The 3-Day Weekend Getaway Guide to Los Angeles: Day 2

Dining, entertainment and nightlife in Tinseltown

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Day Two of The 3-Day Weekend Getaway Guide to Los Angeles centers on the endless entertainment options available to visitors in Hollywood.

Stay in Style

Pantages Theatre viewed from the W Hollywood Hotel
Pantages Theatre viewed from the Hollywood Terrace | Photo courtesy of W Hollywood

From Downtown L.A., take a short ride on the Metro Red Line, exit at the Hollywood/Highland Station and check into one of the nearby hotels, such as the the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, or the family-friendly Loews Hollywood.

The Hollywood/Vine station is the next Metro stop to the south, where options include stunning new properties like the Dream Hollywood and the Kimpton Everly Hotel, the sleek W Hollywood, and the funky Mama Shelter.

The Universal City station is the next Red Line stop to the north, where options include the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal CitySheraton Universal and The Garland.

Experience the Magic of Hollywood


TCL Chinese Theatre interior
Photo courtesy of TCL Chinese Theatre, Facebook

Get Up Close to the Stars

Hollywood Walk of Fame viewed from above
Hollywood Walk of Fame | Photo courtesy of write pictures, Flickr

Speaking of movie stars, the nearby Hollywood Walk of Fame features nearly 2,500 terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalk along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street. The five-pointed stars honor the accomplishments of actors, musicians, directors, producers and others in the entertainment industry.

Tinseltown Culture

Marilyn Monroe's honeymoon dress at the Hollywood Museum
Marilyn Monroe's honeymoon dress at the Hollywood Museum | Photo by Daniel Djang

One of the best things to do in Hollywood is visit one of its museums, such as the amazing wax figures at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, adjacent to TCL Chinese Theatre. Located in the historic Max Factor Building, the Hollywood Museum features one of the world's most extensive collections of Hollywood memorabilia. More than 10,000 authentic treasures are exhibited across four floors, including Marilyn Monroe’s million-dollar honeymoon dress (worn on her honeymoon with Joe DiMaggio) and Hannibal Lecter’s jail cell set from Silence of the Lambs.

Classic Menus & Celeb Hotspots

Yamashiro 36-piece Sushi Boat
Yamashiro 36-piece Sushi Boat | Photo by Kathy Z, Yelp

You'll find everything from classic American menus to modern restaurants in Hollywood. For a taste of Hollywood's Golden Age, Musso & Frank Grill is a must - it's Hollywood’s oldest restaurant, and as well-known as much for its legendary Martini as it is for its retro cuisine. Perched above Hollywood, the stunning Yamashiro boasts panoramic views of the city and Asian fusion cuisine. For stargazers, book a table at Beauty & Essex (it's Beyonce approved!) or TAO at the Dream Hollywood. At red-hot restaurants, the celebrities are the chefs in the kitchen, like Curtis Stone at Gwen and April Bloomfield (Hearth & Hound)

Around the World in a Glass

LONO Hollywood booths
Photo courtesy of LONO Hollywood

Hollywood bars offer immersive experiences to go with their cocktails. Take a trip to the islands at LONO Hollywood, one of L.A.'s best Tiki bars. Houston Hospitality is known for themed bars, like Good Times at Davey Wayne's ('70s bachelor pad) and Black Rabbit Rose (magic). Another nightlife crew, 1933 Group transports guests to New Orleans at Sassafras Saloon. And Mad Men fans should recognize Three Clubs, a classic lounge located a few blocks down Vine.

Dance the Night Away

Create Nightclub in Hollywood
Photo courtesy of Create Nightclub, Facebook

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