Summer 16′ California Trip

This summer, my family and I took a 10 day long trip to California, visiting Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco.

Our first stop was in Los Angeles.  Right out of the airport, we were hit with the well-known L.A. traffic.  This was a common theme of the Los Angeles portion of the trip.  No matter where we wanted to go, it was almost a guarantee we had to sit in dead-stop traffic.

I was blown away by the food in Los Angeles.  The first meal we had was In-N-Out Burger, which did not disappoint.  Our second night we dined at a very fancy Japanese restaurant called Katana.  The meal I ate here was one of my favorites of the trip.

Overall, Los Angeles was a very busy, to the point where it was almost too busy.  That being said Los Angeles is one of the only cities that I’ve ever visited that gives off almost as much buzz as New York City.

Our next stop was San Diego.  Visiting San Diego was the highlight of the trip for me.  I was blown away by how nice this city is.

First off, how could I talk about San Diego and not mention the weather?  It reminded me of Florida, but without the heatwaves or thundershowers; 75 and sunny every day.

I mentioned that San Diego was the highlight city of the trip, but playing Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla was the highlight event.  I went into the round expecting something spectacular, and this course was just that.  Not only was Torrey Pines in great condition but the views were absolutely breathtaking.

After staying a few days in San Diego, we took a short flight up to San Francisco for the final part of our trip.  San Francisco was far cooler than southern California, as I had to break out my sweatpants and sweatshirt.

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San Francisco embraces their progressiveness and diversity.  There are sections of the city that are devoted towards things like the hippie movement, or gay pride.

The food in San Fran was also amazing.  The first lunch meal we had was at a seafood restaurant on the bay.  The next day, we ate a pizzeria that claimed it had the best pizza in the world.  As a New Yorker I was skeptical that any pizzeria could outdo a New York City slice.  To my surprise, this place lived up to the hype.  They had a diverse choice of pizzas ranging from Chicago style, West Coast vegan slice, or the classic New York Sicilian.

Overall, this trip was a really cool experience.  I’ve been to these cities before, but I was very young at the time.  Experiencing them as a young adult helped me get a different perspective of the west coast.

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