LA is beautiful, diverse and rich in culture. By contrast, it’s also the paparazzi-filled La-la-land that movies and music videos depict it as. It’s a weird and wonderful place; a must-visit. It’s a BIG city, so plan your time there wisely.
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The 4 key neighborhoods to hit when your stay is limited are Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and Venice. I’ve come up with a stellar plan for your 4-day LA vacay, check it out!
Day one: Santa Monica
1. Head to the pier
This is the best spot to visit along Santa Monica Beach. Hit the Ferris wheel, a roller coaster, watch an outdoor movie, and maybe even catch a live show. There’s a really cute little vintage carousel, too.
Address: 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA
2.Stroll along Third Street Promenade
Whether you’re window-shopping, actual shopping or just chillin’, this big, open street is a super fun spot to explore. There’s everything from high-end designer shops to fresh farmers markets. Foodies will love it here, there are tons of restaurants that use healthy, local ingredients.
Address: 1351 3rd Street Promenade #201, Santa Monica, CA
3.Get some R&R at The NOW Spa
This spa is LA’s hottest wellness destination for locals and jet-setting influencers alike. The space is stunning! It’s our dream Pinterest board come to life – think cactus, crystals, exposed beams, and all things zen.
4. Enjoy a sweet treat at Sweet Rose Creamery
Handmade, organic ice cream using local ingredients. And the packaging is way too cute.
Address: 826 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA
Day two: Beverly Hills
1.Energize with a breakfast bowl at Backyard Bowls
Kendall Jenner has been spotted eating an acaï bowl at this superr cute spot. This is the perfect way to start the day, you’ll feel awake & energized.
Address: 8303 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
2. Peep all the next-level celeb homes
Check out the sprawling Beverly Gardens Park to see rose gardens, then just drive around and see all the massive celeb homes. They are unreal, major #goals. Ya never know, you may spot one of your icons.
Address: 9439 Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA
3.Cruise along Rodeo Drive
This street is so much fun for film lovers. You’ll remember the cult-classic scenes from Pretty Woman. This strip has some of the most elite designer shops, intended for serious spenders but fun for anyone to check out.
Address: Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA
4.Grab a coffee at Urth Caffé
When they’re on-the-go, Kendall & Kylie often make a stop here for coffee or tea.
Address: 267 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA
5.Hit the In-N-Out Burger
LA locals are, for the most part, very health conscious. The In-N-Out Burger joints are classic, they’re like the designated cheat meal stop. Eat well during your trip, and reward yourself with a crazy meal at this spot!
Address: 922 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA
Day three: Hollywood
1.Eat something delish at Kylie Jenner’s go-to resto SUGARFISH
Order yourself some insanely fresh sushi at Kylie’s go-to sushi spot. She orders the halibut sashimi, albacore sushi, and toro.
Address: 6115 Sunset Blvd #170, Los Angeles, CA
2.Balance yourself with some shopping at Crystalarium
Kylie and pal Jaden Smith have been spotted shopping for crystals & jewelry in this beautiful, bright space in West Hollywood.
Address: 534 N La Cienega Blvd B, West Hollywood, CA
3.Take a photo in front of the iconic Hollywood sign
A great spot to take the shot is at The Griffith Observatory. You’ll also have a stunning view of the city.
Address: Los Angeles, CA
4.Go for a walk or run at Runyon Canyon Park
Kendall and pals like Justin Bieber go Runyon for a (very) scenic workout.
Address: 2000 N Fuller Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Day four: Venice
1.Bike along the boardwalk
Your vacay is not complete until you’ve visited Venice Beach. One of the best ways to experience the vibe is by biking along the Venice bike path. The people watching is the best, and nature’s playlist (ocean waves) will be playing.
Address: Venice Fishing Pier, Venice, CA
2.Take a photo of the Venice sign
No trip to Venice is complete without snapping your photo in front of the super cute sign. Make it by sunset for an extra stunning snap.
Address: Pacific Ave & Windward Ave, Venice, CA
3.Stop at the Rose Cafe
This spot is in the heart of Venice, and it’s all about classic Southern Cali food. They’ve been open since 1979.
Address: 220 Rose Ave, Venice, CA
4.Take a surfing class
There are many different surfing schools that offer classes for beginners year-round. Getting out of your comfort zone by trying something like surfing will make your trip that much more memorable.
When it comes to things to do in Los Angeles, the list is seriously endless. It’s a city that merits several visits.
If you have a spot you love, please tell me in the comments!