94 days of summer
94 ideas to get lost
This summer I'm going to be sharing cool things to do in LA or in CA in order to make your summer a memorable one.
Day 01: Venice Beach, Ca
It's going to be a hot day today, and what better way to beat the heat then going to Venice Beach. There are so many things to do in Venice, and with their laid back bohemian vibe, it's a great place to spend the day. You can enjoy sand between your toes, people watch as you make your way down the boardwalk, rent a bike and make your way to Santa Monica, or relax at Hotel Erwin's rooftop lounge. Whatever you decide to do always remember to enjoy life & get lost.
Day 02: Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108
With another hot day in the books, maybe finding a place to cool off a bit might be ideal. If you're into art, architecture, and gardens, then the Huntington Library in San Marino is perfect for you. The Huntington Library is an oasis for art and botanical enthusiast alike. This is a photographers' paradise with nearly 120 acres of world class sceneries, that are as diverse as going from a Japanese Garden, a Chinese Garden to a Cactus Garden. This place is excellent for the whole family, and when it gets too hot, you can find refugee in one of the many art galleries located on the compound, or under one of their many well manicured trees. Whatever you decide to do always remember to get lost
Day 03: Plan a Getaway
It’s the beginning of summer and a perfect time to start planning a trip to get out of LA. Summer is a great time to go get lost either nationally or internationally; New York, Miami, Seattle, or San Francisco. Whether you decided to fly or drive, sometimes it’s perfect to just getaway for a little bit. “It’s not about escaping life, but not letting life escape you”. Whatever you decide to do always remember to enjoy life & get lost.
Day 04: Hollywood Sign Hike
Living in LA it's almost an obligation to make the hike up to the historic Hollywood Sign. Having done it many of times, it's always a blast to wake up early and beat the traffic. It's a bit tricky getting there so make sure you google you're way up to the starting point (if you set your gps to Sunset Ranch Hollywood it'll get you to where you need to be). The trail is easy enough for beginners and family members of all ages to enjoy; even the ones in strollers. It goes without saying make sure you bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and your camera because the views are spectacular. If you are lucky enough you might be able even view downtown LA. Whatever you do, remember to enjoy life and get lost.
Day 05: Sprinkles Cupcakes
It's the middle of the week, and why not treat yourself to a little something sweet. Let your taste buds get lost for a little bit. Sprinkles Cupcakes always seem to do the trick for me whether I'm doing a 2am cupcake run at their Beverly Hills ATM or I'm at the Grove enjoying a nice relaxing summer day. Sprinkles Cupcakes has become an LA trademark since it's opening in 2005, having a wide variety of decadent flavors, each a little slice of heaven. My personal favorite is either the carrot cake or the red velvet. Whatever you do, remember to enjoy life and get lost.
Day 06: Five0Four
6541 Hollywood Blvd Hollywood, CA 90028
Thirsty Thursday has become a ritual for many college students, as many don’t have classes on Friday. They flock to all corners of the city looking to indulge in a little fun with friends, and just let loose a bit. If you are looking for a “Night in Hollywood", without having to pay for a “Night in Hollywood”; I recommend Five0Four. This is a “New Orleans style bar and lough with a lush patio space serving classic New Orleans cocktails…”. They have hands down the best daiquiris and slushy drinks in town. After discovering it with my best friend Brittany (@brittany_hampton), it’s definitely made an impression on myself, and my college kid urge to drink and have fun. Whatever you decided to do, remember to enjoy life and get lost.
Day 07: Watch A Live TV Taping
Living in Los Angeles we are presented with a unique opportunity to be able to see live taping of TV shows. I have had the chance to go to several live tapings, and they always seem to be quiet enjoyable. The only drawback is the fact that they do take quiet a bit of time, they never seem to go by quickly. What you do remember to enjoy life, and get lost.
DAY 08: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
LAMCA is the largest art museum in the western United States. It’s a museum that houses more than 120,000 works of art, attracting nearly a million vistors a year. The collection housed in the galleries spans from ancient art, the present modern art. LACMA’s allure is in the fact that it’s constantly evolving, and no two people experience LACMA the same. LACMA also hosts a wide variety of summer events that are sometimes free, and a great way to spend time with the family.
DAY 09: Exploring Beverly Hills
A city with over 34,000 inhabitants, Beverly Hills has become synonymous with luxury, extravagant opulence, and wealth. Famous for their gigantic mansions, historic hotels, and world class shopping meccas, Beverly Hills is a great place to explore and spend a Sunday with the family. There are gardens, parks, shopping, restaurants and a trolley tour that takes you around town for $5, and gives you a great brief introduction to Beverly Hills glamorous past, mysterious deaths, and celebrity residents.
