Happy Friday friends! I wanted to get ahead of all the travel posts as much as possible and before I forgot all the details, so today I'm starting with our 36 hours in Los Angeles. Our flight got us into Los Angeles right around 3 pm - once you factor in picking up the car, navigating through the city & getting dinner -you're pretty much pooped from the time difference. Especially when you had a great weekend on the east coast. We did have a quick dinner with a friend of mine who was also in town with her husband celebrating their anniversary which was such a nice treat, but more on that later!
I wanted to make sure that we got the most out of our short time in Los Angeles so I immediately started the search for interesting tours and kept seeing "A Day in LA" pop up. An all day, smaller tour of about 12 people takes you through every popular and let's be honest, touristy spot in the city. I knew that it would be overwhelming to try to hit all the high points on our own, so this was really the only option I wanted. Here's what we were able to see & do!
Santa Monica / Venice
We chose to meet up with the tour at 9:30 AM in Santa Monica since that's where we were staying and was the easiest pick up point. They do offer hotel pickups but we were staying in an AirBnB in the area so this made the most sense. From the pick up your quickly taken a few miles up the road to Venice Beach. Your given about 35-40 minutes to tour the true highlights including muscle beach & the venice boardwalk.
Rodeo Drive / Beverly Hills
I'd say this was the one part of the tour I wish we had a little more time - sadly we were only given 45 minutes so you're not given much time to really go into any of the stores, but let's be real - everything is so astronomically priced odds are I shouldn't have been going into the stores anyway. We walked around, saw a $2.5 million Bugatti & saw a few of the famous hotels in the area.
This was definitely my favorite stop on the tour and the "lunch" stop. We opted for a super quick lunch so that we would have as much time to roam around the outdoor area as possible. Filled with great stores, an incredible food market & a beautiful outdoor space - the Grove is one of the places I would have gone back to if we had more time in LA.
Funny enough, the observatory itself is closed on Monday's which is the day we were doing the tour, but it was the second longest time we had a stop which I didn't think made that much sense. I watched La La Land on the flight to LA, so when we were driving up to the observatory I felt like - hey I know this place!! You get absolutely incredible views of Los Angeles - the Hollywood Sign looks pretty great from the top!
Hollywood Walk of Fame
The final stop of the tour is the Hollywood Walk of Fame and it was the most meh portion of the tour for me. Not because of the tour itself, but I was so let down with how it actually looked. Felt a little rundown & of course the highlight is seeing all the stars on the sidewalk, but I was expecting something more, I'm just not sure what that was.
After the tour was over around 5:30 we were dropped back off in Santa Monica and we decided to stick around and check out the Third Street Promenade. It's a completely outdoor experience with shopping, food & musicians performing on almost every corner. We spent a couple hours walking down the length of the promenade & it was plenty of time to see everything! And I also made a little purchase :)
After one full day in LA I actually walked the equivalent of a half marathon - that number of steps was pure insanity to me! My calves were still hurting two days later!!
We didn't do a ton of eating LA believe it or not, but hit up a few of the local spots.
Of course the first stop was In-N-Out burger which you already saw, but I'm hoping we can go again because I had no idea there was a secret menu and we should have gotten the fries "animal style"
We also ate at Fig in the Fairmont Hotel & Misfit in Santa Monica - we didn't really taste test the menu since we weren't that hungry, but the few things we did get were good.
My absolute favorite meal from LA was at Bardonna in Santa Monica. The brunch that both Gary & I had were delicious and of course the latte's were perfectly brewed!! Highly suggest a visit there if you're in the area & take a picture near the love wall - picture below!
You might have noticed that in some photos I had my jean jacket on and in other's they were a no go...well all of California has something called "micro climates." I'm well aware of how different inland temps can be to those temps by the water, but 20 degree differences with fog rolling in within a matter of a few feet was just crazy!! Just be sure to bring lots of layers when you visit! It also wasn't hard at all to find great backdrops for photos - there are murals on every corner!
So there you have it - a quick and easy way to see all the highlights of Los Angeles in basically one day! Of course we missed out on some great food spots, but that means we'll just have to go back and do a food tour version next time!
We are headed to Napa today & looking forward to a few days of relaxing in Wine Country. Hope you'll follow along on Instagram - I'm sharing a lot of quick snippets of the trip - sometimes too much, but when everything is so picturesque it's hard to stop yourself!!
Sadly no celeb or real housewives sightings in LA, but I'm still crossing my fingers for some! Have you ever been to Los Angeles?
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