Los Angeles is an entire universe unto itself. But just beyond the city limits are some of California’s premier coastal retreats, sun-soaked towns, theme parks, and island escapes. Maximize your SoCal experience on one of these day trips from LA.
Los Angeles can sometimes feel like a concrete jungle, but just off the coast is Catalina Island, a laid-back seaside community that’s part of the Channel Islands archipelago. Catalina visitors can explore a range of historic architecture, see bountiful marine life, and try numerous activities. You might scout for dolphins and sea lions during a boat tour; explore the heritage of Avalon, the island’s largest city; or soar through the air on a thrilling zipline ride.
Disneyland® Resort — 27 miles (43 km) from Los Angeles
Walt Disney’s original theme park, located in the Orange County city of Anaheim, has been delighting kids of all ages since it opened its doors in 1955. Many Los Angeles day tours to this world-famous attraction include round-trip transportation and an admission ticket, allowing visitors plenty of time to enjoy iconic park attractions like the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and themed areas including Main Street, U.S.A. Other tours offer flexible pick-and-choose options with access to Disney California Adventure® Park next door.
Santa Barbara — 95 miles (153 km) from Los Angeles
The coastal city of Santa Barbara makes for a surprisingly convenient day trip that feels worlds away from busy LA. Many Santa Barbara visitors head to see the city’s historic Spanish Mission-style architecture and scenic harbor before continuing to the Danish-themed city of Solvang, and then head north to explore the sprawling Hearst Castle.
San Diego — 120 miles (193 km) from Los Angeles
San Diego, located about two hours south of Los Angeles, is a perfect day trip companion to your Los Angeles visit. Boasting an incredible collection of attractions—the world-famous San Diego Zoo, Legoland California, tasty craft breweries, sprawling Pacific beaches, and historic sights like the USS Midway aircraft carrier and Hotel Del Coronado—San Diego offers plenty of fun-filled options for day-trippers.
From the Hollywood sign to the sunny beaches of Santa Monica to the glitz of Beverly Hills, Los Angeles is so full of iconic sights it can be tricky to see them all. This guided tour seamlessly transports you by coach to all of the city's top attractions—from Venice Beach to the Sunset Strip to Griffith Park and more—so that you don't need to worry about missing a thing.
Spend half a day on this air conditioned tour bus, and listen to your guide tell you all about the best spots in Los Angeles. You’ll go to several of the most famous places, stopping and learning about the history and culture of the area. Some of the sights you’ll see are The Hollywood Sign, Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica Pier, the Griffith Observatory, and so many more. This is all organized for you, so you can just enjoy the ride.
Explore Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles' famous beaches, and beyond on this all-day guided excursion starting from Anaheim or Los Angeles. After a convenient hotel pickup, head out with a knowledgeable guide and experience classic sites and neighborhoods like the Hollywood Sign and the Walk of Fame, Griffith Observatory, Rodeo Dr., Venice Beach, and Santa Monica Pier.
Get an in-depth introduction to Los Angeles on this grand city tour. Ideal for first-time visitors and those with limited time, the tours start in downtown Los Angeles then continues to Hollywood, the Sunset Strip, Rodeo Drive, and Beverly Hills.
Visit many of Los Angeles’s highlights and landmarks on one fun and convenient outing. Learn about LA history and culture—its historic filming locations and crime scenes, celebrity homes and trendy restaurants—from a narrator as you traverse the city in a convertible bus. Stop at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive, a farmer's market for lunch, and the Hollywood Sign on this easy and affordable tour.
Experience the magic of Hollywood and see where your favorite movies were made during this guided tour of Warner Bros. Studio. Join your guide and a small group to explore back-lot sets and sound stages, see the famous Central Perk cafe from “Friends,” and learn about green-screen technology. For a grand finale, become a part of your favorite DC Universe and Harry Potter movies on recreated sets.
Take an open-air bus tour through Hollywood and Beverly Hills and explore some of the area’s landmarks and celebrity homes. See famous landmarks such as the Hollywood Sign, the Walk of Fame, and the Chinese Theatre. Keep an eye out for celebrity sightings as you drive through Beverly Hills and view the homes of Tom Cruise, Taylor Swift, Leonardo DiCaprio and many more.
This is a great choice for time-tight travelers visiting Los Angeles. Save hours researching the best things to do in the city, and instead, go on a special tour that visits the city’s most photogenic spots and famous locations. Along the way, listen to commentary and stop to take photos near the Hollywood Sign, the American Film Academy, the Sunset Strip, Beverly Hills, and Rodeo Drive.
See the sights of Hollywood on this tour by open-top Mercedes minibus or Ford Van with a canopy, which allows you to enjoy unobstructed views as you go. Traveling with an on-board guide, you'll pass by attractions such as the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood Sign, Rodeo Drive, and movie studios. Plus, get a look at some of the mansions where past and present stars have lived.
