Every once in awhile, you need a long weekend somewhere. My friend had been pestering me for a while to meet him out in LA before his Vegas trip, so I finally decided to burn some frequent flier miles. Use them while you still have them, in my opinion. After searching, I was shocked I could get a round trip flight for 20,000 miles. I’m glad he was persistent.
The last time I was in Venice Beach was 10 or so years ago when my sister lived there. I loved the area back then, and the idea of a 6 hour flight to visit a busy downtown with city traffic didn’t appeal to me, so staying near the beach was a must for me.
Friday travel is never pleasant. United Club was full for the first hour I was at the airport. Finally got in to grab a few free drinks and some snack food. After a long flight, passing in and out of consciousness from either a lack of interest in the movie I was stuck watching, or from listening to the background banter of my fellow economy class passengers complaining about the cost of the tapas snack pack, I got to settle into a nice one hour wait for the Dollar Rent a Car reservation clerk to hand us the keys.
At about 1 am, we finally got out of there with the car and headed for what we had been craving since the mention of LAX several weeks ago.
I don't know what it is about In N' Out Burger, but these things are incredible. We were definitely the only sober people in that place at 1 am, but because of the perfect burgers, handcut fries, and yes I got a chocolate milkshake, I can see why everyone shows up there. Totally worth all the travel aggravation.
After west coast gluttonous activities, we made our way over to the AirBnB to crash and plan out the rest of our itinerary, because unfortunately, the bulk of the planning was consumed by ensuring we'd get at least one double double during our time on the opposite side of the continent.
When you're in California, yes there's wine and beaches and plenty of amazing restaurants to try, but you need to grab a burger at In N' Out Burger at least once in your life.