Guide to Los Angeles
1. Runyon Canyon
One of the most popular hiking trails in the heart of Hollywood will be as easy or hard as you want it to be. While there are paved parts, there are also rugged, steep trails that make for an intense workout. At the top, revel in beautiful sights of L.A., and opposite the city view you can even spot the famous Hollywood sign in the distance.
2. Soul Cycle in Hollywood
All vacations call for a little workout to keep your health in check, and the Soul Cycle studio in the heart of Hollywood is also conveniently near a Barry's Bootcamp if that's more your style. Regardless of your choice, the sweat-burning session is the perfect way to start a morning before walking around the city and spotting your favorite Hollywood Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which is just feet from the studios.
3. Drive to Malibu
If you can get your hands on a car while in L.A., seize the opportunity and take a drive to Malibu (about 40 minutes). The drive alone--along Pacific Coast Highway--makes the experience well worth it, but head to Solstice Canyon Hiking Trail for a rustic adventure. As you meander through the ruins of two properties that were burned by wildfires years ago, you'll also see a 30-foot waterfall. Another section of the hike will lead you to a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean that is seen between the mountains.
On your way back to L.A., stop at Malibu Pier, a quaint pier that attracts locals and tourists alike. Grab a bite to eat at Malibu Farm, which has locations at the beginning and end of pier, for a farm-fresh, locally sourced snack.
4. Griffith Observatory
Although it's one of the greatest cultural attractions in L.A., if you opt to hike up to the observatory (instead of driving to the top), you'll likely spend most of the one mile uphill walk in peace. Once at the observatory, though, enter the building, which has free admission, to see exhibits that highlight the Griffith Observatory's national recognition as a leader in public astronomy.
5. Night out in Venice
Approximately 18 miles from Central L.A., Venice Beach attracts the likes of all types of people from posh to Bohemian. Jump in an Uber to avoid the hassles of parking and enjoy an night out in the beach town.
6. Melrose Trading Post Market in Fairfax
Better known as the Fairfax Flea Market, every Sunday hundreds on stylish Californians flock to the market, which has an entry cost of $3. Upon getting an entry stamp, you'll be shocked by the nearly 200 vendors selling vintage clothes, jewelry, posters, records, pins, and more. Shopping can get tiring too, so luckily there's a section of food tents selling artisan snacks like tacos, fries, crepes, and more. Pick a spot either on one of the picnic blankets or surrounding tables and listen to live music as you indulge in your sweet or savory dish.
7. Grand Central Market
One of the oldest relics in L.A., the Grand Central Market is home to 37 vendors that sell both food-to-order and groceries or spices. While L.A. is full of trendy food halls, this European-style food hall is beloved by all for a good reason.
8. Broad Museum
Downtown LA's newest art museum, which opened in 2015, is just as pretty on the outside as it is in the inside. The line to get in for special exhibits can be long, but the contemporary art inside is well-worth the wait.
9. Rodeo Drive Stroll
You may not be Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman," but you can pretend to be. Whether shopping or not, spend an afternoon on Rodeo Drive to get a glimpse of the upscale shopping that Beverly Hills in known for. Home to luxury designer stores and small boutiques, Rodeo won't let you down if you're looking for extravagance. As you wander you may even be shocked with the rev of a Lambo or the sighting of a celebrity.
10. The Grove Farmer's Market
The Grove, which is home to high-end shopping and dining, attracts both residents and tourists alike. Although the facility, which was founded in 1934, sits just south of West Hollywood, it feels and looks similar to Europe's many markets, particularly Barcelona's Mercado de La Boqueria.
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