LA is one of America’s most well-known cities – famed for palm-tree lined boulevards, the iconic Hollywood sign, pristine beaches with gnarly waves, movie star-spotting and so much more, it’s a staple on any road trip itinerary.
As Los Angeles is a sprawling metropolis, it’s best seen by vehicle to get the most out of your stay. For beach action, Manhattan Beach is a less-packed option (and close to our branch) than Santa Monica or Venice but just as stunning. There are also some great eateries here, including staff favorite, Manhattan Beach Creamery, where ice-cream and cookies meet to make a delectable treat.
For the best sunset, Santa Monica pier is a firm favorite. Shop along the promenade, walk the beach or ride the rickety rides while you wait for nature to put on a show. Keep an eye out for dolphins frolicking in the distance.
For views of the Los Angeles area, a trip up to Runyon Canyon is a must. It’s a 130-acre park at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains and among the joggers, soccer moms, and selfie-stick yielding youth, you may even spot a celebrity or two.
If you love a shopping bargain then heading out of central LA is going to net you some killer bargains. The Camarillo Premium Outlets are 45 minutes north of LA on the 101 and are home to a number of designer brands at discounted prices.
For the thrill-seeker, Six Flags Magic Mountain is the best of the region’s theme parks. Also north of LA, it’s worth setting up camp in this area so you can hit the outlets and the rides over a couple of days without the hassle of the infamous LA traffic. You’ll need a whole day here as there are so many thrill rides to take in and don’t miss out – no matter how long the line – on Full Throttle. It’s worth the wait.
For LA dining, an In-n-Out burger is top of many visitor’s lists – even just if they are from other states. If you prefer something healthier then Café Gratitude in Venice Beach is a trendy restaurant with chilled vibes and deliciously healthy meals. Also consider Pink Tacos on Sunset Boulevard or splurge at Nobo.
Our favourite Los Angeles camping spot is the gorgeous Malibu Beach RV Park – open year round, it’s always a special place to wake up in, right by the water’s edge.