angeles.
Located in the Hollywood Hills, there are diverse ways to enjoy the Sign and its surroundings. Whether you hike, drive, or simply admire the view from a vantage point, the Sign offers a unique and memorable experience you should not miss.
If you decide to hike, you will find plenty of hiking trails in Griffith Park that provide great views of the Hollywood Sign. The most popular trail is the Mount Lee Trail, which takes you close to it. Other paths include the Canyon Drive Trail and the Hollyridge Trail. You can also book a guided walking tour: Hollywood Sign Walking and Pictures Tour.
I started my walk from Sunset Ranch, and it was great. However, I recommend to come prepared and bring a hat, sunscreen and a water bottle. There is not much shade on the way up, and it is (very) hot. Once on top, you will arrive behind the giant letters and have a breathtaking view of the city.
If you prefer to drive, you will come across different viewpoints perfect for photographing the Sign. Some of these viewpoints include Beachwood Drive, Lake Hollywood Park and Griffith Observatory. However, keep in mind that parking can be challenging.
Finally, for an unusual experience, some local stables offer guided horseback riding tours (Mulholland Trail Horseback Riding Tour) which take you close to the Hollywood Sign, providing a unique perspective on the landmark.
IMPORTANT NOTE – it is not possible to drive and park near the Hollywood Sign. If you want to reach it, you will do so by walking, biking or horse riding. Therefore, be sure to follow the rules, stay on designated trails and respect the natural environment to help preserve the local ecosystem.
3- Wander Hollywood Boulevard
It is time to head to another famous street in Los Angeles, Hollywood Boulevard and its Walk of Fame, known for its association with the entertainment industry, historical landmarks and vibrant atmosphere.
Stroll along the boulevard, stop by the stars of your favourite artists and enjoy a wide range of attractions and activities along the way. Whether you are interested in the film industry, celebrity culture, or simply exploring the heart of Hollywood, there is something for everyone.
However, also keep in mind that the area is highly popular among tourists, so be prepared for crowds, especially in the daytime.
Hollywood Boulevard was a fun thing to do, but I did not find it particularly special. We strolled around, stopped at a few stars and did some shopping.
Here are a few top things to do and see on the Hollywood Boulevard:
- Stroll down the Walk of Fame
- Stop at the TCL Chinese Theatre
- Catch a movie at the Dolby Theatre
- Visit Madame Tussauds Hollywood
- Enjoy the nightlife at local clubs
4- Tour the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
You will continue your 3-day Los Angeles itinerary with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the largest art museum in the western United States and one of the most prominent cultural institutions in the city.
Located in the Miracle Mile district, it is a must-visit for art enthusiasts, as it features an extensive collection of artworks spanning various periods and cultures, providing a rich cultural experience for all ages.
The museum also hosts special exhibitions showcasing works from renowned artists and themes. And, of course, do not miss the Urban Light installation at the entrance, made up of 202 vintage street lamps arranged in a grid, creating a dazzling spectacle.
5- Discover Beverly Hills
No Los Angeles itinerary would be complete without a stop at the world-famous city of Beverly Hills, known for its elegance, luxury, exclusivity and upscale lifestyle.
This city is the ideal destination for travellers who appreciate high-end shopping, fine dining and a taste of the glamour associated with the entertainment industry.
Whether you are interested in strolling down Rodeo Drive, exploring beautiful green parks or indulging in spa treatments, Beverly Hills has a lot to offer for a memorable detour.
Beverly Hills is a lovely city to explore and immerse yourself in luxury. I spent some time exploring the area and its wide roads lined with palm trees and upscale boutiques. You will also have the chance to admire stunning houses.
