How To Plan A Last Minute Trendy Tourist Trip to LA

My professional life is calculated and planned. My personal life is spontaneously vibrant full of last minute trips all over the country.

My best friend Katherine and I decided to ditch the rainy Texas weather and catch a plane to sunny Los Angeles for a few days.

  1. Find lodging

I am an Airbnb kind of girl, especially when it comes to finding places that are unique that can give me a sense of what it’s like visiting a new place. Airbnb’s offer an authentic experience, and that is ultimately what I prefer.

We booked the most darling Airbnb, located in Inglewood, CA. It was remnant of cozy lush jungle hideaway for two. We didn’t plan on spending too much time at the Airbnb, but we wanted a safe, comfortable place and we couldn’t have found a cuter gem!

2. Budget in Uber/LA Traffic

Ridesharing is the best thing to happen to Los Angeles. It is very congested with traffic so traveling during business hours. If you can try to book your travel there on the weekday. It’s very hard to get around to different places during lunch hours and anytime between 5-8pm.

3. Hit The Tourist (Instagramable) Hotspots

We made a list of things we wanted to do in LA:

  • A morning sunrise canyon hike
  • OUE Skyspace look out over the top of downtown LA
  • The LACMA lights, and at least 1-2 other Art museums
  • A full day dedicated to day drinking & beach bummin’
  • People watching along the boardwalk in Venice beach
  • Griffith Observatory
  • Lunch at Grand Central Market
  • Venice Beach

Did you even go on vacation if you didn’t Instagram it? Here are my top places to visit when planning a quick weekend trip to Los Angeles!

Malibu (Point Dume)

This was the highlight of our trip. The ride along the coast had a view that was unmatched. One of my good friends Kiah, suggested we stop by her favorite beach out in Malibu, Point Dume.

There’s a small hiking incline that gives you incredible views miles of coastline, definitely worth it.

We made the climb across a couple sharp rocks and made our way to a simple slice of paradise. We splashed in waist deep water in the secret cove, caught a tan, and marveled at the vast beauty of the sea.

Central Market

If you’re into people watching, Central Market is second to Venice beach, as this place is full of life, and mainly great eats. Always filled with people, it is a great place to grab a bite of comfort and exotic foods. Nothing screams Instagramable hotspot like a buzzing atmosphere filled with unique food, drinks & dessert.


Oh, LACMA. The best time to visit is around 3-4am otherwise you’re going to trying to photoshop 30+ people out of your photos. The exhibit itself is quite charming, but it is defintaely a tourist spot that can get overpopulated at times, but is a must-see while in LA.


OUE Skywalk

I definitely recommend paying a visit to the skywalk where you can get some cool shots up above the city. My best suggestion is doing some research before hand and planning out time to go right before sunset. You can go at scheduled times in 30-minute blocks, that way you’re able to get some magic hour Instagram gems, as well as the contrasting city lights.

Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach is a super cute beach town, filled with families and high tide! There are a bunch of cute shops and eats for everyone. The sand is a beautiful light golden brown, and the boardwalk is a fun place to get some Instagrammable shots. Definitely one of the top beaches in LA, because it feels like you’ve gotten out of the hustle and bustle of the city.

Manhattan Beach


Venice Beach

Never a dull moment here. If you’re into seeing grown men in speedo thongs, street shows, and carnival food, this is the place for you. The beach is decent, but it is definitely worth the visit because of the crowd it attracts.

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The most important thing I learned about planning a last minute trip to LA… the sand may be scorching hot, and traffic is insane, but the grass is always greener on the California coast.



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