Los Angeles honeymoons are all about warm, sunny weather, romantic restaurants frequented by movie stars and silver screen bigshots, soft-sand beaches, chic art galleries and nightclubs, and even mountainside hiking for active couples who want to enjoy the outdoors.
Hollywood honeymoons offer a more diverse range of fun than most couples think. Whether you hike up to the Hollywood sign, explore Topanga Canyon, or ascend Mt. Shasta, there's plenty for outdoor-lovers here. Of course, then there's the natural glamor of the TV and movie industry, offering all kinds of unique opportunities for unforgettable fun. Attend a live taping of your favorite late night talk show or sitcom. Check out the Walk of Fame and find your favorite stars embedded in the sidewalk. Catch a production of a real Hollywood movie in session, or go celeb-spotting in Santa Monica.
Then, after evening falls, hit up a nightclub or a trendy, celebrity-laden restaurant, or hip rooftop bar. The next morning, have a decadent brunch to soak up that LA hangover, then shop 'till you drop on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. You're in Hollywood, after all...it's your time to honeymoon like the stars!
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HELPFUL HONEYMOON HINTS
- TRAFFIC WISE: LA roads can get congested, so be sure to leave early to make shows, dinner reservations, and activity bookings on time. Oh, and avoid rush hour! The 405 is one of the worst offenders, so avoid it if you can and plan alternate routes.
- PLAY PAPARAZZI: Look out for celebrities, from pop music stars to A-list actors. If you're bold (and polite), you might even be able to snag an autograph.
- BOOK A BOUTIQUE: Hotels in LA can be expensive, but there are smaller boutique properties that are just as romantic, beautiful, and well-located that charge less than the big names.
- PACKAGE ATTRACTIONS: If there are several attractions you know you want to check out, you may be able to buy admission packages for all of them and pay less than you would buying tickets individually.
- PACK A SWEATER: Los Angeles is legendary for nearly perfect year-round weather. However, it feels quite chillier at night when the sun isn't out, so pack a sweater and pants along with those shorts and light dresses!
- USE A CAR: While Uber has changed the game for travelers, renting a car will give you even more freedom. However you do it, traveling by car is probably your best bet for getting around.
- AVOID AIRPORT CHAOS: A lot of flights come into LAX, but it's one of the busiest and most delay-prone airports in the country. If you can, try to fly into Long Beach (LGB) or Burbank Airport (BUR) instead.
- TOP TACOS: Los Angeles, with lots of Latino immigration, has some of the best Mexican food in the country. Be sure to try it before your honeymoon is over!
- PEOPLE WATCH AT VENICE BEACH: Check out the boardwalk here for some of the best people-watching in all of Southern California. Roller bladers, muscle heads, YouTubers filming pranks, street performers doing their thing, young lovers enjoying a sunny stroll...you can catch all kinds of fun stuff here.
- ATTEND A TAPING: Going to a TV studio to attend the taping of a show is a great way to take the luck factor out of getting close to celebrities. Plus, it gives you an inside look to what really happens off-screen, and when the cameras turn off!
- TAKE A HIKE: there are lots of options for hiking in the area. Many tourists want to hike to the Hollywood sign, but for hikes the locals love, check out Runyon Canyon Park, McCloud Falls on Mount Shasta, or beautiful Topanga State Park.
- GO GRIFFITH: Before the sun sets, head to Griffith Observatory for incredible sunset views of the coast and city below.
- SHOP YOUR HEARTS OUT: The shopping on Rodeo Drive is legendary. But for even more, hit up downtown LA's Fashion District, Sunset and Melrose avenues, or The Grove, which is an outdoor mall with lots of dining and entertainment in addition to being a retail heaven.
- EXPLORE LITTLE TOKYO & KOREATOWN: LA's Little Tokyo neighborhood is one of onely a few truly Japanese neighborhoods in the entire United States. Amazing ramen and Zen gardens are a big draw. Koreatown is filled with great nightclubs and coffee shops along with, of course, killer Korean restaurants to get your kimchi and barbecue craving satisfied.