A Week in Sunny California

My trip to sunny SoCal was so much fun! Justin & I spent 3 days in Beverly Hills and 3 days in Anaheim (which is in a separate post) to celebrate my birthday in true Disney magic style. It was a jam packed itinerary and there was so much to do with so little time, but I definitely enjoyed every moment and was glad that we managed to do and see everything we planned. 

We stayed at the W Los Angeles - West Beverly Hills which is in a nice location tucked in a residential area that offers a quiet and relaxing vibe. I thought the decor and interior design was really modern and trendy. The best part of this hotel was the backyard that featured an outdoor bar, restaurant and a pool where I got to cool down on the pretty Pegasus float. I'm so happy I can finally check this off my summer bucket list!

Our first full day was spent at Universal Studios. We got there bright and early and the first thing we did was check out Harry Potter World and go on the Forbidden Journey ride. I wish I would have liked this one but it made me feel so dizzy that I couldn't wait for it to be over. I think I just can't handle 3D!

The studio tour was really enjoyable and entertaining. It was nice and slow which was a good change of pace for me. My favourite rides were definitely the Jurassic Park ride (84 ft drop!) and the Transformers 3D ride. I really liked the Water World show - spectacular and impressive production value.

We were famished after a long day and I was ecstatic that there was a Shake Shack in West Hollywood. I seriously love Shake Shack. It's my favourite burger ever! The first time I ever had it was in New York years ago and I have been yearning for it ever since. Such good quality, super fresh and tasty. So good.

We went for an evening stroll at The Grove. I liked how there was a band playing upbeat music and keeping the energy up. It's a lovely atmosphere to window shop and people watch. 

Urban Light at LACMA in the evening was incredible. The outdoor installation is made of 202 restored cast iron street lamps from the the 1920's and 30's with 17 different style varieties. I was so fascinated by the artistry of Chris Burden and was mesmerized by the ethereal glow of the lights.

Visiting The Getty Center was wonderful. The gardens, scenery and architecture were so beautiful. The views of LA and the ocean were breathtaking from here and the art exhibitions were really interesting and amazing. 

Griffith Observatory was another awesome place to take in some breathtaking scenery and enjoy panoramic views of LA. You can also see the Hollywood sign from here. Just be prepared for a steep hike up if you can't find parking. We went on a Sunday afternoon and it was very crowded, but it's definitely worth the chaos! There are really interesting exhibits in the museum (free admission) where you can learn about the cosmos, space, planets and look through telescopes.