3 Ways to Explore and Experience Amazing LA in 3 Days

Los Angeles is a city like no other. Sprawling from the sea to the mountains, with valleys and forests in between, LA encompasses dozens of unique, diverse communities. Across the metro area, you’ll find first-rate dining, illustrious arts, and globally recognized cultural attractions. As a visitor to LA, all of this splendor is yours for the taking, and more often than not, accompanied by the world-famous SoCal sunshine.

With so much to see and do in Los Angeles, this guide aims to help you to explore and experience the unique aspects of three distinct regions in LA. Best of all? You’ll only need three days to do it!

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The Strand Outdoor Patio at Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach

The Strand Outdoor Patio | Photo: Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach

Day 1: Beach Cities / LAX

Consider starting your trip by staying in one of the famed Beach Cities and enjoying a quintessential SoCal experience. Located adjacent to the sprawling Del Amo Fashion Center, the Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach is conveniently located for easy access to the best of the South Bay. The bustling Redondo Beach Pier is just a few miles to the west, while the famed Battleship IOWA and the Port of LA are a half-hour drive away in historic San Pedro. Beer fans will be in heaven - some of LA's top breweries are located in Torrance, including Absolution Brewing, Strand Brewing, Smog City Brewery, and The Dudes.

If you’re a business traveler that needs to stay connected, book a night at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott. Conveniently located just minutes from LAX, the hotel recently emerged from a $50-million renovation with all the modern amenities a road warrior could ask for, plus the 4,000 square-foot M Club Lounge and the on-site JW's Steakhouse, which boasts a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list.

Westin Bonaventure LA Prime

LA Prime | Photo: Westin Bonaventure

Day 2:  Downtown Los Angeles / Hollywood / Beverly Hills

After chilling on the coast, head into the heart of Downtown LA for an enriching cultural and historical experience exploring the sights, sounds and vibrant metropolitan scene. A night at the Westin Bonaventure will place you in the heart of DTLA and under the same roof that has counted U.S. Presidents, dignitaries from across the globe, and countless celebrities as guests. Inside one of the world’s most photographed hotels, you’ll not only be privy to stunning night skylines, you’ll also be perfectly situated to immerse yourself in all that Downtown LA has to offer.

Yayoi Kusama, "Longing for Eternity" at The Broad

Yayoi Kusama, "Longing for Eternity," 2017 [detail]. Photo by Maris Hutchinson/EPW Studio. Image © Yayoi Kusama. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore/Shanghai; Victoria Miro, London/Venice; Yayoi Kusama Inc.

Exterior of Walt Disney Concert Hall at night

Walt Disney Concert Hall | Photo: Candice Montgomery, Flickr

Consider strolling through Grand Park and Little Tokyo, or spending an afternoon at The Broad. Then sample foods from across the world at Grand Central Market and wrap up your day by enjoying a symphonic performance by the LA Phil at the showstopping Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Book a night at the luxurious JW Marriott L.A. LIVE and enjoy the abundant entertainment options at your fingertips, including the Microsoft Theatre, the GRAMMY Museum, and more than a dozen restaurants. From here, you’re just a short walk from STAPLES Center, which hosts the Lakers, Clippers, Sparks, Kings, concerts and special events all year.

Wet Deck at the W Hollywood

Wet Deck at the W Hollywood

You’ve seen them immortalized in films and television shows for decades, so it’s time to experience Hollywood and Beverly Hills for yourself. From the W Hollywood at the legendary intersection of Hollywood and Vine, you’ll be directly across from the historic Pantages Theatre, and situated right on the Walk of Fame. Stroll along the black shimmering sidewalk adorned with the names of your favorite actors and actresses as you head to Hollywood & Highland for a selfie, or guided tour of the Dolby Theatre, home of the Academy Awards. 

Or, stay where West Hollywood meets Beverly Hills at The West Hollywood EDITION on the legendary Sunset Boulevard. Within this boutique hotel, you’ll be spoiled with a full day spa, rooftop pool, and magnificent views of West Hollywood and the LA skyline. Dine at Michelin-starred chef John Fraser’s signature restaurant, Ardor, featuring vegetable-forward California cuisine with flavors inspired by local ingredients.

At the lavish SLS Beverly Hills, you’ll be ensconced in opulence - just minutes from Rodeo Drive, the recently redesigned Beverly Center and notable restaurants including Lawry's the Prime Rib and The Little Door, not to mention the hotel's on-site dining experiences: The Bazaar by Jose Andres, Tres, and Somni.

Universal Studios Hollywood Jurassic World water drop

Jurassic World - The Ride water drop | Photo: Universal Studios Hollywood

Day 3: Studio City / Pasadena

A trip to the Entertainment Capital of the World isn’t complete without seeing first-hand where some of your favorite movies and television shows are filmed. You’ll find all of that in Studio City and Burbank, which are home to film studios including Warner Brothers, CBS, and Universal Studios (which is housed in the thrilling Universal Studios Hollywood theme park). 

For easy access to studio tours, reserve a room at the Sheraton Universal, and enjoy the floor-to-ceiling views of the Hollywood Hills, and the surrounding San Fernando Valley. Located adjacent to the theme park, and Universal City Walk—which offers dining, shopping, and playing opportunities galore— the Sheraton Universal’s poolside cabanas also provide a wonderful place of reprieve, after a full day of touring studios, or at the theme park.

To explore the beautiful San Gabriel Valley, head east and book a room at the Sheraton Pasadena, which provides unmatched access to the Huntington Library, Norton Simon Museum, LA County Arboretum, and Rose Bowl Stadium. From the Sheraton Pasadena, you’re just a few miles from one of LA’s oldest subdivisions, Highland Park, which has recently undergone a renaissance - this trendy region of Northeast Los Angeles (NELA) is attracting more and more studio executives. Likewise, you’ll be within an easy drive of the Eaton Canyon Nature Center at the foot of the spectacular Angeles National Forest.


From the urban heart of Downtown LA, to unforgettable natural landscapes and beautiful coastal views, Marriott Bonvoy is your best option for exploring Los Angeles.


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