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California cruising: 6 of the best Los Angeles road trips

By LLM Reporters on 28th February 2020

Whether cruising along the unique California coastline, drifting through the city streets or taking in the unbeatable mountain views, pick your ultimate scenic drive in L.A. with an unmissable deal from British Airways. The airline is currently running a fantastic deal for return flights to Los Angeles from £389 per person, including seven day car hire.

Coast

The Surfer’s Road Trip: from Santa Monica to Zuma Beach (20 miles)

One of California’s quintessential coastal drives, start this route along the Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica and head north. Hugging the coastline for 20 miles, you’ll pass some of the areas most renowned surfing spots, including Topanga Beach, where the waves often reach over 10 feet, Surfrider Beach, which features one of the most iconic breaks on the planet and Zuma Beach, one of the largest beaches in L.A. If you do this one early in the morning, you’ll catch the real life surfer dudes catching the waves amongst some of the most picturesque Pacific Coast backdrops around. Drop into Malibu Farm for some fresh, healthy food and local celeb spotting.

The Great Beach Drive: from Venice Beach to Redondo Beach (15 miles)

Explore L.A.’s greatest beaches, starting in the vibrant town of Venice Beach. Known for its edgy lifestyle, you can catch pro skaters at the oceanfront skate park, bodybuilders at Muscle Beach, or simply wander the tranquil canals located just steps from the sand. Head south for the ‘Beach Cities’ – Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach – for a neighbourhood atmosphere and explore the local bars, restaurants and piers with incredible views of the Pacific Ocean. If you fancy ditching the car for the day, bike along The Strand, L.A.’s famed 22-mile coastal path from Will Rogers State Beach and Torrance State Beach, which passes through these beach towns.

City

Architectural wonders of Wilshire Boulevard: from Downtown L.A. to Pacific Coast Highway (16 miles)

Spanning 16 miles from Downtown to Santa Monica, Wilshire Boulevard runs through the heart of Los Angeles, crossing three cities and every major architectural style of the twentieth century, from Victorian to Art Deco. Start the route in Downtown amongst some of the tallest skyscrapers in the city and journey through the hip neighbourhood of Koreatown, passing the cultural gems of Museum Row and the swanky Beverly Hills shopping, before ending with stunning views of the Pacific Coast Highway.

The Iconic Sunset Strip: from Crescent Heights Boulevard to Doheny Drive (1.5 miles)

Known as one of the most legendary streets in California, this 1.5 mile stretch of Sunset Boulevard between West Hollywood and Beverly Hills is home to multiple personalities, with high-end hotels neighbouring old-school music venues. Drive down at night and watch the Sunset Strip come to life with illuminated billboards, party goers lining the streets and iconic music venues buzzing with energy. Catch live bands at the Viper Room, watch top-name comedy acts at Comedy Store and party the night away at the Mondrian Los Angeles rooftop.

Inland

California Culture along Mulholland Drive: from the 405 to Laurel Canyon Boulevard (14 miles)

Offering breathtaking views of the San Fernando Valley and the Hollywood Hills, Mulholland Drive takes you along the spine of the Santa Monica Mountains towards Laurel Canyon Boulevard, known as the top spot for famous musicians and writers back in the day. Mulholland Drive was made famous from David Lynch’s neo-noir mystery film and has featured in many other significant movies, songs and novels. Home to the rich and famous for many generations, the glass houses and architectural wonders that make up the drive offer some of the best views of Downtown L.A.

Relaxation along Angeles Crest Scenic Byway (55 miles)

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and explore the 55 miles through the San Gabriel Mountains. One of the highest roads in Southern California, start the journey just minutes from the city and travel through misty valleys and breathtaking mountains. For most of the route, you’ll witness spectacular views of the San Gabriel’s and the Angeles National Forest, with stop-off points for fishing in Jackson Lake, horse riding trails and an incredible view from Mt. Wilson Observatory.

Factbox

Book your own adventure in L.A. with BA’s incredible sale. Return flights from London to Los Angeles from £389 per person, including seven day car hire. Fare based on two people travelling. The deal is bookable until March 8th. For more information, please visit ba.com/california.

For more information on Los Angeles, visit discoverlosangeles.com.