The Sun is slowly setting on the horizon while your private plane rounds about the Hollywood sign. As the orange rays begin to glint off the airplane wings, you soar over the concrete jungle of Downtown LA. You pass iconic LA destinations like the Staples Center, the Hollywood Bowl, and Universal Studios (my personal favorite) from above and you are overcome with a sense of peace and nostalgia that can only make you reminisce about how lucky you are to be alive on this beautiful planet.
Well, that's exactly how it feels to take a ride with Air Discovery LA! Alex was a great pilot who made the flight fun and memorable. We took this flight as a birthday present for one of our closest friends, and it was nothing short of magical. The 30 minute flight gave as aerial views of the Hollywood sign, Downtown LA, Dodgers Stadium, Universal Studios, and Griffith Observatory. Though we took the sunset "Welcome to Hollywood" tour, there are also great reviews of the Night Sky Experience and the LA experience. The 60 minute flight allows you to see all the above plus Santa Monica, the Pacific Ocean, Malibu Hills, Calabasas (oooh Kardashians!), and the mountains. Highly recommend these flight tours!
Also... shhh! (There's a Groupon which makes this place VERY affordable for college students like us!)
The Getty was one of the first places I visited when I got to LA, mostly for its proximity to UCLA. After having a few Art History courses under my belt, I can actually say that I'm one of those people who willingly go to museums to actually enjoy the art. I find a sense of peace in just walking the halls and learning about life from different perspectives through time. I know, I know. *Nerd Alert*
If you are like me and enjoy the art, then the Getty is no stranger to you. However, if you were like my friend Nandhini who just came with me for the photo ops, I'm here to convince you that a trip to the Getty is definitely still worthwhile. The admission is free! How much more worthwhile can you get than free admission?
There are great photo opportunities not only in front of the art, but also around the exterior of the Getty Center. The museum sits on the top of the Santa Monica Mountains and gives you 360 degree views of the city surrounding it. The exterior of the Getty Center is made of 1.2 million square feet of imported Italian travertine. This rock is a great background for the textured Insta pic.
My favorite part of the Getty Center will always be the garden. The multicolored flowers are somehow always in bloom and everything you're trying to figure out kind of fades away into the peaceful moment. If you're a hopeless romantic like I am, start the year off by making a wish in the Getty fountain. I wished for a year of growth and prosperity, and that's exactly what I got.
If you're like Kes and you live for exercise, you will absolutely love this hike. It's a runner's paradise. It's made up of flat, dirt roads that take you uphill to spectacular views of the Hollywood sign. This is the perfect place to visit if you love dogs or have a dog, too! There are puppers everywhere -paradise.
For the people like me who get winded climbing a flight of stairs, this is actually still a pretty accessible hike. The path can get steep at times, but every time you stop to take a breath, there's a picturesque view of the LA skyline.
This is the perfect hike to take on a sunny day with your girls or a significant other - if pasta is out of the picture.