Hi peeps, my first post=)!!
We're a family of 5 from Australia, and would really appreciate ANY suggestions/criticism (err yeah!) of our current itinerary and places to eat .
14/12/13- 17/12/13: SYD to ICN (Seoul)
17/12/13: ICN to LAX
Arrive at LAX 1:30pm, then straight to the hotel.
We'll be staying a 5mins walk away from hollywood boulevard.
Chill for a bit, then roam out to the chinese theatre, walk of fame, & dinner?
18/12/13: Maddame Tussaud's wax museum, take the subway to koreatown for dinner/dessert.
19/12/13: Check out of hotel, hop on the shuttle to Anaheim
Arrive at our hotel in Anaheim, and head out for an early dinner/shopping?
20/12/13: Full day at Disneyland
21/12/13: Full day at Disneyland
22/12/13: Full day at Universal Studios
23/12/13: Check out of Anaheim hotel, then hop on the shuttle to Vegas baby!!
Arrive in Vegas around 2pm, chill at hotel, then head out for some hotel sightseeing/dinner
24/12/13: Grand Canyon tour
25/12/13: Explore vegas, fremont st, Cirque du Soleil 'O' show in the evening
26/12/13: Leave Vegas for Beverly Hills
Arrive around 3pm, wander out for dinner.
27/12/13: Explore Rodeo dr, then head to LAX for an evening flight to Seoul
Sounds like a fun trip. Though I have a feeling you are going to have a hard time finding a days worth of stuff to do on Hollywood blvd./at the wax museum.
I've got a few suggestions though: add a trip up to the Griffith Park Observatory. The views of the city are amazing and the observatory itself is really rad. If you are into hiking there is a trailhead in the parking lot that takes you to the top of Mt Hollywood (ironically enough, not the mountain with the Hollywood sign, but it still has some incredible views of it) There are shuttles that run up to the park if you aren't planning on renting a car.
You are going to be really close to a subway entrance on Hollywood Blvd. The Hollywood and Highland station puts you on the redline which you can take all the way to Union Station. Right across the street from union station is a street called Olvera Street. It is blocked off from traffic and lined with vendors selling everything from souvenirs to sandals. It is has a heavy Spanish influence and shows a lot of the flavor of LA. There are great Mexican restaurants all through the market-like area.
I don't how your family feels about museums but I personally love visiting the Getty museum. Again, great views of the city and the ocean (and the islands just off the coast on a clear day). It has a lot of rather cool exhibits and the building itself is rather remarkable. It's a very serene place.
I haven't done much of the Disneyland scene so I can't comment on that, but I have spent a little bit of time in Vegas. The show 'Love' at the Mirage is my favorite all time show and if you are a Beatles fan then you must go.
In terms of some more alternatives in LA you could checkout The Original Pantry, a restaurant in downtown LA that has been open 24/7 since 1924. Great food and a lot of history there. The Los Angeles public library is a really cool place to swing by, it is also in DTLA.
The California Science Museum is unreal and so is the Natural History Museum. You could checkout LACMA or the Museum of Jurassic Technology as well if you do happen to be into the museum thing.
I hope you have a wonderful trip and enjoy LA. about 5 years ago