If you dream of experiencing all that the Southern United States has to offer, or you simply want to make the most of your vacation time, road tripping is the way to go. By driving from place to place you will save tons of money on airfare costs while also experiencing the adventure of the lifetime. Road tripping and long drives aren’t for everyone, but if you are trying to plan the ultimate road trip, then this guide will help you plan an epic southern United States coast-to-coast road trip that starts in Key West, Florida, and ends in Los Angeles, California.

Important Things to Know About Doing a Coast-To-Coast Road Trip

For many people, taking a road trip is the best way to see the country. It’s a great way to explore new places, meet new people, and create lasting memories. If you’re planning a road trip, there are a few things you should keep in mind when it comes to planning both timing and finances.

First, make sure to factor in the cost of gas and lodging. Driving coast-to-coast from Key West to LA 2900 miles minimum and takes at least 42 hours of driving time. This means that gas will be very expensive when you add it all up, and you will need to factor in rest days between the long driving days to make the trip doable. Likewise, all of the driving days will require lodging in addition to the lodging that you are already paying for in each major stop. (If you are looking for ways to save money on lodging, I would recommend traveling in an RV, car camping, and boondocking instead of staying in hotels each night).

Second, you will need to decide how long you would like to stay at each stop. Some stops may call to you and you may decide that you want to spend an entire week in that location, while at other stops, you may decide that just grabbing dinner there is good enough for you. The best part about creating your own road trip itinerary is that you get to decide what works best and is most exciting for you and whoever else you may be traveling with.

For example, when Eric and I did our 7-month-long road trip around the United States, we started with this Southern US coast-to-coast road trip as our first segment of the trip. We only spent 2 days in New Orleans because we aren’t really into the New Orleans scene, but we spent an entire week in Page, Arizona exploring the desert landscape and still felt like we could have been there longer. The important thing is to know what you most want to see or experience and prioritize those places.

Part 1 of our suggested itinerary

As for the actual road trip itself, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Remember to take plenty of breaks. Driving for long periods of time can be exhausting, so make sure to stop every few hours to stretch your legs, caffeinate, and grab a bite to eat.
  • Download playlists, podcasts, and the Google Maps of the area you are driving in OFFLINE ahead of time. The United States is huge, and despite it being a tech country, there are many places in the country where cell phone service will be non-existent. Downloading these things ahead of time will keep you entertained and also help you not get lost.
  • Keep extra water in the car. The Southern United States can get extremely hot depending on the time of year that you are traveling in. Sometimes we would get back from a hike and realize that we didn’t bring enough water and were thankful to have some in the car when we returned. Now we always keep snacks and extra water in the car on road trips.

Now for the planning part. As you are planning out each stop on your road trip, it is important to know ahead of time where they are and where you are planning to sleep each night.

This guide will help you learn a little bit about each major stop on our suggested route (although there are about 1 million smaller stops that you could find and add to your itinerary as well) in order to help you plan out the basic membrane of your trip. This overview should help you decide which places you want to prioritize, and which don’t sound interesting to you so that you can plan the ideal coast-to-coast road trip for you and your travel buddies.

Part 2 of our suggested itinerary

Start Key West Florida

Key West is a small island located at the southernmost point of the United States which makes it the perfect start for your coast to coast road trip. While technically a city in Florida, Key West is actually an island off the southern tip of Florida that is connected to the mainland by a massive bridge. The island is known for its beaches, seafood, and nightlife.

Key West is located at the end of the Florida Keys and is known for its wonderful beaches, coral reefs, and unique culture. It is really a location for those who love the water and there are a ton of activities that involve spending time on the beautiful beaches including swimming, snorkeling, fishing, boating, and sunbathing.

There are plenty of things to do in Key West for tourists of all ages. Families can enjoy the beaches and parks, while those who are looking for a night out can visit the many bars and clubs in the area. There are also a number of museums and historical landmarks to visit, including the Hemingway House. When visiting Key West, be sure to spend some time on Duval Street. This is the main street in town and is home to a variety of bars, restaurants, and shops. If you’re looking for something more active, be sure to check out the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory or Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park.

