Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles is a sprawling city in Southern California set among the ocean and mountains with neighboring cities like Long Beach, Santa Monica, Malibu and Anaheim (Disneyland). With almost 4 million people, it’s the second largest city in the US. The city itself is separated into hundreds of neighborhoods and Los Angeles County and nearby Orange County together have hundreds of incorporated cities to visit. The easiest and biggest airport to fly into is LAX. Los Angeles and the surrounding area is huge and requires a rental car to get around.
Downtown Los Angeles has tall skyscrapers, Chinatown, the fashion district, Dodger Stadium, Crypto.com Arena (formerly the Staples Center), Wurstkuche, a sausage shop in Little Tokyo that has the best fries I’ve ever had and I consider myself a fry connoisseur, and many other fantastic restaurants. Hollywood has the walk-of-fame, Dolby Theater and many old school restaurants and nightclubs. Some of my favorite hiking spots are in the Santa Monica Mountains with picturesque views of the ocean, waterfalls and even the filming location of M.A.S.H. and The Bachelor mansion. If you don’t like hiking, there are great wineries in the Santa Monica mountains to take in some of the views. After working up a sweat hiking or drinking wine in the sun, Malibu has many beautiful beaches to dip your toes in the ocean to cool off. While you’re in Malibu, if you have the budget and enjoy sushi, Nobu will provide a memorable oceanfront meal.
In Orange County there are plenty of cities along the coast to swim or surf in the ocean or play golf oceanside like Long Beach, Huntington Beach or Newport Beach. Orange County is also home to Disneyland in the city of Anaheim.
Although Los Angeles and the surrounding area is known for its traffic, renting a car to explore everything the area has to offer is well worth it and will give you memories to last a lifetime and Instagram-worthy pictures to make you feel like a celebrity.
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