Our First Trip to Los Angeles

Our First Trip To Los Angeles | Why Hello Lovely

This past week and a half has been full of fun activities. Zack had 10 days off from work (you get 10 days to get settled when you move to a new base) so since we were technically already settled in by that point, we used those 10 days to get to know the area more and make our home more organized. We finally bought a new bed last week which is super exciting. In our 3 years of marriage, we’ve always just slept on a mattress on the floor. It feels so strange to have a new mattress, box spring, and a frame. Our bed feels so high up now (although it’s really just normal bed height). We also celebrated our anniversary last week and even took a trip up to Los Angeles on last Monday. We’ve only been here a few weeks and we’re already crossing things off our San Diego bucket list. I’m sorry if this post is a bit picture-heavy. I’ll try my best to keep it to a minimum!

Related: Our San Diego Bucket List

Last Monday we woke up around 9 and were on the road by 10. Los Angeles is only about 2 hours from San Diego which is about the same distance as Boston was from us in Maine. So I imagine we’ll take trips like this a lot while we’re here. The drive wasn’t bad at all. We hit minimal traffic and with a quick stop at Taco Bell, we arrived around 12:30. Not bad at all.

Our First Trip To Los Angeles | Why Hello Lovely

Since we plan to do just about everything at some point, we really just used this day to do some touristy things and explore Hollywood Boulevard. We hit up the wax museum, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum, the Guinness Book of World Records Museum and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. At some point I’d love to do some of the tours around Hollywood and the studios so we’ll definitely have to come back. If you have any recommendations for our next trip, please let me know!

I was more than excited to come to L.A. and we picked the perfect time to go. It was practically empty since it was the middle of the day on a Monday. Everyone’s at work or in school and not as many people are vacationing at that time either. So every attraction was easy to walk through and explore without feeling claustrophobic or rushed. I was able to stop and take a picture of any and every star I wanted to without holding up traffic or causing a pile up with my random stops.

Our first stop was the wax museum which was pretty cool. Zack’s been to the wax museum in New York, but I had never been before. So I thought the whole museum was really neat. They even had a horror movie section full of horror movie characters like Michael Meyers which was fun to walk through. Between the wax figures, the lack of lighting, and the music, it was almost like a haunted house. As for the wax figures themselves, some looked identical to the actual celebrity while others, we had to read from the plaque because we couldn’t figure it out. I think they’re really a hit or miss, but for the most part, they weren’t too bad!

Our First Trip To Los Angeles | Why Hello Lovely

Our First Trip To Los Angeles | Why Hello Lovely

Our First Trip To Los Angeles | Why Hello Lovely

Our First Trip To Los Angeles | Why Hello Lovely

Our First Trip To Los Angeles | Why Hello Lovely

After the wax museum, we walked across the street to the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum. Honestly, I wasn’t as much of a fan of this one. There were so many plaques that you had to read or video clips you has to watch in order to understand the backstories to everything in there. Some we were interested in, while others we weren’t. I did think the Guinness Book of World Records museum was super interesting though! I remember checking these books out at the library when I was in elementary school because I loved seeing what records it had. So it was fun to actually be at the museum. Some of the records in there are insane. Like the highest number of stacked golf balls is 9. Which doesn’t sound like a lot, but go ahead and try to stack just two! And the tallest man in the world was at 8’11”. They had a statue in there to show how tall that is and it made me feel so tiny. The whole museum was fun and interesting.

Once we hit up the museums, we decided to explore Hollywood Boulevard some more. We really didn’t have too much planned aside from the museums and exploring. If this was a vacation, I’m sure we would have planned a bit better, but since we’re right down the road and can come any time, we really didn’t feel the need to. For dinner, we decide to do Dave and Busters. I’ve never been before so I was super excited for it. It’s part bar/restaurant and part arcade so it’s perfect for get togethers and birthday parties and things like that. We did dinner first and then hit up the arcade for a bit with our token cards. I’m not as thrilled over arcade games as Zack is so he did most of the playing. The food and my smoothie was delicious though! You can buy the dinner arcade combo and it’s totally worth the price!

Our First Trip To Los Angeles | Why Hello Lovely

Our First Trip To Los Angeles | Why Hello Lovely

Our First Trip To Los Angeles | Why Hello Lovely

The drive home wasn’t nearly as easy as the drive there since we ended up leaving during rush hour. We spent the first hour of the drive in very slow, bumper to bumper traffic before finally getting out of the city and getting up to speed. We were home by 8 and it felt so nice to get changed into leggings and curl up on the couch with my MacBook (this is when this half of the post was typed up…I wanted to get a head start on it!). The rest of the night was spent relaxing with Netflix which was the perfect ending to a long day. I’m already excited to pick out some more attractions and plan another day trip.

Have you been to Los Angeles? What should we add to our list of things to do there?

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  • Liz Hagan

    Welcome to LA!! It sounds like you picked the perfect spots for your first glimpse into Hollywood. I love reading about LA travels because I often forget what a cool place I live and what spots are around me. Hope we see more of you in LA and let me know anytime you need a tour guide 🙂

    • Thanks Liz! I’m the same way when I see people post about my home state/area as well. I always forget how wonderful New England is. it makes me homesick lol

  • Jen

    I love LA! My sister and i used to take weekend trips there when we were living in Vegas. It’s a fun place to explore.

