With mid-summer finally here, I am enjoying maximizing the sunshine and warm outdoor weather of Los Angeles. Although many would argue that LA has great weather all year round, there is something extra special about summer! Maybe it’s the emotional weightlessness of the season or the special events that travel to the City of Angels, but there sure is something special about summertime in LA!
There is so much to do in LA, especially during the summer months, and it isn’t hard to make a summer day special. Whether you’re enjoying an afternoon of volleyball at the beach, strolling through fashion-inspiring shops, or marveling at architecture and art on Museum Row, it’s easy to discover something new and exciting to do in this dynamic city. Here are three of my favorite activities for summer in Los Angeles.
(1) There is no shortage of hikes in LA. From the backyards of Hollywood to the mountains in Malibu, there are trails of all lengths and intensity throughout the city. Over the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to experience quite a few of the notable and undiscovered paths, and I look forward to exploring more! One of my favorites is the Hollywood Sign Hike in Griffith Park. It’s a rigorous climb to the top, but once you’ve made it, the views of the city and valley are breathtaking. Although you can’t touch the sign, you get pretty close to this famous landmark!
(2) Outdoor concerts are quintessentially summer to me. While there are many outdoor arenas in LA, the Hollywood Bowl is iconic. I’ve been lucky enough to see some of my favorites in this landmark venue—Mumford and Sons, Florence and the Machine and Ed Sheeran this summer, and each time I’m excited to be a part of this celebrated experience! There is an indescribable energy in at the Hollywood Bowl—visiting the Bowl is an experience it and of itself and visitors are in joyful spirits. Bring a picnic, sit back and enjoy the music under the stars!
(3) Cinespia is a little under the radar, but one of my summer musts. Cinespia sponsors outdoor movies in the legendary Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Once you get past the idea of sitting in a graveyard (embrace the ambiance!), lay out your blanket and get ready for a fun evening! I suggest going with a group of friends—plan a potluck style picnic and enjoy! You’ll have plenty of time to nosh of your favorite eats, socialize with friends and experience the atmosphere before the flick stats! Tip: it can get chilly at night, so I suggest bringing cozy socks and layers to stay comfortable.
Los Angeles is one of the world’s most exciting cities. Each neighborhood and city pocket offers something special. This summer I’ve spent much time embracing the excitement of Hollywood, and I certainly will remember it all! Even though I’ve been in LA for over 10 years, I still feel the thrill of exploring new adventures!