Eat an old-fashioned burger at Apple Pan
No city has more options for those looking for America’s meaty mainstay than Los Angeles, and Angelenos perpetually argue over which burger joint does it best -- we've got our own opinions on that front, too. There’s no debating, though, that the 70-year-old (and cash-only) Apple Pan is about as OG a burger experience as you can get. The place hasn’t been remodeled in decades, there’s a Formica lunch counter, staffers wear paper hats, and even the menu’s font just feels old, but the stars of the show, of course, are the burgers (both the Steakburger and Hickoryburger get top billing). Follow it up with a piece of fresh apple pie, and you’ll leave feeling like you were just inside an episode of Happy Days.
Visit the world-famous Venice Boardwalk
It’s a wild scene all day long and not even a tenth as charming as it looked on White Men Can’t Jump (where it didn’t look charming at all, come to think of it) but everybody has to see the Venice Boardwalk at least once. Muscle Beach, head shops, trinket hawkers, a skate park, street performers, guys riding bikes in Speedos, it’s all there. Just nod, call it “vibrant,” and check it off your list.