STOP TO VISIT the Hollywood Bowl if you ever can! A bucket list item should really be to go on the 2nd or 3rd of July when they are celebrating the 4th of July. I am certain that it would be more crowded on the 4th. I recently attended their 4th of July Spectacular on the July 2nd, and it was STELLAR! The Gogo's joined forces with the L.A. Philharmonic to honor the military, share patriotic and iconic music, and put on one of the best fireworks shows I have ever seen! (Sidenote: The Gogo's DEFINITELY still got the beat!)
Outstanding Famers Market on Fridays in Downtown L.A. - enjoy delicious fruit and beautiful flowers! Super fun to sample the wide variety of fruit as well.
The Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel is stellar. PERIOD. Travel Zoo often showcases an exceptional savings for $145 which affords the buyer to a smoothie or champagne, parking for 4 hours, access to the gym and spa facilities, and a 50-minute facial or massage. RUN!! This is a real treat!
The Broad Museum in Downtown LA is FREE and FUN! It's best to reserve tickets in advance to avoid waiting in line. Check in to visit the Infinity Mirror exhibit after entering the museum. Spend the day in DTLA - eat at Grand Central Market, take Angel's Flight up to the museum, and enjoy Grand Park! These are ALL stellar stops!
If you are visiting San Diego, treat yourself to a drive over the Coronado Bridge and park by the Hotel del Coronado while you go for a stroll along the beach. You don't have to be a guest at the hotel to walk on the beach or to purchase a beverage and enjoy the beach chairs. There is a lot of history in the hotel, so it is fun to walk through it and look at the pictures of famous actors and presidents who have visited the hotel.
Drive to this location to enjoy a breathtaking view of Ventura Beach and the coastline. You can take a picnic with you, or simply take in the incredible view and amazing cross. It's a real treat!
*I would Google directions to the location. I typically get off at California St. off the 101 and then make a left when I am facing City Hall. Then, I make a right up a steep hill, which leads me to the park.
This is an excellent hotel to stay at when visiting Orange County. I appreciate that parking, wifi, and a full breakfast are included in the hotel fee. Also, this is an ideal location for a girlfriend getaway because they have affordable packages that includes 60-minute massages. There is also a beautiful courtyard to enjoy your meals and drinks.
I was recently passing through Paso Robles and was going to book a stay at a hotel there, but then I discovered that you could stay at the actual wineries! DONE! I found this gem in Paso Robles. A family-owned bed and breakfast that has incredible views, is beautifully decorated, and very affordable! The inn keepers are two brothers who are extremely kind and friendly. The rooms were comfortable and spacious, and the breakfast was delicious too. This is the way to travel!
I could spend the whole day at the Robert Mondavi Winery. The grounds are spectacular, and the staff is extremely helpful and friendly. In the summers, the winery offers free concerts with headlining artists like Colbie Caillat. I look forward to returning and enjoying a summer night with music and fine wine.
Princeton University is a beautiful campus, and one of the hidden secrets is visiting its adorable children's library. It is located on the main campus and is open to the public. I was inspired just sitting at the table and looking at my surroundings.
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