Craving the USA? Consultant Isabella Thompson has all of the tips for doing California right
From Iceland to Ibiza, Isabella Thompson is the girl who’s got you covered. When she’s not hopping around the globe discovering the next best festival or Aperol Spritz you can find her doing what she does best, creating amazing trips for her SF customers. We asked her to give us a few quick tips for travelling to LA.
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What's the coolest activity you were able to do on your last trip there?
A highlight would be hiking to the top of Mt. San Antonio which happens to be the highest peak in LA County. Otherwise for all those Star Wars fans out there, Death Valley is a must see! You don’t even feel like you are on planet earth.
If you could only eat one meal from your last Cali trip for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Cerveteca, Venice Beach – a little Mexican joint right in the heart of Venice Beach. The Chicano Cheese Pots (yes you heard me) Three pots of different melted cheese with tortilla chips, absolutely mouth watering.
What is your favourite city in Cali and why?
Los Angeles. You have access to everything, many different neighbourhoods to explore, beaches, mountain ranges and entertainment. It is also easy access to an abundance of adventures—a desert weekend in Palm Springs, a wellness retreat in Ojai, skiing in Mammoth, or celebrity hunting in Beverly Hills.
What city/town surprised you the most?
San Luis Obispo. It has a slower pace, great food and hiking, as well as beautiful beaches nearby. You can even do a trip to Hearst Castle – definitely worth exploring and the perfect backdrop for your holiday snaps!
Would you recommend hostels or hotels in Cali (or both)?
Both! Hi Hostel in Santa Monica is in the perfect location with all of the hotspots right on your doorstep. If you want a taste of Hollywood glamour, any hotel in Beverly Hills/West Hollywood is perfect, just beneath those famous LA palms! Otherwise if you are up for the road trip get outdoors—camping or glamping in Bird Nest, Big Sur is amazing.
Did you do a road-trip while you were there, where did you stop and how long was it for?
Yes. I went from LA to Santa Cruz, stopping in Santa Barbara, SLO, Carmel and Monterey. It was one of the most spectacular drives I have ever done!
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