Here are some of the best things to do and see in Beverly Hills:
- Indulge in shopping on Rodeo Drive
- Relax in Beverly Gardens Park
- Take photos of the Beverly Hills Sign
- Tour the Greystone Mansion and Park
- Visit the Museum of Television and Radio
- Stop by the Farmers’ Market (Sunday only)
6- Stop at the Getty Museum
Your last stop of the day will be the Getty Museum, an art museum and cultural institution located in the Brentwood neighbourhood. It is one of the most renowned art museums in the United States, famous for its impressive collection, stunning architecture and picturesque hilltop location.
Not only a repository of exceptional art, it is also a remarkable destination for its architecture, gardens and cultural experiences. And, of course, it is a must-visit for art lovers, as it boasts a fantastic collection of European paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, manuscripts and photographs, including works by artists such as Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Monet.
Please note that admission to the museum is free, but parking requires a fee, and it is recommended to book it in advance.
You can also book a guided tour: Getty Center Museum Guided Tour.
Day 3: Downtown LA
1- Ramble through the Arts District
Your last day in Los Angeles will begin at the Arts District, a vibrant and creative neighbourhood known for its artistic community, historic industrial buildings and thriving art scene. It is located just east of downtown LA and offers a wide range of activities and attractions.
With its distinct and avant-garde character that sets it apart from other areas of the city, the Arts District is an excellent place for art lovers, foodies and anyone interested in exploring an edgy urban location.
Check out this guided tour: Arts District Bike Tour & Urban Adventure.
Here are a few things to do and see on your wander through the Arts District:
- Visit one of its art galleries and studios
- Chase vibrant street art and murals
- Join an art walk each month on the 2nd Thursday
- Enjoy locally brewed beers
- Stop at a trendy coffee shop
- Explore the Box Yard
- Tour the Institute of Contemporary Art
- Catch indie films at local theatres
2- Stop at The Last Bookstore
You will continue exploring downtown LA with The Last Bookstore, an iconic independent bookstore adorned with local art. Not only a place to find a wide selection of new and used books, it is also an immersive and visually captivating space, making it a favourite spot for photographers and Instagram enthusiasts.
Of course, it is also an excellent place for book lovers to explore, engage with a creative community and lose themselves in the world of literature and art.
Whilst you can find there a diverse collection of books of all genres, you will also be amazed by the Labyrinth of Books, the most famous feature of the shop, an art installation that creates a maze of books, tunnels and arcades, providing an even more memorable experience.
3- Visit the Walt Disney Concert Hall
Your next stop on this final day in Los Angeles will be the Walt Disney Concert Hall, a concert venue renowned for being a prominent hub of classical music and a stunning masterpiece for its architect-designed stainless steel exterior by Frank Gehry.
Not only the ideal place to explore for music lovers, it is also an architectural gem that attracts travellers from around the world, offering a range of experiences, from classical music performances to architectural exploration and beautiful outdoor spaces.
Make sure to check out the concert hall schedule in advance for upcoming performances and events.
Guided tours are also available, allowing you to explore the spectacular building and learn more about the history and acoustics of the venue.
4- Treat yourself at the Grand Central Market
If you are looking for the perfect lunch, look no further than the Grand Central Market, a historic and bustling food hall. It is one of the most iconic culinary destinations in the city, offering a wide variety of cuisines and dining experiences.
Whether you are looking for a quick bite to eat or a full meal for a well-deserved break on your day of sightseeing, you will find a broad range of options to satisfy your taste buds. It is a beloved location for both locals and travellers who want to explore the diverse flavours of Los Angeles.
Also check out this guided tour: Downtown Food Tour.
5- Explore Echo Park
You will now continue your journey to Echo Park, a vibrant and diverse neighbourhood known for its picturesque lake, multicultural influences, historic architecture, lively cultural scene and strong sense of community.
The district offers a perfect mix of outdoor relaxation, cultural exploration and opportunities to discover unique local businesses and artwork. Whether you are interested in nature, art or food, Echo Park has something for everyone.
