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Our Favorite Spots

Sightseeing
Griffith Park truly is an icon. In hundreds of movies (most recently LaLa Land), it is a free astrology museum with multiple hiking trails in every direction. Take a frame worthy photo with the Hollywood Sign in the background. We recommend getting there early to get parking along the street heading up to the park.
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Griffith Park truly is an icon. In hundreds of movies (most recently LaLa Land), it is a free astrology museum with multiple hiking trails in every direction. Take a frame worthy photo with the Hollywood Sign in the background. We recommend getting there early to get parking along the street heading up to the park.
Want to explore the child within you? Try the Ferris wheel (it won’t disappoint) and head to the pier end to see if the resident seal is there. Enjoy some cotton candy or corndogs then head to the beach to play on the gymnastics themed Beach Park (just south of the pier) Some of our favorite Santa Monica restaurants, the Blue Taco, and The Independence. Both are walking distance from the pier. We also highly recommend renting bikes at the bottom of the pier, and biking up to Venice Beach.
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Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier
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Want to explore the child within you? Try the Ferris wheel (it won’t disappoint) and head to the pier end to see if the resident seal is there. Enjoy some cotton candy or corndogs then head to the beach to play on the gymnastics themed Beach Park (just south of the pier) Some of our favorite Santa Monica restaurants, the Blue Taco, and The Independence. Both are walking distance from the pier. We also highly recommend renting bikes at the bottom of the pier, and biking up to Venice Beach.
This beautiful scenic drive has multiple spots for picture taking and heads down into Beverly Hills or West Hollywood if you want to shop or people watch. Franklin canyon is also accessed via Mullholland if you want a nice hiking spot.
Mulholland Drive
This beautiful scenic drive has multiple spots for picture taking and heads down into Beverly Hills or West Hollywood if you want to shop or people watch. Franklin canyon is also accessed via Mullholland if you want a nice hiking spot.
Enjoy a morning at the Getty art museum. Parking is $20, but admission is free. Give yourself 2-3 hours to stroll around, admiring the incredible architecture and garden. Oh and the art is good too! Need a frame worthy pic? Take a panoramic shot of LA from the Getty
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Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
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Enjoy a morning at the Getty art museum. Parking is $20, but admission is free. Give yourself 2-3 hours to stroll around, admiring the incredible architecture and garden. Oh and the art is good too! Need a frame worthy pic? Take a panoramic shot of LA from the Getty
Universal Studios - fantastic theme park with a new Harry Potter installation. City Walk is a large walkway of stores and restaurants located just outside the Universal Studios park, and can be accessed for free. Fountains surround both ends of the Walk, with tall buildings such as the Hard Rock Cafe and a King Kong Replica that hangs off a City Walk sign.
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Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza
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Universal Studios - fantastic theme park with a new Harry Potter installation. City Walk is a large walkway of stores and restaurants located just outside the Universal Studios park, and can be accessed for free. Fountains surround both ends of the Walk, with tall buildings such as the Hard Rock Cafe and a King Kong Replica that hangs off a City Walk sign.
Nestled inside the urban landscape, Lake Balboa Park reigns as a testament to nature’s beauty. At the heart of the valley lies this gem, a sprawling park with plenty of areas for picnics, walking through endless fields, or just resting on the grass in the shade. Take a swan boat ride and see who can paddle faster!
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Lake Balboa
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Nestled inside the urban landscape, Lake Balboa Park reigns as a testament to nature’s beauty. At the heart of the valley lies this gem, a sprawling park with plenty of areas for picnics, walking through endless fields, or just resting on the grass in the shade. Take a swan boat ride and see who can paddle faster!
Fantastic shopping and watching. Santa Monica is often 20-30 deg cooler so dress appropriately
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Downtown Santa Monica
1351 3rd Street Promenade
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Fantastic shopping and watching. Santa Monica is often 20-30 deg cooler so dress appropriately
Yes- it’s touristy... but if you’re in the mood it’s a good time!
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Hollywood Walk of Fame
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Yes- it’s touristy... but if you’re in the mood it’s a good time!
Food scene- Near and Far
Great food!
Fat Sal's Deli
16901 Ventura Blvd
Great food!
Awesome to-go salads and sandwiches before a road trip or visiting the Getty
California Chicken Cafe
15601 Ventura Boulevard
Awesome to-go salads and sandwiches before a road trip or visiting the Getty
Best margaritas and tacos in Santa Monica- perfect for people watching
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Blue Plate Taco
1515 Ocean Avenue
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Best margaritas and tacos in Santa Monica- perfect for people watching
Great burgers and beer- perfect after a long day walking around Santa Monica
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The Independence
205 Broadway
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Great burgers and beer- perfect after a long day walking around Santa Monica
If you go to Hollywood, please don’t eat at a chain restaurant! Head here for amazing casual food.
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Franklin & Company
5923 Franklin Avenue
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If you go to Hollywood, please don’t eat at a chain restaurant! Head here for amazing casual food.
Food scene
Fantastic breakfast or lunch spot, perfect for a gorgeous bite to eat before you head out to explore!
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Le Pain Quotidien
15503 Ventura Boulevard
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Fantastic breakfast or lunch spot, perfect for a gorgeous bite to eat before you head out to explore!