By Necee Regis
Special to The Washington Post
Friday, January 28, 2011; 2:58 PM
Virgin America and American Airlines offer nonstop flights from Washington Dulles to Los Angeles, with round-trip fares starting at $299.Getting around
The Metro system offers nearly 200 bus and rail lines, with an easy-to-understand numbering system that helps identify each one.
The Big Blue Buses travel more than 15 different routes with more than 1,150 stops, from the beach to Downtown L.A., Pacific Palisades to LAX, and the Third Street Promenade to UCLA. The entire fleet is wheelchair accessible and equipped with bike racks.
Hotel & Bungalows
101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
Low-key luxury one block from the beach and the Third Street Promenade. Rooms from $329. Check online for lower-priced Bed & Breakfast packages.Where to eat
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
Rustic meets hip in Venice with Mediterranean-inspired cooking. Pizzas, salads and small plates, $9-$18.
8474 Melrose Ave.
California cuisine with French-Mediterranean influences, in an intimate former carriage house setting. Entrees from $29.What to do
1200 Getty Center Dr.
Western art from the Middle Ages to the present. Dramatic architecture, gardens and views. Open Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free.
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Seven-building complex on 20 acres in the heart of Los Angeles. Open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday noon-8 p.m.; Friday noon-9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Adults $15; students and seniors $10.
6333 W. 3rd St.
More than 100 grocers, restaurants and shops.
Main Street Santa Monica
A mile-long stretch of independently owned restaurants, boutiques, bookstores and cafes.Information