I grew up in Northern California, and have visited Los Angeles and Southern California a few times. But when I was choosing my flights back to California from Sydney, I decided to fly into Los Angeles this time. It was time to be a tourist in my own state! My mom and my youngest sister, Breanna, flew down to meet me in LA. This is how we spent 24 hours in Los Angeles, California.

24 Hours in Los Angeles

We started out the trip with a necessity for Los Angeles – renting a car. Not just any car; I reserved a convertible. My mom and sister met me at the airport, we picked up the car, and off we went with our bucket list and a lot of excitement.

24 Hours in Los Angeles California

Our first stop was coffee. After finding Carrera Cafe on Instagram, I knew I had to go there to get a latte with peace sign latte art. They have a list of latte art that you can choose from when you order, and it’s all Los Angeles themed. My mom got the Hollywood sign, and my little sister chose palm trees for her latte.

Coffee In Los Angeles California

Carrera Cafe had a lot more to offer than I expected. They sold vegan donuts, the whole cafe was super instagrammable, and they had a little street art wall outside that I fell in love with.

24 Hours in Los Angeles

I didn’t realized until we arrived that the famous pink wall is also just across the street.

Los Angeles California

Los Angeles California

Our next stop was Beverly Hills, where we went on a search for the best palm tree lined streets. Beverly Hills is famous for its palm-lined streets, and we found loads of them. We ended up on Canyon Drive, which had palm trees as far as the eye could see.

Los Angeles California

Los Angeles California

After an outfit change for Bre (the little sis), and a lot of running in and out of the street, we had worked up an appetite. We jumped back in the convertible, cranked up the Miley Cyrus, and drove over to Venice Beach.

Venice Beach, Los Angeles

Venice is a great neighborhood for shopping, eating, and of course, visiting Venice Beach. There are loads of cute stores to browse, but we went for the food. Plant Food & Wine is a restaurant I’ve had my eye on for a while, and was so excited to find a branch in Venice. We were so hungry that we dug in to our lunch before even considering taking photos of it. It was an amazing meal, and we hung out at the restaurant for a while to regroup.

After lunch, we walked down to Venice beach. The beach was packed, filled with hippies, tourists, and souvenir shops. We walked the streets for a bit before heading off to our next stop.

24 Hours in Los Angeles

24 Hours in Los Angeles

Our next stop was Hollywood. We wanted to get into Griffith Observatory. When we arrived around 3 PM, the parking lot was completely full. We drove down the street a bit but ended up about 2 miles away before any parking opened up. Change of plans – we just wanted to see the Hollywood sign, so we parked near Hollywood Park. The park is a great spot to see the sign, and it’s much easier to find parking in the nearby residential streets.

24 Hours in Los Angeles

I was hoping for a more specific spot, but my mom and sister were both a bit tired from the early flight and a big day. I’ll save that spot for next time 😉

Los Angeles: Where We Stayed

After our short stop at the Hollywood sign, we hopped back in the car for our drive out to the forest. I’d rented an airbnb just a couple of hours outside of LA. The plan was to head to San Francisco the next day, so I reserved an airbnb that was on the way.

I love airbnb’s and usually prefer them over hotels as it’s a more private & homey vibe. We had this entire cabin to ourselves. We each got our own bedroom, plus we had a kitchen, living room, and two bathrooms.

24 Hours in Los Angeles

I fell in love with this place as soon as we arrived. I immediately wished we’d had more time so we could go for a little hike in the morning – there are loads of hiking trails around!

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Here is our little cabin:

24 Hours in Los Angeles

24 Hours in Los Angeles

24 Hours in Los Angeles

24 Hours in Los Angeles

24 Hours in Los Angeles

24 Hours in Los Angeles

There are so many things to do in Los Angeles. In a whole day, we didn’t even get through half of my bucket list! We fit a lot in for 24 hours in Los Angeles.

Have you been to LA? What is your favorite thing to do in Los Angeles?

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What to Do in San Francisco

San Francisco is one of my favorite cities on Earth. Luckily, my parents live just over an hour’s drive away – which means I spend a fair amount of time here whenever I’m home in California. These are some of my favorite things to do in San Francisco.

