29 July 2016

What To Do When Re-Visiting LA

The America Part 2 Series

Hey, guys! I'm back!

I'm at home in Wetherby following the most INCREDIBLE six weeks in America and I'm hoping to kill the post-vacay blues by sharing bits of my trip with y'all.

(Do you think I've got the American lingo down yet?!)

Similarly to how I blogged The America Series after my five week trip last January, I'm thinking I'll write one post on each city that I visited and then if there's anything else I want to throw on here I can do so as and when.

Y'ALL WITH ME?! Alrighty then, let's get going.

When we visited LA last year, it was the first time we'd been since we were younger with our parents so we naturally had to the touristy stuff including all the theme parks. (You can find details of my previous trip here.)

This time around, we tried to cover the bits that we didn't manage to fit in during the two weeks last time and then some! We also ended up repeating a few things because #wheninLA.

Here are my top picks for what to do when re-visiting the city of angels:

1) Walk down Hollywood Boulevard. Again!

Yes, we've done it many times - but the Walk of Fame, Chinese Theatre, Dolby Theatre and shopping district down Hollywood Boulevard NEVER gets old. There's always that one star on the pavement that we forgot to photograph previously, a new event or premiere happening at one of the theatres or additional merchandise to buy!


2) Go to a different sports game.

During our last trip, we went to see the LA Lakers team play basketball at The Staples Centre (which was AWESOME)! This time around, we thought we'd see what all the fuss was about and go see the LA Dodgers play a baseball game. It's always good to learn about a different sport, especially because we don't have baseball in the UK, and IMO the atmosphere at any American sports game is always electric.



3) Hike up to the Griffith Observatory.

We actually ran out of time to cover this during the last trip, therefore it was at the top of our list this time around. The hike is interesting in itself - it was approximately two hours from our hotel uphill with the road steadily getting steeper and steeper. Add the sun and heat into the mix and we had a bit of a challenge on our hands, to say the least! Luckily the views on the way up and at the top make it all worthwhile. You get breathtaking views not just of the Hollywood sign, but the whole of LA - a must do!



4) Have day drinks in downtown LA.

We probably wouldn't have done this if it wasn't for the fact that our friend Jeff (who we met during America Part 1) was visiting from Wilmington and suggested we all went for drinks downtown. There are some amazing rooftop bars (The Standard and The Perch, to name a couple) with impressive views of the skyscrapers as well as the most delicious cocktails. It ended up being one of the best days ever! #thanksforthememories Jeff.



5) Eat a fancy meal on Rodeo Drive.

We were lucky that our parents decided to tag onto the end of our LA leg this time around, so they gave us the opportunities to do things that we just couldn't afford to do if we were by ourselves. One of the best things we did as a four was have a fancypants meal on Rodeo Drive. We went to the 208 restaurant. Yes, it was expensive (it was going to be when we found out Kim Kardashian had only eaten there the previous week) but they had some of the best food I've ever tasted in my life. My Seafood Linguine entree was spot on!



6) Explore Santa Monica.

During our previous trip, we covered Santa Monica Pier and the beach (two of my favourite spots in LA) which we were more than happy to do again. However, this time we mixed it up a bit and actually had more of walk around Santa Monica. There's some brilliant shopping on Third Avenue, as well as cute cafes and restaurants, so it was nice to just explore and get lost a little!


7) Walk down Melrose Avenue.

We had actually been recommended this the last time we were in LA but, again, ran out of time. Melrose Avenue is one of the best areas for luxury shopping in LA so it is gorgeous, clean and well-kept with some nice cafes and restaurants. A personal favourite eatery of ours is the Urth Cafe with the green umbrellas - their Eggs Royale breakfast, with poached eggs, smoked salmon and english breakfast muffin doused in hollandaise sauce, is to die for!


8) Have cocktails outside the Beverly Wilshire.

This is a fab spot for cocktails as it looks upon Rodeo Drive - perfect for people watching! (And we do love to people watch!) They also do the most gorgeous Strawberry Mojito. (My mouth is drooling just thinking about it!) We would certainly recommend.



We did a few more bits and bobs throughout the ten days we were in LA, but the above are definitely the highlights.

LA is an incredible city - it has such a magical feel to it. I would never tire of it and could live out there in a heartbeat, but I was looking forward to exploring other cities on the rest of the trip that we had never been to before.

However, first we had to head over to the Vegas! (We just couldn't resist pitstopping at Vegas on this trip, even though we had three nights there on the previous trip. PARTY!)

To be continued...


(Have you been to LA before and done anything on my list? What did you think to it? Thanks for reading! Katie-xo)

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