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Last Updated:

1/21/24

Los Angeles & Anaheim, CA

The Iconic Castle at Disneyland Located in Anaheim California

Below is a list of the best places I would visit on a trip to this location. My picks fit my personality and interest. Everyone has a different interest so you may not like everything I listed which is fine.  If you like a place, I recommend saving it to Google Maps for a future trip down the road. I made sure to include the address or GPS to make it easier to find.  You can find out more about me in the "About Me" section to see if we share common interests.

Breakfast

The Griddle Café Located In Los Angeles California Knows the Pancake Business

The Griddle Cafe

7916 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Selfie on Sunset Pancakes: Cinnamon-Sugar, Chocolate Chip, & Cream Cheese Icing-Filled Buttermilk Pancakes Topped with Whipped Butter & Cinnamon-Sugar $18.95


Black Magic Pancake: Oreo-Filled Pancakes Topped with Whipped Cream & Oreo Cookie Pieces $18.95


Devil's Daydream French Toast: Chocolate Bread with Bittersweet Chocolate Chips & Topped with Whipped Cream $17.95


Peanut Bubba Crunchy French Toast: French Toast Dipped in Peanut Butter Crunch & Topped with Powdered Sugar/Whipped Cream $18.95


Hunger Pangs: Oversized Slice of Thick-Cut Ham and Three Eggs $17.95


Chicago Charlie Scramble (eggs): Italian Sausage, Potatoes, Bacon, Bell Peppers, Mozzarella Cheese, Garlic, Basil, and Onions Served with Garlic Toast $18.95

Hours:

Monday & Tuesday Closed

Weds to Sunday: 8 am - 3 pm


Wide Selection of Pancakes & French Toast Flavors

The Old Fashion Donut From Sidecar Doughnuts Located In Santa Monica California

Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee

631 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Sample of the Donut Flavors

Bourbon Pecan Pie: Raised Brioche Doughnut Dipped in Buffalo Trace Bourbon & Brown Sugar Glaze, Filled with Homemade Pecan Pie Filling, Topped with a Dollop of Maple Whipped Creme Fraiche and Sprinkled with Brown Butter Pecans


Pumpkin Cheesecake: Pumpkin Cake Dipped in House Made Pumpkin Glaze, Topped with Pecan Graham Cracker Crumble and a Maple Cheesecake Drizzle


Choc-A-Lot: Raised Chocolate Doughnut Topped with Chocolate Glaze & Valrhona Chocolate Cocoa Nibs


Saigon Cinnamon Crumb: Saigon Cinnamon Cake Doughnut Topped with Vanilla Glaze & Housemade Cinnamon-Almond Streusel


Butter & Salt: Vanilla Bean Cake Doughnut with Brown Butter Glaze & Fleur De Sel


Huckleberry: Oregon Huckleberry Cake Doughnut with Huckleberry Glaze

Hours:

Mon to Thurs 6:30 am - 6 pm

Fri & Sat: 6:30 am - 9 pm

Sunday: 6:30 am - 7 pm

Order Online: Yes

Activities

Universal Studios Hollywood

Top Five Rides I Would Ride (No Order)


  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey


  • Jurassic World - The Ride


  • Revenge of the Mummy - The Ride


  • The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash


  • The World-Famous Studio Tour


Daily Admission Ticket Cost:


These Are Best Estimates; Price Structure Can Change/Confusing


One Day General Admission - $109.00

Two-Day General Admission - $159.00

General Admission with Universal Express (Skip Line One Time Per Participating Ride) - $209



The Newest Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood Located In Universal City California

100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

December Hours:


Open: Between 8 am to 10 am

Close: Between 7 pm to 10 pm

Depends on What Day


Disneyland Park

Top Ten Rides I Would Ride (No Order)


  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad


  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage


  • Haunted Mansion


  • Indiana Jones Adventure


  • Jungle Cruise


  • Mr. Toad's Wild Ride


  • Pirates of the Caribbean


  • Space Mountain


  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance


  • Splash Mountain


Daily Admission Ticket Cost (Oct 2023):


These Are Best Estimates; Price Structure Can Change/Confusing


One Park Per Day - $134/$164

Two-Day General Admission - $255.00

Parking $30.00

The Halloween Theme at Disneyland Located in Anaheim California

1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802

October Hours:


Daily: 8 am - Midnight

I would add the Park Hopper Option to My Ticket so I can go next door to Disney California Adventure for added fun - +$60

