It's very easy to see how much I love my home state. California holds a golden chamber in my heart and I never plan on leaving here. So many people come here as a destination vacation spot, and I totally get why. However, being an LA and beach native, there are some things I can tell you before you get here to make your trip a little easier. Plus I'm gonna let you in on my favorite food places that you must eat at while you are here. enjoy!
Expedia.com is such an easy way to book your entire trip from the flight to the hotel to your rental car to things you will do when you get here. You can find really good deals and bang out all the details in one sitting.
Depending if you plan to fly, always fly Delta. I have flown Delta in and out of LA plenty of times, and plenty of times without Delta. In my opinion, flying Delta is the best way. They always have their stuff together and the flight attendants are extremely nice. The tickets are on the more expensive side, but it is so worth it. Stress free is a must when flying.
SLEEP WELL, OR SLEEP NONE.
Once you get here, you'll need a place to crash. LA has some awesome boutique hotels. I didn't even know those existed until I was planning my trip to San Fran earlier this year. Boutique hotels are so much fun because each room is so different and unique.
It's so so sad but plan on sitting in lots of traffic in the LA area. So I would pre plan some driving playlists for the drives.
PARKING IN LA AND AT THE BEACH.
For the most part you can find parking in California. LA on the other hand... not so much. It's so easy to plan a trip on a credit card, but pack some extra ones for parking lots and parking garages. Especially if you plan on hitting big malls like The Grove in Hollywood.
If you plan on hitting super popular beaches like Santa Monica or Zuma, the really good parking costs money. You can totally park for free and walk a block or two, but just in case you are hauling lots of food or chairs it's a good idea to park on the pier.
California has some really good food. Especially for you Insta-Food-Snobs out there (guilty) who like to take amazing food pics. Here are some places you must visit while you are here!
Where: Bottega Louie // What To Order: Macaroons, Espesso Eclair and pizza if you decide to eat there.
Where: EggSlut // What To Order: A Slut or a Fairfax
Where: In-N-Out Burger // What To Order: Double Double - Animal Style and a Neapolitan shake
Where: Lemonade // What To Order: Watermelon Rosemary or Strawberry Rhubarb lemonade
Where: Toast // What To Order: Multigrain Pancakes or Classic French Toast
Where: Crave // What To Order: 3 Combo Strawberry + Banana + Blueberries Crepes or Nutella
WHAT TO WEAR.
You could really get away with anything here. I would suggest not bringing a parka, but a hoodie or mexican poncho would do the job at night. During the day tee, tanks, shorts, jeans, dresses are are fine. But as soon as the sun goes down the temperature drops and it can get cooler.
You should for sure bring at least three different bikinis and lots of easy changes like boyfriend jeans or high waisted denim with simple tops. Its a casual flow over here.
Oh when you're on the road or freeway and your driving the actual speed limit because you come from a decent small town who follows the law, don't take anything personally when every single car comes flying around you acting like 1.) They own the road or 2.) think you are driving like a grandma. No one knows how to drive here yet they keep passing us all. So just be cautious and shake it off.
You must visit Disneyland! A trip out here just wouldn't be complete without a day with Mickey. I mean, come on. You can get Resort Tickets here from Expedia.
Sprinkles has thee best cupcakes. BUT you must check the weekly menu to find where your favorite flavors are located. Red Velvet is my favorite flav.
California Donuts is very good. & if you like a challenge you can snap a cool pick and they might regram you on Instagram. The regram the coolest photos of donuts.
Diddy Riese is where you want to go for cookies and ice cream. You honestly could not go wrong with anything from here. However the line is like 40 minutes long on the weekend nights. So plan ahead!