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Las Vegas Road Trip from Los Angeles

Road Trip Route. Explore the legendary City of Angels, Find yourself in the Walk of Fame, Visit the real film studio of one of the most famous companies, "Universal", Enjoy famous national parks on your way, And see the sights of the whole world, collected in one casino city, Las Vegas..

You probably know these famous cities from the Hollywood movies, but it is high time to visit them and see for yourself! Stroll along the Walk of Fame and find the star of your favorite film actor. Go up to the Griffith Observatory viewpoint offering a view of the very Hollywood Sign. After the City of Angels, go on a road trip to Las Vegas, a city of excitement and entertainment! Spend the night in several national parks of California, see stunning sunsets in the desert, rocks and canyons. By the way, the Star Wars legendary film by George Lucas was shot in one of the parks. As for Las Vegas... Famous casinos, top fake tourist attractions around the world. The city shocks any visitor with excess of advertising and luxury. Many travelers dream of being here to feel the pulse of this desert oasis that never sleeps.

Uninhabited Nature, History and Culture. From: Los Angeles

Alexander Popov. Blogger.

Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: City of Angels

Our trip begins in the heart of Los Angeles. After arriving in Los Angeles, have some rest in a comfortable hotel room and go to explore the nightlife of the shining metropolis. Take a walk, get acquainted with the architecture, and finally, go to the main entertainment venue of the city!

LA Live

LA Live is an entertainment campus located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. The complex includes sports and music centers, nightclubs, restaurants, bowling, the Grammy Museum and cinemas. The main place for entertainment in downtown Los Angeles!

Hank's Bar

In Hank's Bar you can not only dine, but also celebrate the beginning of an interesting journey! Visitors say the atmosphere here is more like a small friendly bar in a small town, rather than a facility in the center of the metropolis.

Day 2: In Search of Celebrities

You are going to visit Hollywood and its neighbourhood, the Chinese Theater and the famous Walk of Fame, today. This is the top tourist area of the city and if you are lucky, you might meet your favorite actor or pop star. You will also see the very Hollywood Sing and the panorama of the center from the viewpoint of the Griffith Observatory.

Verve Coffee

Really bright cafe with a cozy and concise interior. This place is remarkable in that you can not only have a good time over breakfast and a cup of coffee, but also buy coffee beans of different varieties and roasts. And the staff here is proud to provide services to Hollywood celebrities often come here for a glass of invigorating drink.

Hollywood Sign

Now it is difficult to meet a man who has never heard of Hollywood. Here is the center of the world film industry. This part of the City of Angels bustles with activity around the clock, people speak many different languages here. In Hollywood you can literally touch the mystery of filmmaking. It is here, where the most significant ceremonies, presentations of the new stars of the music industry take place in the world-famous Kodak Concert Hall, and film premieres in the Chinese Theater. Do not forget to visit the Guinness World Records and Wax museums. Compare your hand and foot prints with those of celebrities in the square, in front of the Chinese cinema, and take a walk along the most famous Walk of Fame.

TCL Chinese Theatre

The Chinese Theater is one of the main attractions of Los Angeles! This is a large cinema where film premieres take place, as in most cinemas. Its highlight is the elegant decoration and the famous area in front of the entrance with plaques qith signatures, handprints and footprints of movie stars. It was built in 1926 by the famous showman Sid Grauman. The building resembles a pagoda, the main entrance is guarded by Chinese lion guards. The cinema hall accommodates 2,200 spectators.

Hollywood Walk of Fame

One of the most famous sights of Hollywood Boulevard is the Walk of Fame. It stretches across 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street, from North Gower Street to North La Brea Avenue. On the Walk of Fame there are already more than 2500 copper stars. At each star, along with the name of the owner, there is a sign by which one can understand for what merit the name of the person was perpetuated on the alley. Classic film camera stands for the contribution to the development of the film industry Old TV stands for the contribution to the development of television Phonograph stands for the contribution to the recording and music industry Radio Microphone stands for the contribution to the development of the radio industry Tragic and comical masks stand for the contribution to the development of the theater There are also 19 special categories, for example, the Los Angeles Police Department or the Victoria's Secret boutique. Children will appreciate the stars of Mickey Mouse, Bags Bunny, Donald Duck, Woody Woodpecker, Shrek and others.

Shake Shack

A piece of New York in Hollywood. Restaurant with one of the most delicious burgers in the world. There's always a lot of bustle here! The menu does not differ from the classic diner, but the chefs cook with feelings, and special fruit cocktails are just exciting!

