Go Los Angeles Card Itineraries

  • 01 of 06

    Optimizing the Go Los Angeles Card

    Hollywood Walk of Fame
    Hollywood Walk of Fame. Photo © 2004 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com

    In order to evaluate whether the Go Los Angeles Card is a good deal, I put together some sample itineraries of things you could reasonably accomplish in the time allowed. Individuals and families may want more or less time at a particular activity. I wrote from my perspective, as a person who doesn't read a lot of the content at museums, doesn't need a long time to eat lunch, but like to rest my feet occasionally, but not be sedentary all day. I also took into consideration the proximity of activities and whether it makes sense to do them on the same day. On the following pages, I present some general and themed itineraries for the 3, 5 and 7 day Go Los Angeles Cards. You could also pick any single day of activities to do with a 1 day card, or pick 2 days to use with a 2-day card. Attractions have changed since the first time I did this, and it was more of a challenge this time around to puzzle together practical itineraries.

    There are a few activities I throw in just because...MORE they are easy to do and worth a stop since they're free with the card, but that I might not recommend as much if you have to pay full price.

    There are many other worthy activities included with the Go Los Angeles Card, but I chose the ones which would maximize savings, while allowing you enough time to enjoy the attractions. With the 7-day cards, for example, you may already have made the purchase price back by day 5, and may choose to spend a card day on a $10 museum, rather than worrying about milking it to the max.

    Since the multi-day cards do not have to be used on consecutive days. It makes sense to plan days at the beach, by the pool, or doing free or inexpensive activities, or other activities that are not included in the card (like Disneyland) on days in between your card use days so you don't burn out.

    The 3, 5 and 7 Day Go Los Angeles Cards go on sale pretty regularly for a few days a month for 10% off, and once or twice a year, you may see a sale for 15% off.

    Note: The prices I am using are the full prices on the day I am writing this, but they are changing constantly, both increasing and going on sale, so just take them as an estimate. The overall savings with the card remain pretty consistent.

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  • 02 of 06

    3-Day Everything Hollywood Itinerary with the Go Los Angeles Card

    The Hollywood Sign
    The Hollywood Sign. Photo © 2004 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com

    Day 1 - Hollywood

    10 am - Red Line Hollywood Walking Tour - 1 hour and 15 minute tour of Hollywood and movie history including visits inside some Hollywood landmarks like El Capitan and the Egyptian Theatre.($24.95)
    11:15 - Lunch - grab a quick sandwich at Hollywood & Highland
    12:00 noon 3.5 hour Movie Stars Homes Tour with LA City Tours from Hollywood. Departs across the street from Hollywood & Highland. Seats are assigned for the same day, so it's best to get your seats before lunch.($55)
    Day Total: $79.95
     

    Day 2 Universal Studios Hollywood

    Spend the entire day at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk ($80)
    Optionally, if you don't need to ride every ride at Universal Studios Hollywood, you can take the Warner Bros Studio Tour ($49) in the morning and spend the afternoon and evening (until 9 pm in summer) at Universal Studios and CityWalk.
    Day Total: $80 or $129

    Day 3 More Studios and Hollywood

    9:30 Sony Pictures Studio Tour - a 2 hour walking tour of Sony...MORE Pictures, home to such creations as the Wizard of Oz and Men in Black. (no children under 12 - not included on Child's card) ($35)
    Note: Sony only offers tours on week days.
    11:30 Lunch and return to Hollywood, get Dolby tickets
    1:00 - 1:30 Dolby Theatre Tour - 1/2 hour look into the home of the Academy Awards. ($17) (last tour is at 3:00, but may be earlier depending on event schedule)
    1:45 - 4:30 Hollywood Museum - check out the movie memorabilia collection in the old Max Factor building ($15).
    Note: Hollywood Museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
    4:15 - Madame Tussauds - Madame Tussauds wax museum ($30)
    Note: The Go Los Angeles Card is only accepted until 5:30 pm, but the museum is open later, so as long as you're in before 5:30, you can stay until close.
    Note: This is a really long day on your feet, but they eliminated the tours that would have allowed you to split the day between walking and sitting.
    Day Total: Up to $97 total

    Alternately, if you don't do the Warner Bros Tour on Day 2, you could plug that in instead of morning or afternoon activities on Day 3 to get you off your feet for a bit. It's a 2 hour and 15 minute tour, with the last departure at 4 pm.

