Spring Break is upon us! While you may dream of visiting other exotic locales, there are travelers who are excited to be visiting YOUR hometown. This is certainly true for Los Angeles. More than 10 million visitors a year come to LA just to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Perhaps you have a few days off, but nowhere to go, or not enough time to really plan your dream vacation. Treat yourself to a staycation and see what all those visitors come to see.
If you find yourself staying in Los Angeles while everyone else goes on vacation, you can brag about all you did in your own hometown without having to splurge for an expensive airline ticket!
Here I’ve outlined just a few events and activities to make your staycation not only fun but brag-worthy!
The Walk of Fame currently has 2,521 stars with Orlando Bloom having the most shiny star, receiving his honor on Wednesday April 2. His star is located between the TCL Chinese Theatre and Madame Tussauds. If you want to see every star, wear your walking shoes as you get some bonus exercise; you will cover 15 city blocks and more than 3 miles.
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Speaking of Madame Tussauds, after you’ve mooned over Orlando Bloom’s new star, step into this legendary museum on Hollywood Boulevard to check out the two newest life-size wax figures of Sandra Bullock and Anne Hathaway. Madame Tussauds Hollywood has announced the unveiling of 12 new figures in 2014!
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The Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building is always a fun place to spend a few hours perusing photos, costumes, keepsakes, documents, film and TV props and more.
MUSEUMS & EXHIBITS:
There are several specialty exhibits going on right now at the many museums around Los Angeles from DTLA to Glendale to the Miracle Mile:
FIDM: Visit the 22nd Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition
Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale: Visit A Million and One Pieces by David Tracy exhibition, featuring lots of Lego bricks!
LACMA: Visit the Journey of a Dress exhibition, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Diane Von Furstenberg wrap-dress
Museum of Tolerance: Visit Anne, a premiere experiential exhibit, about the life and death of Anne Frank
Pantages Theatre: If you can’t make it to Broadway in NYC head to Hollywood Boulevard where The Book of Mormon, winner of 9 Tony Awards, is playing through May 11
TAKE a TOUR
Dearly Departed takes a different turn by showing you the dark side of LA, complete with visits to murder locations, crime scene photos, and even recorded 911 calls
LA Woman Tours offers unique perspectives into the lives of famous Angelenos including Marilyn Monroe, Jean Harlow, Jim Morrison and The Doors
Pedal or Not offers scenic guided beach tours of Santa Monica and the Venice Canals on a fun electric bike…so you can choose to pedal or not!
TOURific Escapes (that’s us!) offers sightseeing & food tasting tours around Los Angeles. Let us show you the amazing landmarks that made Hollywood famous and the food that keeps Angelenos happy! You may also like to meet our Celebrity Insider who will show you popular and iconic movie locations.
EXPLORE ICONIC LOS ANGELES
ArcLight Cinerama Dome
Los Angeles Zoo
Original Farmer’s Market
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Take in a beautiful sunset on the Rooftop Lounge at the Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica
Grab a seat at The Lobster’s outdoor bar, order a Tide Pool Martini and people-watch as the crowds come and go at the entrance of the Santa Monica Pier.
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MessHall Kitchen, a summer camp-themed eatery in Los Feliz that serves comfort food with a modern twist, has all the fixins for making S’mores. Now this is my kind of camping!
If none of the above sound fun to you while planning your staycation, you’ve got a nice assortment of beaches to choose from and don’t forget all those amusement parks!
By Trish Procetto