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48 Hours in Hollywood: Your Ultimate Guide to Glamour, Glitz, Magic and Adventure!

48 Hours in Hollywood: Your Ultimate Guide to Glamour, Glitz, Magic and Adventure!

Welcome to the entertainment capital of the world – Hollywood! With its iconic landmarks, vibrant culture, and star-studded attractions, Hollywood is the perfect destination for an unforgettable weekend getaway. Get ready to immerse yourself in the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown as we explore the best of what this legendary city has to offer in just 48 hours. 

Day 1: Lights, Camera, Action!

Tim McGraw Hollywood Walk of Fame Star.Start your day with a stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where you can marvel at the thousands of stars dedicated to the biggest names in entertainment. Don't forget to snap a selfie with your favourite celebrity star!

Rest of day:
Head to Universal Studios Hollywood for a day of thrills and excitement! Step into the magical world of movies and television as you explore the park's immersive attractions, including the iconic Studio Tour, thrilling rides like Jurassic World – The Ride - this can’t be missed, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Chris Watson with Bart Simpson at Universal Studios LA.With something for everyone, Universal Studios Hollywood promises an unforgettable experience for movie buffs and adrenaline junkies alike. Why not try a Duff beer?   Don’t miss the backlot tour, and HOT TIP - if you can pre-purchase the Front of Line pass – it is worth it!

As the sun sets, head to the Hollywood Bowl Overlook for breathtaking views of the iconic Hollywood Sign against the backdrop of the twinkling city lights. It's the perfect spot for a photo op and a moment of reflection on the magic of Hollywood.

Day 2: Exploring the Heart of Hollywood

Early morning:
Start your day with a visit to the Griffith Observatory, where you can marvel at panoramic views of the city skyline and the Hollywood Sign. Explore fascinating exhibits on space and astronomy before taking a hike in Griffith Park for an up-close view of the iconic sign.

Griffith Observatory, Hollywood, Los Angeles.

Late morning:
Indulge in a leisurely brunch at one of Hollywood's trendy cafes or diners, where you can fuel up for the day ahead while soaking in the local atmosphere. 

Immerse yourself in the world of film history with a visit to the TCL Chinese Theatre. Marvel at Hollywood legends' iconic hand and footprints before catching a movie at the historic theatre. Why not consider taking a Starline tour of Hollywood and the star's homes? 

Wrap up your Hollywood adventure with dinner at one of the city's acclaimed restaurants, where you can enjoy a delicious meal while rubbing elbows with the stars. End the night with a stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame, taking in the city's bustling energy before you bid farewell to the City of Angels.

Where to Stay?

Now, where do you stay? There are so many choices, but if you want a property where every detail exceeds expectations and the service is second to none, then you can’t go past our friends at the Magic Castle Hotel. The rooms are huge and great for families. They are not 5-star rooms but a good 3.5-star, and the beds are comfy. From studio rooms to 2-bedroom apartments, this hotel has you covered. 

Magic Castle Hotel Rooms, Los Angeles.Magic Castle Apartments, Los Angeles.

It might need a small paint touch up, but the service was the best! I have never seen a mini bar like this one and the personal cocktail recipe book in the room is a great touch, with the staff’s favourite cocktails listed. Now that's a mini bar! Mini Bar at Magic Castle Hotel Hollywood LA. Now that's a minibar!

Have you heard about the Popsicle Hotline?  Imagine this – a dedicated phone line where you can summon a refreshing popsicle anytime, day or night! At The Magic Castle Hotel, the Popsicle Hotline ensures that your cravings for a cool treat are always satisfied, adding a touch of whimsy and delight to your stay. Check out my video of the Popsicle Hotline here.

Now, have I mentioned all the extra bonus inclusions? Indulge in a feast for the senses with the hotel's generous offerings of unlimited snacks, ice cream, and soft drinks. Whether you're craving something sweet, salty, or refreshing, you'll find an array of delicious treats available around the clock, ensuring that every moment of your stay is filled with culinary delights. Late-night popcorn was a win for me, or the movies by the pool with the unlimited popcorn and snacks. 

My suggestion is to have this stay midway through or towards the end of your USA trip. Why? FREE LAUNDRY -  Say goodbye to laundry woes and hello to convenience with the hotel's complimentary washing service. Whether you're on a long vacation or just need a quick refresh, The Magic Castle Hotel takes care of all your laundry needs, allowing you to focus on making magical memories without a worry in the world. Drop it off or have it ready by 10am, and It was back within 20 hours, washed, folded, wrapped and even with a small piece of lavender and some fun personal notes.

If you have a late flight out of LA back to Australia – we have you covered with our friends at Karmel Shuttles & Citadel Outlets. We will organise them to pick you and your luggage up at check out, drop you off at the Citadel Factory Outlets, where you will have free luggage storage, access to the VIP lounge with snacks and drinks, have lunch and pick up a bargain. Even get your own customised Converse shoes! you'll be picked up and transferred with your luggage to LAX for your flight home!

With its mix of Hollywood glamour, thrilling attractions, and cultural landmarks, Hollywood offers a truly unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages. Whether you're exploring the magic of Universal Studios, soaking in the sights and sounds of Tinseltown, or enjoying popcorn and movies by the pool at the Magic Castle Hotel, one thing's for sure – your 48 hours in Hollywood will be an adventure to remember! 

When you book the Magic Castle Hotel with me or my team, you'll also get some nice extra bonuses. Planning a trip to Hollywood? Contact us here.

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