Top Fives for Los Angeles
- The Getty Museum. Well worth the cost of parking (admission is free), it’s a beautiful museum with an impressive collection of permanent and rotating pieces and stellar views on clear days. The docent tours are always informative and lead by friendly volunteers.
- Amoeba Records. Give yourself a generous amount of time in the parking metre for this one and browse for new and used gems and hard-to-find albums. Staff are sometimes hard to flag down but are really helpful. I’ve never left empty handed.
- Hike. LA is full of hiking gems, some easier to find than others. My favourites are a short trail that takes you underneath the Hollywood sign with views of the Hollywood Reservoir in the distance, and the hike up to the Griffith Observatory. Popular with locals but less touristy, they’re both nice spots to get away from the smog and hustle and bustle of LA and enjoy the beauty of Southern California.
- The Electric Dusk Drive-In. Watch the stars under the stars (just kidding; thanks to light pollution, you may not see any stars in the sky) at this drive-in located Downtown. If you don’t want to bring your car, score the best seats in the house on the astroturf!
- Eat at Sloopy’s in Manhattan Beach. Have a Mother Nature sandwich for me with a side of fries, and take it down to eat on the beach. You won’t regret it.
Accommodation suggestions: Rent a house! Hotels can be expensive in LA (the nicer ones, anyway), so why not rent an apartment or house for your LA vacay? I tend to lean towards rentals in Venice Beach – slightly cheaper than options in Santa Monica, but still close to a great beach and full of character.