A Weekend in La La Land

Recently, the TravelMo team spent a weekend in Los Angeles. Seeing that LA is such a popular destination any time of the year (hello, amazing weather), Travel Talk wants to help make sure you know all the must-do’s for your future trip to the City of Angels! Here’s a quick recap of the weekend:

We stayed in Santa Monica which made getting everywhere so much easier! If you’re looking to be central to all the spots on a friendly budget, I highly recommend looking into Airbnb’s in that area. We wanted to make sure to get a mix of scenery in, so each day was planned out in order to make the most of our time. Usually, I like to be very go with the flow and just relax but this trip was a little different. In order to stick to our itinerary as best we could, we rented a car through the app, Turo (kind of like Airbnb but for cars, super user-friendly and the owner even dropped it off for us!). After arriving pretty late Thursday night, our trip began early Friday morning as we headed to Griffith Park.

Griffith Park Observatory: There are a handful of different hiking options all with great views in the city. We drove to the top of Griffith Park to save some time! The views were absolutely amazing. The observatory is located on Mount Hollywood and gives a 360 view of the entire city. From Downtown LA to the Pacific Ocean, you can see it all!

Grand Central Market: Located in Downtown Los Angeles, Grand Central Market is made up of all the cuisines you could dream of. Whether you’re on a health kick and craving a delicious juice, or looking for something heavier like a good burger and beer, this food hall gives you an endless amount of options. Lucky for us we were traveling in a group so we really got to dive into a variety of places!

Venice Beach: On day two, we went for more of beachy vibe and hung out at Venice Beach. We did it the right way on bikes/roller blades! This L.A. staple that borders the Pacific Ocean is an absolute must-see. Riding up and down the boardwalk really allowed for us to soak in the SoCal lifestyle. Between the street performers, shops and live music, there was plenty to see. We could have easily spent hours here but after a couple hours of people watching, we made our way to Santa Monica for lunch.

Santa Monica: Our afternoon was spent right down the road in Santa Monica. We changed it up by renting electric scooters to explore the area. Riding down the main roads was no joke but it was such a great experience! From outdoor shopping on Third Street Promenade to amusement park riding on the pier, this vibey little coastal city had so much to offer.

While our days were pretty packed with outdoors and fun, we enjoyed our nights out on the town trying out some dank restaurants and hittin' up swanky bars. Here are a few of our favorites!

Tom Tom - Popular destination bar for all the Vanderpump fans. I’ve personally never seen the show but that didn’t stop me from absolutely loving this bar. Both the drinks and music were very on point!
Gracias Madre - Delicious Mexican restaurant right off Melrose Ave! Don’t let the fact that it’s vegan stray you away (if you’re not into that kind of thing). The food is seriously so good that you forget it’s vegan.

Taste - By far the best meal I had in L.A and quite possibly ever. That is all.
Harriet’s - This flashy rooftop bar is located at the top of the Jeremy Hotel. Although a bit overpriced, the views are totally worth it!
The Polo Lounge - If you're down to splurge (like, alot) and spend your Sunday brunch as the celebs do at The Beverly Hills Hotel, this is your spot. Low key live music, a three-course meal and some extra-boozy cocktails.
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