Got a work trip to Cypress in April, and thought I'd take the opportunity to spend the weekend in the LA area before flying back.|
Got a few bits I already want to see - The California Science Center to see Endeavour (caught her leaving KSC when I was in Florida last October), and reckon I may stalk out the building from The Office and the Dunphy house from Modern Family (yes, I am a massive geek, but these quite excite me!). Will try and get in the Hollywood sign too between places.
But what other things should I make an effort to see? Any studio tours in particular that are worthwhile?
Weekend in LA
TheSaint 17,584 posts
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Universal Studios is really just a theme park, although they do have some sets you can look at such as the plane crash from War of the Worlds and Bates Motel. If you want to see a working studio then Warner Bros is probably the best. When we went they took us around the sets for Two and a half men, Studio 60 and Friends but they change all the time.
Choosing where to stay is tough as the city is massive and public transport is non-existent. The first time we didn't have a car and stayed in Hollywood which was ideal. The second time we had a car and stayed right on the beach in Santa Monica. Staying at the beach was nice but it took almost an hour to get to Hollywood with the traffic.
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Dougs 84,914 posts
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Ach, public transport is fine, got buses all over when I was there. Was quite entertaining. But yeah, not much to see really.
beastmaster 17,959 posts
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Better off around somewhere like Venice Beach.
When I stayed it was in Century City and there's not much to do around there. On the plus side, I could sit on my hotel balcony and look at the Nakatomi building
Or rather the Fox building but hey, I like my version better.
In all honesty, I didn't think that much of LA at all.
TheSaint wrote:See, I'm one of the 4 people in the world who enjoyed that film, so I might have to give that a visit!
Universal Studios is really just a theme park, although they do have some sets you can look at such as the plane crash from War of the Worlds and Bates Motel.
Will be having a car, so public transport is not such an issue, and I'm not too concerned about hotel location for two nights. Cheaper is a bit better because it's only a month before my actual holiday to New York.
Thanks for the advice.
Just another question for those in the know. I need to book a hotel for the 2 days when I'm not working. The hotels around the airport look to get good reviews and are cheap because they're a little out the way.
Is staying around LAX really that inconvenient? Furthest I may travel on one of my days is to Universal and the observatory. I'll be driving.
Edited by altitude2k at 07:43:34 19-03-2013
I'm shamefully bumping this thread, because I'll be going away to LA again for work in a month and once again I'm at a loose end for a whole weekend before I start.
I'm going to forget the upsetting fact that I realised I could have actually get cheaper flights by stopping over in New York on the way for a weekend, and work would have paid, had I not already booked. LA is cool, but it's no NYC.
So what's good and driveable from the area these days? I was thinking of heading up to Angeles National Park or somewhere similar for a day. Was also thinking about San Diego, but that's quite the drive, especially with jet lag.
Depends what you like. Santa Barbara is nice, Las Vegas is very different if you've never been.
Id hire a car and point it in whatever direction you feel... aside from East LA.
Derblington 30,481 posts
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Vegas would take the weekend - it's a 5 hour drive each way. Would be a fun night if you've got the money though.
Car hire is all booked. I was thinking Santa Barbara, looks quite nice up there. I've never been bothered by the idea of LV, although the drive across the desert looks good. Not worth it to go somewhere I don't really want to go, though.