California Road Trip

California Road Trip

A few weeks ago I went down to Southern California one last time to visit friends and family before departing for the Peace Corps. One of my cousins who had never been to California before came out to visit and I decided to make a fun road trip out of it of all my favorite sights in the Golden State. 

Day 1: Hollywood

Any first timer to California of course wants to check out the Hollywood Walk of Fame but honestly it’s a little disappointing and dirty. It’s still fun to drive down Hollywood Boulevard so they can see it, so we decided to do that and head to Melrose Avenue to do some shopping. Be sure to catch the sunset at the Griffith Observatory for a beautiful view of all of Los Angeles, including the Hollywood sign. Once night begins to fall, check out the street lamps at LACMA. Oh, and don’t forget some In n Out, animal style 🙂

Day 2: Santa Monica & Venice Beach

One of my favorite restaurants ever is True Food Kitchen in Santa Monica. It’s more of a trendy vegan eatery, but I love how fresh all the vegetables are and the dishes are so different! From there you can walk over to the Santa Monica Pier and then do some shopping at Third Street Promenade

Venice Beach is only a few minutes driving down the road for all things California and weird. People always say that Californians are crazy, but where does it come from? Yup, Venice Beach. From street performers, to people selling children’s reggae (The ABC song, reggae style? What?), and ridiculously overly buff people working out at Muscle Beach, it’s a must-see! 

Abbot Kinney is only a few blocks away, which has some trendy shopping and one of my favorite ice cream shops, Salt & Straw. Where else are you going to find goat cheese and olive ice cream?!

Day 3: Malibu

Growing up in Thousand Oaks, which is only about 20 minutes away, Malibu is the go-to place for the best beaches. Early in the morning we went surfing at County Line, and even though the waves were small it was great being out on the water. It reminds of the high school days; getting up at 4:30 AM to catch waves with my group of girlfriends before having to go to class. 

I met up with my favorite skin & hair care company, Organic Fiji, to do a photoshoot at Point Mugu beach. Rather than just having product shots they wanted to have someone actually using their coconut oil in the photos. You can get 25% off all their products with my code ‘annaharris25cocotribe’ 🙂 

There are so many interesting rock formations and sea caves in this area to explore! And after a long day at the beach, my favorite smoothie place near Zuma is called SunLife Organics. And to top it off, it’s always fun to grab your best pals and have a bonfire right on the beach while looking at the stars. 

Day 4: Up the Coast

The first place we stopped at road tripping up the coast was Ostrich Land in Buellton, where you can feed all the different ostriches and emus. Kind of a fun little spot to stop at along the way! Close by is the little Danish town of Solvang, and don’t forget to pick up some pastries like Kringle or Butter Ring!

My favorite place to get clam chowder is Splash Cafe in Pismo, where they have bread bowls toasted perfectly with butter. And down the freeway is San Luis Obispo, which is a cute little town and has the famous Bubblegum Alley. I think my favorite part was watching parents freak out as their little ones tried eating the gum off the wall. 

Last stop for this road trip was San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge! You can get a great view of the bridge from Baker Beach, but be cautioned! There are nudists! I had no idea until a large nude man started sprinting towards us out of nowhere…

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