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Fun Places to Drive an Exotic Car in Los Angeles

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So you booked that special day in an exotic rental car and now you’re wondering what to do? Most likely you’ll want to show your friends or family, but you didn’t go through all that trouble to rent the car of your dreams for it to just sit in your driveway. No. You want to feel the thrills of driving and what the car truly offers on a road. Renting an exotic car in Los Angeles is a lucky and special occasion simply because LA has so much to offer when it comes to driving an awesome car around the city. Los Angeles is home to a variety of fun places to drive, hang out, and explore that you’re going to wish you booked more time in your exotic rental car. But that’s OK, there’s always next time!

So where are the best places to drive in LA?

 

Malibu (Malibu, CA)

Between Santa Monica and Ventura lies a gorgeous stretch of paved road called Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) wrapping along the winding coastline of beautiful Southern California.

Directions:

From Downtown- Take the 10 West until it merges into PCH.

From the Valley- Take the 405 South to the 10 West until it merges into PCH.

From Long Beach- Take the 405 North to the 10 West until it merges into PCH.

 

Mulholland Drive (Malibu, CA to Los Angeles, CA)

This 55 miles long stretch of scenic highway exceeds many drivers’ expectation in both beauty and fear. So famous that a film was created with the name, Mulholland drive allows drivers breathtaking views of Los Angeles along windy cliff sides of zig-zag turns up and down through canyons. You can start the drive from PCH in Malibu, but many drivers start from the 405 Mulholland Drive exit and head either East or West, but we recommend heading West. It is best recommended to only make this drive during the day and not at night due to the dangerous nature of the winding and narrow road. Also, some areas can be bumpy and not desirable for low profile exotic cars.

Directions:

From Santa Monica- Take the 405 North past Skirball and take the Mulholland Drive exit and head west.

From the Valley- Take the 405 south past Ventura Boulevard and take the Mulholland Driver exit and head west.

From Malibu Pier- Take PCH North for about 19 miles and as you approach Leo Carillo State Beach you will see a sign for Mulholland Drive on the right.

 

Palos Verdes Peninsula (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA)

Our personal favorite drive wraps along the gorgeous cliffs around the Palos Verdes peninsula between Redondo Beach and San Pedro. You’ll drive past the beautiful cliffside estates, the gorgeous Wayfarer’s Chapel and the Korean Friendship Bell, to name just a few spots. It’s best if you can pull over at one of the turnouts along the cliffs and enjoy the view.

Directions:

From Downtown- Take the 10 West to the 405 South to Rosecrans Ave and turn right (West), then right on Aviation Blvd (South), then left on Pacific Coast Highway (South), then turn right onto Palos Verdes Drive and stay along PV Drive as close to the water as you can, taking W 25th Street into San Pedro.

From Santa Monica- Take the 405 South to Rosecrans Ave and turn right (West), then right on Aviation Blvd (South), then left on Pacific Coast Highway (South), then turn right onto Palos Verdes Drive and stay along PV Drive as close to the water as you can, taking W 25th Street into San Pedro.

From Long Beach- Take the 405 North to the Wilmington exit and turn left, then turn right onto Sepulveda Blvd, then turn left onto Palos Verdes Drive and stay along PV Drive as close to the water as you can, taking W 25th Street into San Pedro.

 

Sunset Boulevard (Malibu, CA to Hollywood, CA)

The famous Sunset strip is home to world famous celebrities and stars and even if you’re not on a hunt to spot celebrities, the action and glamour alone make it worthwhile. Many parts of Sunset Blvd. include windy and twisting turns that make driving an exotic sports car on this famous strip very enjoyable. From PCH in Malibu to Figueroa Street in Hollywood, this famous 22-mile road is fun both during the day and night. Sunset winds through the Santa Monica mountains starting at PCH in Malibu and this is best driven during the day, but is also enjoyable at night. The fun part about driving Sunset at night is heading East from the 405 through West Hollywood and Hollywood. Here the glamour and action catch your attention pretty quickly. The iconic 1.5 miles of the Sunset Strip includes posh clubs like House of Blues, Whisky a Go-Go, The Roxy and Viper Room. If you’re planning on driving Sunset Blvd. through Hollywood it’s also worthwhile to check out Sunset’s sister street, Hollywood Boulevard, just half a mile north of Sunset Blvd.

Directions:

From Malibu Pier- Take PCH south and make a left onto Sunset Blvd.

From Downtown- Take Olympic Boulevard West and make a right onto San Vicente Boulevard and then a left onto Sunset Blvd.

From Santa Monica- Take the 10 East to the 405 North and then exit Sunset Blvd. Make a right to go through Hollywood or make a left and head West to Malibu.

From Long Beach- Take the 405 North and then exit Sunset Blvd. Make a right to go through Hollywood or make a left and head West to Malibu.

 

Rodeo Drive (Beverly Hills, CA)

The world famous Rodeo Drive (pronounced “Ro-Day-Oh” with an emphasis on the “Day”) houses a four-block stretch of road just north of Wilshire Boulevard and south of Santa Monica Blvd. Known for its luxury goods stores, Rodeo Drive also showcases celebrities, high-end fashion, but also world class exotic and luxury vehicles that cruise the street or park on the side.

Directions:

From Downtown- Take Olympic Blvd. West for about 6 miles and then slight right onto San Vicente Blvd. and then slight left onto Wilshire Blvd. and then make a right onto Rode Drive.

From Santa Monica- Take Santa Monica Blvd. and East for about 7 miles and a couple blocks past Wilshire Blvd. make a right onto Rodeo Drive.

From Long Beach- Take the 405 North and exit Santa Monica Blvd. and head East for 5 miles and a couple blocks past Wilshire Blvd. make a right onto Rodeo Drive.

From the Valley- Take the 405 South and exit Santa Monica Blvd. and head East for 5 miles and a couple blocks past Wilshire Blvd. make a right onto Rodeo Drive.

 

Ocean Avenue (Santa Monica, CA)

Not only has Ocean Avenue been the title of songs, but it is home to a beautiful stretch of ocean views within Santa Monica. The Avenue begins at the residential Adelaide Drive on the north end of Santa Monica and ends at Pico Boulevard. Ocean Avenue is the westernmost road in Santa Monica and for generally runs parallel to Palisades Park, whose bluffs overlook Pacific Coast Highway and Santa Monica State Beach. If you drive along Ocean Ave. you’ll feel the heart of Santa Monica with people jogging along the road and in the park and more than a handful high-end luxury hotels and restaurants.

Directions:

From Downtown- Take the 10 West for about 14 miles and take the 5th St. exit and make a left onto Colorado Ave. and then a right onto Ocean Ave.

From Long Beach- Take the 405 North to the 10 West and take the 5th St. exit and make a left onto Colorado Ave. and then a right onto Ocean Ave.

From the Valley- Take the 405 South to the 10 West and take the 5th St. exit and make a left onto Colorado Ave. and then a right onto Ocean Ave.

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