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A City Girl’s Outdoorsy Day In LA

This is how a New Yorker spends an outdoorsy day in LA. Start with brunch at the Farmer’s Market, then a visit to LACMA and finally, end your day by eating and shopping at The Grove.

 

In LA, I subconsciously avoid going “in” to anything. That’s why I always prefer an outdoorsy day in LA. The weather is so perfect I don’t want to waste a moment indoor if I don’t have to. At the Griffith Observatory, I spent more time wandering around it than exploring the exhibitions inside. At The Getty Center, I sped walked through the galleries so I could get outside. And even when I was inside, I was always looking out for a view.

While this city girl appreciates the outdoors, I need to build up my tolerance to dirt and tiny flying things. So aside from the beach or a trail, what’s another way to spend an outdoorsy day in LA? Taste testing food stalls at the original Farmer’s Market, exploring LACMA in the afternoon and ending the evening at The Grove.

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The Getty Center: Architecture With A View

The Getty Center, with its off-white architectural design, pops under the bright blue skies and offers an amazing panoramic view of LA.

 

White and clean. Two of my favorite things. The minimalist in me could live at The Getty Center. Some come for the art, but I’m all about the off-white architectural design. It complements the rich green garden, the open blue skies and the spectacular LA view. The art I can get in NYC, but the concrete jungle definitely does not have this view.

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Griffith Observatory: LA, I See You

My LA visits always start at the Griffith Observatory. It’s the perfect place for a panoramic view, crisp air, fresh trees and to see the Hollywood sign.

 

Told my boyfriend to take a hike…at the #griffithobservatory 😛. #LA #california #travel #hollywood #losangeles

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The “hike” up to the Griffith Observatory is always the first thing I do when I’m in LA. I call it a “hike” and a not a hike because the car is usually parked near the observatory’s free, but limited, parking lot. The Griffith Observatory is not the only place with a panoramic view of LA. It is my favorite though. I always enjoy the fresh air, the winding drive up the mountain, and as it usually is in LA, the bright sun and blue skies. Plus, here is where everyone takes the obligatory selfie with the Hollywood sign in the backdrop.

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