A luxurious weekend in LA  includes a shopping expedition to Rodeo Drive ... photo by CC user Ba'Gamnan on wikimedia

Thinking of spending a luxurious weekend in LA? The possibilities are limitless in this glamorous city, making it hard to decide on what to do during your time in California’s most exciting destination. Fortunately for you, we have done the research for you, and have put together an itinerary that will make the most of your weekend break in one of America’s best holiday locales. Check it out below…

Feast your eyes upon the finest art in the west

Los Angeles is widely considered to be a city defined by glitz and glamor, and it lives up to this reputation when it comes to its selection of fine arts venues. The best of these institutions is the Getty Center, which is thought of by many critics to be one of the finest art museums in the west, if not the entire United States.

Containing European (including pieces by Vincent Van Gogh) and American artwork, along with well-tended gardens and a view of the city below by completes ones experience here, those that include this art museum in their itinerary will not be let down.

Who needs hotels when you can live like a movie star?

You could check into a five-star hotel like you usually do on getaways like this one, but this time, we suggest you embrace living like a local – Hollywood Hills style! With plenty of luxury Los Angeles vacation rentals overlooking the city, you’ll be party to the same views that the rich and famous take for granted every day.

Facing the downtown core and the Pacific Ocean, sunset is a spectacular time to be in your home away from home, so be sure to pick up a rare vintage wine from Napa Valley on one of your evenings here and take in the captivating show as the sun settles on its final location, right before your eyes.

Shop for the latest in high fashion in boutiques along Rodeo Drive

While many head to Beverly Hills to make their best attempts at hunting down a movie star, those that seek luxury have an additional reason to make their way over to this exclusive enclave within Los Angeles – world class shopping. Within its core, a three block stretch of Rodeo Drive contains numerous top shelf boutiques like David Orgell (an original, non-chain business offering one of a kind antiques, jewelry and watches) and well known brands like Burberry and Chanel, among others.

Tuck into L.A’s top quality eats at one of these outstanding establishments

If all that shopping has working up an appetite within you, there are no shortage of top quality restaurants throughout the metro area that stand ready to serve you the finest dishes that you have likely consumed in your life. Those not willing to travel across town from Beverly Hills can sit down at Spago, which was one of Wolfgang Puck’s first restaurants. While it has been around since the Reagan administration, their dedication to excellence has insured that its tables have remained filled with raving diners to the present day.

Those that want to dine in Santa Monica will love the French cuisine served up at Mélisse, which features fine creations from the land and sea. Those that can’t decide on a dish, will love the tasting menu, which will take you through the finest meals possible in the season in which you visit.