Point Vicente Lighthouse: "Park at the Palos Verdes Interpretive Center as it is the perfect jumping off point for hiking the trails past the lighthouse and beyond."
Great Wolf Lodge: "Hit the water park later in the evening, after many of the little ones have left."
Mission Inn Festival of Lights: "When the lights are switched on the first day (Black Friday), the crowds and traffic can be overwhelming. A better option may be to check it out another day when you can stroll through the hotel peacefully and not have to battle the masses of merrymakers."
Los Angeles is a place that lends itself to checking off bucket-list experiences, for it is packed with attractions that are known throughout the world as must-do experiences. You haven't really lived until you've been to Disneyland at least once, made a trip to Universal Studios and placed your feet in the cement footprints made by world-famous movie stars in front of the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. So many of L.A.'s hotspots have been memorialized in films and on television that they have become necessary stops along the way, from Venice Beach and the Santa Monica Pier to the Griffith Park Observatory and the Getty Center. Angelenos love roaming from the water to the mountains, soaking in the natural beauty of Southern California one day and tackling the man-made challenge of riding the world's biggest and fastest roller coasters the next. The city is so large and diverse you'll need to make sure your car is gassed up and ready to roll, for some of these places are 50 miles apart, yet still all a part of our huge sprawling city.
Jenny Peters – aka Jet Set Jen – is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist, editor and party columnist specializing in travel, entertainment, film, food, wine, fashion and the other good things in life. She is a founding/voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, who present the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards every January. Her favorite places... Read More