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