Los Angeles, City of Angels
Long time no see! I've been super busy, but I was finally able to take a break and visit Los Angelos, CA over the Labor Day weekend :) Here's a quick review of all the places we were able to check out.
First stop was The Broad Museum! Admission is free, but you have to reserve your tickets in advance as it does get very busy. The popular exhibit from here is Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirror Room. For this exhibit, you have to sign up for it once you get in and the wait is typically 2-3 hours! But you can pass time by checking out what they have upstairs first. This is where the famous bigger-than-life table and chair exhibit is. For the Mirror Room, we were told we had to wait 3 hours, but we ended up only waiting 2 hours haha. When it's your turn, they will text you and let you know you have about 5-10 minutes to "check in" at this exhibit.
Honestly, the 2 hours was worth it. Once you get in the room, you have 60 seconds, and it was just magical.
Next stop was The Griffith Observatory. You can't go to LA without getting the amazing views from the Observatory! Parking was terrible though....We ended up going up the mountains, and about 1 mile down from The Observatory, there were some parking a long the side of the mountain. Another option would be to park at a parking lot at the bottom of the mountain, and there is a shuttle that will take you up the mountain to The Observatory (I think the shuttle costs $0.50-$1.00)
I mean just look at the views...And you can also see the Hollywood sign from here.
You also can't forget about the LACMA lights...I think it's best to go at night around 10pm or so, so that there'll be less people. These lights are on 24/7, so you can even come by after a night out.
Last but not least, we visited The Getty Museum which is located on another mountain haha. They have a parking lot here where it's $10 after 3PM. But usually it's super packed...we ended up parking in a neighborhood about 1-2 miles away and then taking an Uber to the museum entrance. This museum is HUGE, so prepare to spend the whole day here, they are open until 5:30PM. They had 12 exhibits when we went. While The Getty Center was free for admissions, The Getty Villa is separate and while it's still free, you need a timed entry ticket that you reserved in advance. We didn't have time for that, so we just did the free exhibit. My favorite part was the beautiful garden in the above picture.
On a side note, If you have some extra time, visit The Americana in Glendale. It's an outside mall with stores like Sephora, Brandy Melville (YAY, because we don't have a Brandy Melville store in Houston). This was very close to where we were staying, so we decided to come check it out.
I was lucky enough to be able to spend my birthday weekend in LA with my close friends, who housed us and showed us around. But I wanted to give a special shoutout to my lovely better half for planning this and making sure everything was going right. Thanks boo, you always know best :)
Stay tuned for my next post...which will be all about FOOD and the best places to try while in LA :)