Usually when we take a Californian getaway it’s for one thing and one thing only, Disneyland. If you know me you know I love Disney, so I honestly don’t mind! However, this trip was for a different purpose. My brother was getting a tattoo in Los Angeles. So naturally, my mom and I tagged along and made a holiday of it! Jumping at any opportunity to travel, and making any excuse to visit the Happiest Place on Earth, mom and I couldn’t wait.
We accomplished so much on this holiday! Lazy afternoons spent at Santa Monica Beach and a day exploring The Griffith Observatory and Carousel. Then a walk through the canals of Venice Beach while house hunting, followed by an evening at the Urban Light installation. We hunted down a wing wall to take some snaps and made sure to pay a visit to Mickey Mouse. All in all it was a fantastic trip and we discovered that you don’t need weeks to enjoy what California has to offer. Below you’ll find a snippet of our adventures in photographs, hopefully inspiring you on your very own Californian getaway.
Santa Monica Beach
To begin, we stayed at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel and the location couldn’t have been more perfect. The views from the hotel were breathtaking and we enjoyed a beautiful meal on the restaurant terrace as the sun began to set on our first night. The following morning we found a Starbucks (the addiction is real), a quick five minutes away, and enjoyed our coffees on the beach. Starting the day off right in perfect relaxation. Listening to the waves with the sun warm on our skin while we people watched. I couldn’t have asked for a better day.
Griffith Park Carousel
This was an exciting attraction to see. For any Disney fans out there this carousel played an important role in the creation of Disneyland. Built in 1926, and placed in Griffith Park in 1937 by the Davis Family, Walt Disney would often bring his children here. It is said that this carousel inspired him to create a place where parents and children alike could enjoy and spend time together. Surprisingly, I hadn’t heard of this carousel long before our trip and I’m so glad I got to see it in person and take a ride! With this in mind it is a Californian escape MUST DO for any Disney lover out there!
Another thing to do while in Griffith Park is to visit The Griffith Observatory, even just to see the views of LA from above. Moreover, this is a great place to see the famous Hollywood Sign! I fell in love with this building, its location and its views. The Art Deco architecture was stunning and full of details. Furthermore, on a hot day, catching a show at the planetarium is an added bonus!
Venice Beach Canals
Next, we took a visit to a place I’ve always wanted to see! The Venice Beach Canals. This was such a beautiful day exploring the canals while gazing at all the gorgeous homes. Truly a little piece of paradise. Find below a few of my favourite homes that have me wanting to move to California ASAP.
Urban Light and Wing Wall
LA is a creative city and its bursting at the seems with unique sights. I’ve wanted to visit this attraction since I saw it in the movie No Strings Attached and it did no disappoint. Made up of over 200 restored antique lamps, the Urban Light installation is found at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Therefore, it is suggested the best time of day to visit is in the evening when the lights are aglow. In addition to the Urban Lights another artsy sight we sought out were murals, more specifically wings. I can’t remember the exact location but we found one and abruptly stopped the car to take photos. There were beautiful murals all over LA and the surrounding neighbourhoods.
So, of course, we ended our Californian escape with a few days in Disneyland! Our main goal was to go on the newly opened Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout attraction that was previously the Twilight Tower of Terror. I was hesitant about this ride, as I loved Tower of Terror. It was spooky and thrilling, the cast members were fantastically grim and it was a classic. However, I must admit Guardians is a BLAST. The music gets you pumped, their’s laughter in the air and the story and graphics are great. However, if you get motion sick this may not be the ride for you… Also, we couldn’t resist a ride on Radiator Springs Racers because, well, it’s amazing. Check out this post to see where we stayed during our visit!
I hope you enjoyed our Californian getaway and thanks for dropping by!