California is hands down my favorite state—I may be biased because I grew up in the Bay Area. I was fortunate enough to be born and raised in the golden state, however, I take for granted everything there is to do and see. I spent plenty of my childhood in both the Bay Area and the Orange County and Los Angeles area so I know them both very well. Now that I go to university in Southern California, I wanted to share what I love about the area.
A truly historic spot in Los Angeles, Griffith Observatory is the best view you’re going to get of LA. You have to pay to get into the planetarium, but you can walk through the inside of the Observatory and on the roof for some stunning sights.
A huge misconception is that Disneyland is in LA. It isn’t. It’s in Anaheim which is about an hour (if you’re lucky) away. However, Universal Studios is in LA! If you don’t want to pay park admission, though I highly recommend it as it’s a totally unique experience, you can venture through the Citywalk right outside of the theme park—essentially an outdoor mall, but cooler—and still get your picture with the Universal Globe.
The Grove has blown up in the past few years, or maybe it was just that I was unaware of it. Situated right behind the CBS lot, The Grove is home to delicious restaurants and great shopping. So yes, another outdoor mall, but it’s more of an experience. Plenty of celebrities come here and there’s a cute little park and fountain area to rest on after a long day in the city.
A brunch or dinner hot spot
We don’t really eat breakfast here in Southern California if we can help it. We brunch. And we eat dinner. Basically the important thing to take from this is to find a trendy or popular Los Angeles eatery and bask in the glory of it all. They’re popular for a reason. I recommend Perch for brunch or Yamashiro Hollywood for dinner.
There are so many places in LA to hit so it’s hard to narrow it down to just 48 hours, and of course tailor your trip to what will be best for you! It’s so important to travel to be able to understand the world around us better. With such busy schedules it can be difficult to get away. While it might not be ideal, I guarantee you after this weekend that you can visit plenty of places even under a time constraint!
My name is Meagan Donovan and I’m a 19 year old junior at Chapman University in Southern California. I am double majoring in theater studies and public relations/advertising, emphasizing my studies in the entertainment industry. A fun fact about me is that I’ve been performing since I was in third grade and I love writing my own songs, playing guitar, learning new dance forms, and acting in plays and musicals.