Our West Coast trip began in Southern California and ended in Northern California. Usually, our stateside trips involve one major city at a time but I really enjoyed exploring different parts of California. Besides my home state of Illinois, I've now seen more of California than any other state.
Although Jordan and I stayed closer to the coast, I still feel like I got good glimpses into the personalities of regions of southern, central and northern California. I discovered that Southern California is more my speed but the views as you drive the Pacific Coast Highway towards San Francisco are unbeatable. But that is post for another day. Today we are going to talk about Beverly Hills!
After lunch (on our first day exploring around LA) we ventured through West Hollywood eventually ending on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. When we were in California in 2009 we spent a bit of time shopping in West Hollywood but we didn't visit Beverly Hills.
We decided to focus our attention to the shopping area on Rodeo Drive. It is such an iconic street (similar, though even fancier, to Michigan Avenue in Chicago) so I'm glad we spent a few hours. My first introduction to Beverly Hills was from the movie Clueless and I see why Cher enjoyed making over her friends. Who wouldn't want to shop on that street with someone else's money?
It was after 6 pm and the sun was setting in the dreamiest way. Most of the stores were closing or already closed, which created a peaceful environment for our stroll. We had such a late lunch that we opted for ice cream at Ice Cream Lab (made-to-order ice cream) for dinner. We shared a cup of Blue Velvet and Salt Lick Crunch. You'll want to visit if you are ever in the area!
I don't regret our choice of ice-cream-for-dinner one bit. I do regret we didn't take any pictures of it (if you follow me on Snapchat you saw some video). Ice cream became a fixture throughout our trip and we managed to get better at remembering to photograph it all. ;-)
Walking hand-in-hand through the beautiful streets was the perfect way to end our first day exploring LA.