Los Angeles to San Francisco

Los Angeles to San Francisco

Los Angeles is a city in California most famous for Hollywood and the movies.  Los Angeles offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;

  • Hollywood walk of fame (and view of the Hollywood sign)
  • Hollywood sign
  • Griffith park and observatory (and view of the city)
  • Universal Studios and Disneyland
  • Day tours of the sites of Los Angeles
  • TCL Chinese theatre
  • Walt Disney Concert Hall
  • Rodeo drive (where the stars shop)
  • Santa Monica pier
  • Beverly Hills (where the stars live)
  • Dodger stadium
  • Venice beach
Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles is a huge city and you’ll need a vehicle to get around.  Walking Los Angeles is impossible!  Make sure you choose a hotel in a location near the sites you are planning on visiting so you don’t spend all your time commuting.  I stayed in Hollywood Historic hotel on Melrose Ave, they have a great location and service at a competitive price for Los Angeles.  They also provide free parking, so you can leave your car and get picked up from the hotel as part of a tour.

It’s likely that you’ll only be in Los Angeles a few days, so you should consider taking a city tour.  Tours are useful as they try take you to as much as LA as possible in a day.  They know the routes which saves you having to navigate the city and the hassle of parking at each site.  They also have permission to enter Beverly Hills and see the houses of the Hollywood stars!

If you do take a trip out in your own car, I recommend you visit Griffith park, this park gives great views of the city of Los Angeles.

The house where Michael Jackson died

The house where Michael Jackson died

As a Michael Jackson fan it was interesting to see the home where he died.  The tour driver said he moved here so he could be close to his ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley.  Who knows if that is true or not but he was living there to rehearse for his ill fated ‘This is it’ tour.  You may have heard of TMZ, the celebrity gossip channel.  You can take a TMZ tour which is specific to celebrities and you’ll learn exactly who lives where and even hunt for celebrities!

Michael Jackson Star, Walk of fame, Hollywood

Michael Jackson Star, Walk of fame, Hollywood

Who is your favorite Hollywood star?  Part of the fun of the walk of fame is finding the star of your hero.  More often than not, there will be an impersonator next to each star, so you can get a photo with them as well!  You’ll also come across lots of souvenir shops and tour companies on the walk of fame.  The walk of fame is probably the first stop for most tourists in LA!

Mr Bean, Universal Studios, Hollywood

Mr Bean, Universal Studios, Hollywood

There are 2 main theme parks in Los Angeles, Universal Studios and Disneyland.  I chose to go to Universal Studios because Los Angeles is the home of movies!  I was lucky enough to meet my countryman Mr Bean, you’ll encounter a few meet and greets in the park.  There are real life Transformers outside the ride who’ll come out for meet and greets to a schedule.  Bumble Bee, Optimus Prime and Mega Tron are the 3 you can get your photo with.  I chose to get a VIP pass whilst in the park which meant I got to jump the queue for all the rides and shows, I recommend this on busy days!

Venice Beach, Los Angeles

Venice Beach, Los Angeles

You’ve probably heard of muscle beach which is part of Venice beach.  Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno (the original Incredible Hulk) used to train here back in the 70s/80s.  Venice beach is an interesting place to visit, you’ll love people watching here!

Hire car, Los Angeles to San Francisco

Hire car, Los Angeles to San Francisco

To get to San Francisco is very easy, just take I5 North.  But, as you are on vacation in California and you didn’t come to see a highway, you should take the coastal route.  San Francisco is quite a distance from Los Angeles so you may consider taking half the journey on I5 and half on the coastal route.

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2017-03-13T13:22:29+00:00January 9th, 2017|North America, USA|13 Comments


  1. Raymond Carroll January 21, 2017 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    Nice post. I know all these places, James – worked and lived in Anaheim, California in the early nineties. The last time I was in California was for the funeral of one of my cousins (a dear friend and confidant) in 2014. It was sad being back there after 20+ years but it was good to meet up with old friends and faces.

  2. Midori January 22, 2017 at 7:21 am - Reply

    How long have you been already travelling through the states?

  3. Abhinav Singh February 13, 2017 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    My maternal aunt lives so close to this place. I hope to make it there soon. Venice Beach seems like a good place to chill and talk to loved ones.

  4. melbtravel February 13, 2017 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    I love LA especially Venice Beach it one of those places you never get sick of visiting. One of my favourite things to do when I am there is people watch. Universal Studios is also a favourite of mine, we were lucky enough to get express passes so never needed to wait for anything. Great post

  5. Lydia@LifeUntraveled February 13, 2017 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    I haven’t been to California but would love to visit Venice Beach and all its craziness! So cool that you got to visit your idol Michael Jackson’s house and to rub shoulders with Mr. Bean! 😉

  6. Isha Write February 14, 2017 at 2:35 am - Reply

    I first saw Lou Ferrigno on the celebrity apprentice. I think it would be inspiring to see the “muscle beach” him and Arnold trained at. What a great travel experience you had! Thanks for sharing!

  7. neha February 14, 2017 at 9:08 am - Reply

    From a different part of the world, Los Angeles is synonym for Hollywood for us. 🙂 I have been always fascinated by this city and will definitely visit as soon as I get a chance. Although didn’t know about Griffith park. Will surely make a visit here. Thanks for the tips. I have several friends in San Francisco. When I land there, I will know my routes to Los Angeles.

  8. Joanna February 14, 2017 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Los Angeles looks like a great place to visit if you are a Hollywood movie fan. It’s great that you got the chance to take a photo with your idol’s star in the Boulevard of Fame and to see the house where he died. I still remember the day I found out about it, the entire world was saddened.

  9. Soumya Nambiar February 14, 2017 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    I couldn’t go to LA last time I was in America. I had been to LA many years back as a kid. I love the tip about how it is better to do the trip from LA to SFO using two different routes. I would have loved to see my childhood hero, Mr Bean too.

  10. Debra Schroeder February 14, 2017 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    Yeah, glad the weather was great during your visit. Good to know that the Holiday Historic Hotel offers free parking – which is unusual for hotels Los Angeles. You’re right, going VIP is the way to go for the Universal Studios tour.

  11. Swati & Sam February 16, 2017 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    I also want a pic with Bumble Bee and so many of my friends stay in LA and SFO. Planning to visit soon but US visa process sucks

  12. RJ May 9, 2017 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    I’m originally from LA and often visit family in San Francisco, so I’m uber familiar with this route. It’s such a fun drive and I fully support renting a convertible and cruising down PCH!

  13. Wanderlust Vegans May 13, 2017 at 4:18 am - Reply

    I knew that LA was big and that you need a car to get around. I never thought about doing a tour before but it sounds like a simple way to go to see the most of the city. We want to get to LA at some point.

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