This summer I decided to take my tweens to Honolulu. We decided to break up our trip by spending 48 hours in LA. I hadn’t been to Los Angeles Since 2001 and had some vague memories of hellacious traffice. Initially, I toyed with the idea of going without a car. Luckily for me, my Facebook friends quickly posted to tell me this would be a very, very bad idea.
Armed with 26,000 Starwood Amex points – I booked a free stay at the Westin Bonaventure - for free!!!! We had a great (but small) room with city views and plush, comfy beds. The kids loved the outdoor pool. Although the Westin is known as a business hotel we loved the downtown location for quick meals and easy shopping. In addition, the Westin was a 10 minute walk to one of our favorite attractions – The Grammy Museum.
Unfortunately, the Grammy Museum does not allow pictures or video – so you’ll have to take my word for it that it was a blast. Plenty of interactive exhibits for music lovers of all ages. My favorite was the soundbooth where my kids taped a hip hop song under the video guidance of Jermaine Dupri.
Next up on our list was a visit to Hollywood. We dodged a myriad number of street vendors and “superheros” and managed to find a few stars along the Hollywood Walk of Fame honoring some of our favorite celebrities.
Cheesy, goofy but a lot of fun was Madame Tussauds Hollywood Wax Museum.
Santa Monica Pier is also a lovely place to visit to LA. We rented bikes and helmets at Santa Monica Bike Center at a very affordable $20 for 2 hours. (I also scored an additional discount for tweeting about our ride!)
We managed to avoid eating at any fast food restaurants during our stay in LA. Here are a few restaurant picks that you and your kids should both enjoy.
1. Maria’s Italian Kitchen - Huge portions. Inexpensive. Located in downtown LA
2. Redwood Grille – located over the 3rd street Promenade at Santa Monica Place. Spacious, chic with indoor and outdoor dining areas. Don’t leave without trying their frozen mojito.
3. City Tavern – also located in downtown LA, this restaurant and craft beer bar features a menu with charcuterie and fried chicken nuggets. Momma also scored a glass of Napa Valley merlot.
Do you have any favorite things to see and do in LA? Please share in the comments section below.