DAY 10: Enjoy Happy Hour at Perch
It’s Monday, and back to the hustle and bustle of the work week. It’s time for you to carve out time this week to enjoy a little happy hour. Perch is an amazing place with one of a kind views of downtown LA, and food that will send your tastebuds soaring. Known as “an elevated resting place”, this French inspired rooftop bistro hits the top of my list as a must go to place. What you decided to do, remember to enjoy life and get lost!
Happy Hour: M-F 4p to 6p
DAY 11: Get Lost at City Hall
Completed in 1928, Los Angeles City Hall serves as the center of government for the city of Los Angeles, as well as the offices for the mayor and the city council. Designed by John Parkinson, John Austin, and Albert Martin, this 32 floor building has quite a connection to California’s history; having been made with sand from each of California’s 52 counties, and water from the 21 missions.
Exploring City Hall is amazing but you MUST do 2 things while there:
1. Stop and admire the rotunda located on the 3rd FLOOR you will be glad you made the stop.
2. Go to the Observation Deck on the 27th FLOOR of City Hall, the view’s are breathtaking, and gives you a birds eye view of Downtown.
Public Entrance is located on
201 Main Street, Los Angeles, CA
Open M - F 9:00a-5:00pm
DAY 12: Get Lost at the Old LA Zoo
"This Griffith Park canyon area served as the City’s Zoo from its founding in 1912 til 1965 when the Los Angeles Zoo moved to its current location…Many of the walls, grottos, and other enclosures you can see were built in the 1930s…Once, bears, lions, monkeys, macaws, goats, elephants, reptiles, and turtles, among others, lived here and the sound of their growls, roars, calls, and clamor filled this canyon. Although these historic enclosure are not longer appropriate for housing animals, they can be home to memories of family visits to the Griffith Park Zoo, as well as a opportunity to better understand developments in the zoological sciences…”
This place is very eerie and quiet unsettling, makes you feel as though you’re in the some sort of horror movie. The cages are fenced off, however there are breaks in the fence that allow people to enter the animal enclosures. Inside these cages there is a wide variety of graffiti, that is vibrant and quiet interesting to look at.
DAY 13: Laguna Beach First Thursdays Art Walk
“The art season in Laguna Beach flourishes year round with First Thursdays Art Walk. This education monthly art event, held on the first Thursday of every month from 6 - 9pm, celebrates the diverse cultural art scene of Laguna beach and is free to the public. First Thursdays Art Walk is a membership based organization. It is funded by member galleries, local art institutions, lodging establishments, and the City of Laguna Beach.”
I always seem to be working the first Thursday of the month and miss this event, but today I finally have the day off, so I’m looking forward to hopefully being able to make the drive down and explore this exciting event. I’ve been down to Laguna Beach, Ca plenty of times and enjoy their relaxed ambience, as well as their breathtaking art galleries. If you can’t make it tonight, definitely pencil it into your calendars, it’s the FIRST THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH.
DAY 14: Fourth of July!
A day in which we celebrate the United States gaining their independence from Great Britain, and the beginning of this beautiful country. The Fourth of July that has become synonymous with bbq, pool kickbacks, and fireworks, it’s a day that signifies summer has truly arrived. Still looking for something to do? Grand Park has you covered with their “4th of July Block Party” from 4:00p - 9:00p, and it’s completely FREE. “Grand Park is launching the biggest rooftop fireworks display in DTLA and expanding festivities from Temple to Second Streets, with doors opening at 1pm."
DAY 15: Recoup & Reload - Library Bar
I hope that everyone had a safe, enjoyable and relaxing Fourth of July. I know I did spending the evening with @grandpark_la, enjoying the amazing fireworks display that they put on in the heart of downtown. Being a Saturday, it’s time to spend the day relaxing and enjoying the summer air. Why not hit up a great bar tonight after a relaxing day at home. I recommend going to Library Bar, it’s a small bar with a great intimate setting, located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. After being introduce to this hidden gem by @priscillaveee, I have become hooked.
630 West 6th Street, Suite 116-A Los Angeles, Ca 90017
Mon - Fri 3p-2a Sat - Sun 7pm - 2am
DAY 16: Gateway Plaza Fountains
What better way to top of the holiday weekend then with a little bit of waterworks. "Pumping 400,000 gallons of recycling water, with 40 programmable MiniShooter® jets and 18 Oarsmen™ assemblies, and water streams that go as high as 100 feet in the air, the Fanfare Fountains & Water Feature at the Port of Los Angeles now comprise the largest water feature in California!..." This is a great place to bring friends and family to a enjoy a nice quiet evening out.
