Each day of my trip certainly was an adventure, but visiting LA was definitely one of my favorites! We journeyed across the Boardwalk and Abbott Kinney in Venice, then made our way to the pier and spent our afternoon shopping in Santa Monica. Like any city, there are lots of touristy attractions to spend your money and waste your time on, but we traveled off the beaten path and discovered some pretty cool spots!
Talk about an experience! The Venice Boardwalk is definitely a sight to see, especially in the heat of summer. You can experience everything from jugglers to acrobats, and mimes to musicians. Although, Venice is mostly known for its beach bum culture and mind blowing skate park, Abbott Kinney Boulevard is really what caught my interest. This street had some of the best shopping boutiques I have ever seen! Wylie Wilson was one of my favorites. It’s a swimsuit and lingerie store offering so many unique choices with each garment being crafted in the heart of Venice. A few of my other favorite shops included Aviator Nation and LF. [Their websites are definitely worth the click!] Abbott Kinney also had an abundance of different dining options for lunch. Green Leaf had a very earthy, yet modern feel and offered tons of good sandwiches and salads to choose from.
Santa Monica is a completely different vibe from Venice (a lot less graffiti and a lot more glamour). We started out on the pier which is home to Pacific Park, the only amusement park located on a pier in the west coast. Pacific Park has it all.. games, rides, and lots of fried foods and cotton candy! We ended the afternoon with… drum roll please….. more shopping! We got a late dinner at a lovely little restaurant called 26 Beach. Each room of the restaurant is so different from the next and has an ultra girly atmosphere with its giant portraits of Old Hollywood starlets and sparkly polka dot walls. They serve an array of creative looking burgers on house made buns and is home to the super famous Sushi Burgers. Is your mouth watering yet?
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