Half a year before we started our trip to America, we decided to book the first hotels, the flight and the rental car.
It was very important for us to visit the national parks on the west coast and so we made the decision to rent a second car during the week in the parks.
To ensure that there will be no problems with the car, we booked it at the nearest travel agency.
Usually our generation book all online, but in this case we wanted a contact person in case of an accident or something else.
I think that in our special case the travel agency found the best rental company for us (age under 25, 4 weeks one car, 1 week second car). The company is called Alamo.
At the same time we booked the flight online. Over the flight search engine we found a cheap flight at US Airways.
We got a flight with a flight time of 9 hours from Munich (Germany) to Philadelphia. After waiting 5 hours on the airport, we flew 5 hours and 30 minutes to Los Angeles.
After arriving at the airport in LA, we stayed for one night at The Concourse Hotel.
We choose this hotel because it's only 10 minutes away by walking and we don't wanted to catch a taxi at midnight.
|6225 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045|
The hotel was not bad, but i would not recommend it for a longer stay. The rooms are okay and the airport is only 10 minutes away by walking.
Update: The hotel has now been renovated and is no longer called Concourse Hotel.
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On the next day we wanted to pick up our rented car from Alamo. The company is only 15 minutes away from the Concourse Hotel, so we decided to walk.
The first steps outside and you can already feel the flair of America.
After we arrived at Alamo's office, we got the permission for the car very fast. But at first we were a little bit confused about the system to pick up the car. Then we realized that we can test all cars from the booked category.
Now we drove with our lovely minivan to our booked Airbnb accommodation.
|Greater Wilshire / Hancock Park, Los Angeles, CA 90036|
This Airbnb accommodation was amazing. We stayed in a own floor, could use the pool and Janna was very friendly. I will come back next stay in LA.
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The location is in the middle of Los Angeles so it's a good starting position for explorations.
After the inspection of the whole accommodation, we decided to explore the surroundings. Our host (Janna) gave us some advices where we can go.
So we went to the Grove. This is a shopping street, which invites you to stroll around or to eat something in the restaurants.
At night we decided to go to Venice Beach. The small lightened houses looks very nice at night and you can make a walk on the wharf to have a good view on the city.
There are in additional a lot of restaurants and bars which you can visit.
On the second day we visited the big attractions of LA like Hollywood, Hollywood Sign, Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica.
So we started early in the morning, cooked breakfast and drove with our minivan near the Hollywood Boulevard.
After arriving, we made a walk on the famous Walk of Fame. On this street you can also find the Dolby Theatre (famous for the oscar nomination) and the Chinese Theatre (famous for finger prints of the stars).
After a short break in the Hard Rock Coffee we drove to the Hollywood Sign. To get to a good viewing point, you had to drive some small streets up to the hill.
In combination with the Sign, we visited the Griffith Observatory, where you can have a perfect view over all of Los Angeles.
Next stop was Beverly Hills, which can be reached via the Sunset Strip. The best way to explore this area is to drive by car through the streets and have a look at the large villas.
There is also a bus available, which brings you to some homes of famous stars but we explored it on our own.
In Google you can find some lists with addresses of stars and so we found the house of Eddie Murphy. This was a very funny experience because the guardian opened the door for us for a short picture.
After this excursion we drove to Rodeo Drive. It's a very luxury district of the city, so everything is very expensive.
This was the reason that we walked some minutes away for having dinner.
Last stop that day was Santa Monica.
It was already very late, so we could see a wonderful sunset at the beach.
That day we decided to visit the Universal Studios. You should keep in mind that you nearly need a whole day to visit this attraction. But i think it's worth the time.
The best decision we made, is to start very early in the morning (8:30AM). Because later, more and more people came and the waiting times grow exponentially.
|100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608|
It is a very good place to enjoy the day. Amazing attractions and the shows were great too.
The first tour that we have seen, was the Studio Tour, with a fantastic live demonstrations how outdoor scenes will be filmed.
The next point on our list was the Simpsons 4D-Cinema in Krustyland where you can see a really good animated rollercoaster.
As next we visited the Shrek attraction but we didn't know that this was also a cinema and in this case a boring one.
Then we saw the special effects show, where you can see how animations or some effects will filmed.
Now it was already lunchtime and we went to an restaurant in the studio.
After lunch we wanted to drive with the Jurassic Park rollercoaster, but the line of people became such long (wait 1,5h) that we decided not to wait.
The same situation at the transformer attraction and so we went to Waterworld. This is a great live demonstration of effects with a funny animation crew.
Unfortunately, the Harry Potter world was still under construction at our visit, which is very sadly because it should be quite good.
After the whole day in the Studio we relaxed on our own pool and went again to the Groove to have dinner.
The last day in LA has come and so we checked out of the accommodation.
Our destination for that day was Las Vegas and so Los Angeles Downtown lies on our route.
The first we visited was the Angels Flight railway, which connect only two blocks together.
Next to the railway is the Grand Central Market.
After a small snack break we walked along the Broadway trough the historic theater and cinema district.
We also made a short detour to the Los Angeles Times where you can read the best headlines of the company's history.
The last attraction on our list was the City Hall.
After registration at the reception you can go on the top of the building, where you have a great view over Downtown.
So if you will visit downtown, i really recommend to go there.
Now we were on the road again, but not very long because we found a Outlet on our route named Citadel.
After a short shopping tour, inclusive buying equipment for our week in wildness, we drove on.