5 Things to Do In Los Angeles

L.A. is such a huge, sprawled-out city that there’s many things to do there! This time, I had the company of Sara, an L.A. local, to show me around. Overall, it was a good mix of tourist attractions and local activities (Like…eating, a lot). Here are some outtakes from my trip in December:

1. Enjoy rooftop views from Mr. C hotel (you’d be joking if you thought I actually stayed there *coughnotinthattaxbracket*):

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Sunny LA…and this was at the end of December!
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Beverly Hills…that’s where I want to be!

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Downtown LA

2. Walk through the ever-so-fancy Rodeo Drive (on the way to brunch, of course):

That #la #brunch life though ??

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Eat, eat, and eat some more! I think my interest in food photography blossomed since this trip to Cali…if you couldn’t tell from my latest Instagram feed.

3. Pet ocean animals (sharks!) at the Aquarium of the Pacific (blog post here!):

4. Stroll around Third Street Promenade like a good tourist:


5. End with delicious (green tea!) donuts from Little Tokyo:

Visiting L.A. with a local this time was so different from the time I went on my own! While I still got to do typical “touristy” stuff, Sara also shared some of her city’s gems with me – like going up Mr. C hotel for a beautiful view of Beverly Hills. Thanks Sara! It sure made me want to travel like a local more!

Have you ever had the “local experience” in a new city or place? Where?

Thanks for reading!

P.S. More from this trip: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Hollywood Sign Hike, Aquarium of the Pacific

  • We’re headed back to LA in February, and I can’t wait to experience more of the amazing things that the city has to offer! You really can’t miss out on Rodeo Drive, and the views from Mr. C’s hotel look amazing!

  • Awesome post! I’ll definitely keep these places (especially the hotel view) in mind for my next visit! The only thing I would add is eating tacos from a Kogi food truck. Sooooo good!

  • Thank you for posting this. I’m scheduled to visit LA on the first week of May if everything goes well. I’ll try to get to that rooftop view if possible. 🙂

  • Alex Larson

    Thanks a lot for your post! Honestly, I anchor my hope on your blog, beacuse it looks successful) Btw, LA is trully the most splendid american city for me. I’ve been in U.S. twice, used http://vivaster.com/ for booking and LA is still in my heart. LA is best defined by simple life-affirming moments: a cracked-ice, jazz-age cocktail on Beverly Blvd, a hike high into the Hollywood Hills sagebrush, a swirling pod of dolphins off Point Dume, a pink-washed sunset over a thundering Venice Beach drum circle, the perfect taco. And her night music. There is always night music)

  • I love these ideas for LA. I am so lucky to be so close to this great city. 🙂

    <3 Have Ashley, Will Travel

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