Thursday, July 10, 2014

cali diary

We had so much fun on our family vakay in Southern California. There are some "must-see's" and certainly some things that might be considered a waste of time [tourist traps]. Here's my list of Do's and Don'ts if your traveling to Cali in the near future! 


Lake Holly Park [best views of the Hollywood sign]
Griffith Park Observatory [views of downtown LA]
Drive around the Hollywood Hills 
Santa Monica Pier 
The Grove & Farmer's Market 
Drive up to Malibu [my favorite place]
Beverly Hills Hotel Pool [such a vibe]
Abbot Kinney [super cool shops & restuarants]


Third Street Promenade [basically an outdoor mall]
Rodeo Drive [it's cool for about 5 minutes]
Hollywood Walk of Fame [unless you're into crowded, dirty streets]
Venice Beach/Boardwalk [it's quite a scene]
any tourist rides/tours/celebrity scoutings

Top Eats:

Urth Caffe [Santa Monica]
Nobu [Malibu]
Paradise Cove Beach Cafe [Malibu]
The Cabana Cafe at the Beverly Hills Hotel [Beverly Hills]
Malibu Farms [Malibu]
Coolhaus [food truck] 
Cafe Gratitude [LA]
Coogie's [Malibu]

Don't - eat at chain restaurants… there's so many amazing local restaurants to try out! Every place we went to was delicious & unique. 

*If you're debating on where to travel next [within the US] I'd recommend Southern Cali over & over again… 

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