Let me just start this off by saying California is BEAUTIFUL! We went on a trip with my sister last January and became obsessed. It's a lot like Florida with the sunny weather but the beaches are 20 times more exciting to look at. Here's a little recap of things we did while we were there if you're ever in the area!
This beach, located in La Jolla, is breathtaking. We encountered it by randomly driving down some streets one day. We walked down these stairs onto sandstone ledges and it was the most picturesque view. All I've ever known are beaches with just sand and water so it was pretty cool experiencing a different landscape. Duncan pushed me to walk through tiny edges on the rock that barely fit my foot (and had about a ten foot drop to the water) to sit on the edge and look out at our vast ocean. There were carvings on the rock of couples names and surfers in the distance. We sat there and just took in all of California's beauty in that moment. It's such a romantic spot but also a great place to go to if you're feeling pensive and want some solitude.
The Griffith Observatory
We drove out one day to see what the city of angels was all about. We were only there for a couple of hours so I can't really talk much about it but this was our favorite thing we did that day. It's the most typical thing to do here but we couldn't pass it up. We went up to the Griffith Observatory and got to witness why everyone loves California. Being this high up gives you a view of the mountains, the famous Hollywood sign and the city from afar. So many movies were filmed here but it's something you have to see in person and experience for yourself. It costs $6-$10 to park there but you can also hike or bike up to the observatory.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
This was also in LA. LACMA has so many cool pieces. Not gonna lie, sometimes art museums don't excite me much but this one had enough to keep us interested. They had Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Can piece. You see it in you textbooks for years but being able to see it in person is an entirely different experience. I was in awe. We also got to see the Urban Light's piece. It was pretty packed so if you want a good picture I recommend you going really early. Fun Fact: With the support of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation all of the lights were changed to LEDs which reduced the annual energy consumption by 90 percent! Tickets are $25 and they're open everyday except for Wednesday.
La Jolla Cove
This part of San Diego is my favorite. When you come here you get a small taste of California's laid back lifestyle. The sea lions are chillin' on the rocks, people are relaxing with their families at the seaside restaurants and everyone's just enjoying the slight sea breeze and breathtaking sunsets. We strolled around for a while and then decided to stop by Jim's Cave. It's the only cave you can get to in La Jolla without having to travel on water. You just have to descend 143 steps down a man made tunnel and at the end of it is this awesome view of a sea cave. Be careful though, the steps can be wet sometimes (my sister bust her ass on them). It's only $5 to get in and they have a cute shop with some historic facts on the cave.
San Diego is such a laid-back and fun place to visit. We really enjoyed our time there and hope to go back to California in the near future. If you ever get the chance, definitely check it out! Let us know if you decided to stop by some of these spots while you're there.