Monday, 17 July 2017

LA Travel Guide












'I want to make memories all over the world.' 

Travel really is one of life's best gifts, and doing it with those who you love makes it even better. Writing travel dairies on my blog is one of my favourite things to do. I love exploring new places and my aim is to always visit at least one new place a year. (This year I've managed to tick 3 new places off my list with one new place still yet to go!) 

I've heard so many mixed opinions about LA, so I really was not sure what to expect, but at the same time I love America so I was super excited to explore a new part. Myself and my family stayed in Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Hotel, which if you haven't already guessed was right on the coast. I really do miss those morning walks along the beach. The hotel was lovely, however we spent little time in our hotel while on our stay in LA. As most mornings we would be up super early and did not get back until late at night because we wanted to make the most of exploring and we had lots of things on our to do list. 

One of the things I love about LA was the street art, this makes the place stand out and made it different from any other place I have visited. There are so many picture opportunities, like the wings wall art in the first photograph. Melrose Avenue has the most street art and is also a great shopping destination.  With a mixture of designer and vintage stores. Also you have to take a photo outside the Paul Smith pink wall. (If you don't, did you really go to Melrose Avenue?!) 

Another great shopping destination is The Grove, this place is filled with both high street and designer brands. And also those amazing stores that you can not get back here in the UK...like Sephora. (I don't want to think about how much money I spent in there.) I always think its a good idea to look in shops that we also have at home while you are abroad as sometimes you find things that are different to the English stores. I picked up an amazing pink Zara jacket (post coming very soon) that I have not yet seen back here. While your in LA you have to visit Rodeo Drive even if it is just for window shopping. (Which was the case for me!) Rodeo Drive is famous as it the destination of many luxury high-end stores. You will also spot some very luxurious cars! 

We visited three beaches while in LA, the first being Huntington beach which had such a relaxed vibe and because it is a little outside of the centre of LA it is a little quieter than the other beaches. The next beach was Santa Monica (also known as muscle beach) this place is just beautiful. Although I was starting to feel bad when I saw all the people working-out. As I had just been drinking and eating all holiday! (I went to the gym with my brother on the first day and decided that going to the gym on holiday just isn't for me!) While you are at Santa Monica you have to take a little trip to the pier! One thing that I noticed in LA is that the beaches are huge! Much bigger than any other place that I have visited before. I can not ever see it getting really over crowded which is something I really do not like about beaches. 

From Santa Monica  we walked to Venice Beach which took about 25 minutes...you can not really complain about the walk when it is all along the beautiful beach. I was a little shocked by Venice Beach I thought it would be similar to Santa Monica however it was very different. I'd say Venice Beach is a bit like Camden in London but with a beach! 

I always love to do touristy things while I'm away and one thing I was very keen on doing was a tour around Hollywood...I mean who doesn't want to see where all the famous stars live! We took a jeep tour (I can not remember the companies name now, however they have different tour companies located on the walk of fame.) On the tour we were lucky enough to get right up close to the Hollywood sign. And it was fab seeing the locations of so many amazing films that have been made over the years. 

I'd love to go back to LA as still feel like there is so much more to explore. I've really enjoyed writing this post so I hope you all enjoy reading it. Next up will be my Las Vegas travel guide! 

Love
Nicole
xx

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