    Total at full price: $305.95 for the most expensive choice
    With the regular price GLA Card at $189.99, you save $115.96 with card
    On sale for $170.99 at 10% off save $134.96;
    $161.49 at 15% off, save $144.46

    Note: Prices are estimates only. Attractions included in the card are subject to change.
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  • 03 of 06

    3-Day Los Angeles County Overview Itinerary

    Aquarium of the Pacific
    Aquarium of the Pacific. © 2005 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com

    Day 1- Studio Tour - Santa Monica

    9:30 Sony Pictures Studio Tour - a 2 hour walking tour of Sony Pictures, home to such creations as the Wizard of Oz and Men in Black. (no children under 12 - not included on Child's card). Weekdays only. ($35)
    Lunch
    1 pm Spokes & Stuff Bike Rental in Santa Monica - go for a ride on the beach path ($25)
    Stop and ride a few rides at Pacific Park at the Santa Monica Pier ($22.95)
    And spend a few minutes at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium ($5)
    Watch the sun set from the beach or bluff ($0)
    Day Total: $87.95

    Day 2 - Long Beach

    9:00 Aquarium of the Pacific ($25.95)
    Midday - Spirit Cruises Harbor or Whale Watching Tour - Schedule varies ($12)
    Afternoon - Queen Mary - Explore the historic ship and watch the sun set from the Observation Bar ($24.95)
    Day Total: $62.90

    Day 3 - Movies and the West

    Warner Bros Studio Tour. The two hour and 15 minute tours start at 8:15 am, earlier than most attractions open. Tours are offered continuously Monday through Saturday and...MORE sometimes on Sunday.($49)
    Autry National Center Museum of the American West is right across from the LA Zoo at Griffith Park. Explore the interwoven histories, cultures and mythologies of the American West and its diverse peoples, with a little Hollywood West thrown in. Til 4 pm weekdays, 5 on weekends. ($9)
    Los Angeles Zoo at Griffith Park can be covered pretty well in a couple hours. It also has some pretty good restaurants for lunch. Open til 5 pm daily. ($17)
    Day Total: $75

    3-Day Total $225.85
    189.99 regular price GLA Card Save $35.86 with card
    170.99 at 10% off save $54.86
    161.49 at 15% off save $64.36

    Note: Prices are estimates only. Attractions included in the card are subject to change.
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  • 04 of 06

    Go Los Angeles Card 3-Day Summer OC & South Itinerary with Kids

    Camp Snoopy at Knott's Berry Farm
    Camp Snoopy at Knott's Berry Farm. Courtesy of Knott's Berry Farm

    Day 1 - Knotts

    Knott's Berry Farm theme park - plenty to occupy a full day, even with little kids. ($56.99, $28.99)
    Day Total: $56.99, $28.99

    Day 2

    LEGOLAND California (About an hour south of Knotts) ($78, $68)
    Day Total: $78, $68

    Day 3

    Continue south to San Diego for a one-hour Flagship Cruise or whale watch tour of North or South Bay in San Diego. Summer only. ($22, $11)
    Enjoy unlimited rides at Belmont Park, San Diego's beachfront amusement park. ($26.95, $15.95)
    Day Total: $48.95, $26.95

    Total for 3 Days: 183.94. Child 112.98

    Regular price Adult GLA Card $189.99, Lose $6.05
    $170.99 at 10% off Save $12.95
    $161.49 at 15% off Save $28.50
    Regular price Child GLA Card $154.99, Lose $42.01
    $139.49 at 10% off lose $15.49
    $131.74 at 15% off lose $18.76

    Conclusion: Not every option is a good one for saving money. Really look at what you want to do.

    Note: Prices are estimates only. Attractions included in the card are subject to change.
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  • 05 of 06

    7-Day Go Los Angeles Itinerary with Kids

    The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood
    The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood. Photo © 2008 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    The 7-Day Go Los Angeles Card gives you 14 days to complete your 7 days of activities, so if you have a longer visit, you can plan down time at the beach or pool between hectic days. You can also schedule in things that are free all the time, like the California Science Center.

    Day 1- Griffith Park

    LA Zoo and Botanic Gardens ($16, $11)
    Autry National Center - explore the interwoven histories, cultures and mythologies of the American West and its diverse peoples, with a little Hollywood Western thrown in. ($9, $3)
    Day Total: $21, $11

    Day 2 - Santa Monica with Optional LA City Tour

    Spokes & Stuff Bike Rental in Santa Monica - go for a ride on the beach path ($25, $25)
    Stop and ride a few rides at Pacific Park at the Santa Monica Pier with your unlimited ride wristband.($22.95, $15.95)
    Spend a few minutes at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium ($5 $5,)
    Watch the sun set from the beach or bluff ($0)
    Day Total: $52.95, $45.95

    Day 3 Theme Park Day

    Six Flags Magic Mountain ($64.99 ($39.99 advance),...MORE $39.99)
    OR
    Warner Bros Studio Tour (8 and up) ($49) and
    Universal Studios Hollywood ($84, $76)

    Day Total: $64.99-80, $39.99-72

    Day 4 - Long Beach

    9:00 Aquarium of the Pacific ($25.95, 14.95)
    Midday - Spirit Cruises Harbor or Whale Watching Tour - Schedule varies ($12)
    Afternoon Queen Mary ($24.95, 14.95)
    OR in the opposite direction:
    K1 Speed Indoor Kart Racing (Must be 4'7" or taller, under 18 must be accompanied by parent) ($25,95, $25,95)
    Day Total: $62.90, $47.90, Using discount combo available for Aquarium+Queen Mary $42, $23, plus the cruise is $54, $35 for the day.

