Hello from La La Land! With three days in Los Angeles, we decided to spend each in a different neighborhood so that we could explore as much of the city as possible.
Fresh off a relaxation high from Santa Barbara, we spent Day 1 at the beach. Southern California is known for its beaches, and with so many wonderful options to choose from, it was hard picking one! We settled on El Matador State Beach in Malibu based on all the breathtaking photos I saw on Instagram (lol!), and it was the most perfect place for a picnic lunch. The rock arches and clear ocean were so beautiful, I could stay there all day.
After lunch we headed over to Venice to explore the canals and boardwalk. Gilmore Girls is one of my favorite shows, so you can imagine me fangirling over the fact that Jess moved here and walked on these very same grounds! Although I am #teamlogan… sorry not sorry. 😛 Who else is excited for the revival?!
What’s a trip to LA without visiting Hollywood? We started off Day 2 with a tour of Warner Bros. Studios. It was so interesting seeing what goes on behind the scenes of some of the most iconic films and TV shows (FRIENDS!), as well as taking a peek at some talk show sets.
I also got to try on the Hogwarts Sorting Hat, and was placed into… Hufflepuff. My brother filmed my reaction but that video is something we shall keep private… 😉 Also, I casually ran into Bella Thorne filming on set! Pictures weren’t allowed though and I just got a quick glimpse of her as she walked out of hair and makeup. But still, that was my first celebrity sighting!
For lunch we grabbed burgers and fries from the one and only In-N-Out Burger. There’s a whole In-N-Out vs. Shake Shack debate and to be honest, I’m not sure which side I’m on! Both are so good, though I definitely prefer Shake Shack’s shakes because of all the flavor options!
We needed to burn off all those calories from lunch somehow, so what better place to do it than Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills? Call me a professional window shopper — I can walk from store to store to store without buying a thing. 😉
Well… maybe except for cupcakes. Because when you’re in Beverly Hills, you just have to get cupcakes from the world’s first ever cupcake ATM machine, right?!
I spotted this bike hidden in the streets and just had to take a picture. There’s something about it that gives off a Parisian vibe, and I’m obsessed.
We had planned to visit Hollywood in the evening so that my brother and dad could catch a movie at TCL Chinese Theatre after dinner, and so we could experience the nightlife. So, with a few hours to spare we headed to The Grove. My mom and I joked that this was payback for making us wait while the boys watched a movie later! 😉 The Grove might be my favorite shopping place ever — I love so many of the shops there, and the energy is contagious. Plus the flowers, decor, and architecture are so gorgeous!
After walking along the Hollywood Walk of Fame and grabbing dinner at Hard Rock Cafe (My first time at a Hard Rock Cafe, ever! Such a tourist.), we split ways — while my brother and dad went to see a movie, my mom and I explored the streets. But after all the hustle and bustle, we decided it was time for a much needed escape to nature.
Which brings us to Day 3… hiking! While we were torn between Runyon Canyon and Griffith Park, we ended up going to the latter because we were told it had the better view. And Griffith Park sure did not disappoint.
While I REALLY wanted to see the Infinity Mirrored Room at The Broad, unfortunately all tickets were sold out for the entire month of August. Apparently you could show up and put your name on the standby list, but we were too lazy to wait six hours… Instead, we went to see Urban Light at LACMA, which was just as cool as I’d imagined. My only wish is that we could have seen the lanterns all lit up at night!
As a New Yorker visiting LA for the first time, I can confidently say that they are completely different lifestyles. While I think I’m still more of a New Yorker at heart, I love how in LA you can go from city to beach to mountains, all within a reasonable range. Plus, the weather sure is hard to beat! I know I will absolutely miss the sun come winter in the East Coast.
The last stop of our California road trip is San Diego — we’re only spending a day there before heading back to New York, so we’re thinking of just relaxing at the zoo. I haven’t been to the zoo in ten years (!!) and I’m definitely looking forward to it! I most likely won’t be blogging about San Diego, so this is will be my last post of the California Pacific Coast Highway series. Thank you so much for following along and traveling with me! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.