Throughout the day: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., every 30 mins
Lunchtime: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., every 10 mins
Evening: 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., every 10 mins
Fountain closes daily at 10 p.m.
Swinford St. & N Harbor Blvd, San Pedro, CA 90731
DAY 17: Baldwin Hills Scenic Overview (Culver City Steps)
The Culver City Steps is a outdoor staircase style trail leading up to the 511 ft. Baldwin Hills Scenic Overview. These steps are no joke, I would consider myself in decent shape, and they knocked the life right out of me. For those that aren’t ready to tackle on the stairs, there is a trail that is more manageable, that takes you up to the top. The view is breathtaking, on a clear day you could see all of the Los Angeles basin. Great place to go workout, and just enjoy a family outing. Please remember to BRING WATER and a camera, you’ll regret it if you don’t.
6300 Hetzler Rd, Culver City, CA 90232
Open Daily from 8am to Sunset
DAY 18: Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
“The Walt Disney Concert Hall is the fourth hall of the Los Angeles Music Center and was designed by Frank Gehry. It opened on October 24, 2003…It seats 2,265 people and serves among other purposes, as the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Lillian Disney, wife of Walt Disney, made the initial gift of $50 million in 1987 to build a performance venues as a gift to the people of Los Angeles and a tribute to Walt Disney’s devotion to the arts and the city.”
There are free docent lead tours that highlight the beauty of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, along with the other halls that make up the Music Center Compound.
- Tours are offered on select days at 12:00pm and 1:00pm
- Approximately 60 mins
- Begins in the Grand Lobby of the Walt Disney Concert Hall
DAY 19: Rancho Los Alamitos
6400 Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach, CA 90815
"Rancho Los Alamitos is twice listed on the National Register of Historic Places - once as the sacred Tongva village of Povuu’ngna, the traditional birthplace of the native people of the Los Angeles Basin and, second, for the evolution of its significant historic landscape over time. The site includes traces of the ancestral village, an adobe-core ranch house ca.1800, four acres of lush historic gardens developed during the 1920s and 30s, and the restored working ranch barnyard of the early-mid 20th century. With the opening of the Rancho Center, the film, new exhibits and room environments feature the landscape, the people and the place over time and within the context of the development of the region and the state."
Open Wed - Sun 1:00-5:00pm
Docent-guided tours available every 30 mins, and the first tour is approximately at 1:30p and the last is at 4:00p
Day 20: Downtown Artwalk
"The free, self-guided, public art phenomenon known as The Downtown Art Walk brings together art lovers and community friends to the ever evolving downtown Los Angeles. With exciting and unique offerings around every corner, downtown celebrates the arts each and every month on the 2nd Thursday... Many of The Downtown Art Walk activities take shape in and around the galleries predominantly on Spring and Main streets between 2nd and 9th streets. However, there is a plethora of art related events and openings, activities, and special programming that take place all over downtown..."
Day 21: The Last Bookstore
"The Last Bookstore, currently in our third incarnation, began in 2005 in a DTLA loft. That was when owner Josh Spencer decided to take his decade of experience selling everything and focus entirely on his first love: books. Our online business grew quickly along with the revival of downtown LA. When a small location in the Old Bank District at 4th and Main became available Christmas 2009, we jumped in and opened our doors to the public...Our inventory quickly overflowed the shelves, and at the end of our lease June 2011 the Last Bookstore moved to the 10,000 sq. ft location at 5th & Spring St. A record shop and coffee bar filled out the ground floor September, 2011. Most recently, we expanded another by opening up the Labyrinth Above the Last Bookstore on our mezzanine level, with over 100,000 books all priced at one dollar each! Now we’ve become the largest independent bookstore in California buying and selling used & new books and records.”
453 S. Spring Street
M-Th 10a-10p / F-S 10a-11p / Sn 10a-6p
DAY 22: Santa Monica Pier
"Santa Monica has had several piers over the years, however the current Santa Monica Pier is actually two adjoining piers that long had separate owners. The long, narrow Municipal Pier opened September 9, 1909, primarily to carry sewer pipes beyond the breakers, and had no amenities. The short, wide adjoining Pleasure Pier to the south, a.k.a. Newcomb Pier, was built in 1916 by Charles I. D. Looff and his son Arthur, amusement park pioneers. Attractions on the Pleasure Pier eventually included the Santa Monica Looff Hippodrome building (which now houses the current carousel), the Blue Streak Racer wooden roller coaster, the Whip, merry-go-rounds, Wurlitzer organs, and a funhouse..."
