We took a photo showing our distain for Trump, but were too scared to upload it to social media whilst we were in the US, in case we got told off #wimps lol
If you're really eager to see the Hollywood sign in all its glory, take a hike or drive up and see it up close.
For those that are less eager and just want to 'tick it of', you can actually see if pretty well from the Walk of Fame - simply head on into Hollywood and Highland - a shopping centre right on the Hollywood walk of fame. You can see the Hollywood sign clearly from one of their (free) viewing points.
For lunch head to Vromage - they serve the nicest cheese in all of LA and the owner is really passionate about his work.
Head over to Venice Beach for a lazy afternoon and to of course watch the sunset.
Venice Beach was (you guessed it) named after Venice thanks to its canals. It was actually an independent city until it merged with LA in 1926.
Nowadays you can enjoy the beaches and the cool performers along the promenade - like the palm readers!
For dinner there's Au Lac - perfect for vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters alike! It's in a great location too so you can catch a show afterwards.
We stayed at the Orlando Hotel for one night and this is what we thought:
The staff were very helpful, check-in was kind of slow, but when I asked how to get to LAX in the morning they went above and beyond in helping us work out the best route.
Our room was comfortable and we loved that the massive flat-screen was personalised with a digital welcome message and our names.
The bathroom had a great shower and some of the nicest toiletries ever.
The Orlando also has a gym and an outdoor pool.
The Orlando is set in a great location with a Farmer's Market close by and lots of cute little shops. If you're travelling with public transport, it will be a bit of a pig to get to (train, bus and walking), but I wouldn't recommend taking public transport in LA anyway - take an uber.
Although we only stayed for one night, we would have gladly stayed longer.
Book your own stay at the Orlando here
For example, the cheapest flight from New York to LA might be a lot of hassle - it might stop in three different places and take 24 hours. Kiwi will also find you a flight that stops just once, or maybe even a direct flight, that's not that much difference in price and is a lot less hassle.
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