Los Angeles is one of the most glamorous places in the world and it is filled with the kinds of locations and events that easily reinforce that notion. That is why anyone visiting LA might feel overwhelmed when they first get there; the phrase, "like a kid in a candy store" is frequently overused to the point of cliche, but that is exactly how someone visiting LA for the first time might feel.
That is why that hypothetical person might need a handy guide that shows them three of Los Angeles' must-see locations. A guide just like this one in fact! But before you make that itinerary, you need some transportation, and if you want to make the journey to those destinations as much fun as the destinations themselves, then you need to rent a cool car to drive. Aside from making the journey more fun, you will fit in with the LA crowd as well, so head to Lion Heart Lifestyle car rental to choose from a selection of wheels that will have you riding in style as you check out some of LA's best locations.
Visit Rodeo Drive
Rodeo Drive is one of the top fashion and retail destinations in the whole world. This two-mile street is known for its high-end shops and boutiques, its luxurious restaurants, and the parade of the rich and famous who pass through it on a daily basis. That is quite impressive considering the relatively humble origins of this street.
The street that eventually became known as Rodeo Drive was part of the property that investors bought in 1906. That property would become Beverly Hills, but the initial plans for Rancho Rodeo de las Aguas (ranch of the gathering waters) was for it to be a mixed-use subdivision. Those plans changed and it eventually became a typical business street like the kind you would find in any town in America. That changed in 1967.
That was when Fred Hayman, aka the father of Rodeo Drive, opened Giorgio Beverly Hills, the first high-class boutique on Rodeo Drive. A year later, Aldo Gucci opened a store, and that started the wave that put expensive, world-class shops on this two-mile street. Now, Rodeo Drive is an international shopping and dining destination for the rich and famous. It also has unique attractions like the Walk of Style, and every Father's Day it hosts the Concours d' Elegance (competition of elegance), a car show that displays some of the world's most expensive automobiles.
So, even if you can only afford to window shop, it is worth visiting Rodeo Drive on your trip to Los Angeles. Besides, it's not just high-end boutiques on the Drive, there are more affordable shops there as well. So you can pick up a souvenir to remind you of your trip to one of the top retail destinations in the whole world.
Cruise the Pacific Coast Highway
If you want to really give that rental car of yours a workout, then take a road trip on the legendary Pacific Coast Highway. The Pacific Coast Highway-or just PCH to locals-is part of California's State Route 1 and it is one of the top road trip destinations in the world. The PCH stretches from Los Angeles to San Francisco but there are many notable stops along the way. Even if you drive non stop, you can still take in breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and the rugged mountains around you. However, there are many temptations along the way that will make you want to stop and take some time to enjoy them.
There are several beautiful and unique beaches dotted along the PCH that will tempt you to get out of the car and get some sun. One of the most notable is Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur. This stunning purple sand beach will have you transfixed as you stare at its unique color as the blue waves lap gently against it. Incidentally, Big Sur also has the Bixby Creek Bridge, another beautiful sight worth taking in on your trip.
Glass Beach in Fort Bragg is another unmissable destination. It is so named because of the hundreds of thousands of pieces of smooth sea glass that cover the beach. Glass Beach actually used to be a city dump but the biodegradable stuff degraded and the metal and other non-biodegradable stuff was collected and sold off. That left the glass and pottery, which were broken down and smoothed by the pounding waves. The end result is a spectacular sight that you cannot experience anywhere else in the world.
Visit The Santa Monica Pier
The Santa Monica Pier is one of the more family-oriented destinations in Los Angeles that does not start with "Disney" and ends in "Land". The Pier has lots of fairground attractions like the huge iconic Ferris wheel, a roller coaster, and a carousel. There is also classic fairground food like hot dogs and cotton candy. There is even a trapeze class if you want to get more active. Whenever you go, try and stay there until the twilight hours because the view of the sunset is spectacular.
Los Angeles Has Something for Everyone
There is a lot to do in LA and these three destinations are only scratching the surface, so it is strongly encouraged that you check out what else LA has to offer. The Getty Museum, Little Ethiopia, and the Hollywood Bowl are just some of the many notable destinations in Los Angeles. So book your trip, rent a car, and get ready to have a trip that you will never forget.