Key West is a great place to visit for a weekend getaway or even a longer vacation. The island has something to offer everyone, whether you’re looking for relaxation or excitement

From Key West, it’s a beautiful 159 mile drive drive up the scenic Florida Keys to Miami. The route takes you through Islamorada, Marathon, and Big Pine Key, all while hugging the edge of the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. There are plenty of places to stop and take in the view, including Bahia Honda State Park and the Seven Mile Bridge which allows you to drive over the ocean.


One of the best things about road trips is that they offer a chance to explore new places. If you’re traveling through Florida, make sure to stop in Miami. There’s a lot to do and see in this vibrant city. Miami is known for its vibrantly colored buildings, white sandy beaches, designer shopping, and incredible nightlife.

One of the most popular beaches in Miami is South Beach which is famous for being both a beautiful beach and a good place to celebrity spot. However, it gets BUSY and as a Florida native, I would recommend not going to South Beach if you don’t like crowds. Another great beach to check out is North Beach (63rd–87th Street), which has a more relaxed vibe than South Beach but will still allow you relax and enjoy the waves.

Start your visit by checking out some of the city’s iconic architecture. Miami is also known for its Art Deco (1920’s and 30’s) architecture which has stood the test of time against the salty ocean air. The Art Deco district is home to some of the most unique buildings in the area. Visiting these spots feels like you have stepped back in time in an old movie.

If you’re interested in checking out the art scene in Miami, be sure to visit the Wynwood Arts District. This neighborhood is home to dozens of art galleries, studios, and murals. It’s also a great place to grab a bite or have a drink at one of the many restaurants and bars.

Miami is also known for its lively nightlife. Some popular places to go out in the city include LIV Nightclub, Story Nightclub, and E11EVEN Miami. There’s something for everyone in Miami when it comes to nightlife!

If you’re looking for something more active, head to the Everglades National Park. This vast park is perfect for nature lovers, with miles of trails and wildlife galore. It is famous for its wildlife, particularly its incredibly large alligator population. You can also go kayaking or fishing on one of the many waterways in the park or even book an airboat ride!

No trip to Miami is complete without sampling the city’s famous cuisine. There are endless options when it comes to dining out, but some of our favorites include Cuban food, seafood, and Italian restaurants. Whatever you choose, be sure to enjoy a mojito or two while you’re there!

Florida Alligator


I may be biased because Orlando is my home, but you absolutely cannot skip it if you want to truly experience all that the southern US has to offer on your coast-to-coast road trip. Orlando, Florida is a major tourist destination for people all over the world. With its theme parks, resorts, and endless activities, it’s easy to see why. Whether you’re bringing children or just exploring the adult things to do in Orlando, there is truly something for everyone.

Orlando is most famous for its large number of theme parks including Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, multiple waterparks, and SeaWorld Orlando. Each park has something different to offer people of all ages. Harry Potter World in Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure is a personal favorite of mine, but people also love experiencing the Safaris at Animal Kingdom, drinking around the world at Epcot, experiencing the Star Wars area in Hollywood Studios, and of course, experiencing the original Magic Kingdom.

When planning your trip to Orlando, it’s important to remember that the weather can be quite hot and humid during the summer months. Be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. You may also want to consider visiting during the winter months when the weather is cooler.

Finally, when traveling to Orlando, be sure to budget enough money for your trip. Orlando is a tourist area which means that it can become very expensive, very quickly, so it’s important to plan ahead.

Eric and I at Magic Kingdom


The next major city that you should include on your coast-to-coast road trip is Atlanta. (You could also detour and see Savannah on the way). Atlanta is a great city for a road trip. There are so many things to do and see, and you can easily spend a few days exploring everything it has to offer. If you’re visiting for the first time, here are some of the major things you should do:

  • Visit the Georgia Aquarium. This massive aquarium is one of the largest in the world, and it’s home to over 100,000 animals. It is one of my favorite places in Atlanta, and You could easily spend a whole day here, so make sure to budget enough time. It is also located near the Coca-Cola museum so it is easy to combine the two locations in one day.
  • Explore the World of Coca-Cola. This museum is all about the history of one of the most famous brands in the world. You’ll learn about the production process, see old advertisements, and even get to taste some of the products.
  • Take a tour of the CNN Center. Located in downtown Atlanta, this is one of Atlanta’s more iconic landmarks. It’s worth taking a tour to learn about its history and how it operates today.
  • Visit Stone Mountain Park. This huge park is located just outside of Atlanta, and it’s perfect for a day trip. There are hiking trails, a ski resort, and even a laser show that runs every night.
  • If you’re interested in history, then you should definitely visit the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. This is one of the most important historical sites in the United States, and it’s a great place to learn about the Civil Rights Movement. You can also visit the Carter Center, which is a nonprofit organization that works to advance peace and democracy around the world.
  • If you’re interested in culture, then you should check out the High Museum of Art. This museum has an impressive collection of art from around the world, and it’s definitely worth a visit.
  • If you’re just looking for a good time, then you should head to Piedmont Park. This park is perfect for picnics, walks, and just enjoying the outdoors.

