From LA to Las Vegas, these are the top picks for a classic West Coast adventure


Picture this: it’s been two years of California dreamin’, and you’ve just landed at LAX for a 10-day trip of palm trees, sunshine and margaritas in no particular order. The ultimate vacation, that combines Los Angeles, Palm Springs and Las Vegas for a near 800-mile round trip.

Los Angeles boasts a plethora of outstanding accommodation options. But you’re only in the city for a short while, so the Sixty Hotel, located in Beverly Hills and just a stone’s throw from Rodeo Drive, is a standout option. It’s a vibrant, stylish, welcoming hotel with one of the best sunsets in the city.

The state of California is 1.7 times the size of the UK, and Los Angeles is the second largest city in the US, but with that accolade comes limited transport options so ensure that you have a taxi app or a rental car booked.

Take in the stunning view of an amber sunset over the Los Angeles skyline, the home of Hollywood

City to beach

With so much to do, it’s vital you plan strategically. LA, the home of Hollywood, is where the biggest and boldest production studios in the world are based. Paramount, Warner Bros. and Universal studios each offer bespoke day-trip tours and more.

Go one step further and immerse yourself in stardom by taking a stroll down Sunset Boulevard, where you can also catch an exclusive celebrity house bus tour around the city.

If you’re feeling active, Runyon Canyon, Griffith Park Trail and Canyonback Trail are just three of the many hiking routes that capture breathtaking views of the city.

Universal Studios offers bespoke day-trip tours for film-fanatic travellers

Universal Studios offers bespoke day-trip tours for film-fanatic travellers

With an eclectic mix of cuisines on offer, start your day with brunch at Belles Beach House or Great White, both in Venice Beach. Then wander down to watch the many aspiring Tony Hawks at the beach skatepark.

For lunch, you’re spoiled for choice. Eliphante, République or The Beverly Hills Hotel: Polo Lounge (there is a dress code!) are all great choices.

Malibu is a must-do day trip, with its 21 miles of pure scenic beauty. Stop off at Paradise Cove Beach and take in the amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. Head to Broad Street Oyster Co. for a craft beer and oysters, and, if you can get a table, Nobu for an Instagram-worthy beachfront sunset.

Venture back into the city for reservations at AOC, Craig’s, Catch, Bacari or Jon & Vinny’s to name a few, followed by a late-evening tipple at The Wolves, Perch, EP & LP or Las Perlas, which offers a choice of 100 different tequilas.

Take in the amazing views of the Pacific Ocean at Paradise Cove Beach, Malibu

Take in the amazing views of the Pacific Ocean at Paradise Cove Beach, Malibu

Located just two hours from Los Angeles, Palm Springs is a small, laid-back town filled with boutique shops and great restaurants.

Palm Springs boasts 350 days of sunshine a year, so Les Cactus and Arrive hotels are popular accommodation choices for their swimming pools with remote mountain views. Each hotel offers bike rentals, so hop on and go exploring. You’ll come across Boozehounds, Tac/Quila, Farm and 1501 in town, which are all fine dinner choices.

High rollers

After a couple days of R&R, it’s time to experience Las Vegas. It’s a juxtaposition like no other – the peaceful drive through the empty desert, then skyscrapers, advertising boards and bright city lights.

Las Vegas at night - a juxtaposition of desert and decadence unlike any other

Las Vegas at night – a juxtaposition of desert and decadence unlike any other

The NoMad hotel located in the MGM Grand is a fantastic hotel right off the main strip – it’s just a five-minute walk from Caesars Palace and the Bellagio fountains. NoMad’s rooftop pool is the perfect place to unwind before a night of highs – or lows! – in Vegas’s 100+ casinos. But as the saying goes, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!

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