What to Do in San Francisco

What to Do In San Francisco
Marin Headlands

The Marin headlands is a must-see if you are driving into the city from the north. Take the last exit off the 101 before you hit the Golden Gate, and drive up the hill into the mountains to get an epic view of the bridge and city. I stop here almost every time I visit the city. What to Do in San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge

The Marina

The Marina is just on the side of the Golden Gate Bridge, and not only is it full of gorgeous sail boats and yachts, there is a very large, long grass area that is a fabulous spot for a picnic (if only I’d packed a lunch!). It’s a great spot to take a break on a sunny day, or take in the views of the uber expensive and fancy houses along the marina. What to Do In San Francisco The MarinaWhat to Do in San FranciscoWhat to Do In San Francisco

Veganburg

Stopping for a vegan burger is on the list of my top 3 favorite things ever. San Francisco is home to one of the best vegan burgers in the world. It’s located right on the famous intersection of Haight and Ashbury. Head into this hippy central to grab a very filling meal of vegan burgers, fries, and a shake or kombucha before window shopping down Haight Street.What to Eat in San FranciscoWhat to Eat in San FranciscoWhat to Eat in San FranciscoWhat to Eat in San Francisco

If you’re in need for new threads, make sure to check out the popular thrift store across the street. It’s called Crossroads. They are super picky about the clothes they accept. This means that everything there is in great quality and on trend. I recently bought a pair of AG jeans for $7 at Crossroads!What to Do in San Francisco

Ben & Jerry’s

If you’re vegan, you’ll understand the struggle of going to ice cream shops and only being able to have sorbet. Lucky for us, San Francisco knows what’s up. They offer vegan ice creams at the Ben and Jerry’s (which is located just a few doors down from Veganburg). My favorite was the salted caramel and almond cluster.What to Eat in San FranciscoWhat to Eat in San Francisco

The Full House House

I’ve lived an hours drive from San Francisco my whole life, and I’ve just recently visited the house that is at the beginning of every episode of Full House– which I used to watch almost daily. Seeing this house in real life brought back so many memories.What to Do In San Francisco

If you’re in the Bay Area, make sure to check out my favorite little towns in the Bay and my favorite things in Sonoma County.

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A Perfect Day In Guerneville, California

Guerneville is a tiny little town off the Northern California coast. It’s one of my favorite tiny towns in Sonoma County, and is vastly underrated. Whenever I am craving a relaxed, chill day, I’ll head down the highway to this adorable little river town and catch my share of good food, coffee, redwood trees and fresh air. This is how I spend a perfect day in Guerneville, California.

How To Spend a Perfect Day In Guerneville

First stop: coffee. I love this little coffee shop called the Coffee Bazaar – I’ve been there so many times over the years. There is a bookstore attached, which means that if you have time and are in need of a book, this is the perfect place to browse with a cuppa. I really enjoy the world map showing all of the coffee regions – I use it to point out all of the places I want to go. #wanderlustlife

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I had a soy latte and I left with a serious case of wanderlust – these are some of my favorite things.

Into the Wild

Next, we headed to Armstrong Woods – a forest full of the tallest redwood trees you’ve ever seen. Entry is free, and there is a great one mile looped trail that will take you through the forest.How to Spend a Day In Guerneville, CaliforniaHow to Spend a Day In Guerneville, CaliforniaHow to Spend a Day In Guerneville, CaliforniaHow to Spend a Day In Guerneville, CaliforniaHow to Spend a Day In Guerneville, California

After a nice long walk in the woods, we headed back down the street into town again for lunch at my favorite little market in Guerneville, Big Bottom Market.

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It looks like they also serve Oprah’s favorite biscuit?! I opted for the smashed chickpea, avocado and arugula sandwich. It usually comes with feta and garlic aoli, but I asked for it vegan style. Michael ordered the grilled cheese sandwich. How to Spend a Day In Guerneville, CaliforniaHow to Spend a Day In Guerneville, CaliforniaHow to Spend a Day In Guerneville, CaliforniaHow to Spend a Day In Guerneville, CaliforniaAfter lunch, we took a walk to the end of the block to the Guerneville Bank Club – the perfect, cutest spot for an ice cream cone. How to Spend a Day In Guerneville, CaliforniaHow to Spend a Day In Guerneville, CaliforniaHow to Spend a Day In Guerneville, California

I opted for the Vegan Coconut Fudge in a sugar cone. Michael chose the waffle cone with a scoop of Madagascar Vanilla and Chocolate Fudge. How to Spend a Day In Guerneville, CaliforniaAfter we were filled up with ice cream and had a little walk around of the Guerneville Bank Club, we jumped back in the car. We stopped at Safeway for a bottle of wine and some snacks. We picked up some Kettle chips and a bottle of Chardonnay, and took the Jeep out to the coast.How to Spend a Day In Guerneville, CaliforniaHow to Spend a Day In Guerneville, CaliforniaThe beach was perfect – just sun, fresh air, and a light breeze.

There are so many great places to check out in Guerneville, and all throughout Sonoma County. Stay tuned to see what else I have planned for the rest of my time at home!

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