Since the flight from Hawaii all the way to the east coast is pretty long, we had a short stop in L.A. for a couple of days to break apart the long haul. I was wanting to see L.A. at least once, as I loved another one of California’s cities- San Francisco. So, I was really excited about finally checking out L.A., even if it was just for a few days. Here are a few of my favorite things that we did in L.A., from new restaurants, to fun places to check out if you’re ever in L.A.
1.) Take a Walk Down Rodeo Dr. – it’s so iconic, and if you’re in the area, you might as well take a walk down Rodeo. It’s fun to stop in some of the stores, one of my favorites to look in was Ralph Lauren (it is the first Ralph Lauren store- ever, and I always love the look inside their stores).
3.) Drive Past the Dodger Stadium and Hollywood Area: we were driving somewhere and then noticed that the Dodger stadium was pretty close by. With my grandpa being a Dodgers fan and all, we went by the stadium and picked him up a hat and got to see the stadium. We also drove by the iconic Hollywood sign and walk of fame because we felt like we should since we were there.
4.)Visit the Broad: I was actually the one who wanted to go to this museum, as I always saw tons of pictures on Instagram of this place and wanted to see it for myself. So we drove to downtown L.A. to the Broad (which I actually learned is pronounced like road except with a “b” instead of just like how you would say “broad” like abroad). Overall, I loved more than a few of the pieces (including the blue balloon dog, the oversized table and chair, and the music room were all really cool). I also wanted to go in the infinity room there but, the wait line was too long for it.
5.) Walk, Shop, and Eat in the Grove: Going to the Grove was hands down one of my favorite things I did while in L.A. Not only did I get to shop around a little bit, but the atmosphere was also festive there as they blew fake snow out of machines (but it looked real). While we were at the Grove we walked around, shopped, ate, and admired the giant Christmas tree and “snow” blowing out. Also, just across the Grove there was a farmers market and a bunch of vendors there, which is where we ate lunch.6.) Icecream at Honeymee: the Icecream there is really delicious, and I would definitely go back. The honeycomb + icecream tastes amazing, and it looks good too.
7.) Malibu & Santa Monica Pier: We drove about 20 minutes out to see Malibu and eat breakfast there (my little sister was convinced that there was a Barbie house somewhere there). It’s fun to take a walk up the mountains by Malibu to take in the sights. We also drove past Santa Monica pier but, we didn’t go on it because that day it was very, very windy. We did happen to walk around Malibu and hit up a Patagonia store while we were there though, and do some hiking.
11.) Try California Donuts: These donuts just looked too good not to try, and they are only available in California so we had to try. I had the strawberry one and 10/10 would recommend.
12.) Breakfast at Chaumont: Since I’m not hungry right when I wake up, I like to have a lighter breakfast. Chaumont is known for their delicious pastries and coffee, and they certainly didn’t disappoint.
13.) Joan’s on Third: Joan’s is a really cute marketplace with sandwiches, fresh produce, and other lunch items, a cafe, and bakery. I ended up ordering an iced caramel macchiato and a salad from Joan’s for lunch.
14.) Drive the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) to Malibu: the Pacific Coast Highway is one of the prettiest drives I’ve been on. It was especially scenic when driving from San Francisco to Monterey/Big Sur on a prior trip.
15.) Hike Runyon Canyon Park: The views are nice when you get up near the higher elevated part of the park, and it’s a good option if you are looking for something outside of the typical “urban” activity in L.A.
16.) Bike the Strand: Rent a couple of bikes, and take a bike ride right by all the different beaches near L.A. The Strand passes through a couple of beaches such as Manhattan Beach, Rodondo Beach, and Hermosa Beach- to name a few.
Our 3-day stay in L.A. was really fun, and I hope to be back some day to visit again, and discover more fun places to go in L.A.