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Before you catch your connecting flight to New York or Boston, take a day or two to experience LA’s gem, West Hollywood. This borough in Los Angeles, not far from the bustling tourist district of Hollywood, offers a glimpse into how the A-list live. Here's how to make the most out of 48 hours in West Hollywood.   

Day 1 

Runyon Canyon 

Odds are you’ll want to get some fresh air especially after that 15-hour flight. Grab a pair of shorts, some water and sunscreen and head to the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains. Catch the Runyon Trail at the top of Fuller Avenue, two blocks north of Hollywood Boulevard. You can choose from a one, two or three-mile trek with the longer trails offering higher elevation gains.

Original Tommy's Hamburger

Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, get down to Hollywood Boulevard for some hunger satisfying burgers. A 70-year old tradition, Original Tommy's is not to be missed. 

5873 Hollywood Blvd 

Melrose Avenue

A walk west from Fairfax takes you from funky to fancy and always fabulous. After shopping, check out one of the trendy hot stops for dinner or coffee at Taste before you head out for a night in Hollywood. 

Enjoy a comedy show Comedy Store, Laugh Factory, Improv

Laugh the night away at one of the many legendary clubs that have launched the careers of world-famous comedians. Some of the best include Comedy StoreLaugh Factory and Hollywood Improv.   

Day 2

LACMA

The famous street lights outside LACMA are enough of a draw to visit this renowned art museum, but frequent special events and free outdoor jazz concerts offer even more of an incentive to go.

5905 Wilshire Blvd

La Brea Tar Pits

For any lover of archeology and the pre-historic times, a visit to La Brea Tar Pits and Museum is a must. You'll go back in time as you can view millions of bones from hundreds of species and even watch bubbling pools of tar, which have been bubbling for tens of thousands of years. 

5801 Wilshire Blvd

Marie Callender's on Wilshire

A short walk from LACMA and La Brea Tar Pits will bring you to a legendary lunch spot, Marie Callender's. Intimate seating and fun memorabilia will bring you down memory lane as you admire the lavish bar and imagine a time when celebrities would come in with their entourage.

5773 Wilshire Blvd

If you have time

The Grove

It's almost impossible not to spot celebrities at The Grove, so get your camera out and embark on a celebrity safari. If you enjoy upscale shopping, this busy and trendy mecca should not be missed. 

Tip: Enjoy your shopping stress-free and go for the valet parking as it's the same price as self-parking. 

189 The Grove Dr

The Original Farmers Market

Before The Grove was built, the old wood structure of the farmer's market was all that existed in this area for decades. Uttering the now famous phrase "meet me at Third and Fairfax" was often used to denote this meeting place to secure movie deals by handshake. Now, you're destined to find any culinary delight at the market with its offerings of incredible seafood, ribs, snacks, sweets and produce. 

6333 W 3rd St