We finished up our time in California with a 5 day stay in LA. I cannot begin to describe how huge this place is – at 1,302 km2 and with a population of almost 4 million it is also one of the most densely populated cities in the world. It also has a seriously crazy highway system. I was warned but it’s really one of those wonders that has to be seen to be believed. We stayed on Hunting Beach at the Regency Hyatt which was a great place to relax (for the one day that we did spend poolside).
A lovely pool and close to the beach and plenty of shops and eateries it was the calm in the storm of our busy trip and a welcome sight after our FIFTEEN HOUR drive from San Francisco (blog post here). I’ll do a separate blog on our drive along the Pacific Coast Highway and link it when ready.
5 Tips For Your Trip to LA
This place is huge!
I know I’ve said it but LA is way bigger than you could possibly imagine. Always leave yourself with extra time for driving and walking and don’t expect to get anywhere fast! As you’l be spending most of your time on the motorway it’s worth noting that the inside lane is usually (but not always) for car share during certain times of the day. If there’s more than one of you in the car you’ll be able to use this lane which is really handy during heavier periods of traffic.
Play it safe at Universal Studios
If schools aren’t off you can easily do the Studios in one day though in saying that for an additional £10 online you can purchase a 2 day ticket which may be a safer option for larger groups or those travelling during peak times f the year! Buy your tickets here. Some people may be undecided as to which studio / theme park to go to. For me this was a no brainer – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter were the only 6 words I needed to hear. In fact the studios were the first thing we did when we arrived in LA (after a big sleep of course). It’s the busiest part of the park but it is 100% worth it.
The Best views in LA
Get away from the hustle and bustle of LA and see the sights including Griffith Observatory which offers unparalleled views of the city and surrounding countryside. It’s free in and you can take some amazing photos of LA from the roof as well as the Hollywood sign.
For even better views of the Hollywood Sign visit Canyon Lake Drive (Hollywood Reservoir), Beachwood Canyon Drive or Mulholland Drive.
Hire a bike!
Head to Santa Monica Pier and after you’ve spent all your money on ski-ball and tuppenny nudgers, hire a bike from the beach and cycle through Muscle Beach, Venice Beach, the Venice Canals and further! The designated cycle path is full of tourists (and locals) doing the same and it’s a fun day out!
Be in the studio audience!
Fancy being in the audience for your favourite show? LA is the place to do it. You’ll need to be patient though. You apply for tickets and even if you get the,m, you;re not guaranteed a seat – you’ll need to be early on the day, queue and hope for the best. For more information visit here.