Los Angeles Roadtrip: Amaya Family Adventure

Whenever we go on a roadtrip, my husband is the driver and I am the navigator.

Hello everyone! Just want to share with you about our road trip from Arizona to Los Angeles California. It’s my first time visiting Los Angeles California. I am very much excited on what to see and on what to do in there. It’s a long drive from Arizona. It took us for about 6 hours to arrived at Anaheim California.

Los Angeles California is known as the entertainment capital of the world. It is famous as the home of Hollywood stars.

After 4 hours of travelling we stopped at Desert Hot Spring California. It’s lovely to see all those wind turbines in the area. It is one of the sources of energy in California.

We took a nap after we arrived at “Grand Legacy at the Park”  where we booked our hotel to stay for the night. It’s just a walking distance from the Disneyland which is our second day itinerary. We just left our truck at the car park of the hotel so we don’t need to worry of parking area at Disneyland.

Afternoon Trip: Griffith Observatory

In the afternoon, we drove to the Griffith Observatory. It took us about 1 and half hours to Griffith Observatory from Anaheim California.

Griffith Observatory is a facility in Los Angeles, California, sitting on the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park. The place was crowded since many people came over for a picnic, some go on hiking and some just hanging around with friends. But many were tourist and new to the place who were exploring Los Angeles.

This was at the side of the Griffith Observatory where you can see the view of the city. We explore their exhibits. They had public telescopes, cafe, bookstore, and more. Admission to the observatory building and grounds is free. From here you will also see the spectacular view of Los Angeles and the Hollywood sign.

You can bring your own snack or you can stop over at the “Cafe at the End of the Universe”. The cafe is located on the lower level of the observatory. They served sandwiches, soup, salads and many more. You can eat inside, outside or grab and go.

Everyone stopped and got busy with their cameras capturing the beauty of the sunset as the sun goes down. We had a wonderful time watching the sunset. It is incredibly beautiful beyond words. So romantic to see those magical changes of color in the sky.

Hollywood Boulevard

At night we went to Hollywood Boulevard just roaming around watching different sidewalk street performers and see Hollywood Walk of Fame bronze stars set in terrazzo honoring the prominent people and personalities in the entertainment industry like Johnny Depp. Then we went shopping for souvenir shirts.

Second Day: Disneyland California

Who doesn’t dream of visiting to Disneyland? Though I’m not a kid anymore but I enjoyed the rides. Going to Disneyland may be expensive but it’s all worth it. It was an incredible place.

Matterhorn Bobsleds

The mountain at our back is called Matterhorn Bobsleds. It’s a pair of intertwined steel roller coasters. It is modelled after the Matterhorn, a mountain in the Alps on the border with Switzerland and Italy.

Jungle Cruise

The following pictures was at the Jungle cruise. It was our first ride at Disneyland. It’s a riverboat tour. The boat took us through the jungle filled with different wild animals. And we encounter awesome wonders of nature.

Splash Mountain

We rode on a hollowed-out log. While we are on an adventure inside the rocky cave  we have met the animals like rabbit, bear and fox. All I did was close my eyes and screamed when the log dropped down. I’m just afraid of heights. It was fun though.

Big Thunder Railroad

Aboard into a fast speeding train and enjoy your journey in the mining mountain. Just be ready on the turns and drop.

There are more fantastic rides in Disneyland that we tried like Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones Adventure, Haunted house, buzz light year Astro blasters etc.

Third Day: Santa Monica Beach

Santa Monica Beach is one of the most famous beach in Los Angeles. We had so much fun here. They had a big car park just fronting the beach. We rented a bicycle and explore the place. The bike path passes several beach clubs and the highlights there is that it is free-to-the-public. Who doesn’t want that right?

Tips: don’t ever forget to bring water and snacks. I always bring with me a small bag with water and snacks on it. Keep yourself hydrated. That’s all for our wonderful roadtrip to Los Angeles.

Thanks for reading!

25 Comments

  1. What a wonderful trip! You’ve brought back some wonderful memories of my trips to Los Angeles, but one thing I never did was rent a bicycle at Santa Monica beach. But I’ll be sure to do that next time! 🙂

    1. Hi Silver Screening, it was such a great adventure in Los Angeles. Had so much fun riding on a bike and explore the place. Thanks

  2. Brought back memories of our trip a few years ago; nice pictures!

    1. Thank you Heather for the comment

  3. monicalorelle

    Awesome! I’ve never been to California but this looks so fun I have to put it on my bucket list. thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Monicalorelle, nice to meet you! Yeah we had so much fun of our road trip from Arizona to California. It’s a long drive, but a wonderful trip with my family.

  4. Thanks for sharing. Sounds like a wonderful trip. One to put on my bucket list

    1. Hi Brenda thanks for your comment. It was such a wonderful trip. In Disneyland had so much fun.

      1. We visited Disneyworld. It would be great to vist Disneyland one of these days

  5. Ahh, how fun! I hope to be able to do a road trip to California one day too! But I have a fear of driving and I live in New York. It is on the bucketlist!

    1. The Tiny Punch, I don’t know how to drive. I’m just glad my husband has a great driving skills. You can do it! Yeah had so much fun in California. We’re planning to visit Long Beach California next month.

  6. Laurence

    I sure need to re-read this post, since we’re planning to have a road trip in Los Angeles. Wanted to see the Hollywood signs and other spots, and get tan in Santa Monica beach.

  7. It’s like you planned my perfect holiday! Disney and the observatory and of course great weather and family!

  8. Wow…What a coincidence! I was just looking at the road trip from LA to San Francisco. This road trip is on the top of my bucket list and hopefully, I am going to do it in July this year. Loved all the pics you’ve shared 🙂

  9. Such a cute adventure! Road trips are even fun when you’re visiting a place for the first time since you get to explore too much. Your LA road trip is no different; it seems too fun and awesome now that it’s your time as a family too! But so unfortunate, I sleep during trips so I think I’d do with too much snacks to ensure I don’t sleep off…haha!

  10. Oh my gosh your road trip looks insane. Love that you did it with whole family, nothing like spending quality time together.

  11. What an awesome experience for the whole family! I love that there’s so much that you can do there! LA has always been fun!

  12. I’ve lived in Southern California almost all my life and never got to look at it from that point. You took some fantastic pictures and described each place so well! Makes me wanna go back! lol!

  13. I love road trips, the photos of your LA road trip are quiet intriguing. This time we are planning a quick trip to US and have opted for self drive option, hope it goes great

  14. Great post! When I am looking to your photos, I want to visit Los Angeles myself.

  15. Felicia

    That’s where I’m from! SO many fun things to do. Disneyland is my favorite!

  16. It seems you had an amazing time. I would like to visit Los Angeles one day too. It’s on my list!

  17. I haven’t been able to have the joy of going to LA just yet but considering that is full of attractions like Hollywood its definitely on my bucket list. I also agree with you that drinks and snacks are much needed for any road trip too.

  18. That looks like so much fun! Sign me up for a Los Angeles road trip! I knew there was a lot to do, but you guys make it look like a blast!

  19. I haven’t been to LA yet. What a wonderful you had.Love all the pictures. Now I wanna go to LA so badly

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