    Day 5 - OC

    Knott's Berry Farm theme park - plenty to occupy a full day, even with little kids. ($56.99, $28.99)
    Day Total: $56.99, $28.99

    Day 6 - Science and History

    10 am California Science Center in Exposition Park - hands on exhibit for all ages. The museum is free, but the included IMAX ticket is ($8.25, $5)
    2 pm Natural History Museum of LA County at Exposition Park ($12, $5)
    Note: You can reverse these 2 items OR you can do one of the options you didn't do on Day 3
    Day Total: $20.25, $10

    Day 7 - More Theme Park Fun

    Universal Studios Hollywood ($84, $76) if you didn't do it on Day 3 OR
    LEGOLAND in Carlsbad, California, south of Orange County ($78, $68)
    Day Total: $84, $76

    Adult Max Full Price Total: $354.18

    7-Day Go LA Card Adult full price $299.99, you save $70.19
    On Sale for 10% off at $269.99, you save $89.19
    On Sale for 15% off at $254.99, you save $103.68

    Child Max Full Price Total: $242.93

    7-Day Go LA Card Child full price $229.99, you save $12.95
    On Sale for 10% off at $206.99, you save $35.94
    On Sale for 15% off at $195.49, you save $47.44

    You could save more if you did all four theme parks and skip the museum day, or do California Science Center for free on a non-card day.

    Note: Prices are estimates only. Attractions included in the card are subject to change.
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  • 06 of 06

    3, 5 or 7-Day Go Los Angeles Card Maximum Benefit Itinerary

    Warner Bros Studio Tour
    Warner Bros Studio Tour. Photo © 2009 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    This itinerary is designed to maximize savings by including the most expensive attractions on card days and leaving less expensive options that are great, but don't maximize savings and can be purchased individually at a better value than using a card day. It is laid out as a 7-Day Itinerary, but you can pick any 1 to 3 days that average more than $65 per day, or any 5 days that average more than $50 per day to save money with the Go Los Angeles Card.

    Day 1 - Hollywood - Miracle Mile

    10 am - Red Line Hollywood Walking Tour - 1 hour and 15 minute tour of Hollywood and movie history including visits inside some Hollywood landmarks like El Capitan and the Egyptian Theatre.($24.95)
    12 noon - Dolby Theatre Tour - 1/2 hour look into the home of the Academy Awards. ($17)
    1:30 pm - Lunch from the Museum Row Food Trucks at the La Brea Tar Pits in Hancock Park
    2:15 pm - Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits ($12) to see the mammoths and saber tooth cats unearthed in the tar pits.
    4:00 pm - Petersen...MORE Automotive Museum ($10), open until 6 pm
    Alternately, spend the whole afternoon at the Huntington Library and Gardens near Pasadena($20), or try to squeeze in both the LA Zoo ($16) and a visit to the Autry Center ($9) before 5 pm. Check for later hours in summer.
    Day Total: $63.83/$61.95 or $66.95

    Day 2 - Universal Studios Hollywood

    Spend the entire day at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk ($84)
    Day Total: $84

    Day 3 - Hollywood 2

    10 am Hollywood Museum - check out the movie memorabilia collection in the old Max Factor building ($15).
    Note: Hollywood Museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
    11:15 am - grab a sandwich to go at Hollywood & Highland
    12:00 noon - 3.5 hour Movie Stars Homes Tour with LA City Tours from Hollywood. Departs across the street from Hollywood & Highland. Seats are assigned for the same day, so it's best to get your seats before going to the museum.($55)
    4:30 pm - Madame Tussauds - Madame Tussauds wax museum ($30)
    Note: The Go Los Angeles Card is only accepted until 5:30 pm, but the museum is open later, so as long as you're in before 5:30, you can stay until close.
    Day Total: $100

    Day 4 - Long Beach

    9:00 Aquarium of the Pacific ($25.95)
    Midday - Spirit Cruises Harbor or Whale Watching Tour - Schedule varies ($12)
    Afternoon Queen Mary ($24.95)
    Day Total: $62.90 full price, Using discount combo available for Aquarium+Queen Mary $42, plus the cruise is $54 discounted total for the day without the card.

    Day 5 - Studio Tours

    10 am Warner Bros Studio Tour ($49)
    Lunch
    1:30 Sony Pictures Studio Tour - a 2 hour walking tour of Sony Pictures, home to such creations as the Wizard of Oz and Men in Black. (no children under 12 - not included on Child's card)($35)
    Note 1: Sony only offers tours on week days.
    Day Total: $84

    Day 6 - Six Flags Magic Mountain or Knotts Berry Farm

    Spend the Day at Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park ($64.99)
    OR Knotts Berry Farm theme park ($56.99)
    Day Total: $64.99 or $56.99

    Day 7 - LEGOLAND

    Spend the Day at LEGOLAND California (About an hour south of Knotts) ($78)



    Adult Max Full Price Total: $531.94

    7-Day Go LA Card Adult full price $299.99, you save $231.95
    On Sale for 10% off at $269.99, you save $261.95
    On Sale for 15% off at $254.99, you save $276.95

    Note: Prices are estimates only. Attractions included in the card are subject to change.