After a perfect night’s sleep at The Padre Hotel in Bakersfield, we set off on the 2-hour drive to Los Angeles – our base for the next 4 nights. We knew it wasn’t going to be a leisurely drive to LA, but damn! You truly haven’t experienced a crazy freeway until you’ve driven on one in Los Angeles. Words can’t even describe it.
We safely arrived in Los Angeles at 1pm and with a couple of hours until we could check in to our apartment, there was only one thing to do – head to the Beverly Center and indulge in more of our favorite US takeaway food, Panda Express.
We chowed down on our orange chicken and wasted some time in the surrounding shops before making the short drive to our apartment in Beverly Hills. The two of us dropped off our bags and headed back into the LA sun to meet up with Sheryll of The Wanderlust Project and her boyfriend Johnny.
The first stop of the afternoon: Cabo Cantina on Hollywood Boulevard for happy hour 2-for-1 drinks, a perfect welcome to Los Angeles. There really is nothing better than frozen margaritas and Coronas on a sunny Friday afternoon and that’s what we enjoyed. Once drinks were done, Sheryll and Johnny decided to give us a quick tour of the Hollywood and Beverly Hills region.
Driving down Hollywood Boulevard is an experience that everyone should have at least once, it’s like no other place in the world! From the walk of fame to countless performers dressed up as Hollywood stars, it’s certainly a fun place to spend a few hours. We then headed out onto Sunset Strip, the home of nightlife in Los Angeles and a drive through the 90210 region of Beverly Hills.
There are some really nice houses out there but there was one thing that we really wanted to see – the Beverly Hills sign in the Beverly Gardens Park. It’s one of the most photographed spots in the city and on the to-do list of most tourists to Beverly Hills.
Just down the road from Beverly Gardens is the world-famous Rodeo Drive, renowned for its designer shopping. The four of us walked the three blocks of Rodeo, looking through the windows of these outrageously priced boutiques and wondering to ourselves how anybody could ever have enough money to regularly shop here. Nevertheless, it was still a fun experience.
Once we finished taking photos, Johnny and Sheryll drove us back to our apartment and we called it an early night. Day 6 of our Road Trip was a lot more casual than the previous few days but gave us a taste of Los Angeles with plenty more still to come.
We’re currently road tripping through California thanks to the generous help of Fox Rent A Car.