With so much to do, you could easily spend a week in Atlanta and not get bored. However, if you’re pressed for time, 2 days should be enough to see the major sights.

New Orleans

After visiting Atlanta, you should make your way over to New Orleans, Louisiana. Famous for Mardis Gras, Cajun food and culture, and its ghost stories, New Orleans is an extremely unique city and definitely worth a stop on your trip. There is so much to do and see in New Orleans, you should plan to stay for at least 2 nights to really be able to experience the nightlife and explore the city during the day. While there are dozens of different activities to keep you busy, here are a few of the essential things that you need to do during your visit.

New Orleans is famous for its raving nightlife scenes. One of the first things that you should do is take a stroll down Bourbon Street and simply experience it. This historic street is full of bars, clubs, and restaurants, and it’s the perfect place to people-watch or grab a drink. I would not recommend bringing your children to Bourbon Sreet as it is famous for its debauchery. Be sure to try a classic Hurricane cocktail while you’re here. If you are looking for a more upscale, but unique nightlife experience, then make sure to check out the Carousel Bar which features a rotating bar floor.

One of my favorite things to do in New Orleans is eat. Make sure to try some traditional New Orleans cuisine like gumbo, jambalaya, po’boys, or beignets (Cafe Du Monde is the most famous beignet spot). If you are looking for a great brunch option, then check out the Country Club Sunday Drag Brunch while you are there (you will need to book a spot in advance as it books up quickly).

If you’re interested in learning about the city’s history, there are several excellent museums to visit. The National WWII Museum is a must-see for anyone interested in this period of history. The Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses are also worth a visit. These well-preserved houses offer a rare glimpse into life in 19th-century New Orleans.

The French Quarter is the iconic heart of the city, with its colorful buildings and lively atmosphere. The nearby Garden District is also worth a visit, with its stately mansions and leafy streets. Of course, no trip to New Orleans would be complete without taking a ride on a streetcar down St. Charles Avenue.

Finally, no trip to New Orleans would be complete without listening to some live jazz music. The city is home to dozens of excellent jazz clubs, so you’re sure to find one that suits your taste.

If you are looking to learn more about the horrific exploitation of people of color in the United States, visit one of the plantation homes outside of the city. These magnificent estates provide a glimpse into the region’s dark history, and they are definitely worth a visit. It’s a strange mix of beautiful architecture and the gut-wrenching knowledge of the horrible acts of the past.


After New Orleans, you will head to the giant state of Texas for your next stop on your coast-to-coast road trip. Houston is another foodie paradise, and You’ll want to make sure to allow plenty of time to explore all the city has to offer. Houston is a great road trip destination. There are plenty of things to see and do, and the city has a surprisingly diverse food scene. When planning your trip, you should allow at least two days to explore everything that Houston has to offer, but mostly because it will give you more than one day to eat the food. (If you can’t tell, I feel very strongly about how delicious the food was. You can even find a reel I made about the food in Houston here).

If you’re looking for some great places to eat, be sure to check out Pappasito’s Cantina, Turkey Leg Hut, and House of Pies. Houston also has an also bar and brewery culture. Definitely make sure to check out 8th Wonder Brewery and the Truckyard if you are looking for a fun night out.

If it’s your first time in Houston, you’ll want to check out downtown. This is the heart of the city, and where you’ll find most of the major attractions. sights downtown include Discovery Green, Minute Maid Park, and the Toyota Center. You can also catch a show at the historic Wortham Theater Center or shop till you drop at The Galleria. P

Just outside of downtown is Space Center Houston, the visitor center for NASA’s Johnson Space Center. This is a must-see for any first-time visitor to Houston. Space Center Houston has lots of interactive exhibits as well as tours of facilities where astronauts train for missions. Plan on spending half a day at Space Center Houston. No matter how long you decide to stay, Houston is sure to provide an unforgettable experience.


