Los Angeles Weekend Trip

Los Angeles

Looking for a great couples long weekend trip?

Los Angeles is a perfect weekend getaway for you and your partner! You can find it all here:  great beaches, restaurants, cities, attractions, outdoor fun, glitz and glamour. You name it, you can find it!

Where to go:

Los Angeles, California

Beach Cities


When to go:

Summer, Fall

How long to stay:

4-5 days is perfect for a quick trip with no kids

Where to stay:

In Venice Beach

The Inn at Marina del Rey

Hotel Erwin

Venice Beach Suites


In Santa Monica

High End Options

Shore Hotel 

Viceroy Santa Monica

Moderate Options

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

The Georgian Hotel

Budget Friendly Options

Travelodge Santa Monica


In Hollywood for one of the touristy spots in LA but close to everything

High End Options


Roosevelt Hotel

Moderate Options

Holiday Inn Express

Hilton Garden Inn

Budget Friendly Options

Best Western Hollywood – motel style but great location and you can’t beat the price


Other options to stay for a romantic vacation for two:

In Manhattan Beach

Hotel Belamar

Sea View Inn at the Beach – free bike rentals included


On Catalina Island 

The Avalon Hotel on Catalina Island for a small boutique hotel

Hotel Vista Del Mar

Pavilion Hotel


What to do in and around Los Angeles:

In Malibu

Paradise Cove for lunch and stay for the great beach club $30 a day for parking for beach $6 for lunch

Hike in Solstice Canyon – amazing views of the Pacific Ocean

Drive the Malibu Coast on Highway 1 – make a day of it and enjoy a whole new view of California


In Hollywood

Eat in Thai Town – try Vim Thai Restaurant, make sure to order the Thai Ice Tea.

Shop at the Farmers Market and The Grove , located south of Hollywood Blvd and east of Beverly Hills. There are lots of food stands to choose from in the Farmers Market and so many shops at The Grove outdoor shopping area.

Shopping on Rodeo Drive , enjoy window shopping among some of the most exclusive and expensive stores in the world. 

Catch the Beverly Hills Trolley Tour to see some famous landmarks and homes. 

Sunset Strip for nightclubs and sidewalks full of party people.

Griffith Observatory 

Hollywood Sign Hike in Griffith Park.

See music at the Greek Theatre in Griffith Park or the Hollywood Bowl .

Shopping at the Hollywood & Highland Center .

Grauman’s Chinese Theatre – see the handprints of the stars.

Hollywood Walk of Fame


In Nearby Beach Cities

Venice Beach where you will find out that anything goes here so don’t be alarmed in the sights you will see. 

Eat at The Sidewalk Cafe for the best people watching and great fish tacos.

Ride bikes along the boardwalk or learn how to surf (or watch the surfers).

Walk along the wide open beaches.

Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Park is fun to take a ride on the ferris wheel and share a funnel cake.

Santa Monica beach is very beautiful. 

Take a sunset walk through Palisades Park .

Third Street Promenade is a fun street to walk down and enjoy the shops and cafes. 

Ride bikes along the South Bay Bicycle Trail .

Hike in the Santa Monica Mountains.


Enjoy your Weekend Trip to Los Angeles! 



California Travel Destinations

California travel destinations

Los Angeles and the California beaches

Do you have teenage kids and are looking for California travel destinations?

Take your kids to Los Angeles!

There is so much to do and it is like DisneyWorld for teenagers. They get to see all the famous landmarks on TV and in movies and hopefully see some real-life stars if they are lucky.

Here are my travel tips and suggestions for your California travel destinations to Los Angeles and nearby California beaches:

Where to Go:

Los Angeles or one of the many California beaches nearby

When to Go:

How long should you stay:

5-8 days depending on how much you want to fit in


Recommended places to stay if you are looking for the California beaches for your destination:

Venice Beach – we rented a vacation suite in Venice Beach – 15 Rose – Traveler’s House

It was a block off the beach so you couldn’t beat the location but it was a pretty busy area. If you are looking for peace and quiet I wouldn’t recommend this area. If you want action and an experience like nowhere else, then stay here.

A couple more great choices in Venice Beach:

Inn at Venice Beach or Hotel Erwin

Malibu – is a top destination and if you have aspiring surfers with you, check out Malibu Beach Inn

Santa Monica – is great for families. Check out The Embassy Hotel Apartments

Note: The Santa Monica Pier is so much fun for everyone! There is shopping, rides, places to eat, street performers right in Santa Monica. This location will keep you busy for days.

Long Beach – Stay on the The Queen Mary ship for a possible haunted experience with no sea sickness.

Manhattan Beach – Shade Hotel


If you are looking for a place near LA for your California vacation:

Magic Castle Hotel near Hollywood Blvd 

The Redbury is a great boutique hotel a perfect location at Hollywood and Vine.

Check the reviews for all of these recommendations on www.tripadvisor.com


What are the top things to do & travel tips for these California travel destinations:

Santa Monica Pier

Venice Beach Boardwalk

Hike to the Griffith Observatory

Visit Griffith Park with the LA Zoo, old trains, golf, tennis and much more.

Shopping at The Grove or Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills

Eat at the Farmer’s Market in the back of The Grove

Hike to the Hollywood Sign

See a sporting event at Staples Center or Dodger Stadium

Surfing in Malibu – Learn to Surf LA

Tour one of the studios like Paramount Studios or Universal Studios

Get tickets to see a live taping of your kids favorite shows

See a concert at the Hollywood Bowl

See a movie or maybe there is a movie premiere happening at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and find your favorite movie stars “Star” along the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Hollywood Blvd

Top Tour = Another Side of Los Angeles Tours for a Segway Tour, many options to choose from.

Music lovers in your family – be sure to shop at Amoeba Music


Have a great California vacation in Los Angeles or the nearby California beaches!

Contact me if you have any questions or would like additional information. I am here to help plan your family California travel destinations.