It is often the places close to home which gets ignored when one plans for his vacations but this doesn’t need to be like this. Just because something is close to home or easily accessible is not the equivalent of boring. Too many people today plan their vacation in the Bahamas or the exotic Orient while forgetting that there is the world just waiting to be explored right next door, so to say. One of these places which are waiting for you to come explore is Los Angeles.
Los Angeles, often known simply by its initials L.A., is the most populous city in the state of California and the second-largest city in the United States. It is famous around the world for its Mediterranean climate, sprawling metropolis, diversity and as a major center of American entertainment industry. However, there is so much more to the city than just the big shiny things and it is these little things which should be the reason for you to spend your summer in Los Angeles. There are an amazing number of things to see and places to go in Los Angeles during summer; we’ve collected some of the most important ones here.
Yes, the beaches in the Bahamas sound fascinating and if the goal is to impress your coworkers instead of having fun then that’s probably more important to you but if having fun is what you’re looking forward to then the beaches in Los Angeles fit the bill perfectly. The beaches in Los Angeles are beautiful and the fun increases manifolds if you’re visiting with your family.
Have you ever wanted to learn something about the history of the world or more about your favorite subject whether it’s the photography, cars or the holocaust but couldn’t because the entry fee for the museums is out of your budget. Los Angeles comes to your rescue here. There are dozens of museums where there is no entry fee regardless of the day you’re visiting and there are others which have special days where they are free. You would spend your entire summer, and more, if you start going to all of these amazing places.
Outdoor Movie Screening
Los Angeles is the seat of the movie industry in the United States, it stands to reason that there will be many giving their tribute to this successful industry in different forms. One of the most popular is the free outdoor screening of movies in summer. The list of options available is quite long so there is something for everyone whether you want to enjoy your movie on the beach under the moonlight or in the proximity of street food.
The businesses in Los Angeles enjoy summer as much as the visitors so they offer a range of discounts at special times in summers. The best places to avail these discounts include EMC Seafood and Raw Bar which offers fresh oysters at the meager price, for oysters, of $1 at its happy hour with special discounts on wine and beer too. Villains Tavern is another great place famous for its vintage décor and drinks crafted by highly-skilled artisans. Villains Tavern offers special food items for just $5 in its happy hours which runs from Tuesday through Sunday between 5 and 8pm. Places like The Virgil, Backhouse Restaurant, and Perch are also great places to go. For discounts in normal times, Groupon is your best companion.
The best venue to enjoy the Los Angeles weather is definitely a rooftop bar and thankfully there is no shortage of great rooftop bars in Los Angeles. The Andaz Sundeck is the highest rooftop swimming pool in Los Angeles which offers a panoramic view of Hollywood and allows you to greatly enjoy the sunset while you cozy up on your day bed enjoying some of the best-handcrafted cocktails in town. Other great places to go include Upstairs at The Ace Hotel, High Rooftop Lounge, and Sky Bar at the Mondrian among many others.
There is no time better than summer to go in picnic and thankfully Los Angeles offers many great places to go on a picnic with friends and family. There is a beautiful secluded waterfall in Eaton Canyon you can reach after a short hike for relaxing and enjoying the beauty of nature.
There are dozens of free shows in Los Angeles during the summers and all one needs to do to attend these is just get up and go. Levitt Pavilion offers a range of free concerts in the summers and so does KCRW. The Grand Performances at California Plaza is also worth looking for.
The truth is that there is a lot to do in Los Angeles during summer, all you need to do is to just get up and take charge and L.A. will not disappoint you.
This guest post is written by Frank Lee, @franklee84