After leaving Houston, you will head toward your next big Texas stop: Austin. This up-and-coming tech city is full of things to do, from exploring the great outdoors to soaking up the local culture. Over the past decade, Austin has exploded in size as more and more big tech companies are moving to Austin from places like Seattle. This has caused the city to step up its game and become an awesome place to spend a few days. And when it comes to food, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Whether you’re looking for traditional Tex-Mex fare or something a little bit different, you’ll find it in Austin. Here are just a few of the things you can look forward to on your visit.

One of the most popular things to do in Austin is getting outdoors. From Lady Bird Lake to Zilker Park, there are plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy the fresh air. If you enjoy hiking, you can go out and hike the Barton Creek Greenbelt, explore Mckinney Falls State Park, or even drive out of town to visit the famous Enchanted Rock State Park. If you’re feeling energetic, you can also rent a bike and explore the city that way. You can also take a leisurely stroll along South Congress Avenue, which is lined with boutique shops and buzzing with street performers.

Another must-do while you’re in Austin is checking out some of the local cuisine. As well as being home to some of the best Tex-Mex in the country, Austin is also home to a thriving food truck scene. So be sure to sample as much as you can while you’re here! And if you want to experience some truly unique dining, head to one of Austin’s many themed restaurants. From an Alice in Wonderland-inspired tea party spot to a Game of Thrones-themed eatery, there’s something for everyone. Also, be sure to try Terry Black’s Barbeque while you are in town, it’s an Austin classic.

Looking for things to do in Austin? Whether you’re a local or just visiting, there’s plenty to keep you entertained in this vibrant city. Here are some of the most popular things to do in Austin:

One of the most famous things to do in Austin is to go see the bats at Congress Avenue Bridge. At dusk, you can see hundreds of bats take flight from under the Congress Avenue Bridge. The short version of how the bats got there is that the architecture of the bridge is perfectly designed to house breeding bats. This means that hundreds of bats call the bridge home and they all seem to fly out at once when the sun sets. People come from all over to watch this natural spectacle, and the locals love the bats because they keep the area almost completely mosquito-free! This is a must-see for any visitor to Austin!

Congress Avenue Bat Bridge (You can see some of the bats flying around)

Big Bend National Park

If you are following this itinerary, then Big Bend National Park is the first official National Park on your road trip. Located at the Southern tip of Texas, Big Bend is named after the bend in the Rio Grande River that separates the United States and Mexico. There’s no shortage of things to do in Big Bend National Park. With over 800 miles of hiking trails, it’s a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. The park also boasts a variety of scenic drives, offering breathtaking views of the Chisos Mountains and the Rio Grande River.

Big Bend is an enormous park, measuring in at over 800,000 acres. Despite its size and beauty, Big Bend doesn’t receive nearly as many visitors as some of the other national parks due to the extremely remote nature of the park, so it’s the perfect place to escape the crowds. There are plenty of things to do in the park, from hiking and camping to rafting down the river.

One thing to keep in mind is that Big Bend is a remote location and there are few services available in the park itself. Make sure you come prepared with plenty of food, water, and a full tank of gas, and be aware of the weather conditions before setting out on any hikes.

One of the most popular trails in the park is the Window Trail. This trail takes you to a spectacular viewpoint called The Window, which offers amazing views of the Chisos Mountains and is particularly beautiful at sunset. If you are looking for a challenging hike, then be sure to check out the South Rim Trail, which offers stunning views of the desert and Rio Grande River below. The Santa Elena Canyon hike is also a favorite for people visiting the park, and it’s the hike that I would recommend if you only have time to do one.

If you are looking for a shorter hike, the Balanced Rock Trail is a great option. This trail is only 1 mile long, and it is perfect for families with small children. The Balanced Rock Trail is located close to the visitor center, so it is easy to find. Ernst Tinaja is an awesome hike if you are looking for a change in scenery, but you have to drive offroad in sand and rocks to get there so it is not recommended without knowledge of offroading and the proper vehicle for it.