Here are a few things to do and see in Echo Park:
- Relax around Echo Park Lake
- Pedal on the Lake: Swan Pedal Boat Rental
- Look out for street art and murals
- Stop at the iconic Dodger Stadium
- Explore Elysian Park
- Sip a latte at a cosy café
- Take part in the annual Lotus Festival
6- Unwind in Silver Lake
You will end your final day in Los Angeles and your 3-day itinerary in Silver Lake, a trendy and eclectic neighbourhood located on the east side of the city, known for its artistic and bohemian culture, hip shops and vibrant food scene.
Whether you are interested in exploring the arts, savouring diverse cuisines or enjoying the outdoors, Silver Lake offers a welcoming and enthusiastic atmosphere for all travellers.
Here are some of the best things to do and see in Silver Lake:
- Relax around Silver Lake Reservoir
- Enjoy the nightlife at a live music venue
- Visit the L.A. Mill Coffee boutique
- Walk up the Silver Lake Stairs
- Explore its Farmers’ Market on Tuesdays
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If you have more time
If you have more time in Los Angeles or would like to switch things around, I recommend adding a few theme and amusement parks, such as:
WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR
As a movie buff myself, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour was one of my favourite things to do in LA! I recommend booking a guided tour as it will take you through some famous film sets and decor, and you will even have the chance to sit on the iconic Friends sofa.
Book your guided tour: Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood.
Universal Studios was also a fun thing to do, but I only visited the theme park and not the studios. The Simpson attraction was my favourite! It is something very special to do with kids.
Book your entrance: Universal Studios Ticket with Easy Cancellation.
Ah Disneyland, a dream for children and adults! If you get the chance, plan a day trip to Disneyland California to immerse yourself in the land of fairytales. I did not have the chance to visit it, but I visited Disneyland Paris many times and never got tired of it.
Book your entrance here.
SIX FLAG MAGIC MOUNTAIN
Finally, if you are into thrilling roller coasters, I can not recommend Six Flags Magic Mountain enough! They have the craziest roller coasters in the world, so you will not get bored.
Book your entrance here.
How to get to Los Angeles
The best way to get to Los Angeles will depend on where you come from and your budget, but there are many options to reach the City of Angels.
One of the quickest ways to get to Los Angeles is by plane. If you are travelling from another country or a distant city, you will likely arrive at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), one of the busiest airports in the US. But please, try to prioritise direct flights to reduce your carbon footprint – if flying is the only option.
One of the most convenient ways to get to Los Angeles is by car. If you are driving from California or nearby states, you can use the interstate highways by planning your route based on your starting location.
One of the most eco-friendly ways to get to Los Angeles is by train. Thanks to its main train station, the Union Station, the Californian city benefits from a vast railway network connecting other states and cities in the US. For example, you will find Amtrak which offers regular train services.
Finally, the most affordable option for getting to Los Angeles is the coach. It is a great way to reach the City of Angels if you are exploring the US on a budget, but it may take longer. You can take a long-distance bus with Greyhound and other bus companies which operate regular routes connecting different cities to LA.
How to get around Los Angeles
Once in Los Angeles, you will find many options for getting around the city. However, keep in mind that getting can be a bit challenging due to its vast size and infamous traffic.
TRAVEL BY CAR
The easiest way to get around Los Angeles is by car, as the city is vast and not easily accessible on foot. You can rent a car at the airport (but try to reserve it ahead of time), but be prepared for traffic jams, especially during rush hours.
To find the best rental deals, I recommend using Rentalcars.com to search and compare the car that suits you best. From affordable to luxury, they make it easy to choose and have a great selection of rental agents.
Renting a car is an excellent option to freely explore the city and its surroundings. However, as mentioned above, traffic in Los Angeles is terrible! To get the most out of your time, I recommend focusing on a specific area each day and using a GPS to help you save time when navigating around.
USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT
The second best option to get around Los Angeles is by public transport. Los Angeles has an extensive and easy-to-use public transportation system consisting of buses and subways. The Metro system connects various parts of the city, including Downtown LA, Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley. And for a better experience, buy a reusable TAP Card, available at vending machines at bus or metro stations.
