Cruisin' Round California
While Coachella was the main reason for my trip to the US, I'll find any excuse to visit California.
On this trip, I cruised down the freeway from Los Angeles to Palm Springs. I cruised around west coast beaches on a bicycle. I cruised up to the Central Coast on the most beautiful train ride beside the sea. I even got to cruise around Arroyo Grande in my friend Will's super gnarly Mustang convertible - on the other side of the road, may I add!
Here are some of the places I visited on this incredible little journey:
Amongst the chaos of Coachella, Kristina, Tash and I got some time to do some exploring and hotel hopping in this resort city, two hours east of L.A.
This West Hollywood street is full of trendy shops, cool places to eat and murals to take photos in front of. People holding smartphones queue to pose in front of these Instagram hotspots. The Paul Smith Pink Wall even has a security guard!
Contrary to what the name suggests, Kristina and I took a nice, leisurely WALK down this track in the Santa Monica Mountains. But we did get in some extra cardio by busting out a heap of poses in front of the Hollywood sign.
From riding our bikes to Wholefoods in the morning to parading the pier at night. I love staying in Santa Monica when I come to L.A. There's always plenty to do and see in this beachy city at the end of Route 66.
VENICE BEACH & ABBOT KINNEY
Ahh, Venice! I am endlessly captivated by the people, places and things I encounter here. I love the variety. You'll see anything and everything as you wander the bustling beachfront, the quiet canals or the up-market Abbot Kinney Boulevard.
The South Bay beaches sometimes get overlooked by tourists, like me, in favour of Venice and Santa Monica in the north. I'm glad I ventured out of my usual L.A hangout spots and headed down for ice-cream at the Manhattan Beach Creamery and a stroll down the pier.
I am seriously in love with this surf beach, halfway between L.A. and San Francisco. Oh, and a trip to Pismo just isn't a trip to Pismo without stopping at Surfside Donuts. It has become a bit of a tradition when I'm in town.
SAN LUIS OBISPO
Climbing Madonna Mountain, frolicking the grassy fields of Prefumo Crest, breakfast at Sally Loo's Wholesome Cafe and shopping downtown - I had the happiest time in the "happiest city in America".
Just a few minutes from Pismo Beach is the absolutely gorgeous little town of Arroyo Grande. I love fossicking through the vintage shops here.