Griffith Observatory

The observatory offers one of the best views of the city center and the Hollywood Sign, and you can watch the sunset over a cup of coffee from the cafe terrace in the evening. Inside the planetarium and on the viewpoints are many telescopes that anyone can use. Under the dome of the observatory, there is a Foucault pendulum, a ball weighing more than 100 kg, suspended on a twelve-meter cable. The pendulum is designed to demonstrate the daily rotation of the Earth. In one of the halls you can see our solar system with planets of a size corresponding to their actual size relative to each other. Next to each planet are scales to let you know your weight on other planets.

Grand Park

The park is located in the heart of Los Angeles. It is great for leisurely walks and sports, as well as for noisy outdoor activities. The main decoration of the park is a fountain, which is illuminated at night by bright lights. On particularly hot days, you can use it to freshen up and it is not a vialation of the law. To draw attention to the drought problem, beautiful desert plants have been planted in the park, and you can always find a fascinating book in special pink boxes or leave your own.

Perch

The restaurant is located in downtown Los Angeles, next to Pershing Square subway station. It occupies the upper floors of the building, offering stunning panoramic views of the city. On the 15th floor there is a restaurant and lounge area, above the bar, with cocktails and music. The menu is based on the French culinary classics.

Day 3: How Films are Made

Would you like to know how the most famous blockbusters were born? You have a chance! Spend the day at Universal Studios. A variety of attractions at your service! After the film studio, go to the Beverly Hills area, where the famous TV series was filmed, and take a picture in front of the iconic sign.

Langer's Delicatessen-Restaurant

Cafe is popular with tourists and locals for it serves the best pastrami, specially prepared meat delicacy, in the city. It is served here with salads, burgers or sandwiches.

Universal CityWalk Hollywood

Universal Studios is one of the most famous Hollywood film studios, which has been pleasing the audience with great films for more than 100 years. Universal Studios Hollywood is a huge entertainment complex, divided into parts dedicated to a particular film or cartoon. In addition to attractions, there are scenery and even fake streets used in the shooting.There are both entertainment and operated film industry pavilions for making films in the "here and now" mode. It is better to buy tickets in advance, on the official website, to skip the lines.

Urth Caffé

We will have lunch in a nice cafe located in Beverly Hills. Passing by, you immediately pay attention to the building low-key, but very attractive decor. The facility will definitely appeal to those who adhere to a healthy diet and prefer organic foods. The menu consists of a lot of delicious and healthy dishes, a large selection of coffee and tea, matcha, masala and other popular drinks.

Beverly Hills Sign

Beverly Gardens is a beautiful city park that stretches along Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills. There are neat paved paths, well-groomed lawns, and exotic flowers grow on flowerbeds. Also in the park are numerous statues, a fountain, a picturesque lake and, of course, the iconic Beverly Hills Sign, which is a tourist favorite place to do photos.

Urban Light

Since its opening at LACMA in February 2008, Urban Light has been unofficially called a symbol of the Los Angeles and is indeed the most popular work on campus. An installation consisting of 202 historic street lamps of the 1920s – 1930s, originally distributed throughout Southern California, was a gift from the Gordon Family Foundation.   In honor of the 10th anniversary of the sculpture, in 2018, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation sponsored the replacement of all 309 incandescent bulbs with LEDs, saving about 90% of electricity for LACMA and reducing greenhouse gases and other harmful pollutants.

Faith & Flower

Faith & Flower is a modern Los Angeles restaurant located at the WaterMarke Tower. The restaurant owes its name to the two main periods of the American Renaissance era - the 1920s and modern times, which have basically formed the community of Los Angeles. "Flower" refers to the street where the restaurant is located today, and "Faith" refers to the name of the street in the early 1920s. The decorative elements developed by AvroKODesign reflect the intersection of modernity and antiquity, including such elements as a partition consisting of doors assembled in the 1920s, a large-scale wall in the form of handmade sun rays and a picture made by the famous street artist Robert Vargas.

Day 4: Road to the Sin City!

The road to Las Vegas will pass through several national parks. The first one on your way is Joshua Tree National Park. You will spend the day here exploring the rock massif and see the very Joshua trees, after which the park is named. Find a place to watch the sunset, the sight will make your day!

Jameson Brown Coffee Roasters

Jameson Brown was opened by two friends obsessed with making coffee drinks. According to the founders, this is not just a coffee house, it is the real philosophy of coffee art. Since 2006, the owners of the coffee house have been practicing their experiments with different methods of roasting coffee beans and making drinks to get a wide range of tastes. And in addition to coffee, there is a good selection of pastries.

