Yes, winters on its way, but that doesnt mean you have to spend it under gloomy, gray skies. Get a little sun with a road trip through Southern California land of palm trees, sandy beaches, and, of course, the wide, blue Pacific Ocean.
Start the trip in Los Angeles, entertainment capital of the world. But that doesnt mean it has to be all glam and glitz. Indulge your inner geek at Griffith Observatory, where you can catch a show at the planetarium or check out the view through one of the free public telescopes. Youve never seen the sky like this before! Heading southeast on Hollywood Boulevard, youll find the other stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Compare your hands to the stars’ cement imprints at Graumans Chinese Theatre and check out the Kodak Theatre where the the Academy Awards are held each year.
Getting off the Boulevard, you can travel down Rodeo Drive to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Have lunch its restaurant, The Blvd, where many of the Hollywood elite dine. Equally popular with movie stars is the Beverly Hills Hotel just a few minutes away off of Rodeo Drive.
After youve had your fill of celebs, take Sunset Blvd all the way down to the Pacific Coast Highway. Head North to cruise along the water all the way to the sandy shores and blue waters of Malibu.
Stop for a bite at Coogies Beach Café. The SoCal Viper Club meets here for a group drive on the second Saturday of every month. When youve fueled up on avocado egg rolls, a pulled-pork sandwich, or just a root beer float, hit the road again in the direction of Leo Carrillo State Beach, about 15 minutes away. Many famous films have been shot there, including The Karate Kid and The Usual Suspects. Kick back amid the tide pools on the rocky shore and just soak up the last rays of California sun as it dips into the Pacific in a spectacular show of color.