Los Angeles

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.

 
 

Day one

The Will Rogers Memorial Park is the first stop of the day, 10 minutes by taxi from Hotel Bel-Air.

9650 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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.

T: +1 310 271 9400 | 456 North Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Gagosian

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.

T: +1 310 385 0880 | 176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Spago

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.

T: +1 310-247-7040 | 9480 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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.

North Rodeo Drive & Dayton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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.

Day two

Start the day at The Getty Center, 10 minutes from the hotel by taxi.

T: +1 310 440 7300 | North Sepulveda Boulevard & Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049  

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.

Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90077

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.

T: +1 310-858-7272 | 2600 Franklin Canyon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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.

T: +1 310-285-6830 | The Doheny Estate, 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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.

T: +1 310-277-5321 | 265 North Carolwood Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90077

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.

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Hotel Bel-Air

The Beverly Hills Hotel