Set of Central Perk Café from Friends in Warner Bros. Studio
A TASTE OF CELEBRITY CULTURE
Step into the shoes of celebrities at the Warner Brothers Studio, where major motion pictures and hit television series are created. Explore the sprawling backlot and discover the magic of movie making. From the set of the Ellen Show to the Central Perk café from Friends, discover how it all comes together. Wade through the costumes and props from some of your favourite franchises like Harry Potter and DC Comics. From movie stars to the stars up above, head to the Griffith Observatory next for spectacular views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign. End your day at the city’s oldest restaurant, The Original Philippe. Tuck into their signature French dip sandwich of succulent meats enveloped in fresh rolls that are soaked in the natural gravy of the roasts.
Walk of Fame
Santa Monica Pier
Left: Walk of Fame Right: Santa Monica Pier
HEAD TO HOLLYWOOD
Hollywood Boulevard is a cultural icon filled with attractions that celebrate L.A.’s rich film and entertainment heritage. Compare your foot and hand prints against your favourite stars at the TCL Chinese Theatre, then rub shoulders with their life-sized replicas at the Hollywood Wax Museum. Indulge in some serious shopping at Hollywood & Highland, and try to spot Michael Jackson’s or Gwyneth Paltrow’s plaques along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Expect non-stop fun at Santa Monica Pier, home to a year-round amusement park packed with exciting rides and games. Take a walk along the pier which is lined with shops selling creamy thick shakes, charming seashell necklaces and trinkets. Drop by the stunning state beach next door for a relaxing sunset stroll or bike ride.
Universal Studios Hollywood
GO MOVIE CRAZY
Head to Universal Studios Hollywood, a paradise for all movie and TV buffs. Start off with the legendary tour of the world-famous movie and TV studio lot which will take you through 13 city blocks and behind the scenes of your favourite flicks. Check into the Bates Motel to relive Hitchcock’s Psycho and cross your fingers that Vin Diesel saves you from a supercharged Fast and Furious encounter. Next, head to the theme park to experience thrilling rides, shows and attractions that put you inside some of the world’s biggest movies. Explore the wizarding world of Harry Potter, and expect some minion mayhem at the mischievous Despicable Me ride. Before you leave, drop by the Kwik-E-Mart to say hi to the Simpsons.
Malibu Wine Safaris (Photo: instagram.com/malibusafaris)
Malibu Creek State Park
Left: Malibu Wine Safaris (Photo: instagram.com/malibusafaris) Right: Malibu Creek State Park
MAKE YOUR WAY TO MALIBU
Start your day at Malibu Wine Safaris, as you witness exotic animals such as zebras, water buffalos and llamas roam the great outdoors from your open-top modified safari vehicle. The tour, which takes place on Malibu's largest operating vineyard also includes animal feeding, a visit to sprawling vineyards, plus a private tasting session to sip on estate grown wines and feast on hors d'oeuvres. Continue your outdoor exploration at Malibu Creek State Park for some fishing, bird watching, mountain biking, rock climbing and horseback riding. Make a pit stop at the serene Malibu Creek to soak in its natural beauty. End your day on a high note with a hike up Escondido Falls which leads you to one of the best three-tiered waterfalls in Southern California.
Disney California Adventure
No trip to L.A. is complete without a thrilling day at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, which features Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure. Opened in 1955, Walt Disney’s original Disneyland Park is divided into eight themed “lands”, which includes Mickey's Toontown, Critter Country and New Orleans Square. Meet with fairy-tale princesses, set sail with pirates, and jump on a rocket ship to explore the stars. Celebrate some Cali charm at California Adventure as you ride the 1920s Red Car Trolley, raft down the rapids on Grizzly Peak and take a road trip along the historic Route 66, which spans three time zones as you travel from Chicago to Los Angeles. Then, tuck into the classic double-decker hamburger at the iconic Bob’s Big Boy for the perfect end to your day.
San Diego USS Midway Museum
San Diego Zoo
Left: San Diego USS Midway Museum Right: San Diego Zoo
DAY 6 ONWARDS
GO, GO, SAN DIEGO
On your way to San Diego, stop by Citadel Outlets to pick up designer goods at discounted prices. Shop big brands from Armani to Banana Republic, Hugo Boss and Coach. Next, visit the USS Midway Museum at Navy Town. Tour this maritime museum to view its amazing flight deck, restored aircrafts and flight simulators. Then watch the Battle of Midway, a riveting 15-minute movie about one of the most important naval battles of WWII. Make time for the San Diego Zoo, dubbed the finest in the world, home to some 650 species of animals, each in their specially created habitats. End your day in laid-back Californian style at La Jolla, a seaside village that offers a spectacular coastline and upscale village atmosphere, filled with interesting shops and eateries.