I must admit LA was quite overwhelming at first, as it has so many different parts and we only had a few days, but I came to senses that it is a great city in the end. So I summed up my experiences and created a list with places to go for when you visit Los Angeles.
We stayed in Venice Beach and spent most of our time at the beaches from Santa Monica to Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach. I didn’t like Downtown so much, but Beverly Hills and Melrose Avenue were of course an experience and driving through the city, exploring Sunset Boulevard, is definitely fun.
We also managed to go to Disneyland in Anaheim for a day. I’ve never been to any Disneyland Resort before, so you can imagine how excited I was. Didn’t put down that Minnie Mouse ears for one second.
Besides that, we weren’t really prepared and basically had no idea about things to do in LA. By now I’ve seen lots of amazing places on Instagram and other sites that I will check out next time. And maybe this little Los Angeles guide helps you to get an overview before your trip there.
Los Angeles attractions:
- Hollywood Walk of Fame
- Hollywood Sign
- Urban Light at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
- Sunset at Griffith Park with view over LA
- Runyon Canyon
- Walk from Muscle Beach in Venice to the Santa Monica Pier
- Game at Dodger Stadium
- Universal Studios Hollywood
- Breakfast at Urth Café and Joey’s Café
- Pool day and lunch at Beverly Hills Hotel
- Lunch at Nobu in Malibu
- Drinks at Chateau Marmont
If you have any more ideas please share in the comments and I can add them to the list. :)Manhattan Beach is a lovely area and great for a day at the beach, surfing and for food. We had an amazing breakfast at Uncle Bill’s Pancake House. Find it here: 1305 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 Venice Beach is exactly how you imagine it from the movies you saw. Everyone is riding their bikes, walking along with their surfboards or skating. There are lots of shops and cafés if you walk along the beach from Venice to Santa Monica. Once in Santa Monica you should check out the famous Pier.For me, going to Disneyland was one of the best thing we did while in Los Angeles. It was so much fun and we were lucky that it wasn’t too crowded. Go early to avoid the masses! If you don’t want to be stuck in traffic in the morning just book yourself a room via Airbnb. There are plenty of rooms and flats in Anaheim and it worked really well for us. Westwood Village is where the University UCLA is located and therefore there are many of young people. I really enjoyed strolling through the campus and go for ice cream at Diddy Riese, which honestly everyone seemed to have. Find it here: 926 Broxton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024