Best Places to Relax in Los Angeles
Ah, sunny Los Angeles– home to the stars. It's one of the top places in the world that tourists flock to every year and one of the top places to live in California. But what if you already call the City of Angels home and want to take a little time off? You really can't be in a better place for a fun and relaxing staycation. Start taking notes because we're going to tell you all the things to do in Los Angeles and places you need to visit, even if you're an LA native.
Top Los Angeles Attractions
When you're planning an exciting LA staycation, you'll be looking for ideas on where to go and what to see within an hour or two drive. Here's a list of our top picks for world-famous Los Angeles attractions.
Of course, no Los Angeles staycation is complete without a visit to the Happiest Place on Earth. If you live in Orange County or Long Beach, it's the perfect day trip. But, if you're traveling from a little farther out like Thousand Oaks or San Bernardino, plan on staying the night if you can. Disneyland is different during the fall and winter seasons when they decorate for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. So, if you've only gone during the summer, put it on the top of your list of things to do in Los Angeles.
If you have more time after you visit Mickey Mouse, head on over to Universal. It's a fun and exciting amusement park with rides and special events. Movie buffs love seeing the incredible special effects and learning about behind the scene techniques at a real working studio. With world-class restaurants and hotels, this a must-do on your staycation in Los Angeles.
Santa Monica Pier
This landmark on Santa Monica Beach is one of the most filmed spots in all of LA. Some of the most famous movies shot here were:
- 1914 Tillie's Punctured Romance with Charlie Chaplin
- 1998 Night at the Roxbury with Will Ferrell
- 1994 Forest Gump with Tom Hanks
- 2008 Iron Man with Robert Downey Jr.
- 2009 Hannah Montana Movie with Miley Cyrus
- 2013 Sharknado with Ian Ziering
The Pier is a classic Southern California landmark and one of the most popular Los Angeles attractions. Along with movies, many popular TV shows were shot here including, 90210, Alias, America's Next Top Model, Castle, and Three's Company. Plus, if you live or work around Inglewood or West Hills, it's super close.
Be a tourist and visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame and find your favorite star. After that, go check out the Hollywood Sign. Although it's a bit of a hike, and a little hard to get up close, you can at least get a shot with your camera.
Los Angeles Shopping
If you love shopping, there's no better place than LA. That's why shopping is high on our list of things to do in Los Angeles. Our top shopping pick is of course — Rodeo Drive. Drive around and see how the rich and famous live. Window shop and browse the boutiques. You might see your favorite celebrity here. The most famous stores are:
- Tiffany & Company
- Jimmy Choo
After Rodeo Drive, you might take a drive to model homes in the area. Even if you're not in the market for a new home in Los Angeles, it's still fun to shop and see all the latest home designs.
Whether you need inspiration for your current home or are curious about new construction in Los Angeles here are some model homes to visit during your Los Angeles staycation:
- New Homes Orange County
Best Hotels in the City
A staycation in Los Angeles doesn't have to mean you stay at home. Instead, add a hotel stay to your plans and pamper yourself with room service and luxurious amenities. Here's a list of our top four hotels.
1. Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills - This Southern California, 5-star hotel, sits in the very heart of Beverly Hills. If you're longing for the VIP treatment and luxury, this is the place to go. And you might be surprised who you might see as this is the A-listers go-to hotel.
2. Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills - Our other choice in the heart of Beverly Hills is the iconic Four Seasons. The perfect destination after shopping on Rodeo Drive. Enjoy the pool, wellness spa, and Italian cuisine at the famous Culina restaurant. French doors open to private balconies, with a full-service spa and outdoor pool. View the Hollywood Hills, LA or Beverly Hills.
3. Shutters on The Beach - If you love the beach and want to get out of the city for some Southern California living; book a room at Shutters in Santa Monica. This luxury beachfront hotel has three oceanfront gourmet restaurants, an outdoor swimming pool, and a spa.
4. The NoMad Los Angeles - In the heart of downtown this hotel is the picture of old-world charm with its stunning mezzanine, ornate high ceilings, and modern rooftop pool. Every room has a unique personality with custom decor, furnishings, and original artwork.
Los Angeles Beaches
Many people living in LA originally moved here because of the beautiful Pacific Ocean. That's why one of the best Los Angeles activities is going to the beach! There are so many incredible Los Angeles beaches and parks; it can be hard to choose. To make it easier, we made a list and broke it into three locations.
- Beaches Near Santa Monica - Of course the number one spot is the Santa Monica Beach. But if you'd rather experience a more low-key atmosphere, we suggest Will Rogers State Beach, which is just a little bit north of the famous and crowded Santa Monica Pier. If you love this beach and would like to visit often, you might want to check out the new construction in West Hills and make this area your new home.
- Beaches Near Long Beach - If your dogs are your best friends, then take them with you to Rosie's Dog Beach. Rosie's (also called Huntington Dog Beach) is one of the few dog-friendly Los Angeles Beaches in LA County. So, pack a lunch, water, grab a frisbee, a few doggie treats, and you're ready to go. Although it does get busy on the weekends, it's perfect for a mid-week staycation in Los Angeles. And if you're moving to the Los Angeles area, having a place to take your furry friend is probably on the top of your list.
- Beaches Near Irvine - If you live in Irvine, a beautiful beach only 20 minutes away is Crystal Cove State Beach. It's perfect for body surfing and kayaking or taking a stroll on the beach and checking out the tide pools. There are even cottages available to stay that date back to the 1920s. If you're considering moving to Irvine and buying a new home in Orange County, this beach will be your new playground.
Now that you know about the best Los Angeles attractions, you'll see why it's one of the top places to live in California. It's important to realize that to take a staycation Los Angeles; you have to live here. That's something you'll undoubtedly want to do after looking at these new homes in Los Angeles. These are beautiful spaces with community amenities and conveniences. Is it time for you to put down roots in Southern California?
To find out more about Pulte Homes, visit our new home construction in Los Angeles.
Contributed to Your Home blog by Carol Youmans
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