The check mark (✓) indicates places I’ve experienced.Travel Guide for Los Angeles and surrounding areas in California.
✓ Downtown Los Angeles
-La Jolla: kayaking through beach caves
✓ Thinkspace Gallery (small underground “low-brow”) art gallery
✓ Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook National Park – One of the best scenic views of California.
✓ Baka Sharkeez – Great (my favorite) fish taco restaurant on the coast.
✓ The Getty Museum – Beautiful museum with great scenic views
✓ Glendale Galleria and Americano – Two great malls across from each other.
✓ Grove Mall
✓ Trattoria Amici – Italian restaurant at the mall.
✓ Westin Scenic View (take the red elevator to the top)
✓ LA Prime Steakhouse at top of Westin Hotel – Great Scenic View of Downtown LA, Great filet mignon, sea bass, creamed corn and caesar salad
✓ Legends Hollywood bus tour
✓ Omni Hotel restaurant Noe
-Anastasia Brow Bar
✓ Blue Cow Kitchen Grill and Omni Hotel at Water Court – Caprese appetizer and quinoa hush puppies were tasty.
✓ Jet-skiing in Marina Del Rey
✓ Santa Monica Pier: Great family beach with outdoor shopping center nearby
- Red O restaurant at Santa Monica Pier
- Take Uber/Lyft to get around. You will save so much money compared to taking taxis. Don’t drive, you’re on vacation, and you’ll hate the traffic.
- Traffic in LA is so notoriously ridiculous. Travel during downtime as much as possible, preferably with someone who knows the area.