Upon our arrival in Los Angeles it was pouring down with rain and flood warnings were heard. Our taxi driver nearly crashed due to "no one knowing how to drive in rain" and we got absolutely soaked while trying to get into our airbnb. It was not what I was expecting at all. I was ready for sun and blue skies, how every Hollywood show depicts LA.
Thankfully the weather cleared up quickly and we were welcomed with clear skies, only so clear after some good rain! I went to all the iconic Los Angeles tourist spots, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Venice Beach and the Venice Canals but my favourite place of all was Griffith Park/Griffith Observatory. On the walk up we stopped at a café called the Trails Café. A perfect way to start your walk up to the best view of LA.
We also went down to Irvine to meet up with some friends and along the way went to Laguna Beach and Huttington Beach, both of which were lovely, probably the nicest non-Australian beaches I've seen.
Another thing I thoroughly enjoyed was the Warner Brothers Studio Tour. I'd recommend going there if you're a fan of any of the TV shows and movies that they show (check their website). My favourites were seeing the Gilmore Girls house, the DC Comics (worth over $1 million) and costumes from the movies, the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Props, and sitting in the Central Perk Café (the couched ACTUALLY used in Friends).