Whenever I would meet non-American travelers at the hostel in Flagstaff that were working their way across the country, I would ask if they were going to go to Los Angeles. I could give them tips about the city because I lived there for 7 years.
Most of the international travelers I met said that they were skipping Los Angeles. At first I thought that was odd, but then I realized that there really are very few major landmarks in that city that do NOT relate to the movie or entertainment business.
The natural landscape in Los Angeles is wonderful, but there are so many great natural spots in California that that really isn’t a draw for L.A.
So Why Should You Go to Los Angeles?
To feel it. Taste it.
That’s weird, huh?
It’s an intangible something that makes Los Angeles special.
There’s nothing in particular to see, but you should still travel to Los Angeles. If that makes sense. It’s an experience. It’s a phenomena. Even if you’re not into movies, a town build on the business of entertainment makes for a pretty odd scene.
Listen to this week’s podcast to learn more.
Even if you are not a movie buff, there a places to go that will be fun.
These are the places I go when I am in town. TBP 0015 has a lot more detail on these locations.
Places I Visit When Traveling to Los Angeles (TBP 0015 Podcast Notes)
Disney and the amusement parks (feel)
Great spas: Glen Ivy (feel)
Eat food traditionally made for high-maintenance people. (taste)
Hiking in Franklin Canyon (*See)
Hiking in Runyon Canyon (this is where young Hollywood goes) (*See)
Sit in a coffeehouse (taste)
Hollywood Farmer’s market (taste)
Cruise the Sunset Strip – hang out at Barney’s Beanery or Chateau Marmont (taste/feel)
Bel Air Hotel – Bellinis or coffee. Piano bar. Walk the grounds.
Massage at Santa Monica Massage School
Afloat sushi in Pasadena (Nobu in Malibu if you have the budget)
Paradise Cove is a great beach: pricy but not with a group. $40 for the day. $20 to walk in. $6 with cafe validation. Paradise Cove Beach cafe is a little pricy but not outrageous and the food is good with decent portions.
Best Beaches are in San Diego or on the way to San Diego. Or north of LA toward Ventura county.
DO NOT GO TO DOWNTOWN LA. THERE IS NOTHING THERE. (Well, the garment district can be interesting, but not worth hitting up if you have limited time in L.A.)
Show Notes and Links:
Glen Ivy Spa
Glen Ivy entrance fee is $46. I remember it as less expensive because there is occasionally a half price deal, and that’s when I used to go.
CORRECTION: Legoland is closer to San Diego than Los Angeles
California Healing Arts (I referred to it as Santa Monica Massage School in the Podcast)
Afloat Sushi – I didn’t find their website but I forgot to mention that you should take your time ordering so that you can watch the sushi chef and see what has just been made and pick that as your meal. You can also make requests. Some of the things float around for a long time and that isn’t as tasty. I also did a bit of research and their inspection score is only so-so. I never had a problem, nor did any of my friends who have been going there longer than I have, but I also wanted to let you know just in case you decide to check it out.
Paradise Cove, Malibu
$40 for the day. $20 to walk in. $6 with cafe validation. Paradise Cove Beach cafe is a little pricy but not outrageous and the food is good with decent portions.