Located in downtown Pasadena on Colorado Blvd., the Norton Simon is a smaller, often overlooked museum. However, step inside and you’ll discover that although they are small, they pack quite the punch with an impressive collection. It’s actually one of my favorite museums in Los Angeles!
I can assure you that it DOES snow in California (yes, even Southern California), and when it does, we flock to the mountains, strap on our boards or skis, and have a great time! If you’re planning on visiting my fine state this season, you may be wondering just where you can go to get your Winter on. Well, friends…that’s what I’m here for.
I might live in San Diego, but I grew up an L.A. kid. Once an Angelino, always an Angelino. I love L.A. like only a local can. That big amazing city is full of anything and everything you could possibly want in life, and plenty of things you don’t want. It’s a city of extremes. It’s big. It’s loud. It’s both beautiful and ugly at the same time. It’s full of traffic, but it’s also full of delights.
If you’re visiting Los Angeles, you’re going to have so many things to see and do that your time in town will easily be filled with fun, exciting activities and you’ll never be bored. That being said, this is one hectic city and you might end up needing to take a breather somewhere. You can always head to the beach, where the ocean waves gently lapping on the shore (or crashing and roaring, depending on the tide) will put you in a calm state of mind.
That being said, the beach isn’t the only place to find a little peace and serenity in the City of Angels. I highly suggest you check out some of my favorite places to find a little zen in L.A.
Ok, so you’re probably wondering about the details on how to do this hike yourself. I’ll give you the scoop…
The cool thing about Los Angeles is that it is an amazingly diverse city full of culture and unique experiences. When most people travel to L.A. for the first time, they are likely thinking about the beach, Hollywood, Beverley Hills, etc. Those are certainly great things to go and see and those areas alone have so much to do in them, but I wanted to talk about two of my favorite areas of L.A. for a moment: Little Tokyo and Korea Town.
When I stay in a great Airbnb, I like to let others know so they can also benefit from the experience. 🙂
If you’re planning on visiting Los Angeles in the near future and you’re not quite sure where to stay, I have a suggestion! This Culver City Airbnb was delightful!
I remember going to Venice Beach in the 90’s and seeing such delights as a man with no legs who danced to M.C. Hammer music so well that it put those of us with legs to shame. Then there was the fabulous array of street peddlers hocking everything from handmade bracelets to paintings to baked goods. Not much has changed since then. It’s still one of the quirkiest places in Los Angeles and absolutely worth a visit.
Skyspace boasts the tallest open-air observation deck in California and has impressive panoramic views of all of Los Angeles. This observation deck has only been open since 2016, so even for this native Angelino it was an interesting, new sight to be able to go up there and see the impressive views. It’s worthwhile to go there just for the observation deck alone, but let’s get back to the slide….
The thing is…I never get tired of L.A. There’s always something new to discover. There’s always a fun event going on or something new and interesting opening up. For somebody like me who thrives on discovery and exploration, Los Angeles is the perfect city. It’s big. It’s loud. It’s gritty. It’s often times ugly and congested. But it’s also….perfect. Irreplaceable. It’s the city we all love to hate, or hate to love?