While on my way to New Zealand, I had a 28 hour layover in Los Angeles. 28 hours is not much time to really immerse yourself into a new city but it was just enough time for me to get a glimpse of the beautiful city, Los Angeles. If you ever find yourself on a long layover or a short weekend to the city of LA, then here are just a few things you can do:
Griffith Observatory is a space and science related facility that sits in Griffith park. The observatory is a great place for those interested in astronomy. However, it also commands amazing views of downtown Los Angeles, the city of Los Angeles, the Pacific ocean, and Hollywood. Also it holds an excellent view of the Hollywood sign. Additionally, taking a walk through Griffith Park up to the observatory is perfect for your next layover (especially for those trans-pacific flights).
How to get here from LAX:
Uber/taxi from LAX and walk the Griffith Observatory trail
By Public Transport from LAX
Walking along Hollywood Boulevard is a must do when visiting Los Angeles. Hollywood BLVD is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Los Angeles. Here you can see the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Sign, Dolby Theatre and more. Walk along the boulevard and hit up all these sites in one stop.
SANTA MONICA/VENICE BEACH
Santa Monica is a beachfront city in Los Angeles. Here you can walk along the beach, ride rollercoasters on the pier at Pacific Park, or even go shopping. Santa Monica is a fun and relaxing afternoon. **Some will tell you that Santa Monica is overrated and tourist infested, ignore these comments and make the time to visit this town. You won't regret it.**
Right next to Santa Monica sits the famous Venice beach which is full of culture and has a great atmosphere. A trip to Los Angeles is not complete without visiting both of these areas.
IN N OUT BURGER
In N Out Burger is a famous fast food chain located on the west coast. This fast food chain has great food for little expense. There is some rivalry to the Cookout fast food chain on the east coast but In N Out Burger notoriously comes in first. However, every restaurant is constantly packed so be prepared for long lines but its worth it.
Now there are hundreds of more things to see and do in the city of Los Angeles and surrounding areas but these are just a few ideas for a short glimpse into the city. Enjoy your visit!