DAY 23: Downtown's Arts District
"The Arts District occupies the eastern side of Downtown Los Angeles. Its borders are Alameda Street on the west, the 101 freeway on the north, the LA River to the east, and 10 freeway to the south. The Arts District is filled with older industrial and former railroad buildings. In 1981, the City of Los Angeles passed its "Artist in Residence" or "AIR" ordinance, which allowed residential use of formerly industrial buildings - artists had long used such spaces as living quarters illegally, and the AIR law sought to bring this practice into legality and regulation...Today the Arts District remains the home of artists, arts enterprises and many employed in L.A.s film and television industry...The Arts District is one of the most filmed locations in the world, hosting as many as 800 filming days a year. Projects shot there include Meet Me in St Louis, Ed Wood, Terminator 2, Monster in Law, the TV series NCIS LA, Flash Forward, Castle, Numbers, The Office, and House."
The Arts District is such an amazing place in Los Angeles. Home to incredible and mesmerizing street art, unique shops, and one of a kind restaurants, it's a place unlike any other. Perfect for an afternoon stroll, or a great hangout for friends and family.
DAY 24: Get Lost in Naples, Long Beach
"Naples is a neighborhood of Long Beach, California, built on three islands located in Alamitos Bay. The islands are divided by canals which open into the bay. Most of the streets on the island have Italianate names...In 1903 Arthur Parson built the islands of Naples in the marshy Bixby Slough of the artificial Alamitos Bay...The concept of canals and gondolas was similar to the "Venice of America" developed by Abbot Kinney up the coast. The project was completed in the 1920s, then rebuilt after the 1933 Long Beach earthquake."
🔸 "From Naples Plaza Park you get good views across the water of the Peninsula residential district, which also has a fine pedestrian walkway, and Alamitos Bay, whose channel leads out of the harbor and into the Pacific."
🔸 "You can rent kayaks and small boats at the Belmont Shore Pier or book a gondola ride at Gondola Getaways."
DAY 25: Get Lost With @HumansMakeArt
"Jennifer Korsen is an LA based artist that works in many mediums. Her mixed media pieces, paintings, and street installations can be seen regularly around Los Angeles galleries, pop up shows, and public spaces...Korsen's recent work is centered around the heart in several different environments and interpretations. Showing since 2009, her work has been featured and published on local and international levels, painted on public walls, and collected extensively by anatomy and art enthusiasts alike. Korsen's street art installations have caught the eye of bloggers, gallerists, and collectors and landed her in shows with some of the worlds top street artists...Currently represented by Lab Art, The Gabba Gallery, and The Hive Gallery in Los Angeles..." I got the pleasure of seeing Jennifer's art work during DTLA Art Walk, & she is definitely an artist with new & innovating ideas. Seeing her art, it's easy to see the talent of this rising star. Korsen definitely on her way to leaving her mark on LA's art scene.
🔹Fountain & Virgil
🔹On Beverly by Gabba Gallery
🔹Frame Yard on Melrose & Fairfax
🔹Hive Gallery off of Spring
DAY 26: Vista Hermosa Park
100 N. Toluca Street, Los Angeles, CA
"Located at the western gateway to Downtown, 10.5-acre Vista Hermosa Park is the latest project of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) that boldly returns the serenity and diversity of nature to the Los Angeles urban core...Vista Hermosa is the first public park built in this densely populated area in more than a hundred years....The park features walking trails, streams, meadows, oak savannas, picnic grounds, and a nature-themed playground amidst native Mediterranean vegetation. An outdoor amphitheater in a grotto provides an ideal setting for environmental and natural history education, and other public events."
"Vista Hermosa" translated from Spanish to English means, "Beautiful View", and this park appropriately named. Vista Hermosa Park has some of the most spectacular views of the city that I have ever seen. It makes one feel as though they've left the city, but in actuality it's less then 5 mins from City Hall.
DAY 27: Get Lost at the Chateau Marmont
8221 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.
"Chateau Marmont was built in 1927 and was modeled loosely after the Château d'Amboise, a royal retreat in France's Loire Valley. The hotel has 63 rooms and suites. In 1926 Fred Horowitz, a prominent Los Angeles attorney, chose the site at Marmont Lane and Sunset Boulevard to construct an apartment building. In 1927 Horowitz commissioned European-trained architect Arnold A. Weitzman, to design the seven-story, L-shaped building based on his French photos...On February 1, 1929, Chateau Marmont opened its doors to the public as the newest residence of Hollywood. Due to the high rents and inability to keep tenants for long-term commitments during the depression, Horowitz chose to sell the apartment building for $750,000. The following year, Chateau Marmont was converted into a hotel. The apartments became suites with kitchens and living rooms. On March 24, 1976, Chateau Marmont was named one of Los Angeles’ Historical-Cultural Landmarks."
