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How to Spend 72 Hours in Sunny L.A.

Los Angeles is a global metropolis that offers endless possibilities for visitors and locals alike.

Hollywood sign in L.A.
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Whether you’re a solo traveler seeking world-class cultural attractions or a family that’s ready for a day of fun-filled adventure, you’re sure to find it in L.A.

Before the chaos of the holiday season, here are some ideas for a quick weekend jaunt to the City of Angels, with several 72-hour itineraries to fit every traveler. Plus, with over 100 free things to do, including access to world-class galleries, museums, and parks, there are endless opportunities to experience the best of Los Angeles in just three days:

  1. Adventure Seekers: Start with a Bikes and Hikes tour to see the Hollywood Sign through Griffith Park, soar high with Cirque School L.A. on day two, and cheers to your stay with a wine-soaked tour through the vineyards (and zoos!) of Malibu Wine Hikes. Stay at the W Los Angeles – West Beverly Hills for an extra hit of adrenaline in their state-of-the-art WET gym, or pamper your sore muscles at the Bliss Spa. 
  1. Family-Friendly: Dive into Hollywood movie magic with a day at Universal Studios Hollywood, then catch a ball game at Dodgers Stadium. Spend day two at Griffith Park, home to the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, train rides at the Travel Town Museum, and horseback trail rides at Sunset Ranch. Finish off with an educational day at the California Science Center or National History Museum before splashing in family-friendly accommodations at The Garland Hotel. 
  1. Budget-Conscious: You don’t have to break the bank to experience the glamorous City of Angels. Bargain hunters will rejoice exploring Downtown L.A. on day one with several unique shops across districts and cultural neighborhoods to take in, before taking the Metro out to South Bay’s beach cities to soak up the sun. On your last day, explore the best of Hollywood, L.A.’s entertainment hub: poke through Amoeba Music, the Hollywood & Highland Center, Hollywood Walk of Fame and take in a concert at the Hollywood Bowl before snuggling in for the night at the Hilton Garden Inn Los Angeles/Hollywood. 
  1. Arts & Culture: With more famous works than any other city in North America, you’ll find an immense amount of culture everywhere you look in L.A. Start day one on Museum Row, working your way through LACMA and the Peterson Automotive Museum before popping into the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Spend day two zeroing in on spectacular (and free!) exhibits at The Getty, MOCA, and Walt Disney Concert Hall before finishing day three at the Geffen Contemporary or the La Brea Tar Pits for a trip through time. Stay at the historic Hotel Figueroa for an extra dose of arts and culture.