This one day driving tour will give you a glimpse of the top LA sights from Hollywood to Venice Beach. It assumes you have a rental car for the day. If it's summer, start in Hollywood to end up in Venice for sunset on the Beach. If it's winter and the sun is setting at 4 pm, do the tour in reverse and start at the beach ending in Hollywood after dark.
One Day Budget Tour of Los Angeles
Start: Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Breakfast: Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf or Mel's Drive-In
Hollywood: Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Hollywood & Highlands (Hollywood Sign), Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood & Vine, Sunset Blvd., Cinerama Dome, Crossroads of the World
Mid Wilshire: La Brea Tar Pits,
Lunch: Farmer’s Market
OR Sunset Strip through West Hollywood, Lunch in West Hollywood
Beverly Hills: Rodeo Drive
Drive to Santa Monica via Sunset OR via Wilshire
Santa Monica: Third Street Promenade or Santa Monica Pier
Drive to Venice via Main St.
Venice Beach Boardwalk, Muscle Beach, optional sticking your feet in the ocean,
Dinner at the Sidewalk Cafe
Return to Hollywood
Drinks: Teddy's or Tropicana at the Roosevelt or Mood