Road Trip of the Week: Hollywood to Malibu

Yes, winter’s on its way, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend it under gloomy, gray skies. Get a little sun with a road trip through Southern California — land of palm trees, sandy beaches, and, of course, the wide, blue Pacific Ocean.


Start the trip in Los Angeles, entertainment capital of the world. But that doesn’t mean it has to be all glam and glitz. Indulge your inner geek at Griffith Observatory, where you can catch a show at the planetarium or check out the view through one of the free public telescopes. You’ve never seen the sky like this before! Heading southeast on Hollywood Boulevard, you’ll find the other stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Compare your hands to the stars’ cement imprints at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and check out the Kodak Theatre where the the Academy Awards are held each year.

Getting off the Boulevard, you can travel down Rodeo Drive to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Have lunch its restaurant, The Blvd, where many of the Hollywood elite dine. Equally popular with movie stars is the Beverly Hills Hotel just a few minutes away off of Rodeo Drive.

After you’ve had your fill of celebs, take Sunset Blvd all the way down to the Pacific Coast Highway. Head North to cruise along the water all the way to the sandy shores and blue waters of Malibu.

Stop for a bite at Coogie’s Beach Café. The SoCal Viper Club meets here for a group drive on the second Saturday of every month. When you’ve fueled up on avocado egg rolls, a pulled-pork sandwich, or just a root beer float, hit the road again in the direction of Leo Carrillo State Beach, about 15 minutes away. Many famous films have been shot there, including “The Karate Kid” and “The Usual Suspects.” Kick back amid the tide pools on the rocky shore and just soak up the last rays of California sun as it dips into the Pacific in a spectacular show of color.


  • Posted November 18, 2009 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    You all should try Palos Verdes Drive EAST in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. a BEAUTIFUL series of switch backs and curvy places for about a 10 mile run.

    Used to take my buddies R/T 10 (1996) and race it against his M3 light weight…OMG, heaven!

    • RLD
      Posted November 19, 2009 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

      Lee, that sounds like an awesome drive! We’ll check it out!

  • Jeanine Gray
    Posted November 18, 2009 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    I own an 06 1500 4door Dodge pickup. I bought it new, before all the incentives came out and now with the incentives it has killed my re-sale value. I’m a female of 45 years old, so this vehicle is not used hard. Now that it has gone out of warrenty, I receive no coupons for service of any sort and of course, I now have issues with it. A blower flap has broke and they’re saying I have to have my dash ripped out for $500.00. To make me feel better about this, they say it happens to alot of these trucks. If this is a true statement, why is there not a recall?? OH, let me guess. As soon as I have it fixed, the recall will come out. I have always been a Chevy fan and have never had any problem with a vehicle, till this Dodge.
    Disappointed and would like compensation.

  • coolmancool
    Posted November 18, 2009 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    You may want to have another mechanic look at that. They told me the same thing and mine was just stuck. I sprayed some WD40 on the metal shaft under the dash and haven’t had a problem since. If it is really broken, you should hear it flapping around when you hit a bump.

  • Posted January 7, 2010 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    Keep up the good work! Look forward to reading more from you in the future. I think it will be also nice if you add “send to email” tool so people can forward the articles to their friends easily.

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