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California Dreamin’

Posted: May 2nd, 2012 by

A bucket list is a great way to get the most out of life.  One popular trip on a lot of people’s bucket list is a drive up Highway 1, on the California coast (preferably in a convertible). Don’t forget your sunglasses!

Downtown LA, Venice Beach, Griffith Observatory and Hollywood Sign.- Wikimedia Commons.Attribution Share Alike 3.0 Unported

A great starting point is Los Angeles.  Allow a few days taking in the sights before hitting the road.  Here are a few  “must see” attractions in L.A. area:

  • The Getty Center in Pacific Palisades – located on a hilltop in the Santa Monica Mountains, visitors can view art from Pre-Renaissance to Impressionist periods in Europe.
  • The Getty Villa in Malibu- J. Paul Getty’s ornate Spanish Ranch house is now a world-class art museum. Admission is free but parking must be reserved.
  • Hollywood  & Highland- This busy intersection includes the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and 3 stories of boutiques, cafes and shops. Don’t miss the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Kodak Theatre.
  • Santa Monica Pier- The 1600 ft. pier opened in 1909 has a 1922 Carousel with 44 hand carved horses, a working roller coaster and a Ferris Wheel.
  • Beverly Hills- A trolley runs around the area allowing you the opportunity to hop off for a walking tour through the mansions along palm lined boulevards. Get more information at Beverly Hills Visitors Bureau.
  • The Grove/Farmer’s Market- The Grove is a new open pedestrian shopping area with green spaces, fountains, boutiques, and entertainment complex attached to the Historic Farmer’s Market, which has been in existence since the 1930’s.
  • Universal Studios Hollywood- Just a few minutes drive from Downtown LA or Hollywood, this theme park offers a behind-the scenes view into movie making and some really fun movie themed rides.
  • The Hollywood Bowl- Is the summer home of LA Philharmonic and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Bring a picnic and enjoy outstanding music under the stars. If you are in the box seats you can even order dinner in advance to be served at your box!
  • The Griffith Observatory- Built in 1935 in the Art Deco style, the observatory sits on a Mountain peak overlooking Hollywood and old L.A.  It is open Wednesday-Sunday until 10:00pm and admission is free, although there is a small charge for the planetarium sky show.
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art- Located in the “Miracle Mile” district of Midtown.  The museum receives rare collections on tour. It shares the boulevard, known as Museum Row, with L.A. Craft and Folk Art Museum, Page Museum of Natural History and La Brea Tar Pits.

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