DAY 28: Get Lost at the Getty
1200 Getty Center Drive Los Angeles, CA 90049
"The Getty Center, in Los Angeles, California, is a campus of the Getty Museum and other programs of the Getty Trust. The $1.3 billion Center opened to the public on December 16, 1997 and is well known for its architecture, gardens, and views overlooking Los Angeles. The Center sits atop a hill connected to a visitors' parking garage at the bottom of the hill by a three-car, cable-pulled hover train funicular. The Center branch of the Museum features pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts; and 19th- and 20th-century American, Asian, and European photographs. In addition, the Museum’s collection at the Center includes outdoor sculpture displayed on terraces and in gardens and the large Central Garden designed by Robert Irwin. Among the artworks on display is the Vincent Van Gogh painting Irises."
Tues–Fri & Sun 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Sat 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. Closed Mon
DAY 29: Get Lost at Disneyland
"The Disneyland Resort, commonly known as Disneyland, is an entertainment resort in Anaheim, California. It is owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company through its Parks and Resorts division and is home to two theme parks, three hotels, and a shopping, dining, and entertainment complex known as Downtown Disney. The resort was developed by Walt Disney in the 1950s. When it opened to guests on July 17, 1955, the property consisted of Disneyland, its 100-acre (40 ha) parking lot, and the Disneyland Hotel, owned and operated by Disney's business partnerJack Wrather. After succeeding with the multi-park, multi-hotel business model at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista,Florida, Disney acquired large parcels of land adjacent to Disneyland to apply the same business model in Anaheim.”
DAY 30: Get Lost in Echo Park
751 Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA 90026
In 2006, Echo Park Lake was identified by the State of California as an impaired water body. The lake was originally built in the 1860s as a reservoir for drinking water. Today Echo Park Lake is a Los Angeles icon that functions primarily as a detention basin in the City’s storm drain system, while providing recreational benefits and wildlife habitat. Echo Park Lake also plays host to community events, such as the Lotus Festival at Echo Park. The City of Los Angeles will rehabilitate Echo Park Lake to remedy its stormwater pollution problem, meet the State’s water quality standards, and give the Echo Park community an improved and more sustainable lake to enjoy. The City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works project team is committed to keeping the community updated on the latest information about the Echo Park Lake Rehabilitation project. We encourage you to bookmark this page, and tell your neighbors about it! It’s the easiest way to know what’s going on with the City’s plans to improve and beautify the lake..."
DAY 31: The Original LA Flower Market
"Historically speaking, The Original Flower Market has a proud heritage & family history that span nearly an entire century. Inspired by the success of local Japanese-American growers who had established the city’s first major flower market in 1912 (the Southern California Flower Market), the organization that would ultimately be known as The Original Los Angeles Flower Market was founded in 1919 as the American Florists’ Exchange by a group of 30 enterprising European-American growers...Currently, The Original Flower Market’s 50 member/vendors offer more than 125 different varieties of cut flowers plus an impressive portfolio of related foliage and floral accessories...Today, The Original Market shines brightly as the “heart” and geographical center, of the world-famous Los Angeles Flower District—the single largest and most successful wholesale floral district in the entire United States"
Mon & Wed 8am - 12pm Tue & Thurs 6am - 11am Fri 8am - 2pm Sat 6am - 2pm Sun Closed
DAY 32: Get Lost With Tiphanie Brooke (@antigirl)
I've been on a journey discovering @antigril "Hearts of Los Angeles". They are these beautiful graffiti hearts, randomly located throughout the city. I had planned on seeing all of these beautiful hearts, but in my process of discovering these, I realized many of them have been covered up and repainted. I won't tell you where they are, or which are no longer present, it's a part of the adventure of getting lost. It’s a shame that people can’t seem to appreciate the beauty of her work, and let the artwork just be.
DAY 33: Get Lost at The Chandelier Tree
2811 West Silver Lake Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90039
"Adam Tenenbaum a Los Angeles-based airbrush make-up artist, photographer and designer is the creator of the chandelier tree. The Chandelier Tree was born when he decided to hang them on a tree in front of his house. His roommate Brian, a acrobat helped hang the chandeliers. Once he had several chandeliers in the tree he had to light them. After Tenenbaum’s overwhelming positive response from his neighbors, his initial goal was to get 30 chandeliers in the tree."