Life update: I moved to Los Angeles!
That’s right, I’m a Cali girl now. If you can’t find me surfing in Malibu or munching on a $30 Kale Salad, I’m probably sweating it out at Soul Cycle or prancing down Rodeo Drive. Just kidding.
With my Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization) currently pending with USCIS, I cannot begin working just yet. That means two things: I have no income and I have unlimited free time. Things could be worse, right?
Now that I have settled in, it’s time to start exploring. I spent the past couple days reading up on things to do in LA and put together a one-week itinerary comprised of budget-friendly, easily-accessible day trips in the LA area. With a plan in place, I purchased a 7-day TAP card (aka Transit Access Pass) to get around Los Angeles County and am ready to get this week started.
Let the adventure begin!
MONDAY: Take advantage of the ‘partly cloudy’ weather and start the week off with a Runyon Canyon Hike. This is a highly popular hiking destinations in LA and offers scenic views over Hollywood. Pick one of the several trail options and start climbing – stay hydrated!
TUESDAY: Get ready for a full day of beaches, people watching, and entertainment – Venice Beach & Boardwalk has it all. Walk down the pedestrian-only promenade to watch the performers, appreciate the artists, and make small-talk with the vendors. Don’t miss the ego-lifters at Muscle Beach for a quick laugh, then wander through the Venice Canal Historic District to snap photos of the man-made canals. Make your way back to the beach, kick off your shoes, and spend the afternoon enjoying the sun and waves.
WEDNESDAY: It’s time to blend in with the rich and famous. Hit up Rodeo Drive and pretend you’re on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Leave your credit card at home, your bank account and future-self will thank you. Don’t be too upset if celebrities are nowhere to be found, we’re heading to the Hollywood Walk of Fame next. Who needs photos with actual stars when you can take selfies with the sidewalk?
THURSDAY: There’s too much good hiking around to wait for another cloudy day, so let’s trek to the Hollywood Sign. (Don’t worry Mom, I’ll pack sunscreen.) The Mt. Hollywood Trail is the easiest of the trail options and conveniently leaves from Griffith Observatory. After the 3-mile hike, use the opportunity to explore the exhibits, peak through the telescopes, and take in some more spectacular LA views. Come back for The Canyon Drive Trail (moderate) and The Cahuenga Peak Hike (difficult) another day.
FRIDAY: It’s been a busy week and the weekend isn’t slowing down. Spend the day relaxing in Santa Monica and exploring Downtown & Third Street Promenade. After venturing through the upscale malls and checking out some independent boutiques, walk out to Santa Monica Pier. As the evening approaches, catch the metro to the Natural History Museum for ‘Summer Nights in the Garden’. From 5pm to 9pm, enjoy live performances, botanical tours, animals, and music. Grab a bite from one of the food trucks and a garden-infused cocktail – you’ve earned it.
SATURDAY: Doll yourself up, dress to impress, and get ready to mingle with the fashion elite. Your girl snagged a ‘Social Butterfly’ ticket to the SIMPLY Los Angeles Fashion/Beauty Conference being held at The Grove 8th Floor Rooftop. From 8:30am to 6pm, it’s time to connect with other bloggers, learn some style tips, and make friends! If you don’t have an event bringing you to The Grove, it’s still the perfect day trip when you can’t decide between shopping, dining, or the movies. Walk through the stores, try some speciality foods, and see what’s playing in the theater. The Original Farmers Market is right next door at Third and Fairfax, so enjoy the in-season goodies and pick up some fresh produce to take home.
SUNDAY: Venture to Smorgasburg Los Angeles to surround yourself with other LA foodies. Let’s see if Smorgasburg LA can outdo Smorgasburg NY on the Williamsburg waterfront. LA may have an advantage because it’s National Ice Cream Day and the Ice Cream Alley Launch Party. What could be better?
Keep up with my weekly adventures @juliaelizablog on Instagram and stay tuned for upcoming blog posts to recap the week.