Knott's Berry Farm

Top Five Rides I Would Ride (No Order)


  • GhostRider


  • HangTime


  • Pony Express


  • Calico Mine Ride


  • Knott's Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair


Daily Admission Ticket Cost Online (Oct 2023):


These Are Best Estimates; Price Structure Can Change/Confusing


One Day General Admission - $69/$79

Fast Lane added cost to the ticket - $69

Parking: $25



The Beauty of Knott's Berry Farm at Night Located Buena Park California

8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620

December Hours (For the most part):


Weekday: 10 am - 10 pm

Weekend: 9 am - 9 pm

Depends on the Day

Feb. Highlight: Knott’s Peanuts Celebration ~ Park-wide Celebration Features a New Franklin-focused Exhibit, Peanuts-inspired Cuisine, Shows and Photo Ops that Allow Guests to Step into the Iconic Charles M. Schulz Comic Strips ~ Jan 27th to Feb 25th

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood

Studio Tour: One Hour Guided + Two Hours Unguided, Shopping, and Dining - Adult $70 & Child $60


Classics Tour (early days through the 1970s): Three Hours Tour - Adult $70 & Child $60


Studio Tour Plus: Two Hours Guided + Two Hours Unguided and Lunch at Central Perk Cafe - Adult $150 & Child $129


Deluxe Tour: Three Hours Guided, One Hour Fine Dining Lunch and Two Hours Self-Guided - $300



Be In The Movies at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood, Located in California

3400 Warner Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

Hours(2023):


Closed Tues & Weds

Studio Tour: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm


For Me, Being One Time Experience I Would Go For The Deluxe Tour

Food

The Classic Beef Double Dip and Pickled Egg at Philippe the Original Located in Los Angeles California

Philippe The Original

1001 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Hours:

Daily: 6 am - 10 pm

Order Online: Yes

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Beef French Dip: $11.50


Pastrami French Dip: $12.95


Tuna Sandwich: $10.95


Cup of Soup: $4.25


Pickled Egg: $1.75


Baked Apple (dessert): $3.50

Famous for Their French Dips: Beef, Pastrami, Turkey, Lamb, Pork, & Ham. The French Dips are served on a lightly textured freshly baked French Roll which has been dipped in the natural gravy of the roast

The Last Item You Order at Bob's Big Boy, The Decadent Hot Fudge Cake Located in Burbank California

Bob's Big Boy

4211 W Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91505

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Bacon Cheeseburger: Bacon, Cheddar, Lettuce, Onion, & Tomato $15.49


Pulled Pork Sandwich: Slow-roasted lean pork with a touch of special BBQ sauce served with French Fries $12.99


Pappy Parker's Fried Chicken: Four pieces of Pappy Parker's Original Fried Chicken hand-breaded with Pappy's secret recipe and choice of Potato and Vegetable $19.99


Fish and Chip Dinner: Two Fried Cod Fillets Served with Fries and Comes with Garlic Toast $17.49


Bob's Famous Chili Spaghetti: Famous Chili Piled on a Huge Bed of Spaghetti with Onions, Cheese, and Thick Garlic Toast $13.49


Bob's Famous Hot Fudge Cake (dessert): Vanilla Ice Cream Between Two Layers of Luscious Devil's Food Cake, Smothered with Creamy Hot Fudge and Covered with a Whipped Topping and Cherry $6.49

Hours:

Sunday to Thurs: 6 am - Midnight

Fri & Sat: 6 am - 3 am

Order Online: Yes

Cheese with Apple Pie Ice Cream, One of the Interesting Flavors from Salt & Straw Located in Venice California

Salt & Straw

1357 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Sample of the Ice Cream Flavors

  • Cinnamon Snickerdoodle


  • Strawberry Honey Balsamic w/ Black Pepper


  • Salted Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough


  • Chocolate Gooey Brownie


  • Red Velvet Cake w/ Cream Cheese Frosting


  • Banana Foster w/ Candied Pecans


Hours:

Daily: 11 am - 11 pm

Order Online: Yes

Jan. Highlight: Try Marionberry Oatmeal Cobbler, Swirl with Marionberry Filling throughout Coconut Milk and Cinnamon Base with Pie Crust and Cobbler Topping

