This was written for a guide for my little sister and her friend to travel to Los Angeles for the first time and explore as many places as possible- a completely epic one day trip. She plans on returning in another month to explore the places she loved for a longer period of time.
No joke this itinerary is going to be exhausting, but totally worth it.
You can download the itinerary below for use as a guide (costs, Uber surges, estimated drive times, traffic, and the like can change and are out of our control). I cannot verify the information, please travel at your own risk.
EPIC LA IN A DAY TRIP 2018
*This trip is meant to accompany the Spirit Airlines DFW-LAX flight arriving in LAX at 8:30am and leaving LAX at 8:15pm. This flight can be purchased at a Spirit Airlines counter for approximately $82.40 round trip per person.
Please click here to read my post about booking your flight with Spirit to accompany this trip.
This trip includes seven Los Angeles locations without the use of a rental car. Travel time is based on Google estimates for normal traffic at the time of travel and estimated arrival is based on the maximum time estimated traveling with Uber.
Download the itinerary at the bottom of the page.
- The Original Farmers Market LA
- The Grove
- TCL Chinese Theatre Courtyard
- Hollywood Walk of Fame
- Hollywood Blvd. Street Performers
- Griffith Park Observatory
- Hollywood Sign
- Santa Monica Pier
- Venice Beach Boardwalk
24 OCTOBER 2018 / 7:00 AM / ARRIVE AT DFW AIRPORT
Arrive at the airport with only a backpack that can fit under the seat in front of you. Spirit charges extra for additional bags.
GO STRAIGHT TO SECURITY- Present drivers license and boarding pass.
7:00 AM CENTRAL STANDARD TIME/ AIRPLANE DEPARTS FROM DFW
Flight time 3 hours 22 minutes
8:22 AM PACIFIC STANDARD TIME / AIRPLANE ARRIVES IN LAX
9:00 AM / GET UBER
Spirit Airlines arrives in Terminal 3.
On the departures (upper) level, there are “Ride Service” pickup signs located curbside. Sign “B” is where you should meet your driver.
FROM: LAX Terminal 3
TO: “The Original Farmers Market”, West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA via
uberPOOL approximately $21.52 for two people.
Approximate drive time is 22-45 minutes.
9:45 AM (11:45 AM TEXAS LUNCH TIME)/ ARRIVE AT THE GROVE
Eat Lunch at The Original Farmers Market.
Singapore Banana Leaf ($12.45 chicken curry + drinks)
Walk over to and explore The Grove– a celebrity hot spot.
The Trolly ride is FREE.
11:00 AM / UBER TO CHINESE THEATRE
FROM: The Grove- The pickup and dropoff area is located at Circle Valet off of The Grove Drive. The Grove Drive is accessible via Beverly Blvd. or 3rd Street. You will see Uber signage when you approach the pickup and drop-off area.
TO: Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA
uberPOOL approximately $7.72 for two people.
Approximate drive time is 12 minutes.
Explore Chinese Theatre Handprints
11:15 AM / WALK HOLLYWOOD BLVD (45 minutes)
1 mile walk straight through to “Hollywood Burger” takes about 20
minutes. Stop and enjoy the sites along the way.
12:00 PM / GRAB A SNACK
Hollywood Burger – Hollywood Famous Shakes $4.95
12:15 PM / UBER TO Griffith Park Observatory
FROM: Hollywood Burger, 6250 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
TO: 2800 East Observatory Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90027
uberPOOL approximately $9.69 for two people
Approximate drive time is 18 minutes.
12:40 PM / EXPLORE GRIFFITH PARK OBSERVATORY (approx. 1 hour)
Visitors can look through telescopes, explore exhibits, see live shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, and enjoy spectacular views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign.
OPTIONAL SHOW: 12:45pm Water Is Life at the Samuel Oschin Planetarium $7 per person.
1:45 PM / UBER TO DINNER
FROM: Griffith Park Observatory
TO: Benny’s Tacos & Chicken Rotisserie, 915 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica,
uberPOOL approximately $27.21 for two people.
Approximate drive time is between 40 min – 1 hour 10 minutes.
3:00 PM (5:00 PM TEXAS DINNER TIME)/ EAT DINNER
Most popular item is the “California Burrito with Chipotle Chicken”
Take food to go.
3:20 PM / RENT BIKES- BIKE TO SANTA MONICA PIER
Use the “SOCIAL BICYCLES” App to rent bikes.
Use Google maps for directions to “Santa Monica Pier”
1.3 mile bike ride- approx. 7 minutes
Eat burritos on the beach or while walking around the pier with bikes.
Explore- do not return bikes.
4:00 PM / BIKE TO VENICE BEACH
Use Google maps to bike along the bike path down to Venice Beach.
1.8 mile bike ride- approx. 10 minutes
Take your time. Take Pictures along the way.
Return Bikes to the hub at “12 Park Avenue, Los Angeles”
4:15 PM / EXPLORE VENICE BEACH (1 hour 15 minutes)
The “Venice” sign is located at Windward Ave & Pacific Ave
End with the Venice Beach Fishing Pier (Washington St.)
5:30 PM / UBER TO LAX
FROM: 3015 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291
TO: LAX Terminal 3 Departures
uberPOOL approximate cost is $15.37 for two people.
Approximate drive time is 26-60 minutes.
6:30 PM / ARRIVE AT LAX TERMINAL 3
Go through security
Boarding begins at approximately 7:30 pm
8:15 PM / DEPART LAX TO DFW
1:12 AM / ARRIVE AT DFW
*Assuming two travelers.
- Approximate Total Cost of Uber: $81.51 – $30 first time Uber credit = $51.51
- All activities are free.
- Cost of biking approx. 50 minutes x $0.12 per minute = $12 for 2 people.
- Cost of Lunch $30 for 2 people (2- $12.45 chicken curry + drinks).
- Cost of snack $10 for 2 people ($4.95 milkshakes).
- Cost of dinner $30 for 2 people (2- $12.95 burritos + drinks)
- Cost of roundtrip flight $82.40 per person
= COST OF DAY (Lunch, snack, dinner, transportation, biking, attractions & entertainment) = approx. $133.51 approx. $67 each person).
= COST OF TRIP (Day + flights)= approx. $149 per person (if both people have never used Uber), $165 per person if they have used Uber and cannot use the coupons.
*This is a sample itinerary and is provided for free for informational use. Please use as a guide and travel at your own risk. Costs, Travel estimates are subject to change.*
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*Post written & Prices accurate as of 10/20/2018
I love living in Dallas because you can basically fly anywhere in 3ish hours. Spirit airlines offers some awesome deals if you plan on flying light.
Here is a deal I found if you want to take a day trip to Los Angeles:
Take a look at the calendar above. There are so many dates that say $61.19 one way “departing” calendar. If you click on the same day in the “arriving” calendar, there is another flight leaving LAX to DFW the same day for $61.19. Of course you can stay as long as you like, as long as you depart on a day that lists the price at $61.19. This way the roundtrip price works out to $82.40 roundtrip.
After declining the $9 fare club and other add ons, you will reach a screen like the one above with a total of $122.38 for each round trip ticket.
Here’s the catch…
It is always cheaper to purchase Spirit flights at the airport. See where it has a “passenger usage charge” in the flight purchase charge? Well, take that off if you buy it at the airport.
This would calculate the price at the airport to:
$122.38-$39.98= $82.40 ROUND TRIP DFW to LAX
Here’s another deal:
$102.40 – $39.98= $62.40 ROUNDTRIP DFW to DEN