Stater Bros. Markets

Before a long journey you need to buy some food for the road and picnic in Joshua Tree National Park. The official opening of the first Stater Bros store was held in the midst of the Great Depression, August 17, 1936. Over the years, Stater Bros has become a cult name in Southern California thanks to continuous assessment and quality control in stores, low prices, friendly service and of course fresh products. According to a report published on Forbes, the network is among the top 20 US companies.

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is located in southeastern California in the Mojave and Colorado deserts. This is a unique natural reserve named after its main attraction, the Joshua tree. It owes its name to Mormons, who decided that the figure of the tree resembled the praying Joshua. Joshua Three National Park is also famous for its rocks. A lot of experienced climbers and laymen come here to improve their skills. Some of the rocks in the park stand alone above the landscape. They are called Inselberg, which in German means a mountain island. The oldest rocks of Joshua Tree Park are Gneiss. They are believed to remain from those ancient times when shale rocks appeared on the continent of Rodinia. To see spectacular sunsets in the Joshua Tree Park, it is worth spending the night here. On the territory are campgrounds, you can sleep in tents, or go to the hotel at the entrance to the park.

Ryan Mountain Summit

At the end of exploring Joshua Tree National Park, hike Ryan Mountain offering a great view of the nature reserve from above. This mountain cannot be called too high or too steep, and hiking it will be easy even for a novice traveler, and panoramic pictures from the top will be admirable.

Natural Sisters

Near the information center of Joshua Three Park there are many small cafes and restaurants offering dishes for every taste. One of them is Natural Sisters. Most of the dishes from the menu correspond to vegetarian and vegan menus, and, at the same time, are all very tasty and hearty.

Day 5: Ghost Town and Mojave National Preserve

The day is going to be full of not only interesting places, but also long scenic roads. First you will visit the Ghost Town, and after lunch there will be an opportunity to visit the national reserve, before heading to the next point for overnight stay and the Valley of Death.

Joshua Tree Coffee Company

In a small wooden building, out of an old film about the wild west, is a simple and cozy coffee house, suitable for breakfast before an active day. The staff of the coffee house and its owner, who often meets guests himself, pay great attention to the process of making coffee drinks. The list of dishes is not too extensive, but is perfect for breakfast or a snack.

Calico Ghost Town

At the end of the nineteenth century, Calico was a small but thriving town where miners worked. People came here to get rich quickly, and it was not in vain, only silver of local mines produced $ 86 million. However, over time, the city became empty, and only the lonely buildings, which in the middle of the last century were turned into the original open-air museum by the skillful and enterprising residents of neighboring cities, began to remind of the old days. Today, on the territory of the ghost town of Calico, you can explore the history of nineteenth-century American towns, visit local workshops and buy some souvenirs, take a ride on an old train, and even, if you wish, look at a real mine.

Old Miners Cafe

On the territory are several cafes and food stores. You can hang out, imagining yourself to be a saloon visitor in the wild west, or purchase some food and hit the road as soon as possible. At the very least, it is worth drinking coffee before the road.

Del Taco

On the border of the Mojave National Preserve Park there is a small town of Baker, where you can have a good meal.

Mojave Desert Lava Tube

What about going down to the lava cave? An interesting and exciting short adventure, but rather dangerous, so be careful. People with claustrophobia may have trouble in the cave.

Mojave National Preserve

Mojave National Reserve is interesting for its scenery, so just freely ride on the local roads, and then come back to get to the next staging post.

The Mad Greek

On the way to the next place to sleep, make a stop for dinner in the city of Baker. This facility serves simple, but very tasty Greek food.

Day 6: Death Valley

Another natural park on the way to the city is Death Valley. You will have a few hours to stroll through the Mojave Desert. Yo can take amazing shots of sand dunes here. For your entertainment, try to find the places where the legendary saga of George Lucas, Star Wars, was filmed.

Smith's

Today is entirely devoted to Death Valley. Before you go to the national park, look in the grocery store to buy plenty of water and food for picnics for the day.

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley is the largest park in the Mojave Desert area and the hottest place on Earth. Its area is 13,628 sq. km., and stone formations have been existing about 500 million years. The 56.7°C temperature record in the Valley dates to July 10, 1913. One of the biggest mysteries of Death Valley is the curious movement of stones and boulders. The movement of the stones remained a mystery, but now scientists believe that it was caused by large but thin areas of ice following the freezing the frosty nights before. There are real sand dunes in Death Valley. Moreover, many of the scenes of the original Star Wars trilogy were filmed right here. By the way, the Valley owes its name to the first non-indigenous Americans decided to shortcut through it into the gold mines in 1849: one person out of a hundred people did not reach the final destination, and the rest came out a week later, hungry and dehydrated.

