When visiting LA for a work conference, there is no doubt that your days will be filled with productive talks, meetings and activities, leaving you with only a small amount of time in the mornings and evenings to explore all that this beautiful city has to offer. Fortunately, there is plenty to do all over Los Angeles at these times, from an invigorating morning hike to sunset at the beach, so be sure to make the most of your LA conference the next time you find yourself in the city.
LA is filled with numerous hiking trails that run all over the city, catering to those who want a leisurely stroll, as well as those who want a heart-pumping hike. The Runyon Canyon Loop is one of the most popular hiking trails and is great for beginner hikers, while the trails at Escondido Canyon lead to a cascading waterfall that is perfect for cooling off before starting the walk back. Topanga State Park has some tougher trails, with hikers climbing around 1300 feet in elevation, but the views from Parker Mesa Overlook definitely make it worthwhile. Of course, those visiting LA for the first time can combine some sightseeing with their hike by hiking up to the Hollywood sign. There are three routes to choose from, depending on your ability, and all of the trails are open from sunrise to sunset.
It is common knowledge that surf culture is huge in LA, making a surf lesson one of those must-do activities when visiting the city. While surfing at night is considered to be dangerous, there are plenty of early morning surf spots that you can hit, accompanied by an instructor if you are new to the sport. Venice Beach is where you will be able to choose from a number of different surfing lessons, and has an artificial barrier that makes for consistent waves. The south side of Topanga beach is also great for newbies, while those more experienced should head to the north. For all of you adventurous surfers out there, Lunada Bay is known for its intimidating waves, while El Porto’s underwater canyon guarantees huge swells at all times.
LA bustles with life after dark, and no matter what time in the evening you finish your work conference, you will never be short of things to do. When it comes to grabbing a bite to eat, many of the hottest restaurants in the city stay open until late, from Pizzeria Mozza, serving up handcrafted pizzas until midnight, to celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s casual café The Fat Cow, which offers al fresco dining with views of the dancing fountain. While catching a movie in the evenings may not seem too exciting, the cinemas that you will find in LA will make it a one-of-a-kind experience, from the Chinese Theatre with its red velvet curtains to the Cinerama Dome that serves up gourmet snacks along with the movie. If you are a sports fan, it is well worth trying to catch a baseball, basketball or hockey game, and, even if you are not, a visit to the Dodger Stadium at night is well worth your time, as you will be rewarded with 360 degree views of the city.
Just because you are visiting LA for a conference does not mean that you cannot enjoy all that the city has to offer. From an early-morning surfing lesson to an evening meal under the stars, there is plenty to do outside of working hours, leaving you with no excuse not to make the most out of your next trip to the city.