Some people view Los Angeles as filled with vain wannabes and pretentious hipsters searching for themselves and fame in a city where the streets are paved with gold. In reality, the Los Angeles streets are more crowded than golden and the people are generally friendly and easygoing. The vibe of Los Angeles is reason enough to visit the Southern California city, but if you are in need of a little push, below are a few other reasons why you should consider taking a trip to Los Angeles County.
Los Angeles is known for its lively bar and club scene. The city offers plenty of nightlife opportunities that appeal to a variety of tastes. Check out the ONYX Rooftop Lounge atop Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica. The sleek patio bar overlooks the ocean and provides a small peek into Hollywood, art deco glamour.
Los Angeles has countless other rooftop bars including E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood and Perch in downtown Los Angeles. But if sipping cocktails sky-high isn’t your thing, then check out one of Los Angeles’s many themed bars like the retro Good Times at Davey Wayne’s, the three-story Clifton’s Republic, and surfer-dude-esque The Bungalow.
Going out for drinks is always a fun vacation activity, but if you are concerned a friend has a substance abuse problem such as heroin, opioid, methamphetamine, or alcohol addiction, seek help at Los Angeles alcohol treatment centers. CAST Centers is a rehab and outpatient treatment center located on 630 N Doheny Dr. West Hollywood, CA 90069. The substance abuse treatment center’s phone number is (323) 457-8208.
Your friend can speak to a counselor about addiction treatment, detoxification, and long term sobriety. The intensive outpatient program also specializes in mental health services like cognitive behavior therapy and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). The clinical team made up of substance abuse and mental health counselors and psychiatrists design treatment plans based upon the individual needs of their patients. Sometimes watching a loved one battle mental health issues or drug addiction can be hard, that’s why the mental health services include family therapy. Going through detox and overcoming drug addiction is difficult, but the counselors provide years of experience and the right level of care to tackle drug abuse effectively.
Southern California beaches draw tourists across the nation and world, and it’s easy to see why. Zuma Beach in Malibu is a pristine, family-friendly escape from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles city life. Laguna Beach in nearby Orange County is a picturesque beach town where you can sail, surf, and shop all in one day. And of course, the iconic Santa Monica Pier provides a beachy carnival experience in the heart of Los Angeles.
If you’re a foodie, then Los Angeles is the city for you. From authentic Mexican food to dynamite sushi to traditional favorites, the food scene here has every palate covered. Check out Sonoma Wine Gardens in Santa Monica for Mediterranean cuisine with an ocean view. Stroll Sawtelle Boulevard in West Los Angeles for an array of Japanese ramen, sushi, and shave ice or stop by The Local Peasant in Woodland Hills for quality gastro-pub food.
Southern California is as diverse in its landscape as it is in its people. Experience the snowy slopes of Big Bear Mountain or the rocky desert in Joshua Tree National Park. Los Angeles parks offer plenty of vigorous hikes with breathtaking city views. Climb the hills of Griffith Park to see the Hollywood sign and a panoramic view of Los Angeles. And check out Corbin Canyon Park nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains near Woodland Hills for a less-crowded, scenic hike.