This week marks Danny’s and I ten months since we moved to California.
We’ve gotten to explore some pretty awesome places, which in return have become our top places to take our visiting guests and families. There are many places to visit per whatever your taste is. Whether it’s art, food, beaches, hiking, sight seeing, etc… you will find ALL that and so much more. Here are our top five places to visit in L.A.
This is an ideal and perfect spot for a mild-moderate 3.2 mile loop hike and also for first time visitors to Los a. The park is in the middle of the city so you get to see a bit of everything: Hollywood sign, Los Angeles downtown, the Ocean to your right, Hollywood Blvd below. On an ideal smog free day, you will be able to see as far as the Pacific ocean and Angeles Crest Mountains. It’s one of those places you can visit over and over and never get bored. The park is full of runners, hikers, and dog walkers. Please take note: parking may be a bit of a hassle, and there are no public restrooms.
A must visit spot for adults, kids, teens, and use whatever age you are. You NEED to come here:) The best time to come would be during sunset. The ginormous, panoramic, view of LA city during sunset and at night is extraordinary. On a non windy, clear night the big telescope opens up on the rooftop and you can wait in line to see stars and planets. This observatory holds a ton of exhibits and is quite an educational experience. And yes, it’s FREE and so is the parking!! You can also shell out 7$ to see inside of the Planitarium.
Oh my… I cannot say enough how much I enjoy visiting this side of the city. Parking is free for the first 1.5 hrs in the parking garages(the best place to park). The area in and around the Pier is perfect for running, photography,tons of shopping, taking a stroll by the beach, soaking up the sun, and of course some carnival fun. The sunset around Santa Monica is unbelievable!! The silhouettes of the palm trees, seagulls, and people is a dream for photographers. If you are looking for a great place to dine in on the pier, I would recommend checking out The Albright. This restaurant has a rustic feel to it, very clean and spacious, and with some of the best fresh local seafood the pier has to offer.
Consisting of three beaches El Pescador, La Piedra and El Matador, these places of paradise are a crowd pleaser. It is a bit of a light walk up and down some stairs and rocky hills, but oh so worth it if you want to see more than the typical flat beaches, sand and waves. El Matador is very famous for its rocky landscape and cave/tunnel like structures. Towards the evening, these beaches are packed with professional photographers, film producers, models, and artists. It gets very windy and chilly towards the evening, so bring a warm jacket.
Of course I had to put this on the list. Because I live right smack in the middle of this town. Just 10 min from L.A. Downtown, this place is jam packed with people pretty much all the time. If you are a shopper and sushi lover, this place is for you. Filled with shops such as Zara, Sephora, Apple; there are some local places where you can sit back, relax and indulge yourself in a cup of coffee, tea, ice-cream or just have a chitchat with a friend. If you are visiting Pasadena on new years make sure to stay for the Annual Rose Bowl Parade
Whatever places you decide to visit, keep in mind that traffic is constant in pretty much all areas of Los Angeles, so turn up some good music while driving and enjoy the ride.