    • We want to go to Vegas while we’re out here too! We’d love to take a weekend trip out there, but our dog makes that so challenging to do. We’ll figure it out. It’s high on our list haha

  • Oh gosh I think wax musuems are kinda creepy!! But the Guinness Book of World Record sounds neat! I didn’t know that about the tallest man or the golf balls!

    • Haha I agree, some of the statues were a bit on the creepy side. I definitely wouldn’t want to work in there. Bu the World Records museum was super interesting to go through.

  • Rebecca Johnson

    If you havent already been, you should check out In N Out burger in Balkdwin park. They have a company store, a normal In N Out and a replica of their first store. Its pretty cool.

    • We tried In N Out burger a few weeks ago and honestly weren’t as impressed as we were hoping. But maybe we’ll have to go again and try out the location in Balkdwin Park! Maybe it was just the location we chose haha

  • amotherworld

    Ahhh how great it’d be to visit both San Diego and Los Angeles – it’s on my agenda! Sounds like a great time.

    • They’ve both been on my list as well so I’m very glad I’m able to do that now. We haven’t been here long so we’re still in the exploring process. I’m excited to get to know the area more.

  • I love seeing LA from an out-of-towner’s point of view! I’ve lived here my whole life so I sometimes forget what an awesome city it is to live in. My LA must sees are the Griffith Observatory (only go on a non-summer weekday) and The Grove/Farmer’s Market. If you head west, the Santa Monica Pier is always fun. If you want something a little more local/non-touristy, I’m a fan of the Brentwood Country Mart.

    • That’s how I am with my home state. It’s not until other people ask me for area recommendations or they tell me they’ve visited there that I realize how amazing it can be. It’s definitely a whole other perspective when it’s someone who doesn’t actually live there. I will definitely have to check all those out! The Griffith Observatory and the Santa Monica Pier are both on my list so we’ll have to do those in the next visit! Thanks so much for all the recommendations!

  • Sounds like it was an amazing day trip. I love LA. I would love to go to the wax museum. We haven’t done that yet. LA really is a cool place. San Diego is one of my favourite places to visit too.

    • We love San Diego so far. It’s a huge culture shock from growing up in New England though. it’s making me quite homesick. But I’m very glad we have the opportunity to explore someplace new for a couple years!

  • Adriana

    I love your pictures! Isn’t LA magical?! I’m obsessed!

  • hzajac13

    It is great that you got to spend some time with your husband. Looks like the trip was a blast.

    • it was definitely a great day trip! We love being able to get out of town for a day and explore new places.

  • Wow, crazy how real some of those look! haha Glad you all had fun!

    • Some of them were kind of creepy in a way haha They’re just os life-like. It’s weird. But it was a super fun experience.

  • Allison Lancaster

    I LOVE LA! It’s such a fun place!

  • Jessica Hughes

    The wax museum looks awesome! How fun!

  • Samantha

    LA is one of my favorite places, looks like you had a great time

  • I’ve never been to a wax museum, but I am dying to go! I went to LA for a weekend wedding, but stayed in Santa Monica (I think they’re close, but IDK) the pier was cool!

    • Haha Santa Monica is right next door I believe. I definitely plan to go there at some point. I’ve heard so many good things about it!

  • Hi Keating,

    Looks fun! Never been to LA – I need to see more of my country 😉 – but it is on the list. Beautiful place. Those wax replicas look like the real deal. As for a night of Netflix I find myself doing that now, in between commenting on awesome blogs like yours 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    Ryan

    • There are so many places throughout the U.S. that I’m dying to see. Before we moved out here, I had literally never left the east coast before. So I still have so much more exploring to do. Definitely check out Los Angeles when you get the chance! There’s so much there and we’re already looking forward to going back again.

  • Joscelyn | Wifemamafoodie

    We’re planning to go to California next year and have been thinking of which cities to visit. Seems like LA has a lot to do, especially for families! Can’t believe how realistic this wax figures look…I bet my kids would love to visit some of those places!

    • There are so many places here in California that we want to visit at some point. LA is definitely worth seeing and experiencing. We already have the next trip planned out haha San Diego has been amazing as well so far.

  • So cool! I’ve heard wax museums are so much fun, I’d love to go to one some day! Looks like a lot of fun!

    • It was super cool! A lot of them were much more realistic than I had anticipated. And you can learn so much about some of your favorite celebrities too.

  • I’ve been wanting to visit Madam Tussaud’s but have yet to make it a priority. We were in NYC last Christmas, but it was my step sisters first time going so we mainly did the big tourist attractions for her.

  • It was a super cool place to visit. We’re very excited to go back again.

  • I really love the west coast. You are so lucky to be living there. There is so much to do and see! And friendly weather! I went to that wax museum/Ripleys combo when I was around 12 in New Orleans. I guess I thought the museum was going to be more like a horror movie’s version of a wax museum and be really exciting. Lmao. What a disappointment I was in for! You gotta hit up Griffith observatory next! And look for Lisa Vanderpump at Villa Blanca!

    • I’m currently having a love/hate relationship with the west coast haha the weather actually pisses me off as depressing as that may sound. I definitely prefer the east coast as of right now, but I’m glad I get this experience for a bit. I definitely want to go to the Griffith Observatory! That’s high on my list for our next trip 🙂