This place doesn’t really need an introduction, but did you know that Beverly Hills was once a ranch for lima beans (Tigger was definitely wrong – lima beans are delicious!)?
Los Angeles is not only close to San Diego and Mexico (and Vegas!), it’s also one of the most exciting cities to visit on the West coast. Filled with creatives following the American Dream. You’d be crazy not to give it a visit!
Also: a golden star to anyone who knows the original name of the city (you know, that really long one), a comment with the right answer will definitely give you some bragging rights. Ready? Good, so are we, and Hollywood waits for no one!
Pro tip: Traffic. There will be traffic. Especially around rush hour, or big events, like baseball or a Weird Al concert. Also, if you’re ever in doubt as to what road to choose, listen to the advice of the wise Bette Davis: take Fountain.
Want to know a great way to avoid that aforementioned traffic? Air traffic. More specifically, a helicopter ride over the neverending blanket of buildings, streets and cultural landmarks. Oh, and the ocean. Never forget about the ocean. There’s much to choose from, too: you can do a scenic tour, a group tour, or even a landing tour with pitstops at all the good places! Then when you’re done, you can silently shake your head at how silly people are, being sat in their cars all day.
Whether you’re a sand bear, a tanning lizard, a sea horse or a surfing penguin – or all of them – the white strips of sand, lined with palm trees on one side and the glorious Pacific on the other, will not disappoint. Throw on some shades and some SPF, grab your favorite board and go catch the waves at Surfrider Beach – or, you could go to Venice Beach and surf in the wakes of Jay, Tony and Stacy (if these names don’t ring a bell, you might wanna brush up your LA surf and skate knowledge!).
The parks and forests in the LA area are truly amazing: if you wear jeans (not recommended) and a hat (recommended) you’ll feel like you’re an extra in a western, surrounded by cacti, bushes, sand and cliffs, all in gorgeous, earthy colors. There’s hiking and biking – duh! – and, if you happened to bring some chalk, climbing! While technically not a park, you can also go whale watching. You don’t really realize what majestic animals they are until you see one up close.
For the ultimate concoction of proximity, unkempt shrubs and both awesome and weird attractions, this is where you’ll find it. In Griffith Park you have the usual stuff, like playgrounds and picnic tables, but also the abandoned zoo, old, beautiful trains as well as the observatory, where you’ll have not only one of the best views over the city but also of the Hollywood Sign! Oh, and let’s not forget about the bat cave.
Back to Venice we go, to see all the fun, amazing and fascinating things that can be found only on the boardwalk. How about more street performers than you’ve ever seen in one place (unless you’ve run away with the circus), or large walls filled with art in all the colors of the rainbow – and some more! You’ll meet a thousand and one street vendors, some of whom will tell you fortunes, while others can offer you crafts, photos, sculptures – just make sure to get what you want, the vendor of your choice might not be there the next day!
The tricky part here is to choose just one of the magical places to go to, but we have a good strategy: do them all! At Universal Studios you’ll enter the worlds of King Kong, The Fast and the Furious and that little wizard boy – whatever his name is – and at Disneyland, there’s Mickey and Minnie along with the rest of the beloved cartoon characters. Oh, and lots of rides, too. Speaking of rides, Six Flags Magic Mountain has thrill, chill and kids rides – including the most amazing rollercoasters. You might as well start practising your screaming face in the mirror right now.
LA is busy as a bee, so there’s no wonder that opportunities to do some relaxing (most of the time) yoga pretty much everywhere you look. The beach, poolsides, parks, stand-up paddleboard: pretty much wherever there’s a flat surface, you’ll find yogis doing a downward dog, standing tall like a tree or saluting the sun – there’s even baby goat yoga. And it’s not just one place where you can do a mountain pose with a mountain goat (they’re probably just normal goats, but this sounds cooler), either. There are even places for stretching. Just stretching!
While it does indeed seem like this is gonna be all about Instagram, you can enjoy these locations even if you don’t actually own a camera. Promise. We love including quirky places that score rather high on the weird scale – like the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, the Last Bookstore and the Museum of Death (spoiler: it’s all about serial killers), as well as some really pretty ones, like the Garden of Oz or the Mosaic Tile House – and whatever you do, don’t miss out on all the beautiful, old buildings, like the Bradbury Building and the Public Library! Your followers would never forgive you.
Apparently, gnarly is back? No? Well, it is now, and we can’t wait to go back to Los Angeles and call everything and everyone gnarly. Is that something you’d want to do, too? Gnarly. See you there!