We loved walking up and down the street and in and out of the shops and restaurants. We went to an excellent Italian restaurant I’ll Fornia and a sports bar the Yard House. We also had an excellent gelato.
First time to L.A.? Two kids? Anaheim, no question. Disneyland Park, Disney's California Adventure & Downtown Disney are right there as well as the Christ Cathedral (historical significance). Lots of restaurants & Hotels. I... More
First time to L.A.? Two kids? Anaheim, no question. Disneyland Park, Disney's California Adventure & Downtown Disney are right there as well as the Christ Cathedral (historical significance). Lots of restaurants & Hotels. I recommend the Portofino Inn & Suites Anaheim Hotel. Clean, reasonable, family suites available & two blocks walking distance from Disneyland. From Anaheim, take the I-5 north and you're in Buena Park, home to Knott's Berry Farm, Medieval Times Dinner Theater, Pirates Dinner Adventure, Knott's Soak City water park (summer only), Titanic The Artifact Museum, & Bodies The Exhibition. Travel 90 minutes or so on I-5 north from Anaheim and your in Hollywood, home to Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Universal Studios & Universal City Walk, and Farmer's Market-The Original with lots of semi-outdoor eateries & shopping and maybe even a celebrity or two. For a California coastal view, take the 22 east for 36 minutes to lovely Seal Beach for small store coastal shopping, swimming & sun bathing & fresh seafood dining. For some REAL Los Angeles history, take the I-5 north to the 101 for 60 minutes & you will land on Olvera Street, the very birthplace of Los Angeles. Originally called Vine Street, in 1877 it was renamed after Agustin Olvera, the first judge of the county of Los Angeles. Start with "La Reina de Los Angeles Catholic Church" (which is where "Los Angeles" gets it's name) follow up with shopping open market Mexican shops & sooooo many restaurants. My favorite is "Cielito Lindo" and their green sauce drenched tacos. But don't stop there! Have lunch and keep going to the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum, the world's most famous Ice Age fossil excavation site located in the heart of Los Angeles. There is so MUCH to see and do, I could just go on and on! But in short, when we travel from Central California to the Los Angeles area, it's all about Disneyland first and anything else may or may not revolve off of that.