Getaway to Beverly Hills and West Hollywood

How to Spend a Day or a Weekend in Beverly Hills and West Hollywood

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Because they're located in the same part of the Los Angeles metro area, this getaway includes the cities of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, along with the section of Wilshire Blvd. just south of Beverly Hills called the Miracle Mile. The area offers an eclectic mix of activities, good for a girlfriends' getaway, a twenty-first birthday bash, a shopping spree or a visit to some of the finest museums you'll find anywhere.

You can plan your Beverly Hills and West Hollywood day trip or weekend getaway using the resources below.

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Why Should You Go? Will You Like Beverly Hills and West Hollywood?

This part of Los Angeles is especially popular with anyone who enjoys great style, design, and architecture.

Best Time to Go to Beverly Hills and West Hollywood

Beverly Hills and West Hollywood weather is best in spring and fall. Rodeo Drive is especially pretty during the Christmas season. Check hours and plan carefully: some areas are deserted in the evening and on Sundays when the shops are closed.

5 Great Things to Do in Beverly Hills and West Hollywood

  • Take a Trolley Tour: If walking on Rodeo Drive makes you want to see more of Beverly Hills, meet the Beverly Hills Trolley at Rodeo Drive and Payton for a 40-minute tour. Check times and fees at their website. This tour is more fun and informative than the cheesy tours that leave from Hollywood Boulevard - and less expensive, too.
  • Go Shopping: Depending on your budget, Rodeo Drive can be either a window-shopping experience or a buyer's binge. Either way, use the Rodeo Drive guide to planning your visit. Beverly Drive, Dayton Way, Brighton Way and Department Store Row just off Rodeo are bringing new designers and brands to the area like KLS and Alice& Olivia.
  • You'll also find designer boutiques and nice places to eat along the Sunset Plaza section of Sunset Boulevard between Alta Loma Road and Horn Avenue. The West Hollywood Design District along Melrose, Beverly, and Robertson offer the most cutting-edge shopping experience and shops host frequent free gallery walks, book signings, and artist receptions. 
  • Dive Into Sunset Strip's Nightlife: Sunset Strip is lined with nightclubs, along with the Comedy Store and Laugh Factory. If you've read about a new "hot spot" and think you want to try it, beware. If it's really a hot spot, you may not be able to get past the doorman. Even worse, trendy hangouts go out of style with lightning speed. Use our guide to find out more about Sunset Strip and try these tips for getting past the velvet rope to get into some of the most exclusive places.
  • Check Out the Street Art on Melrose: Melrose Avenue is not only lined with funky, hip shopping, but it also has some exciting street art. In the Melrose Avenue Mural District between Fairfax and Highland, you'll find buildings covered with edgy and thought-provoking designs by famous graffiti artists like Alec Monopoly and Shepard Fairey. 
  • Enjoy Some Great Architecture and Design: While you're driving around West Hollywood, it's hard to miss the distinctive Pacific Design Center with its striking green-and-blue exterior. Many of the contemporary furniture and design shops there are open Monday through Friday only, but a few open on Saturday. Also in the same complex is the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).
  • The Schindler House, built by architect Rudolph Schindler as his personal residence is a favorite of architecture buffs. Guided tours are offered on weekends, and the house is also the Los Angeles site of Austria's Museum of Applied Arts (MAK).
  • Explore Museum Row: Along Wilshire Boulevard between Curson and Fairfax, you'll find the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits,  and the California Craft & Folk Art Museum. Also, you'll find The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Petersen Automotive Museum.
  • The grounds around the tar pits are open to the public, and you can see some of the excavation sites and life-sized sculptures representing the Ice Age animals whose skeletons have been found in it. In the summer, LACMA offers outdoor evening concerts in their courtyard. They also host many of the best-traveling exhibitions such as King Tut or Renoir in the 20th Century.
  • Get Your Sugar Rush: This is so trendy that we don't know how long it will last, but we couldn't resist telling you about the "Cupcake ATM" at Sprinkles Cupcake Bakery. It takes your ATM card just like the ATM at your bank, but instead of boring cash, it dispenses fresh-baked cupcakes 24 hours a day. The cupcakes are delicious, but they taste even better because it's so much fun. You'll find the ATM next to the Sprinkles bakery at 9635 S Santa Monica Blvd, two blocks west of Rodeo Drive.
  • Why should kids have all the fun when it comes to candy? Champagne Gummy Bears made with Dom Perignon Vintage, Scotch Malt Cordials, and melt-in-your-mouth Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels are just a few of the specialties at Sugarfina. They even have a Candy Concierge to help with your sugar quest. Sugarfina is located at 9495 S Santa Monica Blvd.

Annual Events You Should Know About

It's also a good idea to check the performance schedule at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, located in the gorgeous old post office building.

Tips for Visiting Beverly Hills and West Hollywood

  • Rodeo Drive shops close early and are closed on Sundays, too.
  • According to the West Hollywood Visitors' Bureau, about 1/3 of its nearly 40,000 residents are gay. Find out more about visiting from a gay perspective in About.com's Gay Travel guide.
  • Find a place to park and walk. Driving in West Hollywood and Beverly Hills can be a bit jammed, and walking may be faster than driving to the next block.
  • West Hollywood and Beverly Hills are better than most to bring Fluffy along. With many shops designated just for your pooch, outdoor dining and a variety of parks, your pet can enjoy your getaway just as much as you.

Best Bites

You'll find places to eat scattered throughout both cities, but especially along Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. Beverly Hills locals skip the pricey Rodeo Drive spots and instead head to Beverly Drive instead. We also like the laid-back atmosphere (and the food) at The Farm of Beverly Hills, and their prices are good, too.

Where to Stay

Beverly Hills and West Hollywood are next to each other and small enough that you could stay in either place. We recommend a Sunset Strip hotel, where you'll be close to the nightlife and get a better value for your money. Check our recommended hotels in Beverly Hills and recommended hotels on Sunset Strip. If you like boutique hotels, Maison 140in Beverly Hills is a fun and convenient place to stay. Formerly the home of Lillian and Dorothy Gish, this hotel once served as a place for young actresses coming out to Hollywood to stay. The hotel keeps the tradition of a place to call home, but with the luxury of modern amenities.

Where Are Beverly Hills and West Hollywood Located?

Beverly Hills and West Hollywood are on the west side of the Los Angeles metro area. The area covered by this getaway is roughly bounded by Sunset Boulevard, Wilshire Boulevard, N. La Brea and Santa Monica Blvd. Both are independent cities with their own city government.