Are you in need of a weekend getaway with limited time and money? Why not consider going on a local getaway? As California natives, my friends and I have visited LA many times before. One weekend, we spend just two days in LA. Everything we did during that weekend, we’ve already done before. Some activities included hiking, eating, and of course, attending a concert. But if you’ve never been to LA before and don’t know what to do, here are some things you can do within 48 hours in LA!
8 Things to do Within 48 Hours in LA
1) Check out a hotel’s restaurant and bar.
First of all, you want to make sure you have a place to stay during your weekend in LA. You can stay with family or friends, book an Airbnb, stay at a local inn, or rack up your loyalty points by staying at a hotel chain. For this trip, my friends and I chose the latter. We’re Hilton members so we decided to stay at the DoubleTree… Mostly because we love getting fresh chocolate chip cookies at check-in!
When we got to LA, we were already exhausted from driving. So we took it easy by doing some shopping and swimming. By the time we all washed up, we were hungry but too tired to drive anywhere for food. So we went downstairs to the DoubleTree’s lobby, where there was a restaurant and bar area. I had a simple salad with delicious Asian pears. The salad was light and refreshing.
2) Drink a green smoothie from a local juice bar.
Next, you can spend your weekend in LA discovering new smoothie and juice bars.
Usually, I’ll have an energy bar or smoothie in the morning if I’m on the go or don’t have time for breakfast. On our first morning in LA, we woke up a little late but had planned on hiking. So we searched for something quick and easy to consume during our drive up to Griffith Park.
While scrolling through Yelp for smoothies and juice bars, we stumbled upon Qwench Juice Bar, which has various locations throughout mostly LA and other states. I got the Spinach Greens smoothie, which contains spinach, kale, mango, banana, coconut water, chia seeds, agave, and almonds. The Spinach Greens smoothie was a little thick and gritty but overall tasty and filling!
3) Hike through Griffith Park.
Third of all, you can go hiking during your 48 hours in LA. The city has many hiking trails to choose from, no matter what level of hiker you are.
Hiking the Hollywood Sign was an activity on our to-do list for the weekend. So we drove up to Griffith Park to start our trek. We really wanted to complete the hike but didn’t because we started too late in the afternoon. Plus, it was already hot and we were sweating. At least we can say we tried and there will always be another time.
Not to mention, we met some fellow hikers with friendly dogs.
If you like to stay active, even on your vacation, check out on of LA’s hiking trails!
4) Eat at Umami Burger.
Another way to spend your weekend in LA is by visiting Umami Burger. It’s been a few years since I last went. So it was like a brand new experience for me.
My friend Laura is vegan and always raves about the Impossible Burger from Umami Burger, which is entirely vegan but “looks, tastes, and smells just like a beef burger.”
Obviously, a stop at Umami Burger was a must for us! While Laura enjoyed her Impossible Burger, I had Sam’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich. The sandwich includes two fried chicken strips with pickles, umami slaw, and classic sauce on a toasted brioche bun. The mixture of textures and the right amount of kick made the sandwich so tasty.
Whether you’re a vegan or a meat-eater, you should try Umami Burger. I’m sure you’ll find something you like on the menu!
5) Get coffee or tea from Alfred.
Also, you can pretend to be an LA local by getting coffee from Alfred.
Plus, they have a few locations around LA and they’re all quite IG-worthy. We ended up going to the original location at Melrose Place. It was such a cute cafe. Not to mention, very crowded.
But it was well worth the wait! And photo ops.
So if you’re in LA and are looking to amp up your IG’s aesthetics, Alfred is one of the places to go.
6) Attend a concert.
And of course, what’s a weekend in LA without attending a concert?
From the El Rey Theatre to the Walt Disney Concert Hall, LA is full of concert venues. This time, I went to see Harry Styles at the Forum, where he played two sold-out shows in a row. What made it even more special was that we went to the last show of his first solo tour. Not to mention, he played “Kiwi” three times before finally leaving the stage.
Whenever you’re in LA, please take advantage of the culture and activities.
7) Recharge with some ramen.
Then, you can recover from the previous night by getting some hearty, filling ramen.
One of my most favorite places to eat in LA is JINYA Ramen Bar. I never went out for ramen until a few years ago, when I went to LA with some friends and they all wanted ramen. Now I understand the hype. The ramen from JINYA is so hearty and filling. It’s perfect on a cold day… Or when you’re recovering from the night before.
If you’re a foodie looking for the next place to review, definitely stop by JINYA for some ramen.
8) Get coffee or tea from Urth Caffé.
And finally, you have to finish off your weekend in LA with some local coffee.
Another one of my favorite spots in LA is Urth Caffé. Before heading home, we stopped by Urth Caffé to fuel ourselves with caffeine. I got matcha tea with soy milk. But if you’re not into caffeine, they also have food!
It was a short but fun filled weekend in LA. It definitely helped me get my mind off of work and I can’t wait to go back.
How would you spend 48 hours in LA?
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