Los Angeles Travel Guide: Top 5
- Hit Up a Local Beach: Take advantage of the great Los Angeles weather and visit beaches in the area! There are a ton of great ones, such as Santa Monica, Malibu, Point Dume (see photo below), and Hermosa. The beaches are incredibly wide and rarely full, so you should have no problem finding a quiet area to set up a picnic, beach umbrella, or just lay out and catch some rays. Remember your sunblock–trust me, you don’t want to learn the hard way.
- Hollywood Boulevard and Walk of Fame: While it’s a major tourist trap and generally extremely tacky (think dressed up movie icons and Elvis impersonators), it is worth a short visit. Short being the operative word. Take pictures with wax celebrity figures, visit the Kodak theater, where the Oscars are held each year, and Chinese Theater. This place is great for some fun and silly photography opportunities or for people-watching! There are always interesting people to watch in LA.
- Self-Driving House Tour: If you love checking out beautiful and ridiculously expensive houses (me ;)), just go drive around in the neighborhoods of Bel-Air, Rodeo Drive, and the surrounding Hollywood area. Pick up a local Star Map, you may be lucky and catch sight of an elusive celebrity!
- The Original Farmer’s Market: Located at the corner of 3rd Street and Fairfax Avenue is the original Los Angeles farmer’s market founded in 1934 by a group of farmers. This open air market offers fresh seasonal produce, meat, and several specialty shops, cafes, and restaurants, such as Bob’s Coffee and Doughnuts, which makes fresh donuts on site. Great for fellow foodies!
- TV Show Taping: If you’re going to the land of Hollywood, be sure to experience it full-on! Plan ahead and book tickets for a late-night or day-time show taping, like Ellen (she is also constantly giving away free things to audience members too!) or Jimmy Kimmel Live . It is 100% free, lots of fun, and generally hassle-free. I have been lucky enough to have gone to a taping of both the Late Show with David Letterman in NYC, as well as a recent taping of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien in LA this past fall (RIP). See picture below for proof!
We’ll be sure to continue to add to this list, so keep checking for changes in the future…
And now it’s your turn to spill the beans! Have any readers out there visited or done any of the activities listed above? We’d love to hear additional ideas and favorites from you all! If you enjoyed this post, be sure to keep checking our “Travel” page, where we’ll be sharing travel guides, wish-lists, and more.