||[Jan. 21st, 2013|08:02 pm]
I'm going to be going to California with my friend. So far the only thing on the agenda is to see the Ellen show which tapes in LA. I've only been to California once before but it was a quick trip and I stayed on a naval base, so I'm at a loss about planning.|
Can you offer any suggestions for the best neighborhoods to stay (or if you have a specific hotel suggestion?)? Things we shouldn't miss?
I think both of us just want out of New York.
sorry I don't have any helpful ideas to offer, but I am so envious of you going to an Ellen show taping!
Hopefully we can make it happen!
oh man, I hope you can too! and if so, I hope she's maybe will give away a neat prize that day. :D
OOoh I didn't even think of the prizes!!
A taping of Ellen would be awesome! I've only been to LA for a day, and I went on one of those bus tours. I don't recommend those, they drive way too fast tor you to see anything and they just talk about celebrity gossip the whole time.
I live there but I'm not sure what to recommend off the top of my head. I know nothing about hotels so I'm not use there. If you want a neighborhood to spend a few hours exploring, Silver Lake is the ~cool~ place to be, it's chill and full of good food and shops and stuff. I'm not sure what you're interested in doing, though? parks, museums, galleries, movies, shopping, music shows? I can't think of any real tourist attractions/activities that are actually worth going out of your way for.
We're kind of content to do nothing. I'd like to go to the beach, maybe hike at some point. I found a pretty interesting list of stuff through Time Magazine. The Ritz Carlton is having a RIDICULOUS say ...like $1200 off for four nights...I just have no idea where to stay.
I know this post is just as bad as when people say they are going to NYC and I curse them for it. Now I'm in their shoes.
the ritz downtown? that one is one of the tallest buildings in the city and it's right next to LA Live, wich is a really douchy but flashy/touristy entertainment/shopping center, I'm sure staying there would be a fun experience.
Zuma is my favorite beach. If you want mellow, city-adjacent hiking, Griffith Park is great. Chantry Flats and Eaton Canyon are great for more natury hiking.. a little more rugged, and Chantry has a little pond/mini waterfall area at the end of the trail.
Time actually suggested Zuma!
There's the Getty museum
which I've been too, it's nice
The Griffith Observatory
I think there's also trails around griffith park, I'm not sure.
There's the fashion district
Of course there's Hollywood... not exactly thrilling in my opinion though.
Venice beach (Street performers), Huntington Beach, and Santa Monica has a pretty big pier
Fashion district is really just a bunch of shops that sell fabric. There isn't much to see there.
Agreed that Hollywood is fairly boring. There are a few interesting shops, but it's mostly overpriced, overcrowded and touristy. If anything the Sunset strip seems to have more character than the Hollywood strip. If you're at all into shows, though, Cirque du Soleil's Iris at the Kodak is pretty awesome. It's a little different from the rest of the Cirque shows, with actual (mindblowing) sets. (I'm a bit of a set nerd, though, so take that as you will).
Venice and Santa Monica are pretty cool, Huntington is mostly just a beach. Redondo/Manhattan/Hermosa (they're all adjacent to each other) have a pretty cool, laid back little beach town vibe. There's a lot of interesting stuff in Long Beach, too, but the actual beach is meh.
Silverlake is pretty cool, if a bit hipsterish for my tastes.
I like Redondo and Huntington for shell hunting/rock finding. I found some enormous ones at Huntington, but it's not exactly beach weather.
I haven't been to Loñg beach in a while, I remember some neat shops and I got 60s leather jacket.
And I was hesitant on the fashion district. I get confused with where hell rodeo drive is.
Honestly LA isn't my favorite part of Cali lol
Oh, isn't the natural history museum out there and the la brea tar pits? And possibly the museum of tolerance?
Yeah, it's not my favorite either, but I live here, so. :P
Depending on when OP is coming...it may be beach weather, and she did say she wanted to go to the beach. It's already starting to warm up quite a bit.
I've never been to the Natural History Museum but I hear it's awesome. It's also really close to the Science Center, I believe, so they could probably make a day of that. Same with the tar pits, they're right by LACMA which is also awesome. And I just looked it up, Museum of Tolerance is indeed in LA. For some reason I'd always thought it was a bit of a drive; now I'm annoyed that I haven't been recently.
Also, this is obvious but with the recent renovations I must say: Disneyland. It's fucking pricy but seriously, if you're into that sort of thing the California Adventure park is now amazing. And it's the off season so crowds should be really light.
We'll be going at the end of March but I go to the beach now in New York. I don't mind just walking- doesn't have to be super warm weather.
Thank you for the suggestions!
recommended Silver Lake, and I totally second it. My mom grew up in Silver Lake, and it's got neat old houses, and shops. It kinda gives you the feeling of what LA used to be like. Santa Monica Pier's pretty and
pretty tourist friendly. If you're renting a car, and you're comfortable with directions (or have a GPS), I'd totally go for a drive on PCH- it's one of the most beautiful highways we have in CA... once you make it a bit out of LA. If you want to catch a show, you can take a look at what's playing at the Pantages theater. Sorry I can't help with the hotel situation, though. I hope you have fun out here (and I hope the weather stays nice for you)!
Thank you! We are definitely planning on renting a car & PCH was in my plans no matter what!
Thank you for the suggestions.