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First time LA - Beverly garland to LA shops/Hollywood hot sp

Hi - staying Beverly garland - no car - how to best get to main shopping hub in LA -big and best shopping mall and Hollywood hot spots? Already on tours for universal and city/movie star homes etc. one day to hit the big and best shopping places and Hollywood places to be seen and check out etc. best in taxi - how much? Or public transport? One day to do this? Will be there in dec.

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1. Re: First time LA - Beverly garland to LA shops/Hollywood hot sp

to get to Hollywood, take your hotel's free shuttle. On the way to Universal Studios, it should stop at the Universal City subway station. From that station, take the Red Line subway towards Union Station and exit at the first stop, which is the Hollywood / Highland station. Hollywood / Highland is the touristy center of Hollywood - here you will find the Chinese Theater, the Walk of Fame, views of the Hollywood sign and some other famous sights. I'm guessing that your tours will likely cover this area, if they don't use it as a staging area as well,. but you can certainly come here and explore it more on your own, though it should only take an hour or two if even that.

There are a few shops here in the Hollywood / Highland center but to get to more shopping, I would suggest from here you take Metro Bus 217 or 780 west on Hollywood Blvd. This bus will turn south on to Fairfax Ave. and if you exit the bus at Fairfax Ave. and 3rd St., you can from there walk to The Grove / Farmer's Market complex. The Grove is a mid-sized outdoor mall with a decent selection of shops and a Nordstroms department store.

From 3rd St. and Fairfax Ave you can take bus 16 or 316 headed west on 3rd St. If you exit this bus about a mile later at 3rd St. and La Cienega Blvd., you'll be next to both the Beverly Center and the Beverly Connection malls. The Beverly Center in particular is notable - its quite large and massive and has a large number of shops including two department stores - Macy's and Bloomingdales. If you present your passport at Macy's, they'll give you an 11% discount in addition to any other discounts / sales.

Lastly, if you continue on bus 16 or 316 in another mile or two you'll come to Santa Monica Blvd and Camden Drive. If you exit here, you'll be right next to the famous Rodeo Drive shopping area of Beverly Hills. Here you will find many ultra-high end and expensive boutiques and even a very expensive department stores like Nieman Marcus, but also interspersed with all of these are some more affordable places.

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2. Re: First time LA - Beverly garland to LA shops/Hollywood hot sp

If I was staying at the Beverly Garland, I'd ask the concierge the best way to get to The Americana at Brand & Glendale Galleria. Those are two very big shopping centers side by side in Glendale with smaller shopping centers on the edges, You'd have about 300+ stores to choose from.

I'd also look into The Burbank Town Center and The Westfield Fashion Square.

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Scott, great minds think alike. I looked at that option, too since it truly meets the OP's request for the biggest and best. But the transfer via public transit is a headache (the hotel shuttle to the red line station at Universal, the red line train to Hollywood & Western and then the #780 bus to Glendale). The resulting transfer is a little over an hour (whew!) -- actually a little longer than Mach's advise.

If the OP hired a car (or took a taxi), the transfer WITHOUT TRAFFIC would be about 15 minutes. But a taxi would cost about $30 each way and a car hire for the day would be about $35 including petrol -- worth it, imo, but might not be what the OP wants.

Of course, if the OP plans to visit Hollywood in the morning, it's a simple matter of transferring to the #780 bus at Hollywood/Highland to the corner of Central Av & Colorado Street across the street from the two malls. The ride is 38 minutes.

But the return to the hotel (with shopping bags) would be kind of a headache -- over an hour and hassling with entering and exiting the red line stations. Would it be worth it? Imo, opinion, yes. But, a second option (not as good but a lot easier) is this one:

I'd head to Sherman Oaks Fashion Square. Info at:

http://www.westfield.com/fashionsquare/

This mall features just under 150 shops and restaurants including a large Macy's (mid-range to upmarket) department store plus a Bloomingdale's (upmarket) department store. Here are the easy directions for getting there from your hotel. It's a 2-step process:

STEP #1: Get to the corner of Vineland Av & Ventura Bl. There are 3 ways to accomplish this:

A. Walk. Here's a map of the simple route. (A=your hotel; B= your destination):

http://mapq.st/1ec164O It's an 8-minute walk.

B. Take a bus: the Metro #156 bus pulls up across the street from the hotel at the northwest corner of Vineland Av & Aqua Vista Street. The ride to the corner of Vineland & Ventura is just 2 minutes.

C. Take the hotel's free shuttle. While the shuttle has only 2 official stops (at Universal City metro rail station and at Universal Studios), the shuttle will pass by the corner of Ventura Bl & Vineland on the way to these stops. I'm sure if you ask the driver to drop you there, he/she would be happy to do so. (A $2 tip for the two of you would be appreciated).

STEP #2: Take the Metro #155 bus from the northeast corner of Ventura Bl & Vineland Av (this would be the close, left-hand corner) heading west (a right turn) along Ventura Bl for the 20 minute drive to the corner of Riverside Drive and Ranchito Av. The bus will leave you off near the eastern end of the mall (the end that is closest to your hotel).

The #155 has a weekday bus departing at 9:19, arriving at Riverside/Ranchito at 9:39 (21 minutes before the mall opens). To use your time efficiently, continue walking west on Riverside to the western end of the mall (where the Bloomingdale's department store is) and prepare to start your shopping from there, working your way back toward the eastern end from which you'll meet your return bus. Alternatively, there's a bus leaving Vineland/Ventura at 9:48 arriving at Riverside/Ranchito at 10:09.

If you want to use your time most efficiently, you might want to head to Hollywood early in the morning (the Walk of Fame and the courtyard of the Chinese Theater never close) and then head to the mall afterward. The transfer to the mall is very easy when you return to the Universal City metro rail station after visiting Hollywood: you can meet the #155 metro bus adjacent to the station (at the NW corner of Lankershim Bl & Campo de Cahuenga Way -- the intersection right next to the station and across the street from the 'entrance driveway' to Universal). It's a 21-minute ride to Riverside/Ranchito from there.

To save money and make the transferring easier, buy a DAY PASS for the metro system in the morning which will afford you unlimited rides on the metro rail and metro bus systems for the day.

Edited: 04 November 2013, 19:00
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4. Re: First time LA - Beverly garland to LA shops/Hollywood hot sp

Thank you so much - retry helpful!!! Think .we might use shuttle and red line subway to Hollywood centre - touristy bit and then taxi to Beverly centre and or rodeo drive!!! Is Santa Monica beach and surrounds worth seeing? Thanks

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yes, Santa Monica Beach is worth seeing - there is a big pier there with a large carnival (including a full size Ferris Wheel and a roller coaster) and nearby if you want even more shopping is the 3rd St. Promenade outdoor shopping center and the adjoining Santa Monica Place mall. If you use bus 217/780 as I mentioned above, and exit the bus at Fairfax Ave. and Santa Monica Blvd., from there you can take bus 704 west on Santa Monica Blvd. all the way to the beach area in Santa Monica - exit at 4th St. and Broadway Ave.

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