Traveling with El Syd: LA for a day

Sydney Calhoun, Staff Writer

If you are in need of a quick getaway or change of scenery, Los Angeles is the destination.

Remember to head out around 7:45 a.m. to bypass the traffic nearing Los Angeles.

Starting off in West Hollywood, check out Melrose Avenue and Melrose Place. You’ll find tons of quirky boutiques accompanied by designer shops. The vibrant artwork located on every corner makes the city unique.

1. Urth Café  
This amazing eatery serves as a celebrity hotspot, so perhaps you will see the Kardashians at lunch. I ordered the “Urth Italia Latte,” and this coffee was truly a work of art. They had the cream designed into a ripple and also had swan-shaped cream. The waffles were just as good as the coffee.


2. Alfred’s Coffee and Kitchen
Can you tell I’m a coffee addict? This Instagram phenomenon is located inside a beige building and is notable for its decor and famous mantra, “But first, coffee.”

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3. The Row
Encompassing a Parisian atmosphere, the ivy-covered shops were jaw-dropping. I stumbled upon the Oscar De La Renta store and I couldn’t help but check it out. It was a fashionista’s dream come true.

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4. Hollywood Sign

This excursion was definitely a highlight my friends and me. We drove through the Hollywood Hills, trying to find the best spot to see the sign. We ended up driving onto Beachwood Canyon Drive, following the windy roads to the top. Be warned: the parking patrol may try to give you a ticket. After taking plenty of pictures by the sign, head into Beverly Hills and finish the night downtown.

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5. Rodeo Drive
Cruise down the European-inspired streets lined with runway fashion and beautiful architecture. This area of Beverly Hills is picturesque. Snap a photo in front of the famous Rodeo sign. Talk about a 90210 flashback.

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6. LACMA Urban Lights

The address will take you to the museum parking structure. If you want to avoid a $12 parking fee per person, I recommend continuing down Wilshire and parking on the street. You will walk through a gate and a large grass area until you reach the lights. Definitely visit the landmark at night for better photos.


The best thing about this day trip is you can take your time and return to Los Angeles with a new itinerary of things to do. Enjoy your trip!