Places to Stay

FYI: The hotel prices are estimated and will most likely fluctuate since I looked them up on their website.  I will keep them updated the best I can every three months.  I look for the cheapest available room, usually a queen bed. I typically look at book rates two months in advance and in the middle of the month to get average rates. Reminder: It is an ESTIMATE

Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles (Closed)

  • Located Very Close to the Walt Disney Concert Hall & Downtown Los Angeles


  • The Theatre at Ace Hotel: Restored 1,600-Seat Movie Palace from the 1920s which Now Holds Special Events Throughout the Year


  • Food Options: LOAM DTLA (Classy Simple Vibe) and UPSTAIRS (Tacos in Roof Pool Area)


  • Who is this for: People that Like Good Value, Bar Hoppers, People that Like the Arts,  and People Who Like Special Events But Not the Drive Afterwards

Lucky Thirteenth Floor at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles California

929 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Estimated Cost for Weekend Night (without tax/fee)


Medium Queen in Nov 22' - $226

Medium Queen in Feb 23' - $256

Freehand Los Angeles

  • Located Very Close to the Walt Disney Concert Hall & Downtown Los Angeles


  • They Also Have Rooms with a Hostel Shared Experience: Accommodates Groups of Four, Six, or Eight. Custom Cedar Bunk-Beds and a Private en Suite Bathroom. Beds Feature Built-In Privacy Screens, Outlets, and Reading Lights. Secure In-Room Lookers and Female-Only Rooms Available


  • Food/Drink Options: Broken Shaker (award-winning cocktails), The Exchange (multi-cultural flavors of urban LA through an Israeli lens), Cafe Integral (fine coffee & tea), and Rudolph's Bar & Tea (tea-infused cocktails & light bites)


  • Who is this for: People that Like Good Value, Cocktail & Tea Drinkers, People that Like the Arts,  and People Who Like Hang Out with Strangers

The Fantastic View of Downtown Los Angeles from Freehand Los Angeles, Best Budget Hotel in Los Angeles

416 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Estimated Cost for Weekend Night (without tax/fee)


King City View (Nov 22') - $207

King City View (Feb 23') - $198

King City View (Feb 24') - $179

21 and up fun

The View with a Brew from Ballast Point Brewing Company Located in Long Beach California

Ballast Point Brewing

110 N Marina Dr, Long Beach, CA 90803

SAMPLE OF BEER MENU (12.14.22)

Speedboat Salt & Lime Blonde: Blonde Ale | 4.8% ABV


Wahoo White: Wheat Beer - Witbier/Blanche | 4.5% ABV


Watermelon Dorado: IPA - Imperial/Double | 10.0% ABV


Aloha Sculpin: IPA - American | 7.0% ABV


Lid Ripper: IPA - New England/Hazy | 6.9% ABV 


High West Barrel Aged Victory at Sea: Porter - Imperial/Double Coffee | 12.0% ABV

Hours:

Mon to Fri: 11 am - 11 pm

Saturday 10 am - 11 pm

Sunday 10 am - 8 pm

Jan. Highlight: Try Smoke and Beerers ~ Smoked Wee Heavy, ABV 7.9% ~ Notes of Graham Cracker, Dark Fruit Blueberries , and Smoke

Food Menu: Yes

The Walnut Milkshake IPA from Angel City Brewery Located in Los Angeles California

Angel City Brewery

216 S Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

SAMPLE OF BEER MENU (12.14.22)

Angel City IPA: India Pale Ale | 6.1% ABV | 65 IBU


I Vote Because: Saison with Lemon & Ginger | 5.0% ABV


Pernicious Advice: Belgian Golden Strong | 7.5% ABV


White Nite: Nitro Golden Stout | 4.3% ABV


Berliner Weisse: Berliner Weisse | 3.3% ABV 


Saisonic Ritual: Saison with Pinot Noir Grapes | 7.2% ABV

Hours:

Mon to Thurs: 4 pm - 11:30 pm

Friday: 4 pm - 2 am

Saturday: 11 am - 2 am

Sunday: 11 am - 11:30 pm

Jan. Highlight: Try Champurrado Ale, with Hints of Corn Masa, Cocoa Powder, Panela Sugar, Lactose, Cinnamon, and Vanilla

 Again these are just few of my picks that fit my personality and interest. If you feel that I left one-off that may interest me or other people, message me on Facebook about the location.  I value a person's opinion and never just discard the information.  Always looking forward to learning about new places to add to my Google Map. ~ Shawn

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