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. If you make it to downtown L.A, make sure to look for a place to eat outside. We found quite a few and managed to get some really tasty pizza and a prime seat to watch the DJ and dancing going on; it was dinner with free entertainment.
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. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it......
And of course, a trip to LA would not be complete without a trip to Venice Beach. Coming from the Midwest, I had no idea what to expect, and let me tell you, it was interesting to say the least. 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 realllllyyy steep hills. I’m talking out of breath, legs burn kind of hills, but it makes for a fun picture and a fun time (once your legs stop hurting).
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; however, if I was doing it again, I probably would have expanded my trip and the road trip – maybe started in San Francisco and done a few days there before heading to L.A.