Los Angeles- also known as the "city of angels", is one of my favourite places in the States. We often stay in Santa Monica which is very central to all we like to see and do. There are canyon hikes, theme parks, beaches, restaurants, shopping, museums, vintage fairs, bike paths- and the weather is beautiful most of the year round! My favourite month would have to be September, when the fog has normally lifted and their Indian summer kicks in!
Some spots of interest:
Santa Monica Promenade & Pier- great shopping, lovely restaurants and a really pretty area. My favourite spot in LA- this is where I recommend people to base themselves.
Rosebowl Flea Markets- we LOVED these markets so much! There is something for everyone- from quirky vintage finds to clothing to food stalls. Put a whole day aside for them (seriously- they are huge!) They are held the second Sunday of every month. More info at: www.rgcshows.com/rosebowl.aspx
Venice beach- what an eclectic mix of people and shops! We really enjoyed our day here. The cottage we rented provided beach cruisers, so we made use of them and rode from Santa Monica beach to Venice beach along the bike path. Such a fun day! Venice beach is full of quirky cafes and people, you could spend all day just people watching!
The Getty Museum- a gorgeous museum and spot for lunch with stunning views over Los Angeles. Well worth a visit, even if its for a bite to eat and to take in those views!
Hollywood Hills Hike- we did a lovely 40 minute hike up to the Hollywood sign- please message me if you would like the directions we took. The views at the top are worth the trek and make you feel less guilty about all the calories you consume in America!
Universal studios- it may be touristy, but I think everyone has to see the original (and still fully functioning) studio once in their life! It's a fun day for all ages, but be prepared to stand in lines- especially during the American Spring break (infact avoid this time if possible). They have specials such as "buy a day, get a year" this gets you an annual pass to use whenever you feel like popping back in- really great value and it costs the same as a one day pass!
Farmers Markets LA: The original markets with over 100 specialty food stalls, fresh produce and cafes. Behind the food area is a shopping mall called The Grove- with lots of well known clothing stores such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Anthropoligie (my favourite!), Bath & Bodyworks and GAP. It's a beautifully designed shopping centre and very easy to navigate. For more information on market hours, visit: http://www.farmersmarketla.com/
Thrift/Op shops- there are so many around Los Angeles that are really large, well priced and have designer items (think Hermes sandals for $13!). Please message me if you would like my list- there are too many to list!
Even though America is not known for their healthy foods, we found lots of places with fresh organic produce and innovative menus. Restaurant reviews coming soon!
Overall Los Angeles is a really fun city with so much to see and do!
For more information: www.discoverlosangeles.com
All photos by Belinda- www.outoftheoffice.com.au