The first part of my trip to Los Angeles was a success after visits to the Walk of Fame, Capitol Records, Hollywood Sign, and Hollywood Bowl. With only a few days remaining on my vacation, I figured I would wander outside the city limits. I was determined to see as much of the southern part of the sunshine state as I could.
No trip to the Los Angeles area is complete without a stop at the famous Santa Monica pier. I enjoyed dinner at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, then enjoyed the walk and views around the pier as the sun began to set. Of course, I had to hop on the Pacific Wheel on the edge of the pier as well. The views atop the wheel were fantastic. The sight of the mountains beyond the ocean was incredible. Tons of five-star restaurants surround the pier within walking distance. It was a great way to spend a beautiful evening in southern California.
From the moment I stepped on Venice Beach, it was an explosion of cultures all around me. Beautiful art work and eclectic shops can be found throughout the lengthy boardwalk. I stopped to watch several of the street performers, and even took part in one where a man sat on a huge pile of glass (yeah, that was really the performance). The actual beach was the best part of Venice – the smooth, light sand felt great on a hot day. I’ve never seen a more populated beach in my life!
Hollywood Celebrity Homes Tour
I thought it would be a little too cheesy and cliché to hop on a Hollywood homes tour…..but I gave in and did it anyway! Our tour guide was terrific as he offered us breathtaking views of the homes of Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, George Clooney, and the late Michael Jackson. He told the tourists that is wasn’t rare to see Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie out on their front lawn, but we had no such luck. I definitely got a better bang for my buck than I expected.