The Hollywood Sign, the Santa Monica Pier, Rodeo Drive—these sights and many more make L.A. a top travel destination. Spread out over a sprawling metropolis, they also make it challenging to see everything in a short period of time.
The L.A. area easily has enough to see, do, and eat for a monthlong visit. But if you've only got time for an 8-hour tour, the city's spread-out geography poses a challenge. There's a lot of ground to cover between the Hollywood Sign and downtown (7 miles), downtown to Beverly Hills (8 miles), and on to Santa Monica (6 miles), even before considering traffic.
To maximize what you get to see and minimize travel time, we've put together a suggested itinerary for a daylong L.A. adventure that hits many of the most famous landmarks while traveling clockwise in a loop.