When you hear the admonition “focus!” you usually associate it with getting serious about something like studying or working or performing in a sport. But the word could also apply to your next vacation.
If, for example, you decide to go to California, then you need to decide where to go. California is a BIG place. You can’t hope to see a lot of it in two weeks or even a month. So, you need to focus on where to go.
Once you’ve decided where to go in California, then you’ve got to figure out what type of vacation to have. In other words, the quality of the vacation. After mulling over these questions, it would be perfectly reasonable to decide to focus on enjoying a luxury vacation in Los Angeles.
It’s important to keep in mind that choosing Los Angeles as your primary destination doesn’t necessarily confine you to only staying within the city limits; you can, for instance, radiate out, and spend a few days in other places, too, like renting a lovely beachfront property in Malibu, which is only about 30 miles west of the downtown area of Los Angeles.
Where to Go and What to Do in Los Angeles
When it comes to thinking about glamorous places in the world to visit, the Southern California city of Hollywood has to be close to the top of the list. There are many upscale aspects of this megalopolis that you can enjoy, ranging from enjoying yacht rentals in Los Angeles to delighting in a view of the city from a Beverly Wilshire Penthouse Suite.
Once you’re settled in, then its time get into the vibrant cultural scene. If, for instance, you’re a bit of a history buff and interested in museums, you have a wide number of choices. You could visit the Wende Museum, located in Culver City, whose exhibits relate to the Cold War. You could visit the International Printing Museum, located in Carson, which has collected antique printing presses. You could visit the J. Paul Getty Museum, in Brentwood, which has one of the finest art collections in the world. Or you could visit the Grammy Museum, located on Olympic Boulevard, which is dedicated to the history of the recipients of the prestigious award.
Places to Dine
Depending on your tastes, there are many interesting places for a foodie to explore. If you’re interested in ethnic foods, you’ll find Chinese food restaurants in Chinatown, Grand Central Market, and Montebello. If you’d like to try Japanese sushi, then you may want to visit one of the restaurants on Sawtelle Boulevard. And if you want to sample some Korean dishes, you’ll find several good choices in the Wilshire district.
Attractions to See
Los Angeles is loaded with attractions. Some of the most popular include Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach, Rodeo Drive, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Griffith Park and Observatory. Other places of interest are Universal Studios Hollywood, Disneyland, Hollywood, the Natural History Museum, and the original Farmers Market.
A Sample Itinerary for a Luxurious Day
If you’re focused on absorbing some of the glitz and glamour of this city, here’s a sample itinerary for a day:
Start the day with a good breakfast at Pitchoun or Toast Bakery Café or Brent’s Delicatessen and Restaurant, all of which have earned top ratings in popular LA eatery guides. Then, once you’re nourished, rent a Ferrari or Rolls Royce at Black and White Rentals and drive along the Pacific Coast Highway, which starts in Santa Monica and ends in Oxnard, and drive to Malibu. After swimming or sunbathing or playing frisbee on the beach, you’ll find many excellent seafood restaurants there as well for a leisurely lunch. Nobu Malibu, for instance, has a reputation for the best sushi. Upon your return trip back to Los Angeles, enjoy a cocktail at Skybar at the Mondrian Los Angeles, which offers a breathtaking view of the Hollywood Hills. Finally, a good place for dinner is the Chef’s bar at Bestia, ranked as one of the hotspots in downtown Los Angeles for Italian cuisine.
When planning your next getaway, focus on fun when you visit California by narrowing your choices. And remember. Los Angeles makes a good place to set up base camp for your adventures.