Although the public transportation system in Los Angeles is not the best, it can still get you around faster than walking. And if you are travelling between distant neighbourhoods, the Metro Rail will help you avoid congested highways.
HOP ON A BIKE
The most eco-friendly (and fun) way to get around Los Angeles is by cycling. Los Angeles is becoming more bike-friendly, with a growing network of bike lanes and bike-sharing programs. You can easily rent a bike online, at different stations or use your own to explore the city.
Plus, it is a fantastic way to get around the city whilst reducing your carbon footprint! However, I also recommend being careful of cars and traffic if you are travelling with children.
Additionally, walking is another option once you are in the area you would like to explore. You will be able to discover shops, restaurants and attractions on foot whilst soaking up the local atmosphere.
BOOK A RIDESHARE
Finally, another easy way to get around Los Angeles is by taxi and rideshare. To schedule a pick-up, download the Curb app or use popular rideshare services like Uber or Lyft, which are easily accessible and relatively inexpensive. This can be a convenient option for getting around, especially if you want to avoid parking and driving in traffic jams.
Traditional taxis also remain available in Los Angeles, although they are less commonly used compared to ridesharing services.
And since LA has heavy traffic, consider allowing yourself extra time to travel and reach the main tourist attractions during rush hour.
Where to stay in Los Angeles for 3 days
THE BEST NEIGHBOURHOODS IN LOS ANGELES
Are you looking for the best place to stay in Los Angeles for 3 days? Here is an overview of the top neighbourhoods in the Californian city:
- Hollywood: the best neighbourhood for first-timers due to its central location and buzzing attractions. From there, you can discover the Walk of Fame and access many other LA areas.
- Santa Monica: the best area to stay in Los Angeles for families seeking tranquillity and easy access to the beach. You will also find nearby plenty of family-friendly activities, shops and restaurants.
- Downtown LA: the best place to stay in Los Angeles for visitors on a budget or short trips. As a commercial epicentre, it is well-connected and contains everything you need for quick transit.
- Silver Lake: a popular area for experiencing local vibes, offering a mix of trendy restaurants, dynamic nightlife, quirky boutiques and independent cafés – perfect for soaking in the local culture.
- Beverly Hills: for those looking for elegant hotels, high-end boutiques and world-class restaurants, Beverly Hills is the place for you. It is the best area for a luxurious stay.
- West Hollywood: the best district in Los Angeles for nightlife, vibrant atmosphere and thriving community. This lively hub is perfect for living the best of LA and connecting with locals.
- Venice Beach: if beach life and bohemian vibes are what you love, look no further than Venice Beach. With pristine beaches, street performers and art shops, the area is ideal for a peaceful stay.
I suggest using Booking.com to search, compare and reserve your accommodation, and if possible, select a place with flexible cancellation – in case of emergency or if things do not go as planned.
My friend and I booked an Airbnb in the Palms area, which was great! A young couple, Kylie and Andrew, welcomed us and were so kind to us. They gave us plenty of advice and made us feel at home. The apartment was also conveniently located close to Venice Beach and Santa Monica, making it easy to get around. (Unfortunately, Kylie & Andrew’s Airbnb is no longer available).
Best time to visit Los Angeles
The best times to visit Los Angeles are generally in spring, from March to May, and autumn, from September to November, when the temperatures are mild, the air is more breathable, and there are fewer crowds.
In any case, Los Angeles benefits from a sunny and warm Mediterranean climate, making it a year-round destination! So do not worry too much. The season you choose will mainly depend on the activity you want to do and what you want to experience.
And if you want to avoid crowds as much as possible, try not to book your trip during major holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, as accommodation prices may increase and popular attractions may have longer queues – making it harder to enjoy!
