Visiting Los Angeles can be overwhelming no matter how many times you’ve visited. There’s so much to try and take in and receiving a few recommendations is always appreciated, so Expedia.com asked me to share mine. Below I’ll tell you about some of my old standards and a few new things I took part in that I think you should check out. So, get out your walking shoes and at least one sparkly dress but no worries, you won’t be wearing them together.
A Hotel Offering Only The Best In Amenities
First things first I always recommend staying at The Magic Castle hotel which is in the heart of Hollywood on Franklin Ave. This small boutique hotel offers guests personalized service with amenities you won’t find elsewhere. For example, they do your laundry at no added charge, offer a full size snack bar with items such as Reese’s Cups, Skittles, Salt N’ Vinegar Potato Chips, and so many more I couldn’t list them all. They’ve recently added a popsicle hotline out by the pool so when you or your children get hot you lift the bright red phone and your popsicles arrive in a matter of minutes. If you’ve stayed with them before keep an eye out for their room refurbishment which includes hardwood floors. Naturally, with Los Angeles being such a big city there are many other hotel options at all. Click here to check out more Los Angeles hotel options at Expedia.com.
A Night Of Magic
Of course, if you are going to stay at The Magic Castle Hotel you’ll have to visit the Magic Castle at least one night or during brunch on the weekend. The clubhouse of The Academy of Magical Arts is one of the most difficult invites to receive in Hollywood. Staying in the hotel is one way to find yourself inside the mansion walls. All night long you can move from room to room enjoying different magic shows, or sit at one of the 5 different bars and watch a magician do a card trick and mingle with other guests. The dress code is strictly enforced which gives the club a fancy feeling you don’t see many other places.
Stroll Through History In LA’s Backyard
For the first time during my recent trip, I visited the Venice Canal Historic District, and I’ll be going back again. 100 years ago, Abbot Kinney, famous developer, had the idea to create a Venice Italy in Los Angeles. He wanted to have gondoliers and the whole 9 yards, but unfortunately that never worked out. Many of the canals had to be filled in over time but plenty are still there with beautiful bridges and you can walk among them and enjoy the silence. The area is bustling with people and dogs but because there are homes along the water you can count on the area remaining quiet. Tim especially enjoyed the architecture of the surrounding homes, each more different than the next. Once you find yourself ready for more action, walk over to Venice Beach and take in the boardwalk, muscle beach, and all this area has to offer. If the weather allows, go for a dip in the ocean!
Hungry For Some Competition
Do you love the 80’s? Can you take out all the aliens each time on Space Invaders? Have you rescued Pauline from Donkey Kong? The One Up on Ventura Blvd offers up unique bar food and free arcade games, and we had a blast playing all night long. The Goat Cheese Tots are to die for, we ordered them twice, and it was worth every piece of meat in my teeth to eat the Baby Back Ribs. Tim ordered a few of the Golden Road Hefeweizen beers and we relaxed and watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off while we chatted about how we were enjoying an entire vacation kid free.
Visit Another World
I love flowers and strolling through gardens is one of my favorite past times, so The Japanese Gardens at Woodley Park was a perfect last stop while in Los Angeles. At the SuihoEn you can take pictures in front of traditional Japanese lanterns, waterfalls, a lot of different bird species and of course, flowers and trees. There is so much to see I can’t name it all. I don’t doubt you could spend hours inside this garden just relaxing and appreciating the beauty of it all.
As I mentioned at the beginning, you can become overwhelmed quite easily in LA with the long list of things to see and do. I’ve only had the chance to give you a handful of recommendations, but I hope you’ll check them out. Rest assured no matter what you choose to do while visiting it will most likely make for a fabulous time. Los Angeles is one of my favorite vacation destinations in the US and I’d love to hear your favorite must see spots too!