The Window

Marfa, Texas

Most of the stops on your coast-to-coast road trip are major cities or National Parks, but Marfa stands out as the smallest stop that I would recommend. The small town of Marfa, Texas is located in the high desert of the Chihuahuan Desert (Literally in the middle of nowhere) but is directly on your path from Big Bend to Carlsbad Caverns and is absolutely worth the stop. This small town became famous overnight for its internet sensation art exhibit: The Prada Marfa.

This art exhibit was built by two German artists who wanted to make a commentary on consumerism in society. This piece looks like a real Prada store situated on the side of the highway in the middle of the desert. Their hope is that the harsh desert climate will help to slowly destroy the store as it is made from biodegradable materials, and leave a Prada logo-filled rubble behind.

Besides just taking an Instagram photo at the Prada Marfa, there are many other things to do in Marfa. There are also several restaurants and bars in Marfa, Texas, including the Lost Horse Saloon, Taqueria El Paso de Robles, and the Hotel Paisano. The Hotel Paisano is a historic hotel that was built in 1937 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The hotel was used as the set for the movie “The Three Amigos” starring Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, and Martin Short.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

Carlsbad Caverns is one of the best Southern USA coast-to-coast road trip stops. Located in Southern New Mexico, this incredible national park has endless calcite formations and is known for its limestone “Big Room.” This is the largest chamber in North America and is definitely worth a visit. The cave system in Carlsbad is absolutely massive and is definitely a “can’t miss” stop.

During your visit, I highly recommend taking the Natural Entrance Route and hiking down into the cave. This path will decent 750 feet into the cave. However, if you don’t want to hike down that many flights of stairs, there is an elevator available. Once inside the cave, you will be able to follow the big room route which is open to all visitors of Carlsbad. If you would like to explore the cave system more, you have to schedule a tour with the ranger programs at Carlsbad. I recommend scheduling them far in advance as they book up quickly.

If you visit between May and October you can also attend the bat program in the evening and watch the bats return to the cave. The rangers also offer ranger-led tours throughout the cave. 

Make sure to dress in layers no matter what time of the year you visit. The cave can get quite chilly. You also must wear closed-toed shoes and try to wear ones with good traction so you do not slip. The cave is pretty well-lit, so no need to bring other lights. Also, make sure to use quiet voices inside the cave.

Contributed by Francesca of Homeroomtravel.com

White Sands National Park, New Mexico

White Sands National Park is located in Southern New Mexico and is one of the United State newest national parks. The park is known for its white gypsum sand dunes, which create a striking landscape that is unique to this area. White Sands is a great place for a nature hike, and there are also several activities available for visitors who want to enjoy the park’s beauty from a different perspective.

One of the most popular things to do at White Sands is go for a walk or run on the sand dunes. The soft, white sand makes for a great surface to walk or run on, and the views of the desert landscape are spectacular. For visitors who want to explore the park by bike, there are several bike trails that wind through the dunes.

Another fun way to enjoy White Sands is by taking a ride on a sled or tube. Visitors can either bring their own sleds or tubes from home, or rent them from the park. The best time to take a ride down one of the sand dunes is early in the morning when the sand is coolest.

White Sands National Park is an amazing place to visit, and there is something for everyone to enjoy. But keep in mind that the area is sometimes completely closed for missile testing so you will want to make sure to check that it is open before you head out there.

Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Imagine opalized tree trunks preserved from a 225 million-year-old forest and colored badlands that were once an ancient seabed. It may sound like another planet but the landscape just described can be found in Petrified Forest National Park. Located just off I-40 in Arizona, this natural wonder makes the perfect road trip stop for families and adults alike. The park can be driven through easily and has several convenient pull-offs to hike and explore.

You’ll find the highest concentration of petrified wood on the south end of the park while the north end features the Painted Desert. Be sure to visit the Crystal Forest to view rainbow-colored fossilized logs. A stop at the Rainbow Forest Museum on the south end will offer insight into how this geological phenomenon occurred. As a bonus, this National Park is dog friendly and offers several opportunities to explore if you’re traveling with a pet. No matter which direction you’re headed on your road trip, this is a convenient and enticing detour off the main highway.

Contributed by Ashley Cohagen of Create Your Own Roadshow

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

One of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon is an absolute must on any Southern USA road trip. It’s one of the most visited national parks in America and when you gaze over the canyon in person, it’s easy to understand why.

