I had never been to California, so when I got the opportunity to go for a weekend, I took it. I made the cross-country flight and a few hours later I found myself stepping off the plane at LAX (with a dream and my cardigan….). I met up with a friend, and the rest of the day was spent in L.A. My night in the city was spent exploring a little bit of downtown.
The next day, we made our way to Disneyland, and I think that I might have had more fun at 20 than I did when I was little. I’m not sure if Disney stepped up their game, or I just appreciate things that I didn’t as a kid, but the parades and rides were really fun. We ended the day with the fireworks show ( a must-do if you make it to Disney)
Now that I’m an adult and paying for things myself, I will say that Disney is incredibly expensive. But if you’re only doing it for a day, I think it’s doable, and definitely worth looking into. Oh and did I mention that this trip included at least a meal a day at In N’ Out? Seriously those burgers are the best thing I’ve tasted.
And of course, a trip to LA would not be complete without a trip to Venice Beach. There were all kinds of people doing tricks, trying to read your fortune or sell you something. A standout was the boardwalk--it’s right on the beach and the ferris wheel is a great way to see a picture perfect view of the the ocean, the beach and skyline.
While you’re in the LA area, you should probably do the cliché Hollywood sign picture too. Warning: it’s really hard to park anywhere near the sign, and it turns out California has a lot of really steep hills.
The next day, we rented a car for a little road trip down the Pacific Coast Highway to San Diego. The drive was so incredibly gorgeous, and it took us right by some cute little beaches we could take a nice pit stop at. I would definitely recommend doing a road trip like this.