Summer is almost here and I can’t wait! I love Los Angeles in the summer time. Planning a visit can be fun and a little overwhelming. The best advice I can give to those visiting California is to plan out a budget and make sure you include car rental, hotel, and lots of food money,
California essentials to pack:: Sunblock, face moisturizer with spf, lip balm with spf, swim suit, big beach towel, tote or back pack, a hat or visor, car charger for the phone, camera, cardigan, sunglasses, hiking shoes, work out shoes, optional yoga mat, cushiony socks, sandals, and a water bottle. Packing these things can save you vacation time by eliminating a visit to a drug store.
Plan: A list of places and activities you’d like to do. It doesn’t have to be an exact day by day minute by minute plan, but a pre made laundry list will save you lots of precious time once you are in California, this is a general rule for any form of traveling. Also planning is a great way to get excited and learn more about the destination.
my laundry list of must dos in California
this is a list I use for my guests who visit me in California, its always changing too
The Griffith Observatory: Fascinating historical structure that features lots of information and fun science ranging from interactive public telescopes that look at the star to movies in the planetarium they also have a tesla demonstration.
Schramsberg Vineyards: The first vineyard in Napa Valley. Also visit Solage for a nice lunch.
Audrey K: In Burbank where Tim Burton grew up is a beautiful blvd known as Magnolia. Audrey K is a local designer that focuses on vintage American 1950’s wear. The store has a clean modern twist and she also retails other local artist and designer works which are all made in the USA. The whole surrounding area is filled with vintage boutiques.
The Misfit: Santa Monica’s Art Deco teak restaurant and bar that will impress everyone. From the gastro eats to the masterfully mixed drinks, to the grand interior this fine establishment will bring you back to the lower east side of New York or maybe I even Paris. They pay attention to the food and drink menu like its going to sink. They are doing everything they can go keep people wanting more and they are doing a really fine job.
Brian Kest’s Power Yoga: the no bull$?/& yoga. A guru of power yoga. Authentic, no music, this will be the toughest hour and a half to two hour work yoga session you’ve ever experienced. There’s no heated room gimmick, just straightforward yoga. This is a donation place, lets be classy about it and note that its recommended to donate $15 at least, people donation doesn’t mean it’s free, karma.
Exploring Griffith Park: Also known as the Central Park of Los Angeles, but of course on a much larger scale. The trails are infinite and so is the beauty. It’s a very well maintained establishment and the visitors do a good job on their part to keep it litter free. It’s the picture perfect place to run, hike, celebrate a birthday with a BBQ or even ride a horse. It’s like a mini national park. Bring lots of water, apply SPF and wear a hat.
Venice Beach: This big bustling tourist trap is also loved by many Californians. It can also be one of the most romantic environments for yourself or with someone special. Bike rentals are a little steep but its worth every penny. It’s one of the best ways to experience the strip and get In a little work out. Rollerblading is also popular there. Bring lots of water, tissues, hand sanitizer, and SPF.
Hope this can inspire you to plan a trip to California or anywhere. Traveling can be fun and budget friendly if you just dedicate time in booking a ticket 3 months in advance, rough laundry list planning, packing the right clothes and tools, and being proactive.
Have fun planning!