Things We Are Thankful For in L.A.
The American Holiday, Thanksgiving, is upon us once again. As usual, we want to take time to enumerate all of the ways we are thankful for our great town!
We are serious. It is mid-November and the sun is shining and it is nice and warm during the day. You can ditch those winter coats and come over to LA where you can soak up some sun and fun. Don’t get us wrong, we love the snow and it is just a few hours away if we are looking for a daycation skiing on a gorgeous mountain top. But gorgeous weather is the norm in Los Angeles, which makes it perfect for any day tour around the city. While it will cool down at night, you can expect to wear sunglasses most days and feel the sun on your skin and a smile on your face. After all, celebrities wouldn’t have it any other way.
See – Weather. With the weather near-perfect all year round, any day is a great day to head to the beach!From Santa Monica to Malibu and Venice to the South Bay you can find some amazing beaches in Los Angeles. Whether you are up for people watching, surfing or just hanging out on the sand, LA has a beach for you! Venice Beach not only has 75 miles of coastline and, some say, the best surfing on local favorite Breakwater Beach, you can also do some good people watching along the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Malibu’s surfrider’s beach is also a favorite place for people to hang 10 or you can also just hang out on the beautiful shores that are dotted with multimillion dollar celebrity mansions. In Santa Monica, you can get the best of both the city and the beach in this city by the sea. And let’s not forget about the South Bay where you can play volleyball in the sand and unwind at the many restaurants and bars along the pier.
The town that Hollywood built is more than just celebrities and flashing cameras (although there is a lot of that), it also has a rich history in more ways than one. Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Gehry, George Wyman, John C. Austin, Renzo Piano, Rafael Moneo are just a few of the most notable architects in the world who have created buildings in Los Angeles. From Wyman’s Bradbury building (named a historical landmark in 1977) and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock and Gamble houses to Frank Gehry’s modern Walt Disney Concert Hall and Rafael Moneo’s gorgeous Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, everywhere you go in Los Angeles you will be able to see an incredible example of architectural ingenuity. Even downtown’s Union Station, the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States, has incredible design and appeal. Plus we have many incredible theaters that tell an amazing story. For a fantastic lesson on the history of music, take a ride down the Sunset Strip and see the places that some of the most famous bands in the world got their start.
Yes, we are thankful for this city in this big town. We love walking down Hollywood Boulevard and checking out all of the Stars on the Walk of Fame. Going to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and matching up our shoes and hands in the prints that some of the most famous people in the world have left in the cement. Walking the stairs at the Dolby Theatre (formerly the Kodak Theatre) and seeing where the celebrities enter at the Oscars. Heading up to the Hollywood Sign, which is one of the most iconic signs in the world – and actually was first built as an advertisement for a housing community. Soaking in the magic and the history in this great capital of the entertainment industry.
There is so much to be thankful for… but mostly we are thankful for you. Thank you for allowing us to show you around Los Angeles. Thank you for letting us share our love for the city with you. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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