Timbisha Indian Tacos

Real Amerindian Tacos and more in Death Valley. Large portions, air conditioning in the room. Here you can relax from the heat of the desert and eat some national Native American food.

Day 7: Las Vegas: Day and Night

You've got to the noisiest and brightest city in the USA! Before exploring the nightlife of Las Vegas, visit several important tourist sites, namely: the Red Rock Canyon, the Springs Preserve and the Neon Museum of old signs used for decoration of the legendary city.

The Crowbar Cafe & Saloon

We have a long drive ahead of us, from endless deserts and wild prairies to a shining metropolis, so have a good meal before we left.

Springs Preserve

The Springs Preserve, called the "Miracle of the Mojave," is an oasis in the desert. Based on the territories of ancient tribes and Spanish explorers, it is now a 180-acre attraction that combines history, culture, outdoor entertainment and many interesting events and exhibitions. The Springs Preserve offers a new way to explore Las Vegas. From a stunning botanical garden to hiking trails, wetlands, animal exhibitions and museums. Discover nature and the true beauty and rugged landscape of the Mojave Desert and the state of Nevada.

The Neon Museum

Founded in 1996, Neon Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to the collection, preservation, study and exhibition of Las Vegas signage for educational, historical, artistic and cultural enrichment. The campus of the Neon Museum includes an open-air exhibition area known as Neon Boneyard, a visitor center located in the former lobby of the Motel La Concha, and Neon Boneyard Gallery with signs for weddings, special events and photo shoots.

Pizza Rock

Raising pizza to a higher standard! Pizza Rock was born by the creative minds of three best friends: George Carpati, Tony Geminyani and Trevor Hewitt. Combining George and Trevor’s nightlife experience with Tony’s pizza production experience (13-time pizza world champion), Pizza Rock is a pizza castle with the energy of Las Vegas nightlife.

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Bellagio Las Vegas Conservatory and Botanical Garden is a place where guests can enjoy a soothing and exciting light dance that only nature can create. Located just a few steps from the spa and hotel lobby, the Bellagio Botanical Garden of 13,573 feet is always filled with flowering plants, with constantly changing expositions, organized in a theatrical production changing five times a year and celebrating the start of each season and the Chinese New Year.

The Sphinx

The pyramid of Luxor Casino-Hotel is the largest in America: 36 floors. The only reason it is not as high as the great Giza pyramid is its location opposite the Las Vegas International Airport. At night, xenon light shines directly into the sky from the top of the pyramid, and one can see it from the window of the aircraft while flying over Los Angeles 275 miles away. The Sphinx has a height of 110 feet, two floors higher than the original. It is said that the statue once projected the word "Luxor" onto the obelisk in front of it with rays coming out of the eyes.

Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas Sign

The sign at the entrance to Las Vegas is one of its main attractions, installed in 1959 at the entrance to the city. This city in the desert, known for its entertainment and experiences, offers travelers many opportunities. The famous Las Vegas Strip street with a lot of casinos shines with lights and recreates charming sights from different cities of the world. Many of the local hotels are landmarks that offer free entertainment shows, from dancing fountains to erupting volcanoes. You will also find unique museums here, there is always an impressive list of exhibitions. The central street of Las Vegas, 2.5 miles long, passing through the city from the northeast to the southwest, known as the Strip, abound in huge palaces of entertainment. The street is especially impressive at night when the city is lit up with an endless series of sparkling neon signs.

Strip House

Strip House on Planet Hollywood is nothing like other steak houses, the place combine the glamor of the old world with modern style and sophistication. Strip House guests will be offered seats in red leather upholstered cabins with dull, pinkish light. The restaurant offers an extensive wine list and a delicious dessert menu. Be sure to save some room for the famous 24 layer chocolate cake at dinner.

Day 8: Going Home!

Before going home, see if you can visit another attraction, the Hoover Dam. This magnificent structure will be the perfect end to your journey!

Bruxie

This place is ideal for a quick breakfast needed to save time for visiting all the places planned for today. Sandwiches with crispy waffles instead of bread are served here. Must-try dish!

Hoover Dam

One of the largest dams in the world. This unique object owes its name to Herbert Hoover, the 31st President of America. The dam is a massive concrete structure, its base is 660 feet thick. It generates enough electricity to serve 1.3 million people each year, provides water to the city, including Los Angeles, Phoenix and Tucson, regulates floodwater level and provides storage during droughts. This is an American icon, a monument to the ingenuity of folk engineers and great power. Hoover Dam is a symbol of the era when America enjoyed the use of its natural resources.