CALIFORNIA TRAVEL GUIDE – PART 2

As promised – part 2 is hereeeee! Let’s jump right in to more Cali awesomeness.

Day 13

Los Angeles

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.

Tips

– 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.

Melrose Trading Post

Melrose Trading Post

Pressed Juicery

Pressed Juicery

Day 14

Bakersfield

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!

Tips

– 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 🙂

Bakersfield Lookout

Bakersfield Lookout

Bakersfield Lookout

Bakersfield Lookout

Day 15

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.

Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier

Venice Beach Skateboarder

Venice Beach Skateboarder

Venice Beach

Venice Beach

Day 16

Los Angeles

Besides getting my hair done and eating a ton of awesome food – this was also a pretty chill day.

Tips

– 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!

Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Gracias Madre

Gracias Madre

Day 17

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.

Tips

– 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.

McWay Falls

McWay Falls

Bixby Bridge

Bixby Bridge

Day 18-22

San Francisco

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….

  • Shopped at REI – They were having a HUGE sale so this was a no brainer.
  • Biked across the Golden Gate Bridge – We found free 4 hour parking at the end of Beach St. – just put SF Martitime Museum in Google maps and park in the small lot there. After we parked our car we walked over to Blazing Saddles on Hyde Street. We rented bikes and rode them across the Golden Gate bridge and back. We returned our bikes and walked back to our car with 30 minutes to spare. We didn’t feel rushed so trust me, this is totally doable. If you feel like 4 hours isn’t enough you can either pay for parking elsewhere or you can rent your bike, ride it across the bridge and then take the ferry from Sausalito back to Fisherman’s Wharf.
  • Explored Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39
  • Marin Headlands – You can drive through most of this and the views are awesome. We didn’t have a special map. We just used Google maps.
  • Muir Woods – This is where you go if you are in SF and want to see Redwoods. Get there early. It gets packed!
  • Golden Gate Park – It’s like the Central Park of SF. Awesome for walking, running, bike rides and just hanging out on all of the green.
  • Tomales Point Trail (Tule Elk Reserve) – This ended up being one of our favorite hikes. The views were amazing and there were elk EVERYWHERE.
  • Food explored – We really liked Umami (tuna burger and sweet potato fries), Yank Sing (soup dumplings), and Genki Crepes (crepe with vanilla ice cream and brownie chunks and egg waffle – yes I went twice and I have no regrets).
Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

Tule Elk Reserve

Tule Elk Reserve

I hope that these 2 Cali posts help you plan your next trip!

Questions? Comments? Leave them below!

Just a note – I am not sponsored or paid to talk about ANY of this. I will never talk about anything on my blog that is not coming 100% from ME. The tips, recommendations, opinions and pictures – ALL me. The links I have provided are just to make your life a little easier 🙂

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4 responses to “CALIFORNIA TRAVEL GUIDE – PART 2”

  1. Chi says:

    Love it! Will definitely check out some of these places when we go 😃

  2. Yari says:

    Love, love, love all your pix and adventures! If I could go back and say I want to be like someone, I would love to be like you! Your pix are motivating and breathtaking but your writing about your experiences and adventures are so much more fufilling to read about! Keep enjoying LIFE girl, it gives ppl like me something to look forward to in life. Don’t stop sharing because ppl like me can’t wait for your upcoming post💚💛❤️

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