The one thing we for sure needed to plan was where we would stay. Because we did not want to spend much money, and LA can be SO expensive, we decided to check out airbnb.com. We knew it might be a little sketchy to stay in a house where all the rooms were being rented out to travelers, but it was so cheap! We found a place with awesome reviews (thanks Joe!) that was smack dab in the middle of LA, 20 minutes away from the beach, and one minute away from the highway. It really was the perfect location and only $40 a night. We really scored with this one.
We headed down to Vegas first to visit my grandparents, take pictures at the famous Las Vegas sign, and then continued our journey to LA! We had absolutely NO traffic on our way to California. Shocking I know! It seemed like the whole state of California was going to Las Vegas for Thanksgiving, which made our driving conditions so much easier.
Once we arrived, we just ran around doing whatever we wanted, and I'll admit, it did consist of some of the more touristy things to do... But we were tourists, so I am not ashamed. Our first stop was the beach, more specifically Santa Monica Pier. We walked around, took pictures, ate corn dogs from Hot Dog On A Stick, and just enjoyed each other's company. It really was the perfect day. The rest of our visit consisted of delicious tacos from Tito's Tacos, more beaches, farmer's markets, getting yelled at by "Captain America' (or so he thought), Harry Potter handprints, China Town, a trip to visit the OnePiece of Norway store in Beverly Hills, biking along Venice beach, eating at TGIFriday's for Thanksgiving dinner, looking at the moon through a HUGE telescope at the Griffith Observatory, taking a super long hike up above Los Angeles to see the Hollywood sign, and so much more. Oh and did I mention the beach? It was a packed 3 days, that's for sure! We decided that we didn't want to go to Disney Land because that would take up one whole day of our short trip, and you can do so much more in one day when you aren't at Disney Land. Maybe we'll go there once the new Harry Potter world is complete... I'm gonna have to do some real begging then, you better believe it.
Our LA trip is a trip that we will never forget, and I highly suggest going to California sometime for all of those who have never been! If you take away the traffic, it really is a fun place. Although, I don't think I could ever live there (I need all four seasons), it sure is nice to have a place so filled with things to do just 10 hours away. Until next time!