Our Trip to Cali
It’s hard to believe May is only a few days away with being stuck in quarantine for almost two months now! Our trip to California was only a couple months ago and yet it seems like we have been home FOREVER! And since we have had so much free time we finally got the chance to write this long overdue California guide for y’all (: Enjoy!
We landed in LAX and of course the first thing we did (besides get our rent-a-car) was FIND THE FOOD! We’ve heard so many great things about where to eat so picking just a few places was tricky – but we were in the mood for Mexican and settled for Chuy’s Tacos Dorados! Located in the Arts District, Tacos Dorados definitely had us feeling like a local. The LA vibe is so chill and cool! We wanted to sit there forever just taking in the scenery.- and lets not forget their amazing tacos! LA food is the best y’all!
Afterwards we headed over to Lake Hollywood Park to get a glimpse of the Hollywood Sign and let the kiddos play and unwind from our six hour plane ride. Although we couldn’t hike the sign because we had the boys with us, you really get an awesome view of the Hollywood Sign from this park! It is family friendly, not too crowded and allows for some amazing photos! However, it is hard to find parking during peak hours of the day (aka mid-afternoon).
Next stop was the Griffith Observatory! If you are looking for a place to get a view of Los Angeles, you must drive up to the Griffith Observatory – it sits at the top of the mountain, with views for days!!! You can also get another glimpse of the Hollywood Sign from up there.
After cramming in all of these activities we headed over to check into our hotel! Guys, if you are planning on going to Disneyland while in California – Red Lion Hotel Anaheim is the place to stay. With only a ten minute walk to gates of Disney, a swimming pool, comfy rooms – you cannot go wrong. We quickly changed and headed to Downtown Disney for some yummy dinner!
After getting a much needed good night’s sleep – we were all well rested and very excited to walk over to Disney California Adventure! I have only been to the Disneyland park so this was all of our very first time visiting this California Adventure! Can y’all even guess how excited we were? Flippin’ ecstatic!
We made sure to get there early, before the park opened, so we could get a nice photo in front of Mickey’s Ferris wheel – and head over to Pixar Pier! Y’all – the only way to get the most out of these parks is to purchase the Max pass. It made ALL the difference! The longest we waited on ANY line ALL three days we were there was TEN MINUTES! We were in heaven!
Our first day was magical!
We decided to break up our Disney days and so day three we headed to the Santa Monica Pier. The sun was shining, the kiddos were playing in the sand and us big kids had a blast swinging on the swing set and having our toes in the sand. After spending some time playing in the sand we took a nice walk down the pier, observing awesome ocean views.
Afterwards, we spent the evening at the Hollywood Walk of Fame – we really got to take in the LA culture on Hollywood Blvd! We had dinner at Hollywood Burger and y’all – THE BEST EVER! Their burgers were hands down our favorite – and that’s saying a lot with In-N-Out and Fatburger all over LA. The last stop of the night was taking a drive through Beverly Hills. Of course we had to stop and take a photo in front of the “Beverly Hills” sign at Beverly Gardens Park.
Our second day at Disney – this time at Disneyland -was Katie’s 28th birthday! No better way to start your birthday off than a magical breakfast with unlimited Mickey waffles and some of your favorite Disney characters.
Our first ride of the day was the Disneyland express train – Gianni and Luca are obsessed with trains – Their little faces were the highlight of our entire vacation! Exploring Disneyland through their little human eyes is something that will never get old.
Disneyland is magical. No matter how old you are, you always feel like a kid! We were living our best lives!
Our last Disney day, we decided to split up the parks – we started in Adventure park to get on a few rides one last time and then finished the day at Disneyland. We would spend everyday in Disney if we could – three days is just never enough!
We managed to fit a lot in during our visit to California! Have you ever been to LA, Anaheim, Santa Monica or Long Beach? We fit in all four into our little six day trip!
Katie and Shayla