I am travelling to the US from Australia in July and arrive and depart in LA. I only get to spend 1 day in LA on arrival. We arrive at 10:30am and fly to Las Vegas the next evening. I am thinking we will be resting from a long flight on the first day and will just go somewhere nice for dinner. The next day I would like to get a taste of LA and do you usual Hollywood Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive, perhaps do an open top celebrity home bus tour or take a trip to Santa Monica beach.
I have 1 more day in LA a few weeks later when we are flying out of the US where we might do universal studios or something.
Any suggested plans for the day to get a good taste of the typical 'touristy' things would be great and also the best area to stay for getting around. Oh and a recommendation for dinner on the first night. Also would it be best to hire a car for the day?
So many questions!
Thanks in advance.