LA has so much to offer (including the sunny weather!) it would make an amazing honeymoon-or minimoon for those of you within easy driving distance!
Mr. Cheetah and I love to play hosts to guests from near and far, so here’s a sample of some of the things we might take you to do if you came to visit LaLa land for a week.
Day 1: The Entertainment Capital of the World
When in LA you have to see Hollywood and experience some of the entertainment industry.
The Hollywood Sign, The Walk of Fame, Kodak Theater (home of the Oscars) and Mann’s Chinese Theater (stars’ cement hand & foot prints). To see all of this just head over to Hollywood & Highland, a shopping complex right in the thick of it. While in the neighborhood check out the best ice cream in the city, Mashti Malone’s. I’m partial to the unique flavors made with rosewater (Creamy Rosewater is my fave), but they also have many of the standard flavors for you ice cream traditionalists.
Next hit up one of the studios for a tour, or better yet, a show taping. Many, many TV shows tape in front of a live audience. Some are relatively easy to get tickets for, some are difficult and involve waiting in long lines (people line up for The Price is Right the night before). You can look for tickets (which may or may not actually guarantee you a seat) here or just check out your favorite show’s website for more information. I recommend trying to see Craig Ferguson or Jimmy Kimmel Live. They tape almost daily, have shorter waits, quick taping schedules and can be a lot of fun. Get there early (you will have to wait some) and dress nicely-you’ll get better seats (avoid white, it doesn’t look good on camera).
If you have any energy left, end your night with drinks (but dine elsewhere) at the Dresden, where you can watch and listen to Marty & Elayne (made famous by the movie Swingers) croon, jam on the piano, and rock out on the jazz flute.
Day 2: Shop ‘til You Drop
There is shopping all over LA, but here are a few suggestions to get your vacay shop on:
Melrose – This avenue in Hollywood boasts trendy shops and dining at numerous price points.
Farmer’s Market/The Grove – At the corner of 3rd & Fairfax, LA’s Farmer’s Market is a collection of open air restaurants, souvenir shops, and small grocers that has been in the same location since 1934. The Mexican food at ¡Loteria! is widely loved, the ice cream at Bennett’s is delish, and make sure to check out the amazing selection of soft drinks at The Refresher. Right next-door is The Grove shopping center. Many of the stores can be found all over the country, but people enjoy the “Disneyland-like” atmosphere.
Day 3: Nature! LA has parks! Big, glorious parks!
Two of my very favorite places to visit in Los Angeles are parks. Yup, car-crazy LA has spaces of nature too!
Head up to Pasadena to visit The Huntington Library & Botanical Gardens. A few Museum buildings exhibiting everything from art to manuscripts to scientific artifacts are nestled on the grounds of the botanic gardens. The gardens are vast and varied. My personal favorites are the Desert Garden and the Japanese Garden, but they are all fabulous. There is a tearoom off of the Rose Garden, but reservations must be booked at least 2 weeks prior to your visit.
Griffith Park is one of the largest city parks in the world. Situated in the hills above the city, Griffith park offers amazing views, great hikes, and much more. Some of the many other attractions are the LA Zoo, golf courses, horse trails, and my favorite, The Griffith Observatory.
Day 4: Beach Day!
While in LA you’ll want to hit up one of the beaches. Whether you want to spend all day in the sand, go for a hike in search of tidal pools, or go on a whale watching cruise (Mr. Cheetah & I recently saw blue whales!), a day near/in/on the ocean is a must-do.
Day 5: Art, Museums, & More!
See Art here:
Day 6: Hit the Road for a Day Trip!
Southern California has so many wonderful places to visit, so why not rent a car and check out some more of So Cal. Here are some Cheetah-endorsed day trips from LA:
Day 7: Return home and begin contemplating your move to Los Angeles.
See all the posts in the Honeymoon in my Hometown Series here!