For my first time in California, I was lucky to make it out to some beautiful places, see the touristy stuff and eat some really good food. So here are a couple photos of my little trip to the sunshine state. Check out these spots if you’re ever in the hood!
1. Venice Beach
Strolling down the boardwalk while people watching and taking in the view of the beautiful Pacific definitely makes for a good day in the sun. Full of crazy characters and at least a couple attractions that will catch your attention, this stretch of beach is famous for a reason. The sunsets are also beautiful.
2. Echo Park
This lil’ gem calls for a picnic on a warm day, to just lounge in the park or take a lazy walk around the fountain, or if you’re feeling up to it, rent a paddle boat and laugh at how classic it is to ride one of those on a little pond. They have a nice little coffee place and the food is meant to be tasty as well.
3. Hollywood Boulevard and ‘the Sign’
On top of actually gazing upon the well known white block letters that loom over the hills of Hollywood, driving up here makes for a nice view of some nice houses, and walking in the park itself is a good little hike. There are trails that take you through the hills, and the Griffith Observatory up at the top is an interesting place to check out with killer views. Hollywood Boulevard was just fun for the funs sake. Shoe shops and tourist traps with a sprinkling of gnarly ‘costume’ stores, blinking lights and Zach Galifinakis look alikes. Saw a couple sad Cinderallas in there too, most definitely an interesting place to check out. Get a drink or two but as with most touristy areas, you’re paying for the location here.
4. Calle Olvera and Little Tokyo
If you’re in the city (LA), these are a couple cute spots that you can go lurk to your hearts content, mow some sushi in an authentic hole in the wall or wait in a long promising line for taquitos. Both spots featured unique tiny shops and restaurants and are fun to look around.
Been to California? Tell me some of your favorite spots to check out!!