A week and a half ago, Ryan and I went to LA for five days. We had been wanting to take this trip for over a year, so my anticipation was very high! Even though Ryan lived in LA for about 7 years, this was my first time visiting the city and only my second time in California altogether. The long weekend ended up being the perfect mix of spending time with friends and them also being kind enough to fit in some touristy things for my benefit.
Immediately upon landing at LAX, we headed straight off for In-N-Out Burger to satisfy Ryan's cravings and to let me check out what all the hype was about. Of course we did the whole she-bang with burgers, fries, and milkshakes. P.S. Animal style fries are where it's at.
Our first full day in LA was spent in Hollywood. The number one thing I wanted to do and see on this trip was visit Griffith Park to see the Hollywood Sign, and the views did not disappoint. What I didn't know was that Griffith Park and Observatory is also a great lookout over the whole city. On a smog-free day, you would even be able to see the ocean. If we would have had more time, I would have loved to have checked out some of the hiking trails here as well. From there we headed to Hollywood & Highland and to see the Walk of Fame. My major geek-out moment was seeing Emma Waton's, Rupert Grint's, and Daniel Radcliffe's hand and wand prints in front of the Chinese Theatre. Blimey, Harry!
Saturday it was off to Santa Monica. Perhaps my favorite part of the whole trip was renting bikes for the bike path so that we could ride between Santa Monica and Venice Beach. This bike path is just a small part of a 26 mile path that stretches up and down the coast. The girls rented beach cruisers and the guys rented longboards. It was the perfect way to get our beach fix since it was a little too chilly to go the beach itself and offset some major indulgence in delicious food and drink all weekend. We also spent some time walking the Venice Beach boardwalk, the Santa Monica Pier, and 3rd Street Promenade, which is one of many shopping meccas in the area.
Our final day of exploring was spent in Malibu. One activity I requested while we were on the West Coast was to do some hiking. Luckily, one of our friends had the perfect suggestion--hiking in Corral Canyon. Not only was this hike full of incredible views of the ocean, mountains, and Malibu neighborhoods, but it also cut right by Jim Morrison Cave. This is where it is rumored that Jim Morrison used to go to write music, and today the whole cave is painted hot pink and covered in graffiti. It was unlike anything else we saw when we were in LA, and I loved every minute of it!
Overall it was an incredible trip! A huge thank you is in order for our friends who took the time to see us while we were in town and made sure to make me feel welcome. Until next time!