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Hi Guys! We will be in LA for a long weekend towards the end of June. On Saturday our plan is to go to the TCL Chinese Theatre, then continue to the Walk of Fame, after that head on to the LA Farmer's Market, and after that go to Rodeo Drive and Beverly and finally finish off at the Hollywood Sign/ Griffith Observatory. Is all this doable in a day?

PS: We will be staying in downtown LA and we will have a car but will it be necessary to use it to go to all these places?

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Yes, your car will be (very) necessary.

Chinese Theater and Walk of Fame take a few minutes, maybe an hour, depending on your interest. Farmers Market and Grove is a couple hours, also dependent on interest. Rodeo same. Very doable in a day, with a car. Without a car, not so easy in just a day. You have to have a car to get to the Griffith Observatory.

Hollywood Sign can be seen from all over town, it's not something you visit, you just see it from afar.

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thanks for the quick response! i was wondering if there are any other must see attractions that i may have missed out on? thanks

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What hotel in downtown are you staying at?

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It may be touristy, but we are going to Madame Tousseus wax museum and maybe Hollywood museum when we do the walk of fame part. Also will check out the Dolby Theatre.

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"must see" is in the eye of the beholder. I don't think of the Walk of Fame as a must see, nor Rodeo Drive.

It all depends on what interests you and what kinds of sights you like.

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Dolby Theater is just a theater, I do not understand the attraction.

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Well, you could do most of it easily without a car but you should do it in a different order. Like this:

(I don't know where you're staying in downtown so I'll just put you on the purple line metro rail which runs through much of downtown. There might be better options):

1. Take the purple line to the last stop (Wilshire/Western) -- trains run every 12 minutes and the ride takes about 10 minutes). Exit the metro rail station and get onto the 720 bus directly in front of you for the ride into Beverly Hills (ride is 20 minutes; buses run every 8 to 10 minutes). You can add in LACMA, the Petersen Automotive Museum and/or the La Brea Tar Pits which are all at the corner of Fairfax Av and Wilshire Bl. Simply stop there for these or continue onward to Beverly Hills.Get off at the corner of Wilshire Bl & Beverly Drive and walk one more block to Rodeo (check out the Beverly Wilshire Hotel across the street -- drop in and take a look around).

2. Walk north (a right turn) on Rodeo and explore the 3-1/2 blocks of interest to tourists. At the end of this area, you'll see Santa Monica Bl crossing your path; walk one more block and you'll see a larger street crossing your path also called Santa Monica Bl. Turn left and walk one block to the corner of Santa Monica Bl & Camden and meet the #16 bus (heading back toward Rodeo). The #16 bus runs every 20 minutes or so. You'll get off the #16 at the SE corner of 3rd Street & Fairfax. The Farmers Market will be across the street (to the left of the bus).

3. From the Farmers Market/the Grove to Hollywood. simply return to the same intersection where you got off the #16 bus but this time, meet the bus on Fairfax Av, directly in front of the Dupar's Restaurant which faces the parking area for the farmers market. Take the #217 bus north to the corner of Hollywood Bl & Highland Av (buses run every 15 minutes; the ride is 20 to 25 minutes). The Hollywood & Highland Center Mall is across the street (to the left of the bus). The Chinese Theater is just before the bus stop (cross to the north side of Hollywood Bl where the Hollywood & Highland Center is and walk back -- in the opposite direction from the bus' direction of travel -- to the Chinese Theater. You cannot miss it). You can view the Hollywood sign from the rear terrace of the Hollywood & Highland Center Mall. Take the large staircase into the mall and walk to the rear.

4. For the Observatory, use the red line metro rail (the entrance is in front of the Hollywood & Highland Center Mall on the northwest corner of Hollywood Bl & Highland Av), Take the train southbound ("To Union Station") but get off at the Vermont/Sunset/ Station (6 minutes -- trains run every 12 minutes). Transfer there to the DASH weekend Observatory Shuttle (50-cents). The ride takes 16 minutes but the DASH doesn't run that often (once every 35 minutes). Do you know how to look up public transit rides so that you can minimize the 'wait time' at the Sunset/Vermont Station?

5. From the Observatory, take the shuttle back to Sunset/Vermont Station and the red line back into downtown (10 minutes).

So, you can definitely use public transit and since much of these transfers are either underground or on express buses (like the 720 which moves quickly since it stops infrequently), you can do the transfers very quickly. Those who espouse driving in L..A. seem to overlook the time it takes to park and unpark the car at each stop. For example, the car park at Hollywood & Highland Center mall (which is 10 levels tall -- underground) can have long waits when you enter the car park and especially when you 'queue up' to pay for parking as you exit the car park. Add to that, in order to get a good rate on parking (just $2 for 2 hours parking), you'll need to make a purchase in the Mall (cup of coffee, ice cream cone) so that requires looking for a shop, queuing up, making the purchase (more time wasted).

Parking in Beverly Hills is similar. The massive underground car park at Santa Monica Bl and Camden has legendary long queues upon entering and exiting. For the Observatory, it's unlikely that there will be parking available in the tiny parking area there. As such, you'll need to park 'down the hill' on one of the mountain roads and 'hike up' to the Observatory and, of course, back down to your car (more time wasted!!).

In each of these cases, the buses/shuttle drop you AT the attraction so there's no need for long walks.

I grew up in New York and, like you, am used to public transit. It's the way to go for your itinerary.

Where are you from, btw? It's helpful to include it with your screen name. I'm guessing you're a Brit (hence my use of the word 'car park' rather than the American 'parking garage' or 'parking structure').

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we are staying at the omni hotel at the california plaza

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