California is definitely a second home for me. I’ve been traveling back and forth to LA each year for about 18 years. I feel like I’m at home as soon as I touch down in the plane. I gleam so much from my time there that it’s indescribable. Being there is such a motivator for me and so much more. Last month, I traveled there for leisure, stayed 6 days and did all of the things that I should be doing when I’m there. I visited 3 museums, ate lots of good food, parked along the PCH to take in the views and to hear the waves crashing in, saw my friends, did some shopping, got a facial and a massage and journaled my way through my time there. The great thing about L.A. is that it’s always something to do. So, I couldn’t help myself, I had to do an L.A. travel guide! Trust, I have so much more advice to add to this guide so I’m sure there will be a part 2 soon.
WHERE TO STAY
- 1 Hotel West Hollywood- Beautiful, Chic and Dreamy Décor and centrally located.
- The London West Hollywood- Luxurious hotel with a great rooftop, cabanas and a restaurant on site for your convenience.
- Andaz West Hollywood- Has the best views of the Hollywood hills in my opinion.
- Intercontinental Hotel in DTLA- Love everything about this hotel and lobby.
TO DO LIST
- Griffith Observatory has one of the most iconic views in L.A.
- The Getty Center is a sight to see. Admission is free
- but parking is $15.
- Santa Monica Pier has the iconic Ferris wheel, food, and lots to see and do.
- The Broad Museum is L.A.’s newest contemporary art museums in DTLA. Great news, general admission is free.
- Wally’s Beverly Hills- Loved the look and feel of this classy restaurant that gives off European vibes. Not to mention, they have the best truffle fries you will ever taste. I also tried the Caesar salad and it was amazing.
- Escuela Taqueria- Love this authentic Mexican restaurant. Do yourself a favor and try the crispy beef and pickle taco, it will change your life.
- The Tower Bar- Located in the West Hollywood historic hotel- Sunset Tower Hotel. They have the BEST VIEWS, and there’s no telling who you might encounter while dining there. I spotted Lional Richie once when I was there.
- Perch- Delicious food with great rooftop vibes.
- Poppy & Rose- Is Black owned and has the best breakfast & brunch comfort food selections.
- Elephante- Is located in Santa Monica and is a great option if you’re in the mood for some amazing pizza.
- Laurel Hardware- Very centric and fancy Michelin Star Restaurant.
Let me know some of the places you like to visit while in L.A.