Join your guide for a 2.5-hour walking tour that combines sightseeing in the hills of Los Angeles with a vigorous walk up to the Hollywood sign. Learn about the history of Los Angeles on an entertaining hike that takes in Griffith Park, the Hollywood Hills neighborhood, and the Hollywood sign, and offers views of Burbank, the San Fernando Valley, and all of Los Angeles.
Discover the best of Los Angeles all in one day on this convenient and accessible bus tour. Meet your guide in the heart of Hollywood, and set off. You’ll get to take photos on the Walk of Fame, will disembark for a stroll along the Santa Monica Pier, will stop for lunch (own expense) at the Hollywood Farmers Market, will head to the Griffith Observatory for Hollywood Sign views, and more.
Explore Hollywood and Beverly Hills on a tour that highlights celebrity homes and famous landmarks in Los Angeles. Hear live commentary and get clear views from your seat in the open-air bus as you drive past the Hollywood Sign, TCL Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and more, and cruise along famous streets including Rodeo Drive and the Sunset Strip.
This unique, thought out and well-guided tour has 3 stops so everyone has a chance to take pictures and stretch their legs. Passengers are welcome to ask any questions to the drivers during the tour, as you pass by the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Capitol Records, Griffith Observatory, Sunset Strip, the Hollywood Sign, Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills and more.
Visit some of Hollywood’s most popular sites at sunset on this organized walking tour. Learn about the history of the area, and get juicy stories from your guide as you walk by the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Chinese Theater, Roosevelt Hotel, and more. Then, hike through the hills for views of the Hollywood sign, Griffith Park, and the sun setting behind the Los Angeles skyline.
Experience Los Angeles’ peaceful side, and enjoy a fun-filled and romantic excursion out on the water, when you rent a private swan pedal boat on Echo Park Lake. Pick from multiple convenient start times, from morning to night, and make your own way to the departure point. After getting fitted with lifejackets, set off on the water and soak up the scenery and skyline views as you pedal.
Experience Los Angeles in style and sophistication on a private tour, ideal for travelers seeking a personalized experience. During this custom tour, tick off iconic LA sights such as Venice Beach, the Hollywood Sign, Santa Monica Beach and Pier, Sunset Strip, and many more. Amend your itinerary according to your preferences and stop for as long or as little as you like at iconic Los Angeles landmarks. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
Get around Los Angeles on this hop-on hop-off double decker bus tour with a route in Hollywood & Beverly Hills, and one in Santa Monica & Venice Beach. You’ll hear commentary about what you pass by, and the choice to stop off at 44 stops. There are three passes you can purchase for different durations of time, providing you and your group flexibility. Sit on the top of the bus and soak in the California sunshine.
See the best that the Los Angeles area has to offer on this full-day tour. Visit four popular parts of L.A., Santa Monica Pier, the Farmers Market, Griffith Observatory, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with 1-hour stops in each area. See the most-famous landmarks of the city and get insider tips from your guide about the best things to see, eat, and do.
Journey up the west coast in style on an Amtrak Coast Starlight train, as you travel from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara for a day of exploration. Along the way, you'll enjoy views of the coastline and Pacific Ocean before arriving in the scenic oceanside town of Santa Barbara. Here, you'll have ample time to explore the sandy beaches, iconic piers, and charming streets of Santa Barbara, before visiting the Santa Barbara County Courthouse and the Old Mission to see the Spanish architecture.
Get ready for the ultimate Hollywood movie experience! Go behind the scenes on the world famous Studio Tour to explore where Hollywood movies are made. Then, face action head-on in heart-pounding rides, shows and attractions that put you inside some of the world’s biggest movies!
Swap the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles for something a bit more relaxing—a scenic ferry trip to Catalina Island. Once you arrive, enjoy a guided tour of the main city of Avalon to help you get your bearings, and learn about its top sights. No need to worry about rushing back—the tour factors in some free time to explore Avalon’s shops, restaurants, and famous landmarks independently.
Explore one of America’s coolest cities on a highlights tour of Los Angeles. During this 7-hour tour, visit cool neighborhoods such as Venice Beach, Hollywood, and Santa Monica as well as iconic landmarks like the Chinese Theater and the Hollywood Sign. Drive around the ‘City of Angels’ in an air-conditioned coach and listen to live commentary on board from your guide.
Spend a full day exploring some of Los Angeles’ best attractions on this guided sightseeing tour from the LAX area. Visit key landmarks such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Griffith Park Observatory, and the Hollywood Sign as you listen to informative commentary from your guide. Take in the scenery of Venice and Santa Monica beaches and capture beautiful memories throughout the day.
Visit the natural beauty of Joshua Tree National Park and also spend some time in the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum on this day tour from Los Angeles. You’ll have approximately three hours to explore Joshua Tree, so bring your walking shoes. You’ll then get to spend around an hour in the museum, browsing the Nixon Presidential Materials Collection and reveling in the historical data stored here.