Travel to Los Angeles, California – part 1 – Episode 265

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Eric Schwartzman (author, educator, and podcaster) about his hometown of Los Angeles.

Over a two-part series of episodes, Eric will give us sample itineraries for 4 days in the Los Angeles area. Be forewarned that no theme parks will be involved in Eric’s tour but instead an insider’s look at LA. So pack up your swimsuit, a sport coat, and nice shoes and get in your car to explore LA. Along the way, Eric points out the cafes, coffee shops, restaurants, hotels and movie locations that he thinks you should know about.

Day 1: Eric starts us at the beach at Santa Monica. We visit the Santa Monica Pier, the rides and the aquarium and then head to Venice with its pier, canals, and famous muscle beach.

Day 2: We follow Eric to Beverly Hills and Westwood. We look over the valley from the Getty Center above the valley. We visit Century City which is now the home for high rises but one was where John Wayne shot westerns. We go shopping on world-famous Rodeo Drive.

Travel to Los Angeles, California – part 2 – Amateur Traveler Episode 266

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Show Notes

About Eric Schwartzman (social media training specialist and author of the B2B social media book Social Marketing to the Business Customer)
Things to do in Los Angeles – with the 4 Google maps Eric mentioned

Los Angeles
View Things to do in Los Angeles: Santa Monica in a larger map

Marmalade Cafe
Palisades Park
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
Venice Pier
Venice, Los Angeles
L.A. Louver
Muscle Beach
ZJ’s Boarding House
Dogtown and Z-Boys
Urth Caffe
The Galley
The Viceroy
Casa del Mar
Shutters on the Beach
Dan Klass
Los Angeles Best Restaurants
View Things to do in Los Angeles: Beverly Hills in a larger map

Beverly Hills California
Getty Center
John O’Groats
Century City, Los Angeles
Westfield Century City Mall
Annenberg Space for Photography
Century Plaza Hotel
Fox Plaza (Los Angeles)
Die Hard
Rodeo Drive
Beverly Wilshire Hotel
Nate ‘n Al Delicatessen & Restaurant
Beverly Hills Hotel
Hotel California
Polo Lounge
Bel Air, Los Angeles
Hotel Bel Air
Murphy Sculpture Garden
Royce Hall


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Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

4 Responses to “Travel to Los Angeles, California – part 1 – Episode 265”

Chris Hancock


I love this episode… particularly the format with specific plans for each day.



John O’Groats is a Scottish town at the northernmost part of the British Isles. Eric says the café is like an “Irish” coffee shop with scones, but it’s actually probably of Scottish derivation…

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Jessica Derr


I live in LA & think this is a great itinerary for a trip to Los Angeles, the only changes I would suggest are a hike to the Griffith observatory at Sunset, it’s beautiful & the views of LA from the observatory are some of the best we have to offer, and the observatory itself is a great place to visit.



Thanks Jessica, I have not done that one myself, maybe next time I am in town.

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