Los Angeles: Our Romantic + Fun Weekend Itinerary

I can't be the only one who instantly romanticized Los Angeles after seeing La La Land... right?! Prior to seeing that film (+ since I had also been raised in a bubble lol), I had only thought of Los Angeles as where Disneyland is.... which I now know this is far from the truth. *face palm emoji*  There is so much to do + see in LA, it's hard to even fit it all into one weekend!

If you are traveling to LA for the first time, I recommend squeezing as much in as possible. It's all worth it! If you aren't able to do everything, you might just need to plan another trip!

In this blog, I will be sharing with you the itinerary I created for Matt + I during our first trip to the beautiful, wild city of Los Angeles. Enjoy!

bucket list

Before planning our trip, I listed my "Los Angeles Bucket List" items,  based on what I had seen on social media + television! Here were my Top 5:

1) Take a picture with the Hollywood sign!

2) Eat + drink at a rooftop bar overlooking the city!

3) Hit up the Santa Monica Pier!

4) Check out Beverly Hills!

5) Find a hidden speakeasy!

(For those of you who don't know what this is- a speakeasy is a hidden bar, usually disguised as something else like a sandwich shop where you have to order a certain sandwich, a library where you have to check out a specific book, etc!)


our itinerary

Alright the moment you've all been waiting for... here is my romantic + fun itinerary for a weekend in Los Angeles! Please note that we had our vehicle with us during this trip! If you are coming from farther away, I HIGHLY recommend renting a car. LA traffic totally sucks, but all of the tourist must-sees are very spread apart, so taxis + Ubers/Lyfts will add up like crazy.


5:00AM - 11:00AM || Drive from Sacramento to Los Angeles

12:00PM || Drop off luggage at our hotel: we stayed at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live (since this is where my college best friend was working at the time!)

12:30PM - 2:00PM || Brunch at the amazing SECRET rooftop restaurant: PerchLA (DM me on Instagram HERE for directions on how to find this restaurant!)

2:00PM - 4:00PM || Hunt down some Instagram Walls

4:00PM - 7:00PM || Check into hotel room + relax by pool

7:30PM - 8:30PM || Have a fancy + romantic dinner at WP24 Wolfgang at the Ritz-Carlton (the Ritz is connected to our hotel, so it's a quick walk over + elevator to the top!)


9:00PM - Midnight || Speakeasies! Walk through a refrigerator door at the 70s themed speakeasy Good Times at Davey Waynes + then give the secret password at No Vacancy!


10:30AM - Noon || Brunch at the colorful rooftop restaurant Mama Shelter Los Angeles (the Avocado Toast + brunch drinks are to die for!)

1:00PM - 3:00PM  || Hollywood Sign Hikes at Lake Hollywood Park (Tips: make sure to bring snacks + water! Park at the bottom of the hill + walk up to the top to achieve this picture!)

3:00PM - 4:00PM || Window shopping (or real shopping if you're tryna #TreatYoSelf!) on Rodeo Drive (Yes, we brought an outfit change to have in the car after the hike! And you should, too!)

5:00PM - 6:00PM || Dinner in Beverly Hills + drive through the gorgeous neighborhoods! Still drooling over all of the beautiful mansions.

7:00PM - 8:00PM || Check out the iconic Urban Light display (free parking after 7) 


8:00PM - 10:00PM || Wander, hit up more Rooftop Bars, or head back to the hotel to relax!


5:30AM - 6:15AM || Catch the sunrise at Santa Monica Beach + walk up the pier!


7:00AM - 3:00PM || Starbucks breakfast and drive home!

Thank you for reading my blog "Los Angeles: Our Romantic + Fun Weekend Itinerary!" I hope you enjoyed it + that you have an incredible time when you do visit the city. It truly is a place unlike any other. Matt + I can't wait to go back! 

If you have any questions, feel free to DM me on Instagram HERE!