Dear 100 Hour Board,
If you had 24 hours to spend in Los Angeles, what would you make sure to do/eat/see? (Kid-friendly. No temple (bc kids). No theme parks!)
My roommate is from the LA area, and she said she'd definitely hit Santa Monica Pier, the Griffith Observatory, and maybe the zoo. She also said that the California Science Center is super fun.
There are 2 things you need to do.
- Eat at Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles.
- Go to the Rain Room at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
There are no words to describe, so I will provide pictures.
I don't know how you feel about magical chicken and waffles, or an instillation art exhibit where it's raining but you never get wet. But in my opinion those things are very awesome.
I currently live in LA, and I haven't done many of the popular touristy things because all my LA friends tell me it's not worth it. Here's some ideas though:
- Eat at a great restaurant. I can't tell you which one, but there's a ton of fantastic restaurants in LA and you should take advantage of that.
- Go to the beach. The Santa Monica pier is always beautiful. There's really long biking/walking paths along the beach, and I highly suggest walking those or renting out bikes for the family and go for a bike ride. Dockweiler State Beach is not only a great beach but you can see planes taking off from the LAX airport, and that's pretty cool. Depending on the season you might not want to go swimming, but either way it's fun just hanging out at/walking along the beach.
- Go hiking. There's a bunch of great hikes in LA, including the hike to the Hollywood sign. Warning: there is very little shade, so bring lots of sunscreen and water.
- BE CAREFUL OF WHEN YOU'RE TRAVELING. I can't stress this enough. If you're traveling west from downtown LA to Santa Monica beach, DO NOT GO AROUND 5 PM. You will be stuck in hours long traffic and it will be miserable.
Due to the amount of traffic and the inaccessibility of many places due to LA's horrible public transportation system, if I had only 24 hours in LA I would make it a beach day. I would probably go to Santa Monica beach. I would walk the pier, maybe jump in the water if it was warm enough, rent a bike and bike along the beach, and go to a nice restaurant whenever I got hungry. Alternatively I think it would be fun to spend the 24 hours in downtown LA, checking out all the cool museums and activities there, of which I currently know nothing about. Either way, don't overextend yourself and factor in extra time to travel, or you'll be frazzled and in a rush all day.
-guppy of doom