March Madness Road Trip Diary

Day 11: Los Angeles, CA

  • Staying put in Tinseltown

The Getty Museum came highly recommended, so after stopping for some Yum-Yum Donuts (nowhere close to Suzy-Jo’s, that’s for sure!) we drove down and arrived right around opening.  The views were fantastic, even with the smog obscuring it a bit.  It was great to walk around the museum & gardens, enjoy the great weather and do some good people watching!

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Getty Museum
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Awesome view from the Getty Museum!

By now, it was lunch time and that meant one thing for us both: In-N-Out Burger!  We stopped at the UCLA location and ordered.  And yes, the hype is correct!  Abby and I agreed: pair an In-N-Out Burger with Steak & Shake fries and you have the perfect burger joint!!

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After lunch, we headed down to Santa Monica.  Totally touristy and full of traffic, but I wanted to put my toes in the sand of the Pacific.  Maybe I’m just getting old, but I prefer the laid back attitude of Cape May.  For a boardwalk vibe? Ocean City, MD.  The Santa Monica Pier reminded me more of Seaside or Wildwood.  I’m sure California has it’s own version of Cape May & OCMD.  We’ll just have to find them next time!

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Was quite nice to put my toes in the Pacific Ocean!

By the time we got back to the hotel, it was once again time for dinner (after sitting around the pool, of course).  I wanted to stay local and not drive after driving around all day.  When we walked to Porto’s on our first day, we saw a cool looking restaurant along the street- Damon’s Steak House.  It turned out to be a Tiki Bar and one of LA’s oldest joints.  Further down the block was a Coffee Beanery, where we capped off the night with a coffee and some dessert. What a great way to end the trip!

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Monkeys paddling a Hawaiian Canoe at Damon’s Tiki Steakhouse.
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Abby reading on her Kindle app while enjoying dessert.

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