It’s summer, and we finally took sime time to refresh and explore the West Coast (it’s the best coast, after all). This summer’s destination was Los Angeles, California! By the way, this is your regularly scheduled reminder to take the vacation time sitting in the bank - it really does help you avoid burnout and just adds time with family and friends, and end of the year is coming!
I thought I would throw together a post with some of the photo highlights from the trip.
Top: View of the California coast towards the Royal Palms State Beach from the Korean Bell of Friendship.
Top: Korean Bell of Friendship in San Pedro, CA.
Top: The front of the Korean Bell of Friendship in San Pedro, CA.
Getting around Los Angeles in a car is relatively easy if you go from Long Beach to San Pedro. It’s a bit less easy and convenient when you need to travel from Long Beach towards Downtown LA. Prepare to sit in traffic. A lot of traffic. One thing we quickly learned is that timing is important - there is a very short window in which we’re able to get to where we need in less than an hour, and that is somewhere between 10AM and noon. After that, it gets busy until 7-ish.
That said, traffic just gave us an opportunity to chat and listen more to the LA radio!
Top: The Hollywood sign seen from the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, CA
Views from the Griffith Observatory are beautiful, but prepare to park far away from where you actually need to be - we had to follow the path down to the other side of the mountain. The recommended route is just taking the bus from the foothills. The views are totally worth the long trek, though.
Top: Downtown Los Angeles at dusk, seen from the trail in Griffith Park.
Top: Another view of downtown Los Angeles at dusk, seen from the trail in Griffith Park.
Top: Los Angeles at night, as seen from the Griffith Observatory.
Top: View of downtown Los Angeles, as seen from the Griffith Observatory.
From all the beaches in LA, we decided to stick with Redondo - and were not disappointed! It was the least busy one, and we got to enjoy the ocean without interruptions.
Top: Redondo Beach Pier as seen from Redondo Beach, CA
Top: Visiting the Redondo Beach Pier.
Top: Seagull overlooking the Redondo Beach Pier.
We did also end up venturing out a bit outside the city limits towards Malibu - definitely recommend checking out Paradise Cove Beach Cafe if you have the chance. The portions for all the food you get there are MASSIVE. And you also get to enjoy a quiet beach and pier afterwards!
Top: View of Malibu, CA from Paradise Cove.
Top: View from Malibu towards Point Dume State Beach.
Top: Palm tree from Paradise Cove.
Top: Long Beach at night.
Top: Queen Mary as seen from Long Beach.
Top: Long Beach at night, toward highway 710.
Top: Snowopolis shakes, taken in Long Beach.
Seriously, if you are ever in Long Beach, make sure that you make a stop at Snowopolis. Their selection of shakes will make you want to come back there for vacation every week.
Top: Inside Snowopolis Long Beach.
Top: Shoreline Park lighthouse.
Top: Street view in Long Beach, CA.
Top: In-N-Out in Signal Hill.
There is no way we would visit California and not go to In-N-Out. It has the best burgers you will ever find.
We also have a bit of a tradition of visiting aquariums wherever we go - Long Beach was not the exception to this rule. The Aquarium of the Pacific is phenomenal - we came in the evening when it was less busy, and it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Top: Visiting the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Top: Jellyfish at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Top: Significantly bigger fish at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Top: Exhibit on the first level of the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Top: Stingrays at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Top: Japanese spider crab at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Top: View over the highway entrance to Los Angeles International Airport.
Top: View over a runway at Los Angeles International Airport.
Top: Aerial view of the Los Angeles International Airport.
Top: Aerial view of Mt. Hood.
Top: Mt. Rainier hiding behind the clouds.
We already miss beautiful drives by the coast and look forward to the next vacation by the ocean!