Girls Weekend in SoCal
Los Angeles: the second largest city in the United States, home to many distinct neighborhoods, a melting pot of cultures, wonderful food, and some of the most beautiful places in the entire country. This city is incredibly sprawling with new things to see and do at nearly every turn.
I just came back from visiting one of my best friends - and let me tell you, it’s tough to see such an enormous city in a weekend, but if you attempt it, get ready for a very fun time. Whether you decide to stick to a couple of neighborhoods or try to see it all, LA is a city that’s hard to not fall in love with.
Here are some bits and tips of what we did through the weekend! I visited in early November and the weather was perfection, cool 70 degrees with clear and sunny skies!
Let’s start with its perfect weather
Los Angeles is world-famous for its beautiful mild weather, with 292 days of sunlight/partial sunlight a year and an average high temperature of 75 °F and an average low of 56 °F.
VENICE BEACH BOARDWALK
Well known for bringing out colorful types, the Venice Beach Boardwalk is one of the best people watching spots in LA. You’ll see it all here, and it’s worth the visit at least once. Take a break from the craziness to walk to the end of the Venice Beach Fishing Pier for a great view of the coast. We rented the Uber Jump bikes and rode all along the boardwalk, such a fun activity to spend the afternoon.
Just a few blocks from the boardwalk, I highly recommend finding the Venice Canals. The canals are a truly iconic spot just a short 5-minute walk from Venice Beach. The sidewalks along the canal allow for picturesque views of the old wood bridges and houses that line the edge. You’ll envy the locals who get to enjoy the view on a daily basis. Also, there are all sorts of beautiful cactus and flowers, EVERYWHERE.
THE GETTY CENTER
Famous for the architecture and views, The Getty Center is one of the most visited museums in the United States. The Getty Center sits on a hilltop in the Santa Monica Mountains, just off the 405 Freeway. Visitors can take in Los Angeles's beautiful landscape—the Pacific Ocean, the San Gabriel Mountains, and panoramic views of the city. These elements inspired architect Richard Meier to design a campus that highlights both nature and culture. The center features art from the medieval times to modern day, and admission is free of charge. Head there for unforgettable views. Admission is free, $15 for parking.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART (LACMA)
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is the largest museum in the western U.S. housing over 100,000 works. There are a fantastic variety of featured and temporary exhibitions including the famed Rain Room. Right outside you’ll also find the Urban Light installation. Urban Light has been unofficially adopted by Los Angeles as a symbol of the city and is indisputably the most popular artwork at the museum. You’ll also probably recognize it from movies like No Strings Attached and Valentine’s Day.
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If you’ve seen a panoramic shot of Los Angeles that made you long for a vacation, it was likely taken from the hills just outside of Hollywood near the Griffith Observatory. There are hiking trails from the bottom that lead to the observatory, or you can opt to drive and park at the top for the scenic views. The Griffith Observatory itself has space and science related displays and information that are worth checking out, and admission is free!
THIRD STREET PROMENADE - SANTA MONICA
The Third Street Promenade includes dining, shopping and people gazing down the street from the Pacific Ocean. Only a few miles away from L.A. A unique shopping and dining district stretches along 3rd Street for 3 blocks between Wilshire and Broadway with Santa Monica Place mall on the south end and Wilshire Blvd on the north. Movie theaters, boutiques and sidewalk cafés provide a pretty nice experience. Here I recommend the restaurant North Italia, so so yummy.
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
If you are searching for a truly eclectic shopping experience, look no further than Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. This bustling district, which stretches from Venice Boulevard to Pacific Avenue, is a popular destination for boho chic shoppers. Some stores to recognize: the original TOMS store, Gorjana, Urbaninc, Bassike, Burro, Christy Dawn, General Store.
Los Angeles is a city of stories. Los Angelenos think of their sunny metropolis as a triangle made up of the East Side, the West Side, and the Valley. There truly is so many things to explore and discovered and there truly is something for everyone’s taste.
What is your favorite spot in southern California?