How spread out is LA???
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Having done some research prior to our arrival we knew that the sights in LA are spread out, so in true tourist style we hoped on a open tour bur tour! It actually turned out to be great value, the early morning clearly didn't agree with our first driver who kindly gave us (by mistake) a 48hr ticket for the bargain price of 24hrs.
The second stop on the route was handily just outside our Motel at the Guitar Centre, this is where we hopped on board. The Guitar Centre has their own version of hand prints in cement, but if like us you don't know your rock gods you won't know who half of them are. Worth a look though while waiting for the bus.
The bus takes you through Hollywood travel guide">West Hollywood where you can see a few sights that aren't really worth getting off for but interesting all the same, such as Chateau Marmont and the comedy store.
It then continues into Beverly hills, which is a strong contrast from Hollywood. I could happily live here among the rich and pretty! You drive down Rodeo Drive in the middle of the Golden Triangle, and from your seat up high you’re in a good spot for star spotting, alas we did not see one famous person! We also decided that this shopping area was way out of our league and decided to stay on the bus so as not to depress ourselves too much.
We decide to explore West Hollywood on foot so as the bus looped round we disembarked at Beverly Shopping Center. It's a nice area to wonder round in, laid back and chilled with plenty of cafes and deli's to sit and watch the world go by.
Back on the bus, you pass La Brea Tar pits and then arrive at the Farmers Market.
We then hopped back on board to complete the tour and get home. Again there are a few sights to see, the silent movie theatre, Melrose Avenue and Paramount Studios but we decided not to explore them further as we had a big night out planned in the entertainment capital.
We managed to get ready and out early in order to use the bus tour as our transport down to West Hollywood (buses run till about 6.30pm). We strolled down Santa Monica Blvd and found the Normandy rooms for a quiet drink and a couple of games of pool, nice bar. Then on for dinner at The Abbey which we heard was a must to visit and finished the evening next door in Here Lounge.