Very few places scream SUMMER TIME! like California, especially southern California #SoCal.
For the purpose of this piece, I’ll stick with the Los Angeles part of California. Cali has become one of my favourite places to go to, like anywhere else how much fun you have really depends on you, the people you decide to go with, or meet, and the kinds of places you decided to hangout makes up your experience.
Here are a few things that have made So Cal one of my favourite adventure destinations.
1. Skate Venice Beach
Whether you can skate or not, Venice Beach is the place to do it. The Venice beach skate park is one of the most amazing things I’ve seen, it’s set right by the beach so you have an amazing backdrop to skate around, some amazing bowls and a street skate sections. If you’re not a phenomenal skater it doesn’t matter, you can go watch people do some amazing things on a board, tricks that you only see on YouTube.
And if you’re just looking to cruise around with sun rays on your face then take your longboard or rent at any of the stores along the boardwalk and just cruise for miles on Venice Beach boardwalk. Everyone is on some sort of wheels; girls, guys, youngsters, adults and everyone just cruising to where they want to go. There are restaurants, shops, shows, ice cream trucks. Venice Beach, CA is definitely something to do at least once in your life, or if you’re like me, basically every time.
The land of “surfer dudes” and “surfer chicks” pick up a surfboard and your now one of them.
Just like skating Venice Beach, whether you know how to or not just go for it. Loads of places to get lessons and you only really need a couple, once you get the hang of it, you can rent surfboards for under $50 for the entire day at some places and just surf as you wish.
It’s some of the most fun you can have, and not a lot else matches the feeling of catching a wave. You walk out of the water, surfboard underneath your arm, sun in your face and boom! you’re a surfer dude/chick.
Manhattan Beach (hot surfers, guys and girls), Venice Beach (Chill and Crazy Vibe) and Malibu Beach (Great waves) – either one of those and you’ll have a blast
3. Stout Burgers and Beers
Some of you might already know from other posts (Burger vs Burrito) I love a great burger, and Stout in Santa Monica is the place to get arguably the best burger in LA (yeah I said it).
There are a few Stouts in LA, I remember seeing one in Hollywood, however Stout on Santa Monica Blvd sets the scene for you, you can sit outside and face the beach which I did, burger, beer and sunset? Yes please!
Now I can’t explain the taste of every burger seeing as I didn’t try them all, although I would of loved to but I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Also a great selection of beers and the friendliest staff. If you have one meal in Los Angeles, you want to have a Stout burger and beer in Santa Monica.
4. Downtown LA
The beach bum vibe is always great, however sometimes you want to put on a shirt or blouse, cover up your toes and do something a bit different, then you’re looking for Downtown LA. Great bars, restaurants, shops, pubs, hotels etc. It’s definitely different if you’ve spent most of your time by the beach or even in Hollywood, but it’s definitely good fun.
It’s a bit more expensive than Venice Beach or Hollywood, but depending on where you go, it’s not ridiculous. Check out, pool bars, whiskey rooms and great Thai food, and to be honest I didn’t even realise LA had sky scrapers, they have some of the most brilliant views especially if you decide to stay in Downtown LA, you want to stay in one of those high-rise apartment buildings; because everyone should have an apartment building with a Jacuzzi, a Pool, a Basketball Court and a BBQ area; all on the roof of your building!
If you don’t normally do any kind of hiking, a bit of advice for you, don’t run, because you’ll lose your breath quicker than you think you will.
What I love most about Runyon is that you don’t actually need to get to the top, the views from every vantage point is amazing, obviously the higher you go the better it tends to get but there are some amazing viewing points where you think to yourself how much better can it actually get?
Weekends and evening are very popular, lots of people but not crowed at all, I think it’ll be quite difficult to feel clustered in that amount of space, but top tip for you, go for sunrise or sunset (no brainer, I know) maybe more sunrise, less people and it’s such a lovely way to get your day going, if you do make it to the top, you can see so far out into California it’s amazing, it’s definitely a Kodak moment, you’ll stop and think “I swear I’ve seen this screensaver before”
Take some water, a power bar and a hoodie in a light backpack
No matter what you decide to do when you’re in California, good people and a positive mind, you’ll have a blast.
See you out there.