West Hollywood is a phenomenal place to visit, especially for those who are attracted to the glamor of Hollywood. It is a way to see the reality behind the cinematic façade and to enjoy the lifestyle of famous actors and actresses. However, the area offers far more than this and deserves several days of exploration.
Home Away from Home
If you are visiting a city recognized around the world as the home of cinematic greats, it makes sense to want to pamper yourself a little. Luxury hotels in West Hollywood are a home away from home — well, if your home is a trendy mansion. If not, then these hotels are a great way to pamper yourself and escape the mundane for a short period.
When visiting West Hollywood you’ll want to make sure to take advantage of meal times by planning out which legendary experience you want to enjoy. Dan Tana’s is a celebrity favorite and will require a reservation but the delicious chick parmesan and people watching are worth the effort. If you want an amazing vegan experience, Gracias Madre is the place to visit. For those who are interested in something a little laid back, Irv’s Burgers has been a favorite since 1946. Pizza is a perennial vacation favorite that West Hollywood’s Prova elevates to another level with creatively topped wood-fired pizzas.
One of the amazing benefits of visiting West Hollywood is the abundance of food truck options. The Lobos Truck is one that locals are crazy about, especially the Wachos. You can’t go to Southern California without trying a fish taco, Del Solar Fish Taco Truck has some of the best. With Heirloom LA it is even possible to find fresh organic gourmet food roaming around the city.
For those who enjoy spending time outdoors, West Hollywood has some unique experiences that shouldn’t be missed. The Hollywood sign is one of the most iconic landmarks in the entire city. There are three hiking trails that provide a closer look and beautiful panoramic views; the Cahuenga Peak Trail, Mt. Hollywood Trail, and the Canyon Boulevard Trail.
If you are that close to the Pacific Ocean, you’ll want to spend some time in the water surfing or scuba diving. Some of the best points for scuba diving off the coast near West Hollywood include Big Rock, Redondo Beach, Flat Rock, Point Dume, and Malaga Cove. There are also some wreck dive sites nearby, including the Star of Scotland, Avalon, and Palawan.
There are numerous historic and cultural points of interest in West Hollywood worthy of exploration. If you want to go way back in time, the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum are an absolute must visit destination. The tar pits in the area have the most substantial of Ice Age and Pleistocene-era fossils ever located in one area. More than 600 species of mammals, reptiles, birds, insects, and plants have been discovered. You can view the ongoing excavation or head indoors for a 3D movie, stage show, exhibitions, and working fossil lab.
For those more interested in more recent history, art, and culture the area has a wide collection of museums, including the Craft and Folk Art Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Lost Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, the MOCA Pacific Design Center, and the Petersen Automotive Museum.
West Hollywood is a beautiful and nostalgic place to visit while simultaneously managing to remain contemporary and trendy. There are a surprising number of cultural locations and outdoor activities to enjoy in addition to all of the celebrity site seeing.