Travel Postcard: 48 Hours in Los Angeles

Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:21am EST
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Got 48 hours in Los Angeles? Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors make the most of the city:


4 p.m. - Rent a convertible and head to the beach where Angelenos get an early start to the weekend. Santa Monica and Venice beaches offer not only safe swimming, but miles of paths for running, bicycling and inline skating.

For a more secluded beach experience, Paradise Cove in Malibu is framed by bluffs and is a star in its own right, having served as a backdrop for many films and television shows including "Baywatch" and "Lethal Weapon 4."

6 p.m. - Watch the sun set over the Pacific while sipping a Mai Tai cocktail at Gladstone's, located at the intersection of the Pacific Coast Highway and Sunset Blvd. Indulge yourself at their raw bar or relax on the patio overlooking the ocean where surfers ride the waves and schools of dolphins pass by.

8 p.m. - Hit the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica for a true locals experience complete with a farmer's market, shops, bars, restaurants and street performers. Walk over to the Santa Monica Pier and take a night ride on the Carousel, as seen in "Iron Man"


9 a.m. - Head Downtown to bargain shop till you drop in the LA Fashion District ( ), the hub of the West Coast apparel industry with 1,000 stores in 90 blocks. Saturday is the busiest day as wholesalers open their stores to the public.   Continued...

<p>The Los Angeles downtown skyline is pictured from the Baldwin Hills State Park, California October 12, 2011. Picture taken October 12, 2011 REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>