Most people travel during the summer, and I'm no exception. Many of my best travel experiences have been summer getaways. But this summer I won’t be traveling. Instead I’ll spend my summer in LA, exploring my adopted home. There is so much to do/see/eat/hear in LA, so I’ve got a pretty big list of things to do. So, ladies and gentlemen, without further adieu...
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Here are all the absolutely awesome ways I'll spend my summer in LA!
1) Go to the Grammy Museum
Summer in LA can get quite hot, and this one is predicted to be a scorcher. Sometimes you have to find a cool place to escape the heat. What better place than the Grammy Museum in Downtown LA? I am a music and pop-culture lover, so seeing some of the world's most famous music memorabilia is totally up my alley. I’ve been meaning to go for ages, and I think this summer will be the time to finally do it.
2) See an outdoor movie (or two)
Los Angeles is the movie capital of the world, so it makes sense that many of the summer’s main attractions involve movies. And the perfect weather means that many of those movies are viewed out-of-doors in parks, on beaches and on rooftops! I’ve been to many outdoor movies, usually seeing an old favorite. This summer there are even more outdoor movies to check out thanks to the growing trend. Thankfully, Thrillist put together a comprehensive list of outdoor films to make our summer in LA a little simpler.
3) Go to the beach…on the train
Summer in LA got a little sweeter this year with the introduction of Los Angeles Metro service to Santa Monica beach via the Expo Line, a light rail train. I’m a huge fan of public transportation and will often use the Expo Line to go to events or to explore Downtown LA. I'll admit that LA’s public transportation system is lacking in many ways, but local government seems to be committed to improving the system. I’m super excited about the new service to Santa Monica, so I'll definitely be taking advantage of the Free Parking at my local Metro stop instead of battling the beach traffic.
4) Go to a photography exhibit or two
One of many amazing things about Los Angeles is the arts scene. And this summer there are 2 really great photography shows I hope to see. The Annenberg Space for Photography is showcasing the works of various artists in Refugee, a photo-journalistic commentary on the refugee crisis. The newest LA museum on the scene, The Broad, is also showing a collection of works by Cindy Sherman. I hope to see both.
5) Practice yoga on the beach
What an LA thing to do, right? But seriously, who wouldn’t want to practice yoga on the beach? Every weekend a group of yogis show up to Venice Beach for Beach Yoga with Brad. I’ve been meaning to do this for a LONG time, but I’ve never quite made the time. It seems like the time is finally right!
6) Try a new cuisine
Los Angeles is such an eclectic mix of people and cultures, so it makes sense that one can find just about any style cuisine you could want. Since moving here we’ve had Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Cuban, Indian, Pakistani, Himalayan, Chinese, Japanese, Ethiopian, French, Italian, Persian, Oaxacan, Spanish and Georgian. We’ve make a point to seek out the most authentic places and have always had great dining experiences as a result. It’s time to try something new. I’m thinking either Filipino or Armenian…looks like I’ll be headed to the Valley this summer in search of the most authentic eats.
7) Ride my bike to the beach
Several years ago my beau bought me the most beautiful little beach cruiser you ever did see. It’s seen some use but has mostly been parked in the garage collecting dust for the greater part of the past year. I think it’s time to dust off the seat and air up the tires for a cruise to Playa del Rey via the Ballona Creek bike path.
8) Explore New Neighborhoods
We’ve been here for nearly 5 years yet there are still places in LA that I don’t know…at all. I’d love to explore Echo Park and Silver Lake more. I’d like to do a foodie tour of the South Bay (I hear there are several stellar Cajun & Creole restaurants there). I want to get to know this city inside and out! I’ll likely use my trusty LA books, mags and online resources to scout out a few cool things to see and do in these neighborhoods.
9) Go on a guided tour
There are so many great options for guided tours here in Los Angeles. I’ve been on several now and have walked away from each a richer traveler. There are several “unusual” tours that I’ve yet to try out, including a Street Art tour from Cartwheel Art and any one of the Esotouric Tours. I love odd, eccentric and out-there attractions, and both these tour services seem to cater to the unusual.
10) Dig deeper into #WeirdLA
I recently had the opportunity to visit the Integratron for a sound bath...sounds pretty unusual, right? It was definitely interesting, something I'll never forget (more on that later). It's sort of rekindled my interest in the weird and strange things LA has to offer. Years ago I bought a book called LA Bizarro. It hasn't gotten much use over the years as most of the time we've spend simply getting to know the city. I think it's time to pull it from the shelves and use it to plan a wacky girls night out!
11) Scouting new vintage shops
LA is famous for it's vintage fashion scene. Every where you look people are sporting vintage wares, young and old. While I've managed to find a few cool vintage shops in my area, I haven't really branched out into other parts of the city. I hear there are really cool vintage shops in The Valley and in Long Beach, so it looks like I'll be spending some time on the 405 this summer.
12) Watch a classic film in a classic theater
As I said before, LA is the movie capital of the world. It has no shortage of historic theaters to feed the classic movie buff's addiction. The Professor and I LOVE classic films. Our DVR is filled with movies from bygone eras. There's nothing better than settling into the seat of a cool, dark theater with popcorn in hand for a classic film, no matter what genre. I usually turn to Cinefamily or the Nuart Theatre to feed the need, but there are several more I've yet to try. Maybe I'll try to visit each of the classic theaters listed (so conveniently) by LA Mag!
13) Relax by the pool
Sometimes we all need a break, not matter the reason. I’ve been pushing myself to work full-time, travel and blog for the past 10 months. Frankly my dear, I’m a little tired. I’m finally on a posting schedule (every Monday) that suites me and my schedule. I’ve learned a lot about blogging and now have a vision for where I want this site to go and grow. I’ve struck a balance with work and blogging that seems to be sustainable. My goal this summer is to get caught up on posts and continue growing as a photographer and blogger.
What about you!?!
As you can tell, my summer in LA will be filled with photos, beaches, unusual sights and good eats. What are your summer plans? I’d love to hear from you, no matter where you live. Did any of these strike a chord with you? If so, leave a comment below.
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