My final day in LA took me back where I started: Hollywood Boulevard. I spent prior days researching the best Hollywood Sign experience. As there’s no bus that goes directly to Griffith Observatory on weekdays( which not only has the best viewing point but also has walking paths that take you directly pass the sign), I settled for the viewpoint from the Hollywood and Highland Center. It’s the perfect place to see the sign, considering that the Academy Awards are held in the nearby Kodak Theater every year.
The view of the sign was clear, even from this distance. I was able to snap a few snaps,and attempt a few failed selfies but next time I’m in LA, I’ll make to head to the Observatory.
Continuing my search for the authentic Hollywood experience, I headed to In- N- Out Burger for lunch. I’ve seen very few TV shows and read even fewer blogs where someone goes to LA and doesn’t mention In- N- Out Burger. The Sunset Boulevard location was only a block away. It was barely noon but the place was crowded — like Black Friday at Walmart crowded. I placed my order (A hamburger and fries- animal style- and a chocolate milkshake), waited about ten minutes, squeezed in between two guys at a bar table, and then dug in.
I hate to say it but I don’t see what all the hype is about. I haven’t had a beef in a long time but I think I remember the burgers at Burger King being much better. The fries were stale-tasting. But the animal style sauce was pretty good and the milkshake made up for everything else.
I spent my last afternoon in LA at The Grove. As you can tell, I really like the outdoor mall thing. It was also decked out for Christmas. These stores were a bit more high-end than the ones at the Promenade so after a look around, I hopped on the trolley train for the minute ride to the Farmer’s Market. There were lots of stalls and stores with seasonal fruits and veggies and specialties like organic chocolate truffle oil.
And as the sun set, I headed to LAX for my flight home. Until next time, LA.