What should you do in LA if you only have 1 day to spend? This one day driving tour will give you a glimpse of the top LA sights from Hollywood to Venice Beach. It assumes you have your own car or 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.
If you don't have a car available, you can also book a Hop On-Hop Off City Sightseeing Tour to visit most of the same locations without the driving.
If you don't get out of the car, the drive alone takes about 1 and a half to two and a half hours, depending on traffic.
One Day Budget Tour of Los Angeles
Start: Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Breakfast: Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf or Mel's Drive-In
Hollywood: TCL (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: at one of the Roosevelt's 6 bars or restaurants
Get started with the first stop - Exploring Hollywood