The vast majority of visitors choose to visit the Grand Canyon’s South Rim and this is where you’ll find the most restaurants, attractions, and things to do. If you only have a day to spare, hike a portion of the Rim Trail for stunning panoramic views. Mostly paved and wheelchair accessible, the trail can be tailored to all ages and fitness levels and offers some of the best viewpoints in the park. Afterward, explore Grand Canyon Village, which is home to a number of historic buildings, lodges, shops, and other points of interest.

If you have more time to spare and are up for a workout, take Bright Angel Trail to Indian Garden. This 9-mile out-and-back hike descends into the canyon all the way down to Indian Garden Campground.  Bring lots of water and start early in the morning to avoid peak heat. A less tiring (but equally epic) option is to book a Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour.

In terms of Grand Canyon lodging, there are lodges, RV parks, and campgrounds catering to all budgets on the South Rim. Alternatively, stay outside the park in nearby Tusayan.

Recommended by Jenna of Up and Away Magazine

Page, Arizona

Page, Arizona is one of my favorite stops on your coast-to-coast road trip. There are so many incredible things to do in Page including visiting the extremely famous Antelope Canyon. Page is located on the border of Arizona and Utah which makes it the perfect jumping point for places like the Grand Canyon or Vermillion Cliffs National Monument (to visit the Instagram famous “Wave”).

It is recommended that you plan to spend at least 3 days exploring Page. You can spend a day visiting Horseshoe Bend and taking a tour of Antelope Canyon. Just be sure to book your Antelope Canyon Tour in advance as they often sell out weeks ahead of time. The next day I recommend visiting White Pocket in Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. This hike is otherworldly but very difficult to get to. If you are able to win the lottery, then hiking the Wave is also a great way to spend your time in Page.

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Joshua Tree National Park is the perfect stop for a southern US road trip! This park is famous for its namesake Joshua trees; the windy, spiky trees look like they were created by Dr. Seuss, and are a memorable part of the Mojave Desert landscape. Although the trees garner most of the attention, you’ll want to also spend some time enjoying the landscape and rock features throughout the park. 

The best thing to do in Joshua Tree National Park is to go for a hike. There are hiking trails for all levels of fitness and ability, so be sure to make a plan that’s realistic for your body and the weather. 

Be sure that you are fully prepared before hiking in the desert by packing plenty of water, snacks, a map, and clothing appropriate for harsh desert conditions. If you have any concerns or questions, discuss your plans with a knowledgeable park ranger at the Visitor’s Center. 

While you’re in Joshua Tree National Park, plan a stop at the Cholla Cactus Garden. There, you’ll see a natural garden of cholla cactuses, perfect for a quick stroll even on the hottest of days. Be sure that you wear appropriate footwear and stay on the trail to avoid injury to yourself or the cacti. 

Plan a stop by Joshua Tree Coffee Company in the town of Joshua Tree on your way into the park if you need an iced coffee to cope with the heat. You can camp inside the park, just be sure to reserve a spot ahead of time. 

Submitted by Amber from Amber Everywhere

Hollywood, California

Hollywood is a must-do stop in any southern USA coast to coast road trip that starts or ends in Los Angeles. There are so many popular attractions to visit here for movie fans. 

Take a picture with the world-famous Hollywood sign. You can see the Hollywood sign from Griffith Park. The Griffith Observatory is a really cool place to visit with lots of science exhibits and a planetarium, and some incredible views of Los Angeles. 

Stroll down the main Hollywood Boulevard and visit the Chinese theatre and the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame where you can find stars on the sidewalk dedicated to famous celebrities. Madame Tussauds Hollywood wax museum is a great place to stop by and take selfies with your favorite celebrity life-size wax statues. 

Universal Studios is less than 10 minutes away and is a real working studio as well as a theme park! Don’t forget to take the Studio tour ride to see the inner workings of how movies are filmed, and also see some famous movie and television show sets. 

Universal CityWalk next to Universal Studios is a fun place to hang out in the evening with some great restaurants and shops. It feels very vibrant with the colored lights and the big screen TVs everywhere! 

Tip: Make sure to spend at least 2 days in Hollywood, day 1 seeing the sights and day 2 having a blast at Universal Studios theme park. 

Contributed by Anu Agarwal of Destination Checkoff

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