5 Ultimate Things to Do in Los Angeles

21/11/2016

"Life is short and the world is wide." 

Los Angeles Venice Beach

This summer my parents and I travelled through the beautiful sunny state California visiting San Francisco, Yosemite National park, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Monterey and Santa Cruz. We had the most amazing, memorable time and took so many incredibly pictures, that it would be a shame not to share them on this blog.

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 Coming to LA I didn’t have any big expectations due to some of my friends telling me that this city isn’t as glamorous and wonderful as we all imagine. To be honest, I have to agree with them in so far that indeed some of LA’s corners aren’t really nice - for example the Hollywood walk of fame, which we found really overflowing, dirty and nothing we would come back to. To be fair everyone wants to see the famous stars once in their life, but it is really not something I would do again. What I say is that LA is lovely, when you know were to go.
 Therefore I am bringing you 5 things to do LA. We stayed at a rather fabulous airbnb located in Koreatown, a really lovely neighbourhood near to West Hollywood. I would absolutely recommend staying in the centre of Los Angeles, really close to all the attractions, as traffic in LA is horrendous and you don’t want to be stuck in there for hours. Our place was only 10 minutes away from beautiful places like “The Grove“ and the farmers market and 20 minutes away from my all time favourite place, the Universal studios, which will be my first recommendation on “Things to do in Los Angeles“.

Los Angeles Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios 
 I guess everybody of you knows the famous Universal studios in Hollywood, so I don’t think I have to explain a lot. Basically it is an incredible theme park all about film production in Hollywood - so you don’t only have the actual Film studio tours, but you also have attractions and rides themed after famous movies made there, f.e. Jurassic Park, The Mummy or Transformers. The ticket per person is around 90-100$, so it is rather pricy. But to be honest - it is worth every single penny. My parents aren’t big fans of theme parks and stuff like that, but even them loved Universal Studios so much. What I personally find really nice about the rides is that they are quite short, so you rarely have to wait long to get on them and can go on all the rides on one visit. But be prepared to probably suffer from a little headache due to the awesome 3D technology at the rides added to a lot of sun and heat - but it is so worth it!

Los Angeles Universal Studios Hollywood Waterworld
Los Angeles Universal Studios Hollywood Waterworld

We also were fascinated by the various shows the park offered which ranged from special affects to animal actors, and our personal favourite: the water world! If any of you guys know the movie water world, you will love this show as they recreated the filming set to showcase live special effects - the actors were actually burning, which was so impressive!
  Los Angeles Universal Studios Hollywood Harry Potter World
Los Angeles Universal Studios Hollywood Harry Potter World
Los Angeles Universal Studios Hollywood Harry Potter World
Los Angeles Universal Studios Hollywood Harry Potter World

And what I cannot forget to mention is obviously: the Harry Potter world, which was only opened in April this year. What can I say guys, I was mesmerised, my parents were loving it as well - it is simply incredible. I visited the original Harry Potter film studios in London, but I have to admit that the Harry Potter world in the Universal studios is by no means not as incredible as the ones in London. Everything is set up in such lovely detail and the 3D ride in the Hogwarts castle, where you get to fly around Hogwarts with Harry was unbelievably insane! 

Los Angeles Universal Studios Hollywood

Pro Tip: get your tickets online prior to your visit and get into the park 1 hour earlier than all the other guests! We did that and it was seriously the best decision, not only because the park was almost empty, but also because the temperature was still sustainable (we visited LA in the end of august so in the afternoon it was too hot to enjoy) - so make sure you use the morning hours as they are the best ones to explore this awesome place.

Los Angeles Griffith Observatory at Night
Los Angeles Griffith Observatory at Night

Griffith Observatory at Night 
 I think this is quite a popular activity to do, but for a good reason: the endless ocean of lights is truly fascinating. It was a little bit crowded to be honest, although we were willing to bare it given this spectacular view. For those of you who don’t know: Griffith Observatory is sitting in the Hollywood Hills next to the Hollywood sign, so you have a gorgeous view over the city of Los Angeles as well as at the Hollywood sign. Although unfortunately it is not light (I was expecting that given the fact that it is THE Hollywood sign) so you can’t really see it at night.
  Los Angeles Venice Beach Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier 
Standard touristy attraction as well, but admittedly rather nice for a casual stroll along the pier. Everything is obviously quite overpriced (the rides and the food), but just take a walk all the way down, enjoy the fresh ocean air and soak in some sunshine. We also listened to a really good musician there which was finishing off this relaxing morning activity quite well. 

Los Angeles Venice Beach
Los Angeles Venice Beach
Los Angeles Venice Beach

Venice Beach 
Venice beach is well-known for its street performers, artists, funky atmosphere and obviously the muscle beach filled with fitness geeks wanting to show off their muscles - quite an interesting experience as there are indeed people working out. For us it was simply a nice and relaxing beach walk along the pacific ocean, enjoying the sun and the refreshing cold water - and it is also right next to Santa Monica Pier, so it doesn’t really take much time to take a little walk. You an also rent some bikes which I imagine rather fabulous and cycle along the Venice Beach Boardwalk for a little longer.  

Los Angeles Venice Beach Life Guard
Unfortunately there wasn’t a picturesque lifesaver around to take a picture with so I just posed by myself. 

California Donuts Los Angeles
California Donuts Los Angeles

California Donuts 
 I had to include this one as those donuts are seriously heavenly. We had them every morning for breakfast and there were so delicious - except you don’t like sugary, unhealthy treats than this is probably not for you. And not gonna lie - I really wanted to take a picture with them as they are the typical white-girl-instagram-tumblr-pinterest donuts. Admittedly, they are really photogenic tho. My parents and my recommendation would definitely to try the apple fritter - not the typical donut, but SO incredibly yummy. 

 Have you ever been to LA? If yes, what would you recommend doing in the city of stars and glamour? Kisses, Laura 



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