Today is Easter Sunday and as I'm enjoying a restful day I can't help but think about my first visit to sunny Los Angeles on a Sunday. I arrived at the beautiful Los Angeles Union Station by Amtrak train and headed straight to Hollywood via the Metro. Yes, Los Angeles actually has a decent public transportation system of buses and a subway system that runs from Downtown Los Angeles to the San Fernando Valley. The metro stops right in the heart of Hollywood and that's where I recommend staying when you arrive to the "City of Angels."
Staying in Hollywood is a legend in itself especially if you check into the Orange Drive Hostel at 1764 North Orange Drive. This boutique hostel was once a 1920's manor home that later became a boarding house. Residents of the boarding house before they became famous were Marilyn Monroe, Gary Cooper, Rita Hayworth, Kim Hunter and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. The Orange Drive Hostel with its old world charm is a great value and it's close to all the Hollywood action. So once you check in and get settled in at the Orange Drive Hostel you can walk a short distance to an affordable supermarket located at 7021 Hollywood Blvd called Fresh & Easy. At Fresh & Easy you can get everything from fresh strawberries to ready made sushi. Stock up on some
beverages and food at Fresh & Easy and head to the beach.
The beach rules in Los Angeles and that's where the locals and tourists go for sand, sun, and surf. Popular beaches in Los Angeles include Hermosa, Malibu, Manhattan, Santa Monica, Venice, and Zuma Beach. Whether you prefer amusement parks, beach volleyball, dolphin watching, paddle boarding,roller blading, swimming, surfing, or just working on a nice tan, a day at the beach is a must when visiting Los Angeles.
After hanging out at the beach you can return back to Hollywood and enjoy the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Have your smart phone handy to take photo's of your favorite stars who have been honored with their name displayed inside a big star on the sidewalk. Over at 1521 North Highland Avenue is Hollywood High School where stars like Cher, Judy Garland, and Lana Turner were students. Quite a few films and television shows have been filmed within the walls of Hollywood High School and it's worth taking a peak at this high school's exterior.
In-N-Out is awesome!
Dusk is approaching but your first day in the "City of Angels" isn't over until you eat at In-N-Out Burger. With some of the best burgers and fries in the country In-N-Out Burger is a fast food craze in Southern California and for good reason. The Hollywood location is located at 7009 Sunset Blvd.
So whether you arrive to Los Angeles on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or SUNDAY I hope you have as much fun as I did my first day in sunny Los Angeles.
Orange Drive Hostel (my favorite place to stay)