I visited Los Angeles at the end of October during Halloween, and it was so much fun! To my surprise, the weather was still incredibly sunny and warm, and I even struggled to hike to Hollywood Sign and almost collapsed aha. Regarding the crowds, I did not find them excessive, even in popular places.
How to reduce your impact in Los Angeles
Sustainable travel means exploring the world whilst being aware of your surroundings and having a positive social, environmental and economic impact on the places you visit.
Being a responsible traveller in Los Angeles is possible! Here are some eco-friendly travel tips for reducing your carbon footprint:
- If you need to take the plane, book direct flights (which require less fuel than indirect flights) and offset your carbon footprint. But, do not use carbon offsetting as a complete solution. Combine it with other sustainable practices, like avoiding single-use plastic on the plane and mindfully packing your suitcase for your green holiday.
- Select an eco-friendly accommodation. It is not always easy to determine whether a hotel has eco-conscious practices, but try to look on their website for green credentials and ask questions. You can also use Bookdifferent or Ecobnb to help you decide.
- Use public transport as much as possible. Los Angeles transportation network is not the best, but you can easily access the main highlights and attractions with buses, trains or subways. So take advantage of these services to reduce your impact! And if you prefer to rent a car, choose an electric or hybrid. Not only will you save money on gas, but you will be doing the local air a favour. Finally, if you are staying near the coast, do not hesitate to rent a bike.
- Eat at local restaurants and markets that use produce from the area and emphasise organic and sustainability. It will contribute to the local economy and reduce your carbon footprint by supporting restaurants where food does not come from long distances.
- Wear reef-safe sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun, especially during water activities. But be careful about the cream you choose. Zero-waste and reef-safe sunscreens are an excellent alternative to chemical creams and are incredibly beneficial for many reasons: they protect the environment by reducing plastic waste and preserve your health by eliminating harmful components.
- Always respect the local heritage. Treat people and their surroundings with respect. Sustainable travel is not only about the environment but also about the local communities. So, always be respectful, smile and immerse yourself in the LA local vibe.
More inspiration for your sunny vacation:
- Best Travel Apps for Exploring Sustainably
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- Best Ecotourism Activities Around the World
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Los Angeles travel planning guide
Yes, buying insurance is always valuable when travelling abroad. Enjoy your 3 days in Los Angeles stress-free with one of my favourite providers, Nomad Insurance.
Yes, tap water is safe to drink all over Los Angeles. However, I also recommend travelling with the UltraPress Purifier Bottle, a lightweight filtered water bottle perfect for reducing plastic and staying hydrated.
Yes, renting a car in Los Angeles is easy. However, note that the traffic can be terrible! But it is also a great way to explore the surroundings. I recommend booking yours with Rentalcars.com – they offer a variety of operators for all budgets.
The best way to book your accommodation in Los Angeles is with Booking.com – my favourite platform to compare and reserve places to stay each night, from affordable guesthouses to luxury hotels.
I recommend booking your plane with Skyscanner. It has been my favourite platform for years, as it allows me to book the cheapest flights whilst lowering my carbon emissions.
3 days in Los Angeles – FAQ
3 days in Los Angeles is short but enough to give you a first taste of the local culture and lifestyle. You will be able to discover the main attractions and highlights of the city by planning your itinerary beforehand, but also leave room for the unexpected!
Los Angeles is one of the most expensive cities in the world, but it is not impossible to explore it on a budget. Save in advance and be mindful of your spending once you arrive. For example, walk as much as possible, eat at local markets or stay in an Airbnb.
The best months to visit Los Angeles are March to May and September to November when the temperatures are mild, the air is more breathable, and there are fewer crowds. I visited LA at the end of October during Halloween, and it was really fun!
Yes, you can travel around Los Angeles without a car by walking, biking or using public transport. However, the city is quite vast, so I recommend focusing on a specific area each day to reduce travel distances. And if you need a car, you can easily rent one, even for a day.
And you, have you ever visited Los Angeles or would you like to go one day?
Let me know in the comments below!