Finally, the last stop on our West Coast bucket trip is the second largest city in the United States – Los Angeles. Naturally, given its size, Los Angeles probably has the most to see and do on this bucket list trip. Starting with the ocean to its west, if you’ve never tried surfing in your life, now’s the time. While there are many different surfing schools in and around the Los Angeles area, Kapowui Surf Club is consistently rated as one of the best.
And if you work up a big hunger after surfing, there are numerous great fine dining options with beautiful ocean views, including The Lobster, Geoffrey’s, and Mar’sel. But if fine dining is going to break the budget, there are plenty of family dining establishments as well, where prices are a little softer on the pocketbook. These include Dinah’s Family Restaurant, Jack’s Family Kitchen, or Pink’s Hot Dogs in Hollywood, which has been described as “must-see,” an “L.A. original,” and a top “guilty pleasure.”
And, if the kids simply can’t do without a trip to McDonald’s, why not at least take them to the oldest operating McDonald’s in the world? Located at 10207 Lakewood Boulevard, it was the second McDonald’s restaurant ever opened and was franchised by the McDonald brothers even before Ray Kroc became part of the company.
And if originals are a thing for you, then while you’re in town you’ll probably also want to take a trip to visit the original land of mouse ears – Disneyland (no, not Disney World). While it’s not as expansive as its big brother in Florida, Disneyland is still a full day of fun and adventure with rides, attractions, shows, great family dining, and of course the occasional costumed character photo opportunity (our favorite has always been Pluto). If you’ve never been, Disneyland is most certainly a bucket list mandatory.
As far as places to stay while you’re in town, as one might expect, the options are plentiful. Of course, you have your typical large hotel chains, which do a fine job of providing clean and convenient accommodations. But in a town the size of L.A., there are also some more unique options. Check out the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood, the Farmer’s Daughter Hotel (located near the Original Farmer’s Market), or L.A.’s Mama Shelter Hotel, which bills itself as the “pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.”
More views from Stop 7
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