Local Guide to Los Angeles
A sprawling, palm-fringed metropolis famous for show business, good living and glamour, Los Angeles is a heady prospect for any visitor, but the helter-skelter layout often belies myriad attractions that lie within easy reach. From luxurious shopping on Two Rodeo Drive to sunset views from the world-renowned Getty Center, the City of Angels remains a captivating place to explore. Enjoy some of the best local sites with this two-day itinerary.
The Will Rogers Memorial Park is the first stop of the day, 10 minutes by taxi from Hotel Bel-Air.
Will Rogers Memorial Park
The first municipal park in LA, Will Rogers Memorial Park makes for some peaceful, scenic strolling for those looking for a break from the bustle and noise of Sunset Boulevard, which lies just beyond this sheltered spot. Originally opened in 1915 as Sunset Park, it was renamed in 1952 to honour the entertainer Will Rogers.
Next, head to Gagosian, just 20 minutes away from the park on foot or five minutes by taxi.
Gagosian has expanded into a formidable art network of 16 galleries worldwide since its first gallery opened in 1980, but the Beverly Hills outpost was the original. With a focus on contemporary and modern art, the LA gallery has hosted exhibitions from the likes of Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons, to name but a few, and is a must for any visiting art lover.
To get to Spago in time for your lunch reservation, take a 10-minute walk.
The flagship restaurant of the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group, Spago offers diners two Michelin star cuisine from the renowned chef. Choose from the seasonal a la carte menu or select the innovative thirteen-course California Tasting Menu for delights ranging from a Parmigiano Reggiano marshmallow to Wagyu steak with corned beef and horseradish-potato purée.
After lunch, the shops of Two Rodeo Drive are just a five-minute walk away.
Two Rodeo Drive
The beauty of the designer wares on display in the boutiques is almost matched by the elegant, boulevard-style setting at Two Rodeo Drive. Found in Beverly Hills’ luxury shopping district, Two Rodeo is home to boutiques and stores from the world’s leading designers, including Versace, Jimmy Choo and Tiffany & Co., as well as restaurants and lifestyle stores.
Then walk for a couple of minutes to get to the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style.
Rodeo Drive Walk of Style
Akin to the Walk of Fame, the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style pays homage to the great and the good of the world of fashion. Past honourees include designers like Manolo Blahnik and Tom Ford, as well as fashion houses like Cartier and celebrity icons such as Princess Grace of Monaco. See their signatures and quotes on sparkling bronze plaques as you stroll along this exclusive three-block stretch.
From the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style, the hotel is about 10 minutes away by taxi.
Start the day at The Getty Center, 10 minutes from the hotel by taxi.
The Getty Center
Renowned for its architecture, gardens and spectacular sunset views, The Getty Center draws large numbers of visitors every year with its world-class art exhibitions and its impressive permanent collection, which includes a wide range of works from medieval manuscripts and Renaissance paintings to contemporary sculpture.
Then, take a 10-minute taxi ride to Stone Canyon Overlook.
Stone Canyon Overlook
Famed for its unparalleled panoramas of the Santa Monica Mountains, this short walking trail with its spectacular viewpoint has been a fixture for visitors and locals since it opened in 1994. Although the vistas are beautiful on any given day, when the weather is particularly fine, visitors can see out to the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island.
The next stop is Franklin Canyon Park, 10 minutes from the Overlook by taxi.
Franklin Canyon Park
Franklin Canyon Park sprawls over 605 acres between the San Fernando Valley and Beverly Hills. It is replete with sprawling oak woodland, rolling grasslands, a three-acre lake and over five miles of hiking trails – ideal for casual strollers, nature enthusiasts or more serious runners.
From the park, take a taxi for the 15-minute journey to Greystone Mansion and Gardens.
Greystone Mansion and Gardens, The Doheny Estate
Both a historic site and a Beverly Hills public park, The Doheny Estate comprises of an early 20th century home of palatial proportions and perfectly manicured gardens. The location for many films and television shows, the gardens on the estate are free to explore daily, with events in the house taking place at various times throughout the year.
A five-minute taxi ride will then bring you to the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.
Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation
Dedicated to preserving the legacy of the art collector from whom the gallery takes its name, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation displays over 400 pieces of contemporary and modern art. Highlights of the collection, housed in a Mediterranean-style 1920s villa, include works by Picasso, Kandinsky, Miro, Rothko and Warhol. Visitors must book onto a guided tour to explore the gallery.
The hotel is then five minutes away by taxi.
All journey times are approximate and subject to variation.