As promised – part 2 is hereeeee! Let’s jump right in to more Cali awesomeness.
First on the list for LA was Melrose Trading Post. It had been on my list for years and I’m so glad I finally had a chance to check it out. It was as awesome and I thought it would be. I scored some super cute vintage Levi’s, tops and sunglasses.
After Melrose we were total tourists – Hollywood Walk of Fame, walked Sunset Blvd, drove around Beverly Hills.
– I recommend going to Melrose Trading Post early. If you go late you may have trouble finding parking and all of the good stuff will be gone! More info here – http://melrosetradingpost.org/.
– If you do decide to checkout the Hollywood Walk of Fame and you’re a juice lover you should check out the Pressed Juicery that’s nearby – https://www.yelp.com/biz/pressed-juicery-los-angeles-9.
– I recommend Runyon Canyon. I did that hike a couple of years ago and it was awesome. More info here – http://www.lamountains.com/parks.asp?parkid=122.
Bakersfield? Huh? Let me explain……In Cali there are lookouts that are no longer used that are now rented out. Obviously lookout tells you awesome views so we just had to do it.
The views really were amazing and we spent the day playing UNO, listening to podcasts (my idea of course) and eating chili. Oh and the stars at night – amazing!
– For more info on the lookout – http://www.recreation.gov/camping/oak-flat-lookout/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=75495.
– We BARELY made it up to the lookout in our little Fort Fiesta rental car so I recommend an SUV for this one.
– There is no electricity but the stove is gas so bring matches with you and you’re good to go. I would also recommend bed sheets/blankets, pillow cases, headlamps and bug spray (there were so many earwigs – it’s supposedly a myth that they crawl into your ear and eat your brains but they are just so gross looking I didn’t want them anywhere near me).
– No shower but there is a bathroom it’s just not in the actual space that you rent out so you have to climb down and then walk out to it. What should you do if it’s 2am and you have to go? Bucket. There’s one there waiting for you. Judge free zone here 🙂
Santa Monica & Venice
Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach on this day. I recommend both for a nice day of shopping and just enjoying the day really. The weather was awesome so we really enjoyed walking around and relaxing on Venice Beach.
Besides getting my hair done and eating a ton of awesome food – this was also a pretty chill day.
– I loved the wellness shots and the acai bowl from earthbar.
– If you’re a curly girl you HAVE to make an appointment – months in advance – to get your hair cut and styled at Capella Salon but Shai and his assistant. Again – this is a MUST. I mean it. Here’s Shai’s bio if you want to check it out – http://www.capellasalon.com/hairbyshai/.
– My FAVORITE restaurant in all of CA is now Gracias Madre. I am SO obsessed!
Highway 1 & Big Sur
From LA to Big Sur my top recommendations are to start early and to take Highway 1. This gives you time to stop when you want to stop and just EXPLORE.
We made A LOT of stops in Big Sur but our favorites were definitely McWay Falls and Bixby Bridge. Parking for both was free – along the side of the road.
– Here’s the map that we used – http://www.mappery.com/map-of/Big-Sur-Map.
– There are a ton of trails in Big Sur and camping is huge there. Do your research and plan ahead though because Big Sur is a popular spot. A lot of those campgrounds sell out fast.
I don’t even know where to start with SF because it’s just my favorite city in all of CA. I love the people, the food, and it’s just such a beautiful city.
We did A LOT in San Fran. Here’s a quick run through….
I hope that these 2 Cali posts help you plan your next trip!
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