Looking for things to do in Los Angeles in one day? Here’s an itinerary! 

I recently took an electric rental car from Hertz around Los Angeles for a day. The challenge was to see how many activities we could do on a single charge. It was such a fun challenge! Los Angeles may be one of the biggest cities in the USA, but believe it or not, we were able to see most of it in a day. Read on for the Hertz One Charge Challenge itinerary to inspire your own trip to LA:

South LA Cafe

For an authentic way to start the day, you definitely have to stop by South LA Cafe for an iced coffee and one of their coffee cakes. The Los Angeles school district used to serve coffee cake at lunchtime, and they are nearly identical to the ones that Angelenos grew up eating. The owners of South LA Cafe have a mission to build community through coffee, culture and connection. Supporting this Black-owned business is a great way to invest back into the community, even as a visitor.

El Matador Beach

Looking for the Malibu Beach experience, but with a twist? Head down PCH to El Matador Beach! It’s one of the most unique beaches in Southern California, with caves and rock formations that make you feel like you’re in a far-flung destination like Mexico or Portugal. Pro tip: visit on a weekday afternoon to avoid crowds, or at sunset for breathtaking views.

Broad Street Oyster Co.

Located in the Malibu Village plaza, Broad Street Oyster Co. is the perfect rest stop after a day at the beach. They serve a variety of fresh seafood specialties, with one of the standouts being their lobster roll with warm butter. But as the name implies, this is a place where oysters rule. So make sure to add a side of fresh oysters or fried oysters if you’re feeling feisty! You can’t go wrong with either choice.

Santa Monica Pier

A stop by the Santa Monica Pier is a must when visiting Los Angeles! Even though it’s a major tourist attraction, both visitors and locals enjoy this boardwalk. You can get a day pass and ride the roller coasters, or just walk along the pier and people watch. Either way, you’re sure to be entertained. Don’t forget to snap a selfie before you leave!

Rodeo Drive

Made famous by Pretty Woman in the 90s, Rodeo Drive is the place to go for luxury shopping and fine dining. Even if you don’t have the budget for Gucci or Louis Vuitton, you can still enjoy a small taste of luxury by stopping by Ladurée for macarons. This boutique specializes in authentic French deserts, and is a household name in France. The decor is also really cute, and would be a great place to stop for tea and treats before your next activity.

Third Street Dance

The salsa dancing scene in Los Angeles is a thriving community. If you want to dust off your dancing shoes, or do something fun with friends, consider taking a class at Third Street Dance! They cater to all levels, and offer group lessons or private coaching to learn the basics or perfect your moves. You may recognize this space, because it’s also the studio where they do rehearsals for Dancing with the Stars. If you want to really mingle with locals, you’ll want to head to one of the salsa clubs and hit the dance floor!


LACMA, short for Los AngelesAngeles County Museum of Art, is renowned for its collection of modern art. The experience starts outside, with the iconic Urban Lights. While the Urban Lights is a great photo spot, it’s also worth taking the time to visit the inside of the museum. LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, and houses a collection of nearly 149,000 objects!

Leo’s Taco Truck

You can’t end a day in Los Angeles without tacos. While you’ll have no shortage of options to choose from, for a local experience stop by Leo’s Taco Truck at 1515 S La Brea Ave. This taco truck has been there for over a decade, and has a reputation for flavorful Al Pastor Tacos and their loaded Asada steak fries. The great thing is you don’t have to rush to get there – they stay open past 12am most nights!

Have you been to Los Angeles? Are any of these activities on your bucket list? Comment below! 

Editor’s Note: this post is sponsored by Hertz, but all opinions are my own

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