Day 2 You'll See:
- Fashion District
- Santee Alley
- Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
- Little Tokyo
- La Brea Avenue
Day 3 You'll See:
- Starline Tour
- The Grove & Farmer's Market
What’s not to love about a West Coast excursion that whisks you and your fashion-savvy troupe out and about to LA’s landmarks, highlights, and hotspots – including exclusive Rodeo Drive, intriguing Little Tokyo, and Warner Brothers Studio?! Explore the Fashion District top to bottom, tour the FIDM campus, do a celebrity dig drive-by, shop ‘til you drop and kick it on the beach of your choice on this absolutely “Golden State” group getaway! Ready…set…pack those flipflops! P.S.: don’t forget the sunscreen.
Studio Tour of Warner Brothers
First up: an exclusive VIP tour of the world’s busiest motion picture and television studio - a memorable, magical junket that whisks guests behind the scenes and through the gritty back-lot streets, bustling sound stages, sets, and craft shops for a thrilling glimpse of the real, working Hollywood. With filming and production underway, no two tours are alike; seasoned guides promise plenty of action! You and your student group will witness the creation of those incredible movie sound effects, study the art of set construction, pore over millions of prop department items and explore a rare collection of industry-related artifacts in the Warner Bros. Museum; if you’ve always wanted to walk right out onto the set of a hit television show during filming, here’s your shot! Not so brave? The slick magic of Green Screen lets aspiring young celebrities be photographed “in” their choice of Warner Brothers film for the souvenir of a lifetime! P.S.: Filming and production will be underway, so keep an eye out for your favorite stars.
Hollywood & Highland
Once the site of the legendary Hollywood Hotel, this popular landmark shopping mall and entertainment complex is situated conveniently at the corners of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in the star-studded Hollywood district along the celebrated Walk of Fame; it’s one of the most visited destinations in all of LA! The center boasts fantastic views of the fabled Hollywood Hills and iconic Hollywood sign to the North, Santa Monica Mountains to the West and energetic downtown Los Angeles to the East; an enormous three-story movie-themed courtyard serves as the centerpiece to the center’s diverse sampling of shops, cafes, and restaurants. The 387,000 square foot mall is also home to the opulent first-run TCL Chinese theater (Formerly Grauman’s) and the Dolby Theater, Hollywood and Highland’s crown jewel and permanent host of the Academy Awards. Round up your group and catch a hot new flick or get your shop on, celebrity-style!
Day two of your West Coast holiday takes off with a fearless foray into the Fashion District - the energetic hub of the Los Angeles Fashion Industry, where inveterate captains of the trade, trend-trackers and bargain hunters, alike flock to pillage 100 blocks of independently-owned retail and wholesale businesses featuring apparel, accessories, and footwear at unbelievable savings. The LA Flower District and LA Flower Market – the largest flower market in the world-famed open-air bazaar Santee Alley and the LA Fabric District hawking the most comprehensive selection of fabrics and notions in Southern California are all located here. Showrooms open to the public on the last Friday of the month for sample sales and endless dining options promise you won’t shop hungry!
Downtown’s Santee Alley
More shopping? You’d better believe it! Santee Alley, LA’s premium Fashion District shopping experience – renowned for its festival atmosphere - features more than 150 merchants offering unbelievable bargains on countless “hot” items. This is the place to go to track down the best buys on the latest trends in clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories, fragrances, cosmetics and more! "The Alley" – which really IS an alley - is open 365 days a year.
This specialized, private college is dedicated to educating and preparing students for remarkable and rewarding careers in the Fashion, Graphics, Interior Design, and Entertainment Industries. Inspire your talented troupe with a visit to the award-winning Los Angeles campus - let them see if the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising is a fit for their not-too-distant future!
One of just three remaining Japan Towns in the United States, this charming 130+-year-old neighborhood daily courts thousands of visitors from around the world who come to Little Tokyo to enjoy Los Angeles’ most unique and authentic Japanese cultural experience. Explore its historic points of interest, visit its world-class gardens, museums and art galleries and enjoy a vibrant diversity of shopping, dining and entertainment experiences. Little Tokyo has it all – cherry blossom-dusted temples, bustling open-air markets, and malls selling everything under the sun, karaoke studios, sushi, and ramen joints and incredible sweets and street food. Be sure to try some mochi ice cream while you’re there!
La Brea Avenue
You’ll wrap up Day 2 exploring La Brea Avenue, a North-South thoroughfare anchored by the huge American Rag store – a popular lifestyle retailer - and home to an intriguing assemblage of urban antiques stores, vintage clothiers and furniture galleries, landmark attractions - including the Ray Charles Post Office and the La Brea Tar Pits - and some of the city's top restaurants. La Brea’s outstanding claim to fame is its variety; indisputably LA’s “artiest” shopping strip, its vendors showcase the trendiest and best of everything!
You’ll kick off Day 3 of your West Coast extravaganza with a little sightseeing - Hollywood Style! If you’ve ever wondered where the rich and famous keep their running shoes, bottled water, and good china, shop for sunglasses and swimsuits and kick it with pals, this fantastic sightseeing junket – LA’s #1 Celebrity Tour - whisks you and your group around to exclusive Tinseltown neighborhoods, highlights and hotspots, promising more celebrity sightings than any other. You’ll see the former abodes of Michael Jackson, Lucille Ball, Ozzie Osborne and Elvis as well as the current digs of Sandra Bullock, Al Pacino, Tom Cruise, Ellen - and more! You’ll even cruise Sunset Strip and pay a visit to swanky Rodeo Drive. Always wanted to frame up a shot of the Hollywood Sign, or fancied a skip down the star-studded Walk of Fame? Starline delivers with this tour of a lifetime!
The Grove and Farmers Market
The proximity of this popular pair of attractions to one another enables you and your group to enjoy the best of both “worlds” for an absolutely unforgettable - and quintessentially LA - experience. Fountains dancing to crooners’ tunes, classic American dining and entertainment and fantastic shopping at upper-end retailers await guests at the Grove – a modern, plaza-style interpretation of the mega-mall. Just steps away, a vibrant and bustling historic melting pot of more than 100 merchants (the majority independently owned and operated) tendering top-notch world cuisine and everything fresh and exciting under the sun greets browsers at the Original Farmer’s Market, Hollywood’s favorite hangout for more than 80 years. It’s the home of LA’s first pizza, the finest meats, seafood and produces in town and the place to find wonderful handcrafted chocolates, ice cream still